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Music Monday - The 1975
Monday, 28 July 2014 10:05

In two sleeps time, I'm off to Sydney for the Sydney Vegan Expo on Sunday and to see one of my favourite bands, The 1975 at the (sold-out) Enmore Wednesday night.


I first discovered The 1975 when I found a wonderful article by Brad Nelson on my favourite band Haim (see last week's Music Monday) and The 1975 - especially in regards to their percussive sounds and their 80s influences.

I first saw and heard their song, Sex (EP version) and I was hooked:

I immersed myself in all of their wonderfully shot black and white visual representations of their songs, including Chocolate:

and The City:

Then this black and white world was turned upside down with the wonderfully colourful pop of Girls:

I love this song and the video - it's very tongue-in-cheek and such a contrast to their previous visuals.

As well as listening to Haim pretty much everyday, I do the same with The 1975. If you know any music that's similar to these bands, please let me know!

It's not just the 80s-influences and percussive sound of The 1975 that I adore, it's also their whole marketing. Their Tumblr-style website, their arty/B&W photos and videos, their posting style etc.

This year they once again, released some new black and white music videos. Starting with another favourite, Settle Down:

Followed up a few months ago, with the full colour, Bonnie and Clyde styled, Robbers:

These guys from Manchester, UK are quite well known back in their home country, but only now are more people knowing of them, especially in Australia.

I really hope you have discovered some new music and I hope you love this band as much as I do. Can't wait for the show Wednesday night!


Image Source: The Music Universe

Friday's Final Say - James Baldwin & Masks Quote
Friday, 25 July 2014 15:00

Friday's Final Say from James Baldwin:


Let's see what we can see of each other without our masks.

Write Short Wednesday - Just Get to Boulder
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:10

Just Get to Boulder

Let's just get to Boulder,
it will make everything alright.
Too many hours on the road,
not too long in one spot.
But the hills are changing
and the mountains beckon.
We are home.



Music Monday - Haim
Monday, 21 July 2014 14:20

In about 2012, I first came across a band named Haim (pronounced Hi-um) doing a pretty good cover of a Fleetwood Mac song (Hold Me), in an otherwise lack lustre collection of Fleetwood Mac covers, the Just Tell Me That You Want Me CD.


There wasn't much online about the group then, so I soon forgot about them. A year or so later, many friends were telling me that I would love Haim - most notably because they were always compared to my favourite band of all time, Fleetwood Mac. In most cases, this is never a good thing and usually a let down. I brushed these suggestions aside for awhile.

I arrived back home to Brisbane in late 2013 after my latest 5-month adventures to SE Asia and North America. I made a pact with myself that I would only travel if someone paid for it. This has been really great to tick a hell of a lot of things from my to-do list, and it's helped me immerse myself in some newish music that I've missed the past 5 years.

I finally listened to the girls from Haim and was instantly obsessed. I love 1970s Southern Californian sounds - in particular Buckingham Nicks and when Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac. But the sound from this era also included such greats as The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, America, Journey, Bonnie Raitt, and Linda Ronstadt. Haim remind me so much of this era of wonderful music.

I've been really into percussive music lately - and I always love any melodic music. The Haim sisters are from the San Fernando Valley in California, and were in a band with their parents when the were younger. They write their own music and play many instruments. I listen to these ladies just about everyday and I'm really excited to hopefully see them perform live one day soon.

If you've never heard of them, here's some of their music videos for you to enjoy. I hope you love them as much as I do.



Don't Save Me:


One of my favourite songs, Falling - second best music video of theirs:


This video isn't the best, but the music is wonderful - The Wire:


Released early this year, this music video is THE best visual of the band - LOVE the video and song, If I Could Change Your Mind:


And this is a wonderful live cover of Peter Green/Fleetwood Mac's Oh Well:


Image Source - The Guardian

Friday's Final Say - Oscar Wilde & Love Quote
Friday, 18 July 2014 15:00

Friday's Final Say from Oscar Wilde:


We are not ordinary.

Write Short Wednesday - Our Road Trips
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:10

Our Road Trips

Can you feel the promise
of adventure in these wheels?
Can you imagine the exploring
that will take place within this state?
The open road,
the sunsets galore,
your atrocious music.
But still I adore
our road trips.



Friday's Final Say - Do It Quote
Friday, 11 July 2014 15:00

Friday's Final Say:


So let's do it and see...

Marketing Yourself Using Social Media Talk & Workshop with Leigh-Chantelle
Thursday, 10 July 2014 15:49

On Saturday I gave a talk and workshop at the Logan Art Gallery for the Logan Artsworkers Networking Events (LANE).

I had 70-80 people who came along to learn more about Social Media, Podcasts, Blogging, Websites, Online Etiquette and more.

I received a great amount of questions, interactions and feedback. I've added the handouts, video and Slideshare presentation below so you can get all the info.

Here's the handouts:




(click on each image above to download)


Here's the Video of the event - I edited out a lot of the questions - thanks to all who participated.

Here's the SlideShare presentation. I created a KeyNote presentation and then exported to PDF. Somehow when I uploaded it to SlideShare, some of the images have been lost. I have no idea why sorry.

I hope you get something out of the above.
Write Short Wednesday - Lunch in Battambang
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 12:10

Lunch in Battambang

I walk out to the left,
down the street from where I slumber.
Then left and cross
in two streets time.
I walk right past the bus depot
and have one option first,
then another for lunch.



Music Monday - What Remains EP featuring Doug de Jong (2009)
Monday, 07 July 2014 10:00

To celebrate the listing of my old music on Bandcamp and SoundCloud, I thought I'd share another one of my EPs (Extended Play). This one is a co-creation with one of my music partners, Doug de Jong. I met Doug when a guy I was dating was the drummer in his covers band. We've been creating music together for many years.

This is What Remains:


Doug and I recorded about 12 tracks in his home studio in 2009. 5 tracks made this EP, with the others meant to be on another EP - one day we'll get around to releasing that!

Music by Doug de Jong & Leigh-Chantelle
Lyrics by Leigh-Chantelle
All instruments performed by Doug de Jong
Recorded, Produced and Mixed by Doug de Jong

For more information on Doug de Jong please see

There were 200 numbered (physical) copies of this EP that I created scrapbook-style. Here's the back cover:


Here's a REVIEW by Tim Badrick.

When I was younger all I wanted to do was to be a rockstar. I've had a break from music for over 3 years now, I even sold my guitar and practice amp before I went overseas longterm. I've sung here and there but my focus has been on vegan and environmental education for quite awhile now.

Just recently I've been feeling inspired to create music again. I've uploaded my old releases onto Bandcamp and SoundCloud to acknowledge and appreciate where I've come from in my musical journey, and to make way for the future. Stay tuned for my new releases - maybe by the time the year is out!

Listen or Purchase on Bandcamp:

Listen on SoundCloud:

Live Videos of My Performances with Doug: