Wellington: Sky Show Fireworks

Remember, remember the 5th of November. It’s Guy Fawkes guys, and you know what that means….fireworks! Every year, Wellington puts on a magnificent display of fireworks for thousands of people around the city to watch, released from a floating barge in the harbour, the display will dazzle, brighten and blow away all Wellingtonians, rain or shine. This year, it was touch and go for a … Continue reading Wellington: Sky Show Fireworks

Superbad Soul Section at The Rogue & Vagabond

Every once in a while, there comes a time when all you need in life is an age-old throwback to the songs that echoed through your childhood, playing nostalgically from the car radio. Those ones that as you cringed at your parents singing at the top of their lungs to Prince’s ‘Kiss’, you had no idea it would bring such good memories to your life … Continue reading Superbad Soul Section at The Rogue & Vagabond

The Big Sing

“He who sings scares away his woes”- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

I have had the most amazing experience over the past couple of days this week! I can’t begin to describe how much I enjoyed it but Boy, has it been busy!

So, just a little background info on the situation so you’re not completely lost on what I am talking about. I am part of a mixed choir at my school called Skat-A-Tak (meant in the way scat is like the vocal improvisation using no words but noises) and the ‘Tak” is for Takapuna Grammar, my school name. Many of us believe it is a slightly unfortunate name and to prove this point quite clearly, the MC at the competition even kindly, though accidentally, called up Shat-A-Tak which was incredibly unfortunate but hilarious at the same time. What can I say, we love to entertain…
Anyway, this choir has been working all year up to this point towards a national choral competition called The Big Sing at the Auckland Town Hall which is something that I have taken part in with Skat-A-Tak for 3 years and have loved it every single year.  Continue reading “The Big Sing”

The Powerstation

“Music should be your escape” – Missy Elliott

There are few things in my life that amount to the significance that music holds in my mind. It is my solace. It is calm and restful even in its most abrasive form because there is a power in songs, in their music lyrics that can lighten any heavy heart. In my personal experience, I have never met anyone who doesn’t like some sort of music which shows that it is probably one of the most popular form of common interests shared worldwide, making for a huge industry of constant discovery curating trillions of dollars.

I think the most appealing thing about becoming a musician is not the money or the fame, but the travelling and the experience. I envy those who are paid to travel around the world and go on tours, meeting incredible people and seeing new places annually, it’s one of my dreams. However, playing music is not my calling, I think that the music industry is a very difficult nut to crack if you want to be big, you either have to know the right people or have to have enough talent to stand out, even if it’s only to a small sector of the world! The X Factor and *insert country name*’s Got Talent are so overrated now, there is nothing exceptional about it and everyone knows by now that it is all set-up and tweaked for the benefit of viewer satisfaction. It’s names like Adele that represent true accomplishment, starting from nothing and working her way to the top and doing it for the music! Continue reading “The Powerstation”