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Day 70. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’

Editing, mixing and mastering today at the studio. The brain is a little smooshed now. I have stories brewing in the pot, so don’t go too far away πŸ™‚

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Stevie. x

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Day 69. ‘Haunted’

Nothing is louder than your own heartbeat when you desperately want it to be quiet. Surely someone would hear and be alerted to my presence. Holding my breath and squinting into the endless darkness, I searched the void for any signs of life. Silence. Urged on by my three companions who waited safely at the perimeter, I slowly inched my way up the driveway, negotiating the thorns that guarded my quarry. The crack and crunch of loose stones became increasingly louder to my ear as I zeroed in on the towering Manchin. The old white weatherboards had seen much better days, groaning and squeaking as if to alert the inhabitants, I frantically gesticulated at it to be quiet but to no avail. The unloved garden and trees loomed over the windows, scratching and clawing like they were trying to get in. The rush of blood through my ears was becoming unbearable, I wanted to flee as fast as I could but the resonating words to my friends, “you cowardly custards” kept my feet nailed to the spot. Glancing back over my shoulder, I could no longer see their faces but I knew they would be waiting in anticipation. Opening the plastic bag, I cringed and braced myself as the rustling seemed hell-bent on exposing me. I was only going to get one shot before the dreaded undead would be in hot pursuit, so I needed to hit my mark. The bright yellow lemon seemed almost luminous in the eerie moonlight and I gripped it tightly as I prepared for death. Launching my projectile with all the might I could summon, the lemon wailed in fright as it splattered against the windowpane, which was slightly left of my target, the wall! Lights on all fronts suddenly flooded the grounds and the front door abruptly lurched open with ferocious intent. In the distance, I heard screams from my would be accomplices, as they clearly took flight. Caught like a rabbit in the headlights I was a little slow to move and soon found a cold hand clasping down upon my shoulder. “You bloody kids, I’m going to absolutely kill you.” Wiggling my way out of the hoodie I was wearing, I unlatched myself from his grip and high tailed it back over the path of stones a lot less circumspect than I had arrived. My pursuers footsteps became less audible as I scurried into the field in search of our rendezvous. Tripping over their bodies I landed with a thud as some objections came in the form of grunts and hushed whispers. Shhhhhhhhhhhhh!!……We lay there for some thirty minutes until the coast was clear. With three witnesses to the deed, I was assured of schoolyard glory for at least a week. I was down a hoodie but it was worth every stitch. Of course, in my adult hindsight, I can see my ghoul was just some poor chap trying to have his dinner in peace after a hard day at work. Still, I kinda miss those days of an overactive imagination. Now, where did I put those lemons? πŸ™‚

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Stevie. x

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Day 68. ‘Workshop’

Building guitars is part of the program this trip. So far so good. Looking forward to hearing and seeing the final results.

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Stevie. x

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Day 67. ‘Appreciation’

Closing in on a week of recording, and I’m gaining a whole new appreciation for sound engineers. Recording myself at home, I largely do what I am told by ‘engineer’ self :-). The greatest skill you can teach a guitarist? Silence. Actually, that goes across the board but guitarists are easily the biggest offenders. ‘ Stopppppppppppppppp twiddling!!’ That being said, there’s a surprising amount of talent here with such a small population, some of them barely knee-high to a grasshopper.

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Stevie. x

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Day 66. ‘Tyred Minions :-)’

The ‘tyred‘ minions and I are absolutely done in!
This is the handy work of a talented local artist -made me smile. Hope you enjoy it too.

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Stevie. x

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Day 65. ‘Taking shape’

Bit by bit this project in Doomadgee is coming together. A lot of percussion work today. The long hours take every iddy biddy bit of concentration, with not much left for anything else. πŸ™‚ Well, except for the guitar building workshop about to start! Hope everyone back home is doing okay now with the change in weather.

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Stevie. x

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Day 64. ‘Sorry Business’

A good productive day in the studio today after yesterday’s nervy eggshell dance from me. Whilst I knew my two Kelpies were safe, it took a little while to determine where they had been evacuated to. I am incredibly grateful to the Granite Hills kennels for excellent care.
Here in Doomadgee, we had a ‘sorry day,’ an Aboriginal custom and cultural practice when somebody dies. As a mark of respect, the entire town shuts down for half the day. I have settled into life here really well. It’s a privilege to be accepted amongst the community and I am enjoying being here. A long but rewarding day, my pillow is already calling my name. πŸ™‚

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Stevie. x

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Day 63. ‘Bunyip Fires’

It is becoming increasingly difficult to focus with the awful news coming from home about the bushfires. Whilst the house is not in immediate danger, my two Kelpies have been evacuated from Tynong where they were staying. They are safe and well, but it’s making me anxious nevertheless.
I have experienced a few bushfires, and they are the most terrifying thing imaginable. My heart goes out to everyone impacted by this, especially the extraordinarily courageous firefighters putting their lives on the line.

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Stevie. x

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Day 62. ‘Don’t pat anything in the outback’

This is an almost impossible request for me, I feel most at peace surrounded by Furkids. Walking the short distance to the studio this morning I was charged by three wild dogs. Clearly, I must have strayed too close to their territory and they were making sure I knew it. I was never going to outrun them, so I figured I’d give them the usual greeting I give to my own four-legged friends. Getting down lower to the ground and confidently calling out, “who’s a beautiful puppy then, who’s got a beautiful face,” the three of them skidded to a halt just shy of me. I swear they exchanged looks as if to say, “which one of us is she talking about?”
Turning from terrors to fawning furbies in a second, my packed food supplies were quickly surrendered to my new friends. They are only really a danger if they bite, and I have hopefully secured myself safe passage for the next couple of weeks. I could drive the short distance of course, but where’s the fun in that πŸ™‚ Just nearthe supply store there’s this sign. I’m not going to of course!!! Give me some credit! I mean, I’m probably not even going to look at all…maybe πŸ™‚

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Stevie. x

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MY BLOG: Every day for a year.
Day 61. ‘Touch down’

My fourth trip to Doomadgee and I still become a little perturbed when the plane looks to be landing without a runway in the middle of nowhere. As always, arrived safely and straight into studio maintenance.
Pre-production starts tomorrow.
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Until tomorrow!

Stevie. x