Getting into Magic Dirt
I don’t mean some sparkly fairy dust, I mean the band, Magic Dirt. Since seeing Adalita and Bob Evans (Kevin Mitchell from Jebediah) in a show last year, I had only heard of some of Adalita’s solo work. I knew she was in a band called Magic Dirt and I’d heard the occasional song, but yesterday I ventured on finding more of their music. I don’t listen to much music fronted by females, but there’s always something different about them. In Magic Dirt, I must say it’s different in a good way. I’ve only listened to two of their albums and their songs really vary. I like musicians who aren’t afraid to dabble in different genres.
That said, I suppose I’ll end up liking Magic Dirt, not just because Adalita’s in it and because I saw her live. Magic Dirt probably won’t be coming out with any albums soon since their bassist Dean Turner passed away in 2009.
I find a lot of Australian music to be underrated, at least around the world. Really popular Australian music gets a fair bit of attention here, but somehow it’s all overshadowed by American music and it’s kind of sad. Bands like Powderfinger, Silverchair, Jebediah, Wolfmother, and Magic Dirt – aren’t so popular around the world and a lot of people outside of Australia probably wouldn’t have heard of them at all.
I sort of like that Australia is like this “land down under”, and it’s hilarious that people think we have pet kangaroos, and that we all talk with at “Aussie accent”, but I get really passionate about music and I often wish Australian music was more recognised. Then again, I kind of like this little niche, and I suppose I tend to like underground music and indie music. After all, Jebediah produced their latest album Kosciuszko themselves. Also the best album of 2011 in my opinion, so. 😉
Sometimes I get very excited when I talk to someone and realise we like the same bands, given that I don’t like many “popular” bands. When I find out that they know a lot about the band and are just as fanatic as I am, it makes me happy that we have something in common that we can chat about. Other times, I get annoyed, because I find that while this person is a fan, they don’t know as much about the band as I do.
A couple of years ago I realised that you honestly don’t need to know every single song by a band to be a fan of them. You don’t need to know all the band members’ names. You don’t need to know when the lead singer slept with his wife or that the guitarist used to be a toilet cleaner. Of course, it’s all trivial. I find that when I don’t know much about a band and meet someone who knows more, I learn from that person. Not everyone has the time to Wikipedia everything or the money to buy every record. Music, as always, should bring the people together. 👊
I return to work tomorrow, and here I go being busy again. I love my job though, and I’m looking forward to going back. Like years of schooling gone by, it’ll take some time to ease back into the routine. I’m planning to read some books on the train instead of just staring out the window and daydreaming. I have noticed a lot of people have resolutions this year to read. I plan to do the same. I have about 12 books in my bookshelf that remain unread, and they need some love. I also have a large number of e-books that I plan to read. I used to read so much, and used to read about three books a week in high school, but everyone knows that towards the end, study takes over.
I suppose I’ve never really minded my train rides, and they used to seem really, really long, but after three years of catching public transport, the time seems to go by quickly. But, relatively. Whenever I’m alone the time goes slower, and always faster when I catch a train with a friend. I hope to be able to squeeze in reading whenever I hop on the train.
The past couple of days I’ve been busy cleaning out my websites, particularly fanlistings. I’ve dropped six in the past six days. Currently at 47, my goal is 45, but I see myself going to 40. Thinking back in November I had 87… I think I’ve done well. 😄
I also have a new layout at my photoblog, so check it out and let me know what you think. My other blog has a new layout as well. I’m happy to be cleaning out all this stuff. Also, the free layouts page has all the themes in the Treats Collection so feel free to browse. 🙂