Music: Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Ska is a very different style of music. It’s the combination of a big band with jazz, blues, hip hop, pop, soul and everything in between all mashed together.

After being introduced to this style of music by L back in 2006, I’ve been on the hunt for local talent. So when the TV commercial came on using a memorable tune with a fresh twist, I knew I had to hear more from these guys.

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Music: The OnFires

Have you ever felt that some people were just more extraordinary than others? That there’s something about their presence or their manners. You just know. Back in 2005, I had the pleasure of meeting exactly this kind of lady. Max. I knew her only as a Windows Server Deployment Manager. Later on I found out about her real passion. A rock superstar!

The OnFires, is an evolution of the band I knew as “Asleep in the Park”. My favourite song of theirs is (and still remains) Skeleton.

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Yarra River

Bits and Bobs: Music Included

It’s been a while since I’ve done an update and here’s where I am taking this blog. I’ve noticed that more and more people have enjoyed my tangent posts and to those that have privately encouraged me to do my own thing. Thank you! Here’s to us.

I do not intend on creating a motivation inspired blog or anything of that sort. There’s plenty of that. No, I am here to help you get moving in the direction you want. And to change your perspective on the things happening around you. You may see this through the books I review, the fact that I got published on Superior Man or that I am finally launching my own Photography Blog! (Details coming soon).

This week, as a challenge to myself, I will be introducing some of the local musical acts that you may not have heard of. Talent, born and bred right here in Australia. Sure, some of them have reached international fame. Even so, they are still a class act in their own and you will enjoy their work no matter what. If you do love them, I strongly urge you to support their work. With more and more artists choosing to remain independent, recommendations such as this, remains one of the best ways to discover new artists.

So whether you are a visitor or a home grown hero – here’s to us discovering some of the best new talents outside of the commercial arenas.

Have you come across any of the talents that you believe I should check out? Leave me a comment, I answer each and everyone.

The Basin: The Basin Music Festival

They say,

“Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you try to chase it, the further it gets away from you. But if you stop and wait, it will come and rest gently on your shoulder.”

I belive it was Calvin Coolidge, then again, I was never one for getting the quote attribution right. The Basin Music Festival is an annual event run by the locals to highlight what’s best about the area.

Needless to say, I was impressed. Nay – I was blown away.
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Food Truck: Cali.Ko

The world is constantly changing and one of the amazing things is the fact that even the food industry is undergoing a change. If you haven’t noticed, the growing popularity of the food truck business. And Robert Downey Jr was smart to cash in on it with the movie “Chef”. Then we had the rise of the food truck festival and the food truck TV shows.

Until they landed in Australia.
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Th!nk: Make Good Art

As part of the new Th!nk series, here’s something for you to consider.

Having been in the corporate world for long enough, the following speech rings true. But as always, remain true to yourself.

This is the best 20 minute gift you can give yourself today.

What speech has inspired you? Reply in the comments below!