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Making this house my home.

ImageWhen I was 16 I joined a band full of guys in their mid twenties – they’d already had some success, with play on triple M and triple J and in my eyes, these guys were music gods. Somehow I lucked into the situation. Right place, right time. Right place being my brother’s bedroom (he was the lead singer) right time being the day their bass player quit.

My first show was an EP launch to a sold out Espy Gershwin room. Goodness me, was I terrified… As if this is a logical first show for a 16 year old! I exclaim with textually sarcastic intonation – You might as well have called me Gabriella Cilmi.

I had butterflies in my stomach as my brother drove us there, he was doing vocal warm ups and I was trying to keep my dinner inside myself.

I took all my queues from the guys in the band and from that day and for another couple of years those three guys taught me everything I needed to know to tackle the stage on my own for years to come. 

For years now, I’ve stepped on stages with only a small trace of the nerves I had that first year. Sure,  some shows are very important and I sweat attendance numbers or whether or not the hero of mine I’m opening for is going to like me. 

But most shows – I show up, we all plug in, we count to 4 and we all have the best time ever. I know all the words, I know who I am, I know what comes next, and I always know what to say. I feel at home on stage. No concerns. No thinking. Just strumming, and singing, and laughing.

Until…  I decided to do improv.

My origin story in terms of improvised comedy is not a romantic one. I was sitting on the toilet with my iPhone in my hand. A very funny friend of mine from the states, a comedian by the name of Rajan DharnI posted something about an improv class he took. He’s posted similar things the entire time I’ve known him, so I don’t know if it’s because I was being particularly reflective on the toilet that day, or if I find farts so funny that I was open to the idea of being a comedian. But whatever it was, on a whim, I asked Lord Google for guidance…

God bless Adam Kangas and his SEO skills, because the Improv Conspiracy drew me in immediately. “Chicago Style” that’s the bit that grabbed me. 

Because we all wish we were famous Americans right? Plus, I’m a Bulls fan, so the word Chicago just makes me think of wearing second hand Air Jordans in primary school and comparing the price of them with the shoes Marcus CarattI was wearing.

Thanks to The Improv Conspiracy I’ve spent 6 months now welcoming back those butterflies to my stomach. Realizing that I’m SO far from the fearless performer I thought I was and being so completely challenged each and every week by the over-powering and inspiring beast that is Improv.

All of a sudden I DON’T know all of the words, I DON’T know who I am (on Wednesday night I was a reluctant Unicorn Hunter named Charles or Clarence or something I can’t even remember). I DON’T know what comes next, and I am not sure what I’m going to say until I’m saying it. Just reacting, in the moment. Good or bad, it’s just me, my scene partner and that blissful terrifying moment.

I use ‘terrifying’ in about the most positive way one can. It’s an exhilarating scare. 

Staring into the eyes of your scene partner having NO clue what they are about to say.

I’ve realised I wasn’t as at home on stage as I thought I was. Now I consider my music career to be where I built my house and laid the floor, only now am I properly getting acquainted with all that lies inside that house. It’s a super fun discovery.

Thanks to those who have watched or helped or joined me in doing it up to this point.

I’m looking forward to learning for a long time yet.

See you at a Harold night.        

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Holidayte – A song a week challenge Week 4.

This song is part of the Song a Week Challenge i partake in with @robdeez and @kennyeng check out their entries.

The challenge is explained here – http://bit.ly/SongAWeek

This weeks topic was HOLIDAY

When I’m at work, I often catch myself daydreaming of what i could be doing instead of being there. I conjure up this fantastic day where i could fit in a million activities and have all the fun in the world. But you know how it goes, you actually get the day off and you don’t have nearly enough time for all that you were thinking about.
This song is about the idea that it would be possible to take the day off work, and have the best date ever.

Enjoy

 

http://soundcloud.com/bronimusic/holidayte 

 

 

Check out the other guys entries.
http://soundcloud.com/robdeez
http://soundcloud.com/kennyeng
http://soundcloud.com/sheblondeswede

A Song a Week challenge

I've been so content in one half of my music lately. I'm working with some amazing people on the current release and the next few releases. And my current single is racking up views on youtube faster than I expected – check it out

But underneath all that has been the knowledge that I hadn't taken a new song to completion in about 10 months. That song being 'I'm better than your boyfriend' and before that I can't even remember the last song.

I have many a voice memo of an idea I sung to my phone in the car, or a chord progression i was unmotivated to sing to.

And I started to wonder, have I recorded my last batch of songs?

Dramatic, I know. But I'm sure anyone who's gone through this knows what I'm talking about.

I know how to phone it in, and write a song on command, it's not the writing that's hard for me… It's liking what I write that I struggle with. So I've been reluctant to commit to anything and say, unequivocally 'I believe in this song and these lyrics' as I've been able to do with songs in the past.

So I've been searching for something to get me out of this rut. One of my best friends has really serious cancer, its an emotional goldmine of a muse. But I can't go there, it's too close to me right now, I can't step back and really express what it all means to me. Instead I find myself just singing things like “you have cancer, and that fuckin sucks” which we both know, from me, would be a weird song.

Alas, I've continued to struggle finding inspiration to write.

Then my dear friends Rob Deez and Kenny Eng were discussing a weekly songwriting challenge, and it piqued my interest immediately. Every Tuesday night a topic is chosen, by the next Wednesday it has to be completed and uploaded to soundcloud or you owe the other two a 6 pack of beer (stakes are even higher because they live in the US so I'd have to deliver the beer online)

This to me was a perfect way to get writing, and be held accountable for seeing even the crappiest ideas through to the end. The worst that will happen is ill get better at writing or ill owe them lots of beer. So I jumped on in. And the 3 of us are in week 2

The topid of week one was – Elevator/Crush on a Co-worker

Here are our entries

Me: Fries are Cooking

Rob: LF8R Music

Kenny: link coming soon

This weeks topic was – Soul/Giving up

Me: What you said made me sad

Kenny: link coming soon

Rob: Just Keep Swimming

So, now I'm even accountable to you, the audience, who will be aware each week of my failures or successes in the art of songwriting.

Wish me luck, and I hope you like at least 33 percent of the songs. Hot tip – I hate fries are cooking but I've gotta let you hear it, thems the rules.

Hope you're all smiling.

See you with next weeks song.

Love Broni

 

 

Lots of song ideas. Zero songs.

I’m at ‘small bar’ in San Diego… I’ve blogged from here before. The girl who gives me free drinks seems to have quit. So i paid for this beer.

I’ve been stuck in this cycle of having great melodies it with no words to put to them… or having lyrics i like with no melodies to suit the mood.
It’s very frustrating.
I’ve said it before, I hate the idea of someone stumbling across my voice memos or notes on my phone if I die unexpectedly, it won’t be quite the gold mine that Jeff Buckleys studio tapes were.
So since I’m also lacking a new blog, here’s a Song idea I had…. In text form.

Enjoy.

Grand Junction Colorado.

I was in grand junction colorado.
and Cruisers was apparently the place to go.
a red faced man was next to me, his name was Carl.
i know this Because he was flirting with sarah the bargirl.

When I have rings on my finger
I just wanna hit people.
Don’t you just wanna hit people?

I haven’t hit people since I got out. Replied his friend. I’d elbow this guy right here.

…. What else is there to do in grand junction? I extend. Trying to deflect my fear.

Are you hearing this fuckin guy.
Fuckin teen wolf over here.

…… Oh dear.

This reminds me of being hit by Mr. Prouse, only now I’m more aware.
He hit me out the back of Hayden’s house. – I used to care.
He said I boo’d him at graduation, and that it upset him because his grandma was there.

… It’s unfair,

because I didn’t. But it wasn’t about that. He just didn’t like me, I’m sure now he’d admit it.

I could laugh about little things and embrace the quirks of the world.
He would search for reasons to hit people because he couldn’t talk to girls.

The cops called me after my broken nose had healed. But I told them, to drop the case.
He’s not worth the effort. Despite my new crooked face.

He came into my work one day, and he called me a pussy for not looking in his direction.
It would have been wise after that for him to do a burger inspection.

How about Mr. Munchow? He used to taunt me at parties. Tell me to take it outside
But he’s not worth writing about.. Coz i imagine he’d grin with pride.

So you see, Mum. No need to be concerned about grand junction Colorado.
There’s jerks all over the world, just gotta know when to go.

And hey, if these boys are still to young to take this with a grain of salt.
I guess I’ll spend more years humorously avoiding assault.

Fin (ished)

In unrelated news, here’s a new episode of Songs I Wish I Wrote.
This is ‘Lead Balloon’ by Sarah Humphreys. I’m delighted to call her a friend.

Sarah and I are Launching our respective new releases on October the 26th at The Wesley Anne. (250 high st, Northcote) make sure you’re free.

I’m gonna miss ya man.

Hello.
I spent most of yesterday thinking it was Wednesday already here in the states.
My super organised calendar app was still sitting in Melbourne time.
Luckily i didn’t miss anything important.

I’m sitting at Lestats coffee house. It’s like my productive sanctuary. I get here every year and realise how much i neglect my online presence when i’m at home. I think i vow to change that each year and then I’m reminded of that vow when i get to Lestats again.

Or maybe it’s just time.
I can spend my time here pretending I don’t have a day job.
Man that feels nice. Meanwhile, my day job paid me today… that also feels nice. So if I can some how manage to convince my boss Luke to give me a year off paid, then i might really get some stuff done.
Just mentioning his name in this blog could get me another week off, he’s a pretty big fan of being acknowledged.

Lots of stuff is going on.
Heres the important stuff I need you to know about. Itemised so that you can scroll down to the ones that excite you most.

1. SAN DIEGO SINGLE RELEASE AT LESTATS 9/12
2. I’M GONNA MISS YA MAN PRE-ORDER
3. ADULT BOOKS TOUR
4. NEW VIDEOS
5. FOLLOW ME ON SOUNDCLOUD
6. MELBOURNE SINGLE LAUNCH AT THE WESLEY ANNE OCT 26.

Read More…

I carry your heart with me. And #imgonnabeardyaman

Hey super friends.
It’s good to be back in San Diego.
The flight was a harrowing experience – middle seat between too fidgeters.

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I spent the first day wishing I was in bed, but instead running around town, bought a bow tie for the wedding I’m attending (and playing at) tomorrow. And then a show at Sky Box that finished up at 1am.
Waking up this morning at 9:34 felt absolutely horrible, and I’m currently planning to nap again after I go and buy some sunglasses because California is blinding me.

I’m really excited about this new single. Not only do I love the song, and I’m getting heaps of great feedback for the song, but everyone seems pretty stoked when they get the disc with the artwork.
And this is happening.

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The single isn’t even officially out yet, so I’m really hoping we can have a bunch of fun with beard posts in the future. With the instagram hash tag #imgonnabeardyaman

I spend about an hour on my flight from Melbourne making the following video.
It took me about 3 times longer to make the video than it did to make the song.
It’s a generic chord progression, with the assistance of GarageBand smart instruments and a poem I love by E E Cummings.
For a song completely made on the iPad in about 20 minutes I think it sounds pretty cool.
What do you think?

This is how easy it is nowadays. It’s offensive really since I just finished an expensive new record that required many rehearsals in order to get the tracks down live together and accurately. And this iPad can just play in time using ones and zeros.

My thanks to Isaac Cheong and Jessica Hull for making my first day fun and easy..

Until next time.
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