This weekend just been, Saturday, October 20, I was invited to speak at the Cabana in Napier with Nick Bollinger and Jamie Macphail was our chairperson – part of the Hawke’s Bay Art Festival.
The talk was music-writing, music-journalism, blogging, our histories, the role of criticism, how we went about it – and so on.
It was great fun.
We had a crowd. Always a good start. And we had a very good chairperson – Mr. Macphail, a local personality famed for his “Sitting Room Sessions” house concerts and a deep connection to music, as well as being a fine MC across a range of events – kept the questions coming but gave plenty of space for answers.
Nick and I talked about how we got into writing, what we liked about music – we shared stories of our first work in the field and our connections with music.
I got to tell Nick that he was one of my early music-journo heroes. He pointed out that I was good at pithy one-liners; I reminded him that he didn’t always write only nice things, he was once so cruel in a review that the guy gave up music altogether.
There were some laughs and, yes, I was asked to explain myself for posting a goat-video in place of “an actual review” when posting about Aldous Harding.
We finished with some questions from the audience – good questions; no comments disguised as questions, no attacks, no rambling. Just a bunch of good questions, on topic, relevant.
It was a really great event to be involved in – I was chuffed to be asked along and I’m not sure it could have gone better.
I recorded it and you will get to hear it, if interested, as part of Sweetman Podcast sometime in the coming weeks/months.
My thanks to all involved and to all that attended.