inspire#9: Wrong Town (Mark Gordon)

[also see Background to inspire#9: Wrong Town (Mark Gordon)] * All italics and emboldening are editor’s own Mark Gordon, in a few of his own words. I’ve been a professional photographer for the last 10 years, coming back to it late at the age of 50. Now I’m broadly interested in photography, film and music,   Read More …

Today, whilst helping my husband with some flyers for his latest jazz workshop in the local arts centre, I tripped on a beautiful story. In our neighbouring suburb, there is a certain street, coincidentally called Mint Street, as with our acoustic keyboard/bass duo. And on this street was a little corner crafts shop called ‘Stitcher’s   Read More …

Freaking me out with his smiling death stare

It has been on my heart to write a little something about the community we are experiencing in this season that is a first for us in Perth. Summer. So we have heard about it. The flies, the hot air, the sunscreen and the aridity which together with the heat brings bushfires even with just   Read More …

[refer to inspire#8: Buying Happiness (Mak CK)] I think of the times when I was back in pre-university. Class of about 15 people? I could barely recall details of class, years and so on, but i cannot forget the stories and the people and just some extra special moments. I shared with CK (as I   Read More …

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[also see Background to inspire#8: Buying Happiness (Mak CK)] * All italics and emboldening are editor’s own Mak, in A Few Words I’m a professional storyteller who tries to shine a light on important social issues through personal human stories. The Calling & The Path I’ve always loved expressing myself and telling stories to an   Read More …

[This article is the background to ‘inspire#7: An Open Heart & A Humble Stance (Mario Serio)‘] And about 2 years ago, pianist, entertainer and mentor Mario Serio asked me to join him as the lead singer on a Chinese New Year’s function gig alongside with the wonderful Ernesto Valerio and friends. It was a quartet   Read More …

Inpsire#7 features Jazz Man Mario Serio

[see ‘Background to inspire#7: An Open Heart & A Humble Stance (Mario Serio)‘ for the background to this interview.] It was 1994. The phone rang. Mario was in his hotel room in Las Vegas watching O.J. Simpson busy getting chased by helicopters. Jazz singer from New York, Nancy Kelly was on the line, asking if   Read More …

[refer to main article “Inspire#6: Out of Paper Boxes (Melinda Tan)“] Inspire# isn’t anything less than a love-job (if it was a job at all). It was birthed out of seeing myself as a passageway, and i’ve used this phrase often with friends and colleagues: I see myself, and the projects I place my hands   Read More …

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[for the background and my personal response to this article please see “Background to Inspire#6: Out of Paper Boxes (Melinda Tan)“] I have always had trouble forming cool, suave and hip introductions of myself on social. It’s a hard thing to do, being honest of how you see yourself and how others look at you,   Read More …

P+M plays at Kalamunda Jazz Festival 2016

It was our first time going to Kalamunda and what a treat! It is just as well that we had only just seen David Attenborough’s program on ‘The Private Life of Plants’ which covered bits and pieces of the Australian bush and flora. Up the zig-zaggy road, we realised why there is literally a festival   Read More …