As I recently said to one of my watchers, my enhusiasm for DeviantArt has dried up somewhat over the last few years, mostly due to the fact that I'm now creating art that is listened to more so than art that is looked at. But I'm still here, lurking around,
ing amazing deviations that I stumble across and making sure I always have the last word when arguing with trolls.
But due to my very limited output in visual art this year (only one deviation!), I am unable to make another one of these: My 'Best of 2011'
(which I've actually not been able to do since that first one, just to give you an idea of how busy I've been with finishing uni, starting up bands, recording CDs and enjoying not one but two adventures in Europe), but it is nice to reflect on the past year, so here's my highlights of 2015, not in visual art, but my life in general. It's so hard to pick just one per month, but here goes...JANUARY
Being a special guest performer for one of my favourite bands, Lily and King from Melbourne, at Cygnet Folk Festival; one of my favourite events in the world.FEBRUARY
Enjoying a great big family reunion, some amazing food, and an epic night of celebration under the shady branches of an enormous tree on a hot summer's evening on my cousin's wedding day.MARCH
Hearing London cellist and good friend of mine Jo Quail performing in Tasmania, and chatting to her during the whole interviewAPRIL
Performing at Launceston's Crazy Day Sale event (April was quite boring!) with my band Velvet Sledgehammer.MAY
Eurovision. Need I say more?JUNE
Performing in a tiny village in Denmark to an audience who was REALLY listening...and there was a piano. Yay.JULY
THIS is a hard one. So much good stuff happened in July, but I guess a highlight that really stands out above the others was experiencing Backafestivalen in Sweden. So many good memories, and so many great new friends made.AUGUST
Performing in Iceland. At a smegging WHISKEY BAR! Feck yes.SEPTEMBER
Becoming acquainted with Dutch folk duo Tre Källorna. Two awesome guys who have the same taste in music as myself, which NEVER happens...until now, apparently. Seriously guys, where have you been all my life?
Performing with Tre Källorna.
Recording an EP with my band Velvet Sledgehammer, on the 70th
birthday of one of our members!DECEMBER
Busking with family and friends and a repertoire of gorgeous Christmas songs to raise money for charity...we came up with AU$250 in the end!
...there it is. Many of these events will mean stuff all to so many of you, I suppose, so sorry about that. But I'd be happy to explain any of it to you further if you have any questions. And while you're at it, why don't you post your twelve monthly highlights of 2015 as well (either in the comments, or make your own journal), and we'll get some lovely nostalgia dialogue going...
Wishing each of you all the best for 2016!