I am now four-shows into the Winter Secrets tour around Australia.
Thank you, thank you, thank you â€“ so far it has been mind-blowing and soul-restoring. I was incredibly nervous about this tour (about being on my own, completely exposed on stage with new songs, new instruments, new stories) and yet the exceptionally involved audiences at each show have made sure I have come off feeling alive and filled up and brimming over with the enjoyment of being back on stage. Honestly, it has been wonderful. One of the greatest things about these shows have been the random collaborations Iâ€™ve been having on stage with the winners of the Winter Secrets Comp â€“ people Iâ€™ve never met before that day, getting up there on stage with me, over-whelming us all with their skill and bravery. Viola, melodica, guitar, banjo, and of course voice; this is the landscape so far. And we have all felt the generosity of each audience; people have been joining in with us in ways that have been making Tim and I feel â€œWow â€“ we are lucky peopleâ€. The other day in Adelaide I completely forgot all the words to â€œOrangesâ€. I looked into the audience and saw a girl mouthing the words back to me. I stopped the song and said â€œHey, how would you feel about coming up here and singing the song for me while I play guitar?â€ and to my joy she said â€œSure!â€ And thatâ€™s how we met Angela. Wow; what a woman. The other major highlight?