You know that feeling you get.
I've just finished watching a bunch of footage from the Paul Kelly tribute show at the Forum here in Melbourne last week. No one need tell you whether you were there or not how utterly mind blowing that gig would have been. On the downside I did not get to go, i missed out on tickets. I tried in vain to win them but to no avail, so i am left to the amatuer video, and J TV (which for those who want to see it are playing a repeat this friday night) to get my fix. ON the upside, i still get the opportunity to see a show that not only showcases some of Australias finest artists but also to pay homage to a man who has been an influence to pretty much every Australian artist probably since i was born. I've had the incerdible fortune of seeing Paul Kelly live. He is such a humble but true man, he has somehow perfected the art of extracting the raw emotion and power form Australian life like juice from sugar cane and puoring it into lyrics to make some outstanding and everlasting music. Watching and hearing parts of this show, I just felt the need to try and express exactly what emotions are evoked when I hear local artists like Kelly, John Butler, Archie Roach, Kev Carmody, sing in a way that brings to life the beauty and edginess of Australian music. When you hear it you are transpported to a place indicative of the heart of Australia, the one where you may struggle and face innumerable adviersities but you alwasy come out a better person. You find faith in the land and the people. This is not always how we are these days, but when I hear Australian music, be it the artists i have mentioned, or others such as; Missy higgins, Midnight Oil, Shane howard, The bull sisters, Troy casser-daley; I find myself standing barefoot in the sun, the wind blowing red dust in my hair and the back drop to my life is the music created here in this amazingly rich country full of hope! I love australian music.