Seeing your favourite band, artist or DJ can be a life-changing and exhilarating experience. On the one hand, sitting at home listening to a Spotify compilation or watching videos can improve your emotional state to a degree, but being in the crowd at a music venue, or in the throes of humanity in a stadium, or detached from the real world on an underground dance floor… these are the moments which take things to whole’nother level.
However, the benefits of going to a live music event aren’t only about letting your hair down and having fun (although that’s obviously a considerable part of it). There are, believe it or not, more benefits to your overall well-being.
Here are just some of them… Continue reading Reasons to go to Live Music Concerts
For those not in the know, I teach music and sport to little ones during the week. By little ones, I mean 5 to 9-year-olds. It’s lots of fun. And mayhem. And exhaustion. And exhilaration. And the lessons you learn in the trenches with these little ones are lessons that are worth sharing.
There’s lots I don’t quite get right as a teacher. And believe me, those moments are sobering. However, every now and then… as teachers… everything falls into place. Please excuse the indulgence, but I’d like to tell you about one such story, about a 5-year-old boy. We’ll call him Bobby in this story. Continue reading Fear and how you conquer it
WHETHER it’s friends, preachers or artists, I’ve found a helpful gauge on who’s advice to listen to: “By their fruits you will know them”. It’s Jesus’s words in Matthew 7. Continue reading My affinity for TobyMac
The moment I left my journalism career to work as junior school teacher, I immediately noticed something: no one asked me about my job anymore. Continue reading I left my journalism career for teaching
Let me be upfront: I’m not a massive rugby fanatic. That is to say, I don’t ordinarily shout at the television hoping my voice will somehow carry over into the referee’s sphere of auditory processing and change the course of the game. Continue reading South African things I savour from the Rugby World Cup victory
We’re nearly at the end of the year, people. Two more months before 2020. I’ll bet there’ll be a lot of tag lines around 20/20 vision and seeing things clearly and whatever. Before we go there, I’d like to share some thoughts… you know – hit the pause button, just for a few minutes, and consider the journey so far… Continue reading A trip down memory lane
A few years ago, I completed my Grade 5 singing exam. That’s right. Exam. Singing classical Pavarotti-esque stuff. Five different pieces in Latin, Italian. Plus Continue reading Vocals and the quest for learning
I was 18 years old, and part of the leadership team of a small youth group in our church. I was good friends with the youth pastor. He had long hair, drank beer and preached U2. He was just what I needed. Continue reading The search for spirit and truth
When musicians get asked what inspires their songwriting, and they usually say general life, I usually think to myself: “What does your life look like?”… and having chatted to many people who have asked me the same thing about The Great Deep, I decided to answer this question by filming a week of my life. Continue reading A September week in my life
For years, I’ve resisted the urge to put together a crowdfunding campaign. It’s never sat well with me: the idea that people pay upfront for something that hasn’t been produced. Continue reading I’m just going ahead and doing it… a crowdfunding campaign