Friday, March 21st, 2008

Just learned that my new Aussie friend Paul McNeil illustrated perhaps the coolest children’s book I’ve ever laid eyes on: “M is for Metal!” The cafe where we had breakfast had a copy of it lying around. Someday, you will be buying a copy for a friend’s child’s birthday. Or for yourself. Trust me.

I’ve always struggled to cite my musical influences when asked — so much is subconscious. Osmosis. But tonight during Sinead O’Connor’s set at Bluesfest, I was struck across the face with the reality that her brand of feminine ferocity burned a path I’ve been walking down ever since the early 90s when I was tapped deeply into her first two albums. Hearing ‘Mandinka’ sung live was epic. I was misty through much of it, and was one of many thousands singing along with ‘Nothing Compares 2 U.’

Paul McNeil, Andrew Kidman, and Michelle Lockwood at the outrageously lovely SeeĀ Cell Gallery in Byron Bay.

Our second performance at the festival was on the Crossroads stage. This pic was taken during Sugarland’s set; their album just came out here tho they’re huge in the U.S. They did a shit-kickin country version of Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” that made me very very happy. I later learned that they performed it together on the American Music Awards.