CS Gigs: W/E Sunday April 29th, 2012

Here are the gigs that I’m doing for the week ending Sunday April 29th, 2012.

Make sure you mark these gigs in your diary in BOLD RED PEN.

Wed 25 – Open Mic @ The Dan (8pm – 12am)
Sat 28 – FJ @ Daniel O’Connell Hotel (9pm – 12am)
Sun 29 – CS @ The Duck Inn (3pm – 7pm)

Hope to see you there,

Corey :)

I’m Really Getting Into “The Voice”

People who know me know that I’m very selective about what I watch on TV but for some reason The Voice is reaching out for my attention and I’m falling for its charms.

And I’ve been trying to work out why… I only just tolerate reality TV at best and I’m vehemently disgusted by it at worst but somehow The Voice seems to be a different beast.

Last year I was invited to audition for Australia’s Got Talent which was an experience that I won’t be forgetting in a hurry but as I was going through that process I had many, many people say to me that I should also consider auditioning for this new program called The Voice.

Based on my Australia’s Got Talent experience I decided not to do it but I was a little curious so I had a look on the website for the show and found out that I needed to be 35 and under to apply.

Even if I wanted to I was just too old… But I was wrong.

I don’t know what happened, maybe I was looking in the wrong place or maybe the rules had changed since I last looked on their website but there have been a number of performers on “The Voice” that are older than me, and they’ve been getting through.

My heart sank just a little bit… But I’m ok now :)

I liked the way they started off the pre-blind audition process by video submission only. No lining up for hours and hours and no waiting for your number to be called which was what I went through auditioning for Australia’s Got Talent.

It was a very smart use of social media on their part.

For me The Voice seems to have an air of integrity about it. There’s no sensationalist destruction of obviously bad performers for the pure entertainment of the masses. It’s a program that stays true to finding the best voice possible regardless of aesthetics.

I suppose I really like The Voice because (at the moment) it’s the opposite to its predecessors Australian Idol, X Factor and Australia’s Got Talent.

If it goes for a second season (and I think its ratings so far will guarantee that) I reckon I’ll give it a go.

But we’ll wait and see…

Words Of Wisdom From Steve Vai

Below is a video I came across today of Steve Vai at one of his private sessions guitar events answering the age old question… “How To Become Successful?”

What struck me about this video was how eloquently Steve Vai constructed his answer. He certainly had put a lot of thought into what he was going to say and, it showed.

For me, the best line of the video was when Steve said that “…the level of achievement that we have at anything is a reflection of how well we were able to focus on it.”

I was very, very impressed… Here’s the video for your enjoyment.

Steve Vai "How to be Successful" Private Sessions Guitar Center

Peace,

Corey :)

CS Gigs: W/E Sunday February 26th, 2012

Here are the gigs that I’m doing for the week ending Sunday February 26th, 2012.

Make sure you mark these gigs in your diary in BOLD RED PEN.

Wed 22 – Open Mic @ The Dan (8pm – 12am)
Thu 23 – Open Mic @ The Brunswick (8pm – 11pm)
Sun 26 – The Duck Inn (2pm – 6pm)

For more information please go to my gigs page.

Hope to see you there,

Corey :)

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Getting Ready For FAWM 2012

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”Jack London

Man, we’re at the end of January already… Where did it go?

I don’t know where it went but I do know that the beginning of February is also the beginning of FAWM which stands for February Album Writing Month.

I’ll cleaning up my creative space, contacting all of my collaborators and sharpening my pencil for this one.

I know I’ve mentioned FAWM (and my lack of success in it) before in the past but for those of you that don’t know FAWM is a songwriting event that challenges the participant to write 14 songs in the 28 days of February.

However, seeing that 2012 is a leap year the challenge is now to write 14.5 songs in 29 days. The other 0.5 being an extra collaboration with someone new.

Here is some more information about FAWM taken from www.fawm.org

“The FAWM challenge is simple: 14½ songs in 29 days. Why?

If it is inspiration you are after, then FAWM is your club. Each February, this website forges a collaborative community of thousands of musicians worldwide, from all walks and skill levels.

We take on the challenge of writing an album’s worth of new music in the shortest month of the year.”

Interested? Then go to www.fawm.org and join up, immerse yourself into the community and enjoy the ride.

I know I will.

Peace,

Corey :)

CS Gigs: W/E Sunday December 4th, 2011

Here are the gigs that I’m doing for the week ending Sunday December 4th, 2011.

Make sure you mark these gigs in your diary in BOLD RED PEN.

For more information please go to my gigs page.

Hope to see you there,

Corey :)

Gig Alert: SCALA Songwriters Showcase – July 28th, 2011

Today I’m preparing for my first originals gig in a couple of months.

It’s a gig I organise for SCALA (Songwriters, Composers and Lyricists Association) showcasing songwriters who perform through my Open Mic Network and it happens tonight. It’s a great way to keep my songwriting chops up to speed.

As a musician who makes a living playing other peoples music, playing my own music is a real breath of fresh air for me. Even though I always put my own individual spin on the covers that I play, the greatest artistic satisfaction I get as a musician is through performing my own songs in front of a crowd that want to be there.

If you’re in the area the gig is at the Higher Ground Arts Cafe located at Light Square in Adelaide and the night kicks off between 8pm and 8:30pm finishing at around 11pm.

I’ll be sharing the stage with 3 other talented songwriters Bryan Foley, Martin Mount and Steven Fotineas with entry being $5 waged, $4 concession and $3 for SCALA members.

It’s going to be a great night so wish me luck.

Peace,

Corey :)

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CS Gigs: W/E Sunday July 24th, 2011

Here are the gigs that I’m doing for the week ending Sunday July 24th, 2011

Make sure you mark them 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 July 10th, 2011

Here are the gigs I’m doing for the week ending Sunday July 10th, 2011

Make sure you mark them in your diary in BOLD RED PEN ;)

Hope to see you there,

Corey :)