The past week has been relaxing compared to all the other weeks of my life lately. It was the final week of the two week mid-semester break, and I aimed to get a lot of schoolwork done (it only half happened) but I generally had days where I got to do nothing. I love the doing nothing days, as I have been quite a busy bee over the past few months.
I got to spend time with my favourite people, create music in the comfort of my own house, take naps and get super pumped for the commencement of this years season of the Voice! My really good friend Helen and I journeyed up to Sydney to hang out with our uni friend and all round incredible person Angie! We had a wonderful time which included a pizza and ice-cream movie dinner, fantastic shopping in the very large Sydney malls and amazing markets and THE BEST TERYAKI CHICKEN at Spice Alley and THE BEST GELATO EVERY at Anita Gelato.
Another cool thing that happened was THE CANBERRA YOUTH CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS! My beautiful year coordinator nominated me for the Arts & Multimedia Award, so I went along to the ceremony expecting just to have a lovely dinner, meet new people and that be it but I ended up winning which was bloody insane. Literally, I had not prepared a speech I was so certain someone else would get it. It is such a huge honour I just cannot believe someone would nominate me for something like that let alone would I be the contender to win! Crazy stuff dudes, crazy stuff. I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to the organisers and sponsors of the awards as well as my school, principal and year coordinator for being so supportive and wonderful to me.
School started today! I was honestly a little sad having to wake up at 7am instead of 11am (boohoo, first world problems hey), and the day was a bit of a slug in terms of getting my brain to work BUT it was great seeing all my friends and favourite teachers again getting back into the swing again. My plan this semester is to try have a more positive outlook on school and set aside a time in the day to remember 3 things I enjoy about school.
Fact: I recently set up an online store for some of the music I've made! At the moment you can get digital copies of my songs Very Best Fight & Message Bank and my EP The Hilltop Sessions and you can order a physical copy of the EP as well if you'd like :)
Thank you for being some of the best people in my life, and thank you for taking the time out to read this. Have a great week! x
Well hello there lovely people.
My dear friend Sophie Edwards has been blogging week by week and recounting what she's been doing rather than trying to fit months and months of stuff into a single blog post (like me), so I'm thinking I may try that.
The past few months have been an absolute whirlwhind. I started year 11- which means my grades now count towards something and work gets a lot harder. It started off rather rocky but I'm getting into the swing of things now. I've never worked harder at school in my life (which I'm proud of) and I've been totally on top of work. This is a first for me. I only had to pull one all nighter the whole term. #proud
I've also been enjoying lots and lots of music related things!
We will start with Googfest. Googfest is Googong's annual festival, and I was lucky enough to be a part of the lineup along with Sneaky Sound System (I KNOW ADHJASFKJA). The rest of the lineup were amazing bands (like Teen Jesus & the Jean Teasers and Slow Turismo), so I was a little bit intimidated getting up there by myself with my guitar and keyboard! The stage was amazing, the sound guys were incredible and I had an absolute blast. About 12,000 people turned up for the evening and the leadup and the event itself was a very insane, mind-boggling time for me.
I was invited to play at Lights! Canberra! Action! which was hands down my favourite local performance I got to do. It's a film festival held during Canberra's Enlighten. The crowd was very large and the response was so warm it was such a wonderful feeling. I actually initially thought I was just background music for it but it ended up turning into a proper performance!
Side note: Enlighten is actually my favourite thing. It's incredible all the effort that goes into the event. If you don't know what Enlighten is: http://enlightencanberra.com.au/ :)
THE NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL AKA MY FAVOURITE TIME OF THE YEAR. I have been playing there for 5 years now, but before it was on blackboards and busking. This year, I was a proper paid and booked performer. It was bloody insane, and people even packed out one of the gigs I played. THANK YOU GUYS!!!
I played my first and last performances at the Aviary Rooftop. For those of you who don't know, down by Lake Burley Griffin there is/was this beautiful venue/bar called Aviary Rooftop. It is/was made out of shipping containers and there are 50 billion stairs to get up to it. Every Sunday, Aviary held the 'Sunday Live Sessions' where they invited Canberra musicians to play live sets for an hour each. The view when you play is absolutely breathtaking and the sound system extends throughout the whole long room. The reason I say is/was the bloody National Capital Authority didn't extend the permit for the Westside Village in which Aviary resides, so Stephen and Avi (the lovely owners of Aviary) had to close it down. Aviary Rooftop will be seriously missed by the Canberra community- even as an under 18 human, I've made many good memories at that place.
I missed the final Aviary Rooftop event which sucked a bit, but...
I missed it because of something just as cool as Aviary Rooftop- YO GIRL IS GOING ON THIS SEASON OF THE VOICE.
For proof ;)
I can't tell you how it's going but I'll be sure to let you all know what day my audition is going to air.
I hope you are all having the most wonderful day. I also hope that I am able to keep up my blog posts. Thank you for reading all of this, I love you all so much!
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