CS Gigs: W/E Sunday November 6th, 2011

Here are the gigs that I’m doing for the week ending Sunday November 6th, 2011

Make sure you mark these down in your diary in BOLD RED PEN

For more information please go to my gigs page

Hope to see you there,

Corey :)

CS Gigs: W/E Sunday October 23rd, 2011

Here are the gigs that I’m doing for the week ending Sunday October 23rd, 2011

Make sure you mark these down in your diary with a BOLD RED PEN.

For more information please go to my gigs page.

Hope to see you there,

Corey :)

Australia’s Got Talent Auditions – The Aftermath

I came, I saw, I played and now I wait…

This pretty much summed up my Australia’s Got Talent audition experience in a nutshell but I did enjoy myself nevertheless.

It started off with Mara (my lovely partner who came along as moral support) and I arriving at the Adelaide Showgrounds at around 9:45am and going to the end of a queue which stretched to about 50-60 metres long.

The waiting game had begun…

The Queue

Another Angle

While we were waiting in line Mara and I got chatting to some people behind us, a couple of young hopefuls from Naracoorte in the South East (about 4 hours drive from Adelaide).

One of the young hopefuls recieved some unwanted attention from a very intoxicated and drug induced tranny being asked to sing on cue for his entertainment (while fully admitting that his involvement in the audition was purely as a “joke”)

This went on for about 10 minutes (funny after the first two) until the mother of the young hopeful concerned politely tore strips off him.

It was fantastic to watch.

Two hours later we finally get inside and proceed to the first registration desk where I gave my name and received a release form to fill in and was directed to another part of the building where the formal registration takes place.

There was another long line in front of us…

About an hour later I finally got to the second registration table and handed in my AGT questionaire (that I downloaded off their website a few days prior to the audition) plus the release form which I had just finished reading and signing.

I was then given my number – s2166

#s2166

Mara and I then made ourselves at home in the call-up area and waited for my time to audition.

My number was eventually called up and while I was whisked away to another room I met up with a couple of people that I knew from the Open Mic Network who were giving the auditions a go as well.

While in this room I had a brief chat with one of the AGT audtioners (no Brian, Kyle or Danni were to be seen, that comes later in the next phase of the competition) and then I started to play “Message In A Bottle”.

About half way through I was told to stop and was asked if I can play one of my songs.

Cool.

I got halfway through “We Cant Be Together Anymore” when I was told that the audition was over and that I’ll be notified by December 16th ONLY if I get into the next round.

That was it, time to go home. The time was 1:30pm

We walked outside after saying our goodbyes to all of the people we met and to our surprise the line had disappeared, the space was empty.

The security guard by the door told us that there had been no line for about 30 minutes. Where were all the people?

Anyways, I had a great time and even though I spent a lot of my time waiting I would do it all over again.

I want to thank everybody that personally or via Facebook, text and email, encouraged me, said kind words and above all, instilled me with the confidence that I could do it and that if successful in getting into the next round, will be right behind me every step of the way.

Now, I wait for December 16th but watch this space, you’ll be the first to know what happens next.

Peace,

Corey :)

CS Gigs: W/E Sunday October 16th, 2011

Here are the gigs that I’m doing for the week ending Sunday October 16th, 2011.

Make sure you mark these off in your diary with a BOLD RED PEN.

For more information please go to my gigs page.

Hope to see you there,

Corey :)

Finally, AFL Is Over For Another Year

For me, this time of year between the end of the AFL season and the beginning of the Cricket season is absolutely wonderful.

As a professional musician who plays in pubs where there are huge flatscreen televisions pumping out some kind or sport in all directions, I don’t have to compete for the attention of the punters so much.

That’s a refreshing change.

Personally, I don’t understand the concept of pubs with so many TV’s as it seems to defeat the whole purpose of going to a pub in the first place.

I see it time and time again, a pub full of people but no-one talking to each other. All eyes are glued to the sport, or the TAB or whatever else is flashing up on the multitude of screens around the place.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike sport. I just think there’s a time and place for everything.

Lately I’ve been experiencing a disturbing trend of being hired solely as a defacto jukebox politely playing in the background while the punters are watching TV or, rudely texting on their mobiles.

It seems that a lack of ambient background noise/images is the enemy and I have no idea why.

Another thing I’ve noticed lately is that no-one claps anymore (not even politely) and trying to communicate to people through live music is becoming harder and harder to achieve.

I don’t want to sound like I’m having a whinge, I really love what I do, playing music for a living and of course with every occupation there are good days and not so good days to experience.

I get that.

However, I just want live music to be seen (and heard) as something that makes a difference in peoples lives rather than a functional accompaniment to watching sport on the TV.

Is that too much to ask?

Oh well, AFL is over for another year and Summer is just around the corner. Things are already looking up.

Peace,

Corey :)

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Australia’s Got Talent Auditions – Why Bother?

Why not?

This coming Saturday October 8th, the Australia’s Got Talent juggernaut comes to the Adelaide Showgrounds again to hold auditions and this time I’m going to be one of the many who are going to sign up, wait my turn and (eventually) have a go at getting onto the show.

I’ve already created an “Australia’s Got Talent – Open Invitation” page on Facebook as a means of drumming up support for the cause as well as to invite a few more people that I know to also have a go as I think they will benefit just as much from the experience as I will.

The comments and feedback I’ve been receiving on the page have been very encouraging but I’ve also had a few people ask me why I’m even bothering to participate.

It’s a fair enough question to ask and one which I’m sure I’ll be asked in the auditioning process so, I thought I’d take this opportunity to answer the question…

“Why bother?”

Well, this whole caper started about three weeks ago when I received an email from Fremantle Media inviting me to audition.

This completely threw me at first, to the point where I actually thought someone was playing a joke on me. I did however, make the necessary enquiries and realised that the email was legitimate but even so, the email planted a seed in my mind.

It also mentioned that because I started the Open Mic Network, the invitation to audition was also extended to all of its members as well (hence the Facebook page).

My thinking was that if someone took the time out to find information about me online, and from that, decide that I’m a suitable candidate for Australia’s Got Talent and contact me, then maybe the best way for me to acknowledge that effort is to turn up and audition.

I’m looking at this as an opportunity to experience something completely different in my life and to do something that’s way outside my comfort zone.

(The last time I formally auditioned for anything was for the position of Bass Player for the Heather Frahn Band 12 years ago)

The amount of networking that will take place on the day is going to be unbelievable. I’ll be meeting other artists/musicians, performers of other fields and industry people from music and television.

There’s going to be an extremely diverse range of people at the auditions and I’m looking forward to meeting as many of them as I can.

I’m also thinking that because Australia’s Got Talent actively encourages singer/songwriters like me to showcase their songs to a national audience, that would be something that I could leverage to my advantage seeing that I’ve almost finished recording and releasing my own CD.

It was this fact that appealed to my songwriting sensibilities in a way that other programs like Australian Idol and X Factor didn’t.

Also, the opportunity to be given mentoring and feedback on my performances is going to be invaluable for my personal and professional development as a songwriter and performer plus, the possibility of being immersed in a totally musical environment for a while is going to inspire me no end.

But lastly, I suppose the simple answer to the question is “why not?” I know I’m going to regret it if I don’t do it.

Maybe I am a glutton for punishment, maybe this experience would look good on the resume and I know that the money would come in handy (I mean $250K is some serious money) but I don’t want to get ahead of myself here.

This Saturday could be the day that doors are opened up for me that I’ve not had the opportunity to walk through before or, it could be the day that nothing happens, in which case I go back to what I was doing before. Living a full time creative life.

No matter what happens… I win!

Wish me (and anyone else that attends) luck, I’ll keep you posted as to what happens.

Peace,

Corey :)

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What Have I Been Doing Lately?

“Hey Corey, what have  you been doing lately?”

Now I like being busy but I’ve noticed that over the past three months I’ve been getting busier and busier and looking at my diary for the next three months it’s even busier again.

My normal response to being asked that question is “what haven’t I been doing lately” however, since my last full post “Absence Makes The (Blogging) Heart Grow Fonder” on July 29th, it’s safe to say that I’ve been doing a lot of activity.

Activities such as:

  • Working on my CD Project
  • Learning news songs for FIGJAM and my solo shows
  • Writing more songs with Adrian Miller and Jeff Smith
  • Starting up the Open Mic @ The Brunswick Hotel
  • Completing my 2010/2011 APRA Live Performance Return
  • Completing my 2010/2011 Tax paperwork
  • Competing in FOOM 2011
  • Entering in the UK Songwriting Competition (with Adrian Miller)
  • Playing Bass with Joe Man Murphy at the Semaphore Music Festival
  • Auditioning for Australia’s Got Talent

Of course, in between all of this I have been playing loads of gigs (as you can tell with my CS Gigs updates) at night and working through the day at Pro Advanced Media.

“When do you sleep?” I hear you ask… Hmmm, no wonder my blogging has been few and far between of late.

I had a profound realisation recently. I rediscovered the fact that our lives are essentially the sum total of all of the choices that we’ve made and will continue to make until we die.

With that in mind, this would mean that right now, I am the way I am because I’ve made it that way, not through some external influence.

My hectic life is my choice and therefore I can also choose a less hectic life. How I achieve this is another story however, I’m in love with the idea of a more balanced life.

I’ll see what I can do to make it happen.

Peace,

Corey :)

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CS Gigs: W/E Sunday October 9th, 2011

Here are the gigs that I’m doing for the week ending Sunday October 9th, 2011.

Make sure you mark them in your diary with a BOLD RED PEN.

For more information please go to my gigs page.

Hope to see you there,

Corey :)