Sunday, August 8, 2010

Darren Hanlon Rocks My World....

As a middle-aged mum from the suburbs, I don't get out to see live music very often (Ha! Ya think...) but I did make an exception on Friday night to see one of my favourite singer/songwriters ever - Darren Hanlon.

A true modern poet in the indie spirit of Billy Bragg and looking like a young Russell Crowe, he gave a lovely intimate performance in a historical theatre on the Sunshine Coast (the Majestic). I am smitten all over again (the first time was on hearing his first EP 'Early Days' back in 2000, specifically my all-time favourite song 'Falling Aeroplanes'), though possibly not as badly as the older lady full of Dutch courage professing her love and devotion for Darren from the middle of the theatre - "Darren, you rock my world" (amongst other sentiments) was heard several slurred times! It did make him smirk in a cute way though - *tee hee*.

He performed a real mix of old and new stuff and introduced the audience to his newest collaborator Shelley Short  from Oregon, who sings with him on his new album. She was also fantastic and I will be searching out some of her music asap. Anyway, I have been listening contantly to Darren's amazing lyrics since Friday and thought I would share his latest release with you for musical education purposes. Enjoy!!

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