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Monday, 26 December 2016

2016...Another Year of Firsts

Dear lovely ones,

This year has been one of big change and high end learning so that I am set for a MASSIVE year in 2017.  Sure it's been a challenge, but what better time to be alive.  So many new things to explore:

 A fun Tamworth CMF in Jan 2016 


I performed for my biggest audience ever when I chanced up on the Country Music Cares Concert in the Town Hall mid week... Graham and I had got chatting with a lovely man in a cafe Wednesday morning and he turned out to be the organiser behind the charity event.  So he asked me to busk out the front to entertain people as they waited for the doors to open.  As fortune would have it, someone pulled out of the night so the MC offered me a spot to sing one song... I chose "Daisy Jane" and sang to 650 people...my biggest crowd to date x

photo by Vickiree2016


Sadly, Kalesti Butler's father passed away just as the festival was in full swing and we did not get our annual catchup.  My darling friend gave her spot in the cavalcade to me and I will always be grateful for this opportunity as it was great fun! Even though we did get belted with lashing rain just as we began our journey :)

Oh, ok then... selfie time!

Lovely open top car with a moment of respite from the rain. Photo courtesy of Graham Burkin



So, I arrived back home in time to get ready for my support spot with the very talented Adelaide songwriter Samantha Edge.  Together we launched her long awaited album "Moments" at Nexus Arts Centre on Jan 30th.  What a beautiful night that turned out to be.  Thanks Samantha!


Then suddenly it was Adelaide Fringe time!!!  I'd been asked by Steve Charles to join him in a show all about water/the sea.  Staged on the permanent ketch in the SA Maritime Museum we performed 3 shows to almost sellout capacity.  I got to dress up and have fun curling my hair the oldfashioned way (with socks tied into my hair), acting somewhat and singing my heart out each night.



Also in February I recieved a lovely surprise of a number 1 spot in an online publicly voted chart.  Spectrum Radio Petts Wood is in the UK

My mate Darren Scott and I had been in the Iceman's New Country Top 40 for 23 weeks and reached into the top 20.  We were the only Australian act to do this in 2016 and it's something I am very proud of to this day.


During the Adelaide Fringe (Feb-Mar) I joined in the crazy fun of working for a comedy group at the Griffins Hotel in town.  I met a great deal of wonderful Fringe goers each night at the box office and saw the world from a different perspective.  Thanks again to the hotel and to Terry North for a great month.


Another highlight during the fringe was being a special guest of Kylie Brice for her EP launch in Salsbury Secret Garden.  The Salsbury Institute will never be quite the same after my set of entertainment.  I gained so much more than anticpated and met a beautiful group of people that night.


The fun in February did not end there.  I was also invited to join forces with another songwriter/entertainer called Steve Charles.  Steve had moved down from Tamworth (via Melbourne)  a few months before and, to my delight, had wanted me to join him in singing sea shantys and other nautical songs to complement the open tallship "One and All"


This was our stage tent :)

this was us enjoying our break and some coffee and pancakes .........


Also during the Fringe I met these two gorgeous gals from Canada and went to as many of their shows as I could so I could learn about etiquette.   In short the word of the festival was "quality" and, if you look really closely at the back right of the photo you will see my darling man Grahan (hat), myself, my sista from another mista Michelle Walker and her hubby Steve.  What a joy to host them both for a few days.  As some of you will know, Michelle and I have forged a wonderful relationship both musically and in life.  She's an awesome friend and mother to 3 wonderful children.  Plus she's scored a number of charting songs this year and won an award in Tasmania recently.  
Wonderful to see.


the gals from Canada also painted my face :)
As the months flew by, many more things happened that have made this year a wonderful one for me.  I had some dayjob work in a a great environment.  In May/June I successfully completed the radio presenter's course for local community station WOW FM in Semaphohre.  Since then I've programmed over 80 hours of music and have interviewed quite a few Australian artists.

WOW FM in Semaphore SA
I now have my own fortnightly show "Melody Sunday" 6 - 8 pm wowfm.org where I showcase new and recent releases from SA, the rest of Australia and, some from overseas.  I love it!  One of the best things that's happened to me.  I feel I am giving back to a city that has given me chances and opportunities


The fun did not stop there either!  In July I was taken to the Entertainment Centre where we saw one of my favourite overseas bands play! 

The Cure - awesome show!

It would not have been possible with out my darling Graham's help.
Myself and my lovely man Graham, as we await the concert to start



In August I received my first passport and, together with my darling Graham, travelled to New Zealand for the first time.  What a great city Auckland is!!
View from my lunch space of the great harbour and the tall ships moored outside the Maritime Museum there.

View of Auckland from the 360 Orbit restaurant



View of the tall ships moored near the New Zealand Maritime Museum in Auckland.
Brilliant museum to visit if you get the chance.
They have 1 hour harbour cruises when the weather is good and there hasn't been any earthquakes


We travelled across the North Island to Napier, then Taupo where we stayed with a view of Lake Taupo.
One of the biggest surprises for me was to go see the snow and play in it.  
Even more surprising was the changing landscape as we drove closer and closer.  It actually becomes semi-desert looking, with spiky natural foliage that obviously can withstand the extremes of temperature.




Here I am with my darling Graham my cheeky monkey Coops (who had also never been overseas until this trip), 
posing for a happy snow selfie :)

In late September my fortunes changed again for the better when I was called upon to bring my band to the main stage in Harts Mill on Sunday 2nd October at 3 pm.  I was originally booked to play on the acoustic stage and was now to bring my music centre stage.  Excited, nervous and grateful, we stepped onto that stage and owned it!  What a brilliant feeling and many thanks to Debra Thorsen for taking a chance on me.


Once again, through chance, I entertained the travellers on the train from town to Glanville station on the saturday of the festival.  Someone had not been able to take the 10 am spot so I stepped up and did my very first train entertainment.







More "firsts" were to come along, with my successful application to Moorook Riverstock Festival with my backing band.    The wind was high and we had lost power overnight after a spectacular electrical and rain storm.  Ensconced in the caravan park dining area we shared the space with some funloving bikers who gave us some light.  I had a friend curl my hair using ties and in the morning had lovely curly locks to perform in.  We had a blast and again, I'm forever grateful to Lance and his great crew for a wonderful day.


What a great birthday month I had!!!  I also was chosen to become the resident acoustic act for Port Adelaide's "The Boat That Rocked" summer series.  On November 27th I played the top deck and The Incredibles ensured the lower deck was fun and lively.  Many thanks to Samone Wear and Platinum Event Agency for these opportunities


Our Stage setup on the top deck...complete with Hacker Girl :)
I will have 2 more dates:
Jan 21 with "Clearway" and
March 18 with "Rumours"

However, that is not ALL the wonderful things that have happened to me.  As some of you may know, I've not been able to afford to record any new music for the past few years.  It was also coming up to the tenth anniversary of my debut release "Got The Monkey Off My Back" to radio across the nation.

In October I released the title track off the "Butterfly" album and to date it's reached a high point of #11 on Country Tracks Top 40 and is now sitting at #21 as the best christmas present ever!



I've also got some other projects in the wings and a relaxing NYE to look forward to.  All in all, 2016 has brought me some more "firsts" and some beautiful times with my darling Graham.
Thank you 2016, You rock!

love 

Susan xxx



















Friday, 2 December 2016

Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017!!! Tickets on sale now!

Hi lovely ones,

Today is a special day as it's the general release day for all the fringe festival shows in 2017.  I am proudly one of many hundreds who will be entertaining and engaging with all of Adelaide during this wonderful time.

I have a short run of three shows this festival and will be presenting my show at the Hilton Hotel in Fedora's restaurant on the following:

Fri 24th Feb, Sat 25th Feb,  Sat 11th March 2017


I have created Facebook and reverberation events for this and you can also see them on my susanlilymusic website down the bottom of the front page.  The ultimate would be to sell out!!  So if you like my music and way I entertain and have friends you would like to recommend come see me then please do!!


this is what my page looks like AND, wait!  I'm also on the front page of the Cabaret section too!!!


I'm very excited (and you can probably tell already) about this project.  There is no better place to be than Adelaide next Feb-Mar

love

Susan xx

ps. I'm giddy with excitement
pps. I have put links into this again so you can click to find things really easily :)





Wednesday, 30 November 2016

TYGA FM TOP 30 Chart - 26.11.16

Dear lovely ones,

I'm stoked for all who attended and received awards this past weekend at the Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards.  My dear sista from another mista, Michelle Walker, earned herself an award.  The sweet and gorgeous Becci Nethery, and the fabulous duo The Long & The Short Of It are just some of the winners this year.  So very well deserved, every one of them.

For me, I'm rather stoked to see that my single "Buttterfly" has moved up a notch to #25 this weekend.  A slow and steady climb is just what the doctor ordered for this gal.

Ever grateful to the team of radio hosts in Tasmania for their support.  In particular the team from TYGA FM who've been a great support to me.



Have a lovely rest of the week, team Susan Lily.  I will also be awaiting the results of this week's voting for the Country Tracks Top 40 with anticipation.  Butterfly debuted last week at #17...could I end up with a top ten national hit on my hands?  Only time will tell, but I'm sure you will hear the squeals of delight if I do.

lots of love

Susan xx

Friday, 25 November 2016

Here On The Road #6 - Million Dollar Riff Song Competition 2016

Hi lovely ones,

Very recently the inaugural songwriting competition was conducted on Million Dollar Riff.  Invited to submit, I had no idea I would end up in the number 6 position at the end of the voting.
Congratulations to fellow SS artist Danny Hooper who took 1st and 2nd place!
I'm so grateful to all who voted for my song, both in the initial stages and then to see it finish it 6th place!  Thank you all so much xx

Many thanks to Damian McSweeney and team at Million Dollar Riff for giving we indie artists another platform to showcase our music.

love

Susan xx


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Butterfly Jumps Into Chart

In the true tradition of a roller coaster, tonight and all day today I've been wandering around with my metaphorical arms above my head. Being on the top part of the roller coaster ride in any industry is pretty darn good.  In the music biz it marks recognition for all the hard work put into our art.  Yesterday my latest single, a track a number of people had encouraged me to release, made its debut into the Country Tracks Top 40 at Number 17!  Wow, top 20 already?!!  I'm not sure that has happened before so I'm basking in it, soaking it all in while I can.

I have many people to thank, all the community radio presenters who are playing it, and giving it the oxygen it needs to keep alive.  That's the beautiful thing about community radio; it gives life where the commercial world doesn't seem to want to.  As any independent artist, of any genre, will tell you it's a grand thing to hear your music on a community programme.


So, to all the radio presenters I'm eternally grateful and please forgive me if I do not thank you personally.   I do try to when I see a fb post or get an email, but just know I adore each and every one of you for giving me air time on your shows.

To all my lovely fans out there, this song is for you.  I hope you are enjoying hearing it on your community radio.

lots of love

susan xx

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Butterfly: What Does This Song Mean To You?

Dear Lovely ones,

I'm very pleased to share with you my latest single release, BUTTERFLY and let you know that it's already been picked up and added to playlists across the country.  
It's a song that speaks for pretty much everyone.   Haven't you felt like you needed to spread your wings and have your own life?  Ever wanted a song that speaks what you'd like?
Here is your song everyone, so fly as high as you can.


So, if you'd like to request my song on your local community station I'd be very grateful.
Please also let me know if you have and the station you requested my song so I can write and thank them all.

I'd love to hear any stories from you as how this song relates to your life.
Please let me know.

lots of love

Susan xx

Monday, 7 November 2016

Riverstock Music Festival in the Riverland 11th- 13th Nov 16

This Weekend!  In the Heart of the Riverland! You will find us in Moorook!
Susan Lily and the Hillbilly Toe Tappers will be on stage Saturday 12th Nov at 2:30 pm for an hour of musical fun and chaos!


All welcome! Kingston road, MOOROOK, along the riverbank

Love Sooz xx

Riverstock Music Festival in the Riverland 11th- 13th Nov 16

This Weekend!  In the Heart of the Riverland! You will find us in Moorook!
Susan Lily and the Hillbilly Toe Tappers will be on stage Saturday 12th Nov at 2:30 pm for an hour of musical fun and chaos!


All welcome! Kingston road, MOOROOK, along the riverbank

Love Sooz xx

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Susan Lily Music Competition

Dear Lovely Ones,

In case you don't know, this year marks ten years since I released my first single. In December 2006 I released a song to radio around the country.  It helped me gain some exposure which has since driven me to keep going.  My debut single was picked up by Nick Erby for a short time and then became my first charting single when it entered Mildura's Hot FM top 100 in 2007.    That was also the year I was a successful applicant to play at the Mildura Country Music Festival.

In July 2011 I released my debut album, Butterfly.  Since then I've released a series of singles and videos.  It wasn't until 2014, though that I made it into the national charts and that was with Daisy Jane (the track I won a songwriting competition with) and then with Here On The Road.

So, to mark the occasion I've decided to return to my debut album to release another track from it.  On October 30th via CRS 194.  I have also decided to do a “giveway” as well.  Please answer the following questions:

1. what is the name of my debut single?


2. what song off the Butterfly album will I be releasing on CRS vol 194?

Send me your answers and one lucky person (in Australia only) will receive a special "Susan Lily Pack" of goodies to mark the occasion. Join my Susan Lily Music page on FB and then answer via inbox message.  Then get cracking on requesting my new single on your local community radio station in November (which is also my birthday month!!).

love

Susan Lily

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Semaphore Music Festival - Susan Lily with Band!

Hi lovely ones,

It's almost that time again, when the Semaphore Foreshore is doned with a stage and decorated with lights and music to entertain one and all.  This year is special for me in so many ways.  It's my second time playing at this festival, I'm also now playing on the main stage with my backing band and, 2016 marks the tenth year since I released my first single and became a recording artist.  Whew!  What a decade!

Tickets for this fabulous 3 day event can be purchased from The Semaphore Music Festival Website.


So you will get a full day of music each day for only $10.10 per day!

Imagine that!!! 

I will be on stage with my backing band at 3 pm and if you've not seen us play together then now is a great time to do so! 

We would all love to see you there, supporting local and interstate original music.

lots of love

Susan  xx

Friday, 19 August 2016

New Zealand, here I Come!

Dear Lovely Ones,

At the end of this month I will be embarking on a new chapter of my musical and life journey. I've been blessed to have, in my life, a very supportive partner who is taking me on my first international flight next sunday.  It's not actually real to me yet; this trip.  I'm getting things ready of course, but it won't seem real until I pass through the doors at the airport where I usually watch him leave through without me.  Once I'm through into the international section it will all become real and exciting.






I am, however, very excited because I will get to meet another wonderful artist over there.  Sue Dyson is a talented Country Artist who has also been a producer/presenter of an internet radio show syndicated across the globe called An Hour Of Country.  She's played my music on her programme and I've returned the favour by adding her music to my playlist here on WOW FM.

It's going to be a beautiful afternoon of song and musical chaos as we meet, and join forces to bring our music to a new audience.

I can't wait.  I'm so excited!  

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Susan Lily Music Update

Hi lovely ones,

Firstly, many thanks to those who've been "onboard" with me for some time and welcome to those who have just joined up.  It's been an interesting financial year with much change; change that began when I finally realised that too much of my energy was being used up in a permanent job that really wasn't suitable for me.  My music and my life was suffering to the point where I lost motivation for both.  It's been a little over a year since I made that final walk and since then so much really good stuff has happened:

1. I got to tour with my sista from another mista, the lovely Michelle Walker
2. got to record and release my first duet with my mate Darren Scott (who is the awesome bass player with 8Ball Aitken by the way)
3. got to be in a top 40 internationally (for 23 weeks) with said duet via New Country Artist Top 40
4. got to perform in front of my largest TCMF audience at the Country Music Cares Concert at the Town Hall
4. was in my first Adelaide Fringe Show - Aquattica - written by Steve Charles
5. reached #1 on an international radio top 40 with Here On The Road - Spectrum Radio Petts Wood and,
6. passed my radio announcer's course and have since started doing a show on my home station wowfm 100.5 in Semaphore SA.  I play a mix of Aussie Independent artists, including country, along with other much loved Aussie music from times gone by.

In as much as I've wanted to go and play in Tamworth at next year's festival, my journey so far has been tenuous as far as income.  I've had to take the step to curb my enthusiasm in that direction and aim my sights at other things for the time being.  It will not be easy to see everyone's posts on social media during January, but I do know that come 2018 I plan to be there with

1. a new album (recorded here in South Oz)
2. my very first solo and self-penned cabaret show in Adelaide Fringe
3. at least one overseas visit (I now have a passport, so look out world!)
4. another QLD minitour up far north (with you know who)
5. more hours under my belt as a radio presenter.

I have much in the pipeline and am gaining strength and motivation each and every day.  I've experienced the sadness of losing a beautiful person to heaven and my darling little furkid, Jack Jack,  recently left me for the rainbow bridge.
New songs have, subsequently,  popped out of me, begging to be brought to life. They have helped me to accept things, and I'm overjoyed with how they have turned out.  I'm excited at the prospect of bringing them to life with my new producer and some talented Aussie musicians.

Of course my first love is entertaining and August has shown itself to be more than just the last month of winter.  I've played more gigs this month than I have in ages and it's been wonderful!

Thank you, each and every one of you.  My life and my music are such joys to me and it's all because of you all.

Take care and stay tuned.

Much love

Susan xxx



Susan Lily Music Update

Hi lovely ones,

Firstly, many thanks to those who've been "onboard" with me for some time and welcome to those who have just joined up.  It's been an interesting financial year with much change; change that began when I finally realised that too much of my energy was being used up in a permanent job that really wasn't suitable for me.  My music and my life was suffering to the point where I lost motivation for both.  It's been a little over a year since I made that final walk and since then so much really good stuff has happened:

1. I got to tour with my sista from another mista, the lovely Michelle Walker
2. got to record and release my first duet with my mate Darren Scott (who is the awesome bass player with 8Ball Aitken by the way)
3. got to be in a top 40 internationally (for 23 weeks) with said duet via New Country Artist Top 40
4. got to perform in front of my largest TCMF audience at the Country Music Cares Concert at the Town Hall
4. was in my first Adelaide Fringe Show - Aquattica - written by Steve Charles
5. reached #1 on an international radio top 40 with Here On The Road - Spectrum Radio Petts Wood and,
6. passed my radio announcer's course and have since started doing a show on my home station wowfm 100.5 in Semaphore SA.  I play a mix of Aussie Independent artists, including country, along with other much loved Aussie music from times gone by.

In as much as I've wanted to go and play in Tamworth at next year's festival, my journey so far has been tenuous as far as income.  I've had to take the step to curb my enthusiasm in that direction and aim my sights at other things for the time being.  It will not be easy to see everyone's posts on social media during January, but I do know that come 2018 I plan to be there with

1. a new album (recorded here in South Oz)
2. my very first solo and self-penned cabaret show in Adelaide Fringe
3. at least one overseas visit (I now have a passport, so look out world!)
4. another QLD minitour up far north (with you know who)
5. more hours under my belt as a radio presenter.

I have much in the pipeline and am gaining strength and motivation each and every day.  I've experienced the sadness of losing a beautiful person to heaven and my darling little furkid, Jack Jack,  recently left me for the rainbow bridge.
New songs have, subsequently,  popped out of me, begging to be brought to life. They have helped me to accept things, and I'm overjoyed with how they have turned out.  I'm excited at the prospect of bringing them to life with my new producer and some talented Aussie musicians.

Of course my first love is entertaining and August has shown itself to be more than just the last month of winter.  I've played more gigs this month than I have in ages and it's been wonderful!

Thank you, each and every one of you.  My life and my music are such joys to me and it's all because of you all.

Take care and stay tuned.

Much love

Susan xxx



Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Becoming The Butterfly You're Meant To Be

Hi lovely ones,

It's been a little over 12 months since I let go of a permanent job and concentrated on both my music and myself.  During the past year I've learnt much and been able to see things rather differently than I'd allowed myself to believe.

It's a great feeling to finally be able to say, without hesitation or doubt, that I really like who I am and who I've become.  In the world of music/art it's vital to understand the "self" before you can create the success you seek.  I am now in the best possible place to do this for myself and those I love. I am now, more than ever, a butterfly.


I hope everyone finds their own little piece of self love too.  There's a sense of peace when you get there and it's inspirational each and every day.  Without my belief in the abundance of the universe I would not be able to write this with all the love in my heart for everyone out there.

Take a chance, take a leap .... you may never look back, and your soul you'll keep.

lots of love

Susan xx


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Consider This, With Musical Love

Hi lovely ones,

I've been in the music biz for a little over 10 years and I've been a part of our community for a lot longer than that.  As time has gone on I've become more and more inclined to spend my money on more local projects: including buying the music an independent artist sells at their gigs.  It brings me great joy to know I've directly assisted someone in their life AND has given me a rather unique and eclectic music collection thus far.

Why am I telling you this?  It's twofold really.  The first reason relates to becoming a radio presenter.  I've recently undertaken radio announcer training for my local community radio and have begun collating my extensive music collection and added it to my pc so I can make playlists for the shows I'm programming.  Having such a grand variety of music will make it easier for me to help out when someone cannot do their show.  It also reminds me of those I've bought from and how they are doing.

The second reason relates to helping others.  If I've really enjoyed a show and they DO have music for sale I try to budget these days so I can take a piece of them home with me AND also feel great about financially supporting an independent artist.  Afterall, no one spends time and money creating and recording an album or EP so it can stay in storage.  All artists, including myself, appreciate when someone buys from us at a gig.  It's a wonderful feeling to know where your "babies" go to and that they are truly loved.  I've got some wonderful "short run" EP's and Albums that I know will be collectors items in years to come.

So, the next time you plan to see a band or a show, see if you can budget in the album/EP too.  You will give joy and appreciation directly to the artist and your music collection will be even more unique and special because of this.

lots of love

Susan xx


Sunday, 17 April 2016

I Went "Home in the Back of a Divvy Van" - The Painters & Dockers in Adelaide

With the Teddy Bear’s Picnic blasting from the in-house PA out strode the shyest member of the Painters and Dockers.  Garbed in muso black jeans and singlet Paul Stewart was adorned with lipstick that only he and Robert Smith (the cure) can get away with.  By this stage the ever-growing crowd had made it’s polite way to the stage area.  This is how we do things sometimes in Adelaide, polite and obliging.  
The Painters & Dockers Erupt onto the stage at The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel

From there it was musical mayhem from the opener “Eat Shit Die” all the way to “We’re Going Home in the Back of a Divvy Van”.  Throughout the event, as it was no ordinary pub gig, a plethora of audience members joined the 7 piece band on stage.  Encouraged by the leader of mayhem to do so, they danced and sang along with all the familiar “All Men Are Bastards” and the Dili Allstars song “Nothing Tastes Better Than The Neighbour’s Chicken”.  

Lead singer Paul Stewart

Lead guitarist Colin Badger and Paul Stewart

I’m sure social media was abuzz from the moment “Nude School” began and a portly gentleman dressed in his birthday suit burst onto the stage and into our faces.  True to Docker’s form, and perhaps our city’s, he wasn’t crashed tackled by security.  Instead many pics were snapped and videos taken to ensure it would be forever etched on the internet whilst he danced around with Paulie Stewart as David Pace took lead vocals.  

"Nude School" as only could happen at the Gov.
L-R Michael Badger (bass), Nude guy from the crowd, Paul Stewart, David Pace (V & trumpet), Mick Morris (V & saxophone), Vladimir Juric (lead & rhythm guitar)

Requested to “cry, laugh, or get pregnant” in the opening of the show, by the end of the night I’m sure that two out of three were carried out.  Much love and laughter til we cried was the order of the night and I’m sure most people went home on their own personal hovercraft of joy and happiness, including me.

A more quirky career start you couldn’t have asked for either.  This band’s debut gig was supposed to be a “one off” to help out a mate with parking fines (back in 1982).  The name was taken by the guys from the Union who drank at the hotel the gig was.  Their notoriety over the years has come from a mix of “no police policy” in a union hotel, a disgruntled neighbour with an axe, a smashed up PA and, a riot.  All this happened on their debut gig and suddenly the legend of Painters and Dockers band was born.  They say that any publicity is good and it proved the case once the Dockers (as they are affectionately known) were allowed to book into a venue.  Word had spread and suddenly they were playing to crowds of people who were curious to see what would happen next. 

See I told you Paul Stewart was shy...in his sleep lol

"hovercraft" dancing by Paul Stewart
Twenty years after the first time they played at the Gov they delivered a most enjoyable and random event/show/night of entertainment that has this gal smiling and giggling almost 24 hours after.  The sheer energy and joy emanating from the stage gave the audience a buzz that money just can't buy.  If you can, find some live video footage.  You might just find yourself enjoying them as much as all the people who’ve been to their gigs across Australia recently.  Personally, I can't wait for them to come over again.

love Susan xx

ps thanks to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painters_and_Dockers for some background info, to Paul Stewart for an awesome interview on WOW FM last thursday morning, and to all the great guys in this wonderful band who gave their time to chat with me about life etc last night.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Thursday 7th April 2016

Hi lovely ones,

How cool is it to get to the waterfront every now and again.  Last thursday was a very special day for me as I got to programme one hour of the show I do with my mate Jim Manning.  I've been involved with WOW FM for some time now and the more I go there the more fun I have.  It was great to sit and work out a songlist to play and then get behind the desk to work it all.

After the show I took myself down to the beach at Semaphore and wandered around to capture some of the serenity that I feel when I'm near the ocean.  It's a great spot no matter the season and a perfect place to quietly celebrate my first show.


So if you can't get to an ocean then I'm very happy to share mine with you.  I'm sure I will have more footage again soon.

If you would like to tune in to hear me on air then please drop by WOW FM website...http://wowfm.org/
and press the live button or you can find the station on your tunein app.
Thursday mornings 0800 - 1000 (Aust Central Time) , 0830 - 1030 (Eastern Standard Time), 0600 - 0800 (Western Australia Time)

thanks for tuning in and have a great week

love 

Susan xx


Monday, 4 April 2016

Debut of "mowing the back lawn"

Hi Lovely Ones,

It's Autumn and what better time than now to learn a new outdoor skill.  I've always loved the warm sunny days of the season that precedes the cold of winter. In particular, I love watching the leaves change from green through to red and fall to create a fun carpet to run through when someone is watching.  Oh yes, you already know I'm such a grown up!

In readiness for a most enjoyable latter two thirds of Autumn I've also decided it's high time I manouvred into the role of 2IC in the gardening department and have stepped up from basic potting to my first attempt at mowing the back lawn. As you will see in the video, I've taken great pains to put my own take on this outdoor event.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did when I mowed the lawn.


Happy youtubing everyone and remember to subscribe to my channel so you can keep up...or maybe even start to compete...yeah, let's all do videos and compare notes.

Susan Lily does her #vlogging at https://www.youtube.com/user/SusanLilyMusic


Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Sailing on "The One and All" Tall Ship

Dear Lovely Ones,

I was fortunate enough to sail on the One and All tall ship in early February and in the course of editing practice with imovie I've created this snippet of the day.


This tall ship is permanently berthed in Port Adelaide, is owned by the people of South Australia and is available for day and overnight sailing.  You can also volunteer to help with almost any aspect of this ship and can learn to sail on it.

For more information please drop by: http://oneandallship.com.au/


Love

Susan xx

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Jackalope Studio Gallery - Port Adelaide

Hi lovely ones,

It's taken me a few months but I've finally started using my iphone to create a vlog for myself on youtube.  This week's edition sees me try out a few new things with the imovie app on the phone and create a showpiece to help promote a local small art business in Port Adelaide.

It's a great love of mine to be creative (and one of my top 6 values too) and to have tools to do this is simply wonderful!  So, kick back and watch my second moofee as I take you on a tour of Jackalope Studio Gallery in Port Adelaide


Happy Easter everyone

lots of love

Susan xx

When Living By Your Values Feels Great

Hi lovely ones,

Today I did something I don't do all that often.  I stood my ground on something and politely asked for a compromise on a situation that I didn't feel was right for me.  I didn't refuse anything, simply asked for a modification to be considered. One that would sit well with my values, well my top two values actually.

Since the discovery of my top 6 values I've been doing my best to work with them and to acknowledge them on a regular basis.  In fact, some really big decisions have been made based on these values.  It's true that, if you can't live with yourself, who can you live with.  It's great as well when you can accept that the other person, and only they, own the response to your values.  If they don't share a respect for your values why be involved with them?  If they do understand and respect you for your values the situation they represent may be the right one for you.

It feels a bit too simple but I'm glad it's become that.  I'd rather walk away from something before it begins than to sell out my values when something doesn't feel right.  I know I'm taking a risk but it feels so good to be doing it.  Am I living a little bit more than ususal?  Who knows, but I'm so glad I was true to my values and that's all that matters today.

Love

Susan xx

Thursday, 17 March 2016

May the Vlog Be with You

Dear Lovely Ones,

As you will have read on other occasions I'm experiencing a "first" again.  This time it's a new thing for me that involves my iphone, imovies and learning heaps about making movies and editing them.  It's been something I've wanted to do for a long time and today, whilst I was convalescing, I decided to have a go... here is the result and I hope you like it.  Stay tuned as I will be making more and more til you get sick of them entirely haha...


This is the goddess of compassion and kindness and she lives down in Aldinga and overlooks the sea.  You can see her when you are about 5 km or more away and is such a beautiful site to behold.  If you get up close and touch her there are subtle vibrations you will feel.  If you are open to it you may also receive spiritual guidance through words or phrases that pop into your head when you least expect them.

The buddhist temple is beautiful as well but no cameras are allowed inside so I was not able to capture it.  I think it's best to actually go there and have a look anyway.  Embrace it how you wish and see what you  want to see.  

thank you for stopping by and I look forward to greeting you here again soon

love

Susan xx

Friday, 26 February 2016

Patient Vulnerability vs social media (an opinion)

Dear Lovely Ones,

I'm not sure if it's because I've worked in the health industry or if it's just that I find it degrading and disrespectful to see photos of anyone in a vulnerable health scenario posted on social media.  It's becoming more and more accepted though and I find that a little disturbing as well.  I do understand that some people post photos of themselves on social media so as to feel not so isolated and lonely when they are in hospital.  That is one of the sad parts about being ill or injured and stuck in a hospital bed.  It's busy, noisy and quite often people are left bewildered as to what is happening to them and who really cares.

I also feel that when one does enter a hospital as a patient their dignity is forcibly removed and stuck on an invisible rack at the entrance.  This doesn't return to them until they are back home.

So please, think twice before going down this road. Perhaps leave taking a photo of a patient in a hospital until they at least are on the mend or actually give their permission for you to spread their vulnerable image across the world for eternity (or for as long as the internet exists).  I'd also like to ask people to take a moment and try and imagine how you would feel in the same scenario as your friend or family member. How would you feel if your vulnerability was highlighted forever on social media?

love

Susan xx

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Ladies Advice for Ladies - Adelaide Fringe Show 2016




Hi lovely ones,


It’s not often I can say I saw a show that surprised and delighted me from start to finish.  A chance encounter with the stars of “Ladies Advice for Ladies” in Rundle Mall lead me to attend their opening night at the IBIS Hotel (Grenfell street) and then to make my way to Eureka Tavern (Salisbury) again on the weekend.

They deliver ladies etiquette with great sincerity, wit and the aplomb of seasoned performers.  I truly loved every surprise we encountered through the show.  All done very “lady like” and shared with a genuine love of their audience, whom they engaged with regularly.

I can say, without favour, I really enjoyed every moment of this experience.  I got to belly laugh enough to feel I’d had a workout.  I also felt rather alive, like I’d been hypnotised for the hour into another world.  I had so much energy after the show I could have pushed my car home.

I believe we have it good here in Adelaide and the fringe is about showcasing one’s entertainment skills to the max.  The finesse of Tessa and Marianne, along with their energy, swept us away from the daily drearies of life.


So, if you’re not sure who to go see this fringe, just make sure you see the season of CafĂ© O’Lait Cabaret before they go home.  You will love every minute!

Tickets for their shows are via Adelaide Fringe website (click on this link)

love 

Susan xx


Saturday, 6 February 2016

Spectrum Radio - UK - thank you!

It will be a year, in late March, that I released my single "Here On The Road".  With a brilliant video produced by a local film company, it rose to #1 in the TYGA FM Top 20 and a healthy #12 in the national Country Tracks Top 40 chart.

I sent it a while back to a lovely man in the UK, Micky Spectrum, who runs Spectrum Radio.  I also sent "Daisy Jane" which had a lovely 12 week run in the chart before being swapped with "Here On the Road".

In a mere 3 or 4 weeks it is now sitting at #2 and I'm so very happy and grateful to everyone who voted for it.  That's how it rose to this position; votes by listeners.   

How gorgeous to be NUMBER 2 .... AND, have my photo on the side of this chart!!!.

Now is the time to drop over to the voting section and place your selections (I think daily maybe) and have a listen to some of the others... like my dear sista from another mista.. Michelle Walker... she's got a song on the hotlist called Liar Liar... go have a listen.

Anyway, this delighted gal is off to a gig now... happy saturday!!

love

Susan xx
www.susanlilymusic.com

Sunday, 31 January 2016

WOW! Thank you Spectrum Radio!!

It's the middle of the night here in downtown Adelaide and the other people are out stumbling the streets trying to remember where their feet are.  Not me, oh no. I'm home safe and sound and have just checked out the chart for Spectrum Radio Countdown to discover that my song HERE ON THE ROAD has jumped up 8 places to BE IN THE TOP TEN AT NUMBER 8!!!!  WOOHOO!!!


Many thanks to Micky Spectrum and all the listeners who've been voting for it.  I'm rather blown away by how quickly it's risen.  I will sleep a very happy sleep tonight.

If you want to vote for the song and others in the chart, please go to SPECTRUM RADIO (via this link) or to http://www.spectrumradiopettswood.com/chart-vote.html

What a year this one's turning out to be!!

lots of love to all

Sooz! xx

www.susanlilymusic.com

So Many Moments





I've just got home from a gig that began as so many have; getting there on time for soundcheck, meeting the other musicians and getting "into the zone".  However, I am so chuffed about how the night went. I feel like I've passed another inivisible hurdle to "step up" and smash my PB (and I don't mean peanut butter as I like mine crunchy) for performing.  It was such an enjoyable night with a cameraderie that made its way to the walls and behind the bar (the staff said they really enjoyed the night too).

 A real family affair twas this launch for a truly beautiful and talented local artist and here was I, an invited party to help celebrate the event.  It was a chance spotting of a post on FB (by my gorgeous man) that lead me to becoming part of the Samantha Edge album launch for "Moments".  So many moments indeed.

First there was the celtic trio called Telenn Tri who opened the night with essences of time gone by mixed with contemporary feel.  Made up of Violin, Harp, and guitar or piano accordion this trio delighted us with joyous melodies and heartfelt originals.

After a short break I got up to do my bit and suddenly it all felt rather magical.  Perhaps it was the total attention the room had given to my predecessors and was now giving to me.  Maybe it had something to do with my recent successes in Tamworth at the CMF.  Was I channeling my grandad?  Was he with me now?   Pop was a gifted musician who had no lessons and simply "felt" music.  I do too.  Sometimes it frustrates other musicians when I can't explain something or count them in... but I do feel music takes me over and I ride the tide of its rhythms til my songs are finished.

Anyway, I digress.  I changed my songlist to cater for one of the gorgeous ladies I'd met earlier and found myself singing "Butterfly" like I've never done before.  I felt I'd reached that moment when dynamics ruled me rather than the other way.  It felt good, right, and I  went with it all.

My impact, I found out later, was profound and very positive.  As far as I'm concerned tonight was almost the night to end all nights.  If I don't wake up tomorrow this is a testament to me being a very happy and fulfilled gal.

The magic continued well after my spotlight moment.  I sat down to relax and listen to Samantha do her launch sets and found myself swept into another world.  Each song was more than heartfelt, divine in its own creation and reminded me of my own journey.  One of the things I've grown to love about Samantha is her ability to share, even the saddest, stories in a way that makes you believe there is much hope to be had.  I'm so glad she did two sets; one would have had me begging for more.

I do hope you go and have a listen to her album "Moments".  I've got my copy and you can find yours if you take the time to visit her website (which is linked to her name at the top).  To those who have not yet seen this gifted Adelaidian, please find her on social media and go see her live!!!  You will awaken to a whole new world when you see Samantha Edge in concert.

I'm off to bed now to dream about my next gig with Samantha.  I reckon it's gonna be a cracker! I'm so very grateful I made contact and got to share a stage with another wonderful music artist.

love to all

Sooz!

www.susanlilymusic.com