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Me, Me and more Me


Some random stories and facts, to give you a sense of who you're dealing with here. Told by both me and Marty Brown, who you're about to meet. 

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Clare Bowditch is a beloved ARIA Award Winning Musician, Logie Nominated actor (Offspring), ABIA Award Winning writer, and one of Australia's most respected, over-booked public speakers (on topics of modern mental health, big-hearted business, all things "Being Woman"). Clare has been Rolling Stone Woman of the Year (Contribution to Culture) and been invited to tour with some of the absolute greats (Leonard Cohen, Gotye, Cat Power). She has been a community-singing leader for nearly twenty years, and is famous for getting small and large groups of people who to harness their fear of public singing, face their fear, and just SING ANYWAY. 

Although she has written songs since she was three, Clare only became "serious" about music around the time we became parents to our only daughter (when we were 27).  We now have three children - our (now) teenage girl and two thirteen year old boys  (who happen to be...identical twins). 

Clare's first book ' Your Own Kind of Girl' is out now via Allen & Unwin. Read reviews here. In 2020 she was awarded an ABIA Award for 'The Matt Richel Best New Australian Writer'. Her Audiobook has been named by Audible one of the Top Twenty Australian Audiobooks of all time. Her Audible Original 'Tame Your Inner Critic' remained in the Top Five of the Audible charts for six weeks. 

Her eighth album will be released by Island Records at a time that was meant to be 2020 but now, thanks to The Pandemic, will be 2021. 

Clare is also the founder of 'Big Hearted Business' (f. 2012) - a community who teach creative people about business, and business people about creativity, in ways that make sense. This project has been on Sabbatical since 2017, because there's only so much one woman can do in a day. Like Lazarus, it will one day rise again, I'm sure of it. 


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in the words of my man / manager, marty brown:

My latest love project 

Once, after a tour, my band-mate Rach made us a all this beautiful tour book full of pictures from our adventure, and at the back was this photo of Marty and this inscription. 

Marty is the ears and ears and nuts and bolts of every piece of "Clare Bowditch Music" you've ever heard. I met him through my other friend-mentor, musical genius John Hedigan.  They were housemates. Here's the thing - if it wasn't first for John, and then Marty - who drums, engineers, records and manages all of us (like herding cats) - you would never have heard of my songs. God's truth. 

Marty is THE MASTERMIND (although he did NOT build this website, I did. That's why there are missing links all over the place. Is said to him "YOU BUILD IT!" and he said "I CAN'T DO EVERYTHING YOU KNOW!" and I said "WHY NOT????". Truth is, I don't mind a little #D.I.Y. - it reminds of how things were at the start, when we were frugal students who ate beans and marched at protests and felt ALIVE. For the record, we still eat beans, march at protests, and feel more "ALIVE" in our forties then we did in our... thirties? I was tired a lot in my thirties. You'll hear more about all of this when our BIG FAT ALBUM comes out in 2020. 

All by way of saying, if there's any problem with links on this website, please email Marty via the CONTACT page (LOVE YOU!).  

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martin W. brown

if he gets to say things about me, i get to say things about him...

Next up: Marty & Clare, a LOVE STORY 

I was really, really old, say... forty? (How rude). 

It took a while, but now it's here. It's called 'Your Own Kind of Girl' - it's a physical book, it's an e-book and it's also an audiobook. Click here to find out more. 



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'The words that kept coming to me over and over again as I read this book were authenticity and decency. Clare Bowditch made me feel how wonderful and difficult and amazing it is to be a human.' LEIGH SALES

'Brutal at times but funny as f@#k. This book will change a lot of lives for the better.'
BERNARD FANNING 

'Reading this book felt as intimate as having a long, heart-breakingly vulnerable yet hilarious conversation with Clare by a fire with wine in hand. It is a celebration of the human struggle, how we can learn to befriend (and say "f@#k off" to) our demons, and ultimately write our own story. There is so much hope in this book.' MISSY HIGGINS

'Clare Bowditch cements her status as one of Australia's most mesmerising storytellers with this debut. Her ability to lay bare the vulnerabilities, hurts and triumphs of a woman's life is second to none. She's my kind of girl, for sure.' CLEMENTINE FORD

'This book is like a life-buoy, tossed across a generation by a sick and frightened young woman, who grew up to be Clare Bowditch. An extraordinary tale, faithfully remembered and generously told. What a woman. A transfixing and powerful memoir.' ANNABEL CRABB

'Clare Bowditch opens her heart and history with staggering generosity - unpicking the birth of her creativity and the early scars that forged her. Much like the woman herself, YOUR OWN KIND OF GIRL is unflinching, entertaining, inspiring and real. I inhaled this book.' KAT STEWART 


To find out more about it, click here: 

21 years ago, i decided i would one day write this book, but not until...

On clare's first book 'Your Own kind of Girl'...

I fell in love with Clare before I'd even met her. We were 22 years old.  I was standing in the hall-way at my share-house in Carlton, Melbourne, when I heard her voice, coming from my house-mate John's room. They were "jamming". I guess it was love at first song? 

Recently, my knuckles grew bigger. I do yoga most days (don't judge) and my ring started cutting off my circulation, so I took it off. WELL - it was like WORLD WAR THREE over in Bowditch town. This is the thing, you see - we are married people with children who work very closely together and sometimes, small things can seem magnified. Fights like this are usually my cue to think "I need to book in a #datenight". 

I'm a man of few words, and the words I do say sometimes get misinterpreted (not accusing you of anything Bowditch, just making a general comment) so I think I am going to just play on the safe side now and stop talking and go play some drums (SAFE!)


marty
on C.B.

C.B.
ON MARTY

My friend John kept talking all the time about his housemate, the drummmer/producer Marty Brown.

When I met him. my first thought was, "The is the tallest man I ever did see!"  And what a musician! 

It took years to find the courage to admit I loved him -  who wants to ruin a friendship that good. But... JACKPOT!

Three kids later! A groodle, a guinea-pig, everything!
But here's the truth: true love is strange. Sometimes I get so mad at him, I can't speak his name. 

At the moment, for example. he is refusing to wear his wedding ring. He says it's because it doesn't fit him any more. I say NOT GOOD ENOUGH! YOU DON'T LOVE ME! He said, it just doesn't fit. 

Simple things like that - these are the things that spark songs in me. You will hear more of our new songs this year, and the album in 2020. Just expect it to b e full of songs about  "True Love, after children" on it, the truth of which... might make both Marty and I and our kids a little "uncomfortable", but that's ART (and TRUE LOVE) for ya. 

These are a few of my favourite things

I fell in love with Clare before I'd even met her. We were 22 years old.  I was standing in the hall-way at my share-house in Carlton, Melbourne, when I heard her voice, coming from my house-mate John's room. They were "jamming". I guess it was love at first song? 

Recently, my knuckles grew bigger. I do yoga most days (don't judge) and my wedding ring started cutting off my circulation, so I took it off. WELL - Bowditch did NOT LIKE THAT AT ALL! This is the thing, you see - we are married people with children who work very closely together and sometimes, small things can seem magnified. Fights like this are usually my cue to think "I need to book in a #datenight". So I do. 

I'm a man of few words, and the words I do say sometimes get misinterpreted (not accusing you of anything Bowditch, just making a general comment) so... I think I am going to just play on the safe side now and stop talking and go play some drums (SAFE!)


marty
on C.B.

C.B.
ON MARTY

My friend John kept talking all the time about his housemate, the drummmer/producer Marty Brown.

When I met him. my first thought was, "The is the tallest man I ever did see!"  And what a musician! 

It took years to find the courage to admit I loved him -  who wants to ruin a friendship that good. But... JACKPOT!

Three kids later! A groodle, two burmese cats, everything! But here's the truth: true love is strange. Sometimes I get so mad at him, I can't speak his name. 

At the moment, for example. he is refusing to wear his wedding ring. He says it's because it doesn't fit him any more. I say NOT GOOD ENOUGH! YOU DON'T LOVE ME! He said, it just doesn't fit. 

Simple things like that - these are the things that spark songs in me. You will hear more of our new songs this year, and the album when 'The Pandemic' is over and I can tour again. Just expect it to be full of songs about  "True Love, after children", the truth of which... well you'll have to wait and hear for yourself! 

These are a few of my favourite things

NEXT FAVORITE THING

by A. de dienes (1949)

norma jean, happy

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my walking hearts 

this squad

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especially these ones

dutch people

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the sound the keys makE

THIS COLOUR

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by mary oliver

any poem ever written

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