Susan Lily New Music


Monday, 19 March 2012

Newton's third Law and Friendship

We all know when a friendship ends; most of us resist it and keep trying to maintain it.  These days I feel that is akin to resuscitation on a corpse that is long cold.  So why do we do it?  Is it because we feel some kind of principle is involved?  The “how dare they” not want to be friends with us anymore?  Or is it that we simply feel the need to not be alone because we see that as being lonely?

I used to try to hang on to friends in the hope they would stop being “reactive” (ie the only contact from them was when they were contacted by me first).  I now realise that is just not healthy.  It can also hold you back from meeting potentially better and more suitable friends because you are forever spending your energy on people who are not really interested in returning that energy to you.

Friendship really should be like Newton’s third Law, which shows a certain amount of balance.  It states that for every action in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Being alone is not lonely, but being alone in a “friendship” is.  I’m glad I’ve taken the leap of faith and moved on.  The universe has rewarded me for my courageous choice; and it will do the same for you if you ask it.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Believe we are Magic

Music is probably the most emotionally driven art form that reaches the masses.  A piece of music, whether instrumental or song, can make you cry or lift you up.  It can influence your mood in so many ways.

When you think about what will capture a massive amount of appeal it’s not an easy feat to write a hit song.  It has to have something in it for everyone and considering how unique we are on a DNA level it’s amazing to think one bunch of noise vibrations and frequencies mixed together with rhythm can appeal.  So when a song is written that is infectious there will be those around who dismiss it.  They will tout it as being “fluff” and “not real music”. 
For me, I like what I like and I’m not really that influenced by what anyone thinks.  The second album I bought when I was a teen was Icehouse by The Flowers (Iva Davies).  The third album I bought was by the Police – Regatta de Blanc.  For a long time I would tell people about those two because they were far more accepted albums than the soundtrack to XANADU.  That was the first album I ever saved for.  Years later I still love the music of Jeff Lynne and John Farrar and am not ashamed to say it.  That album and the movie copped a great deal of flak yet I loved both.  The movie was great because I loved Gene Kelly and the music was fabulous because I loved ELO and Olivia.

On Monday night I had the privilege to be in the fourth row at Olivia Newton John’s concert at the Regent Theatre.  The place was packed and a testament to her appeal.  We all sang along and clapped and cheered.  Here I was on a Monday night out being entertained.  I loved every minute of it. From the sheer joy in her face to the pitch perfect notes emanating from her body Olivia gave us everything.

I’ve barely slept.  I’ve managed to work a full week and be out at two great concerts.  Both have merit even though they were at totally different ends of the music spectrum. 

I love that my appreciation of music art is wide.  I think it will, in the long run, enable me to be a better songwriter.  How cool is that?  It’s Magic!

Friday, 2 March 2012

Death Metal, Bellydancing and wicked fun

I have been in a wicked and fun mood all week; especially after the metal gig I went to on Wednesday night.  Has it inspired me?  Yes.  How?  I’m not sure yet, perhaps it was the precise and passionate delivery of the music by the bands.  Maybe it was my cheekiness in bellydancing to something that everyone traditionally headbangs to.  Who knows?  Who cares?
To some, death metal is just noise.  It does create a lot of energy though.  Anyone who’s ever been to science class at school may remember a teacher telling us that “energy doesn’t die; it’s transferred”  What a cool concept!  The energy I received there the other night was inescapable.  I chose to use it as joy.  Joy I was out of the house.  Joy I was surrounded by guys.  Joy there wasn’t a queue in the ladies loo.  Joy to be in the right place at the right time and get to dance on stage with Devin Townsend during his last song. 
There was the absurdity of having death metal followed by the Gummi Bear song (on a big screen) and the elation of the crowd when Townsend erupted onto the stage.
So, do I recommend metal gigs?  Absolutely and positively YES!!!!!!!!!!
Go try it, you will get some energy back into your life and you may even enjoy yourself too.

The Little Girl and the Free Spirit

I’m so glad to be me.  I’ve studied, travelled, and worked in many different communities across Australia.  I’ve had so much freedom of choice to do, be and, say whatever I want.  I’ve invited people into my life and let them go when it was time to.  I’ve loved the impulsive and unpredictable parts the most.  At a glance I have changed from being at home to going out.

The free spirit is still here now.  I can choose who I’m going with and where I’m going.  I’ve combined the little girl in me with being a free spirited adult.  Look out world, here I come!

The Dexterity of Hands

The human body is an amazing piece of biomechanics. Each day I work with people of varying body habitus’ and situations. My job is to image them in as close to “textbook” perfection each time. No easy feat sometimes yet it’s possible for most. I’m experiencing new things with my own body at the moment. Using my left hand has traditionally taken a back seat to my right. Recently I injured my right shoulder and it needs to be rested as much as possible so it can heal. That means doing more with my left hand and arm and to be honest; it and I are enjoying the challenge. I think it opens the mind a bit more too. I started using a stapler with my left hand at the beginning of the week and now you’d think it was normal for me to do it that way. I’ve discovered a new sense of dexterity that is encouraging me to use my left hand for more things, even if it’s as compensation whilst the other arm is getting better. I think I will use my left hand more from now on. It’s given me a whole new perspective and I like that.