River Dance

What better way to spend a day off than having a picnic at the park and look at who decided to show up.

Kookaburra, up close and personal. Just when I thought this was a pretty good photo, I saw this other one HERE.

and a few cockatoos joined in to suss out the food we brought. After they realised they weren't getting anything from us, they all flew off. It's awesome to see these birds just in the open like this rather than in captivity. I am absolutely loving it!

I was quite baffled the first time I saw this sign. What do they mean? I understand the last one as it's clearly "no diving", but what about the third one? River dance allowed?

The Yarra River

What's a picnic without the food eh? Fresh avacado rocks!

Hommus, avacado and salmon sandwich.

Flavoured cheese. Yum!

The Coles Home Brand hommus was really tasty...

...and so was the bread. I'm happy to do Home Brand. So far so good.

All Broken Scar's music is available on www.reverbnation.com/brokenscar

Labels: ,

Warandyte Drive

The weather was awesome on Sunday. The sun came out to play yet the breeze was still cool. Driving aimlessly without the guidance of a GPS unit or map was refreshing. It was pure exploration.

Stopped for strawberries and ice cream. The strawberries were really fresh, but the ones from Sunny Ridge still blows me away.

The outdoor stall opens on weekends.

Further long the drive, we stopped by a cafe to have some coffee and apple pie. Neither the coffee nor apple pie was great, but it wasn't terrible either. The cafe though, is located across the road from the river so after the coffee, we decided to take a stroll along the river. This is what we spotted just out in the wild! Oh, it's an echidna in case you were wondering what it is.

I've been living in Australia for over four years now and I've been hearing stories of people stumbling upon all kinds of animals packs of kangaroos, wombats and various others in the open and I've always wondered why I haven't spotted any. I had been really keen to see echidnas so I ended up catching a glimpse of them at the zoo. But now, this happens! Woohoo!

Come to think of it, I've seen some pretty cool things during my time here. I've seen kangaroos or wallabies in the middle of the road in Canberra and Tuggeranong, echidnas crossing the road, and now an echidna up close and personal! Can you feel my excitement? I'm beginning to wonder if I'm a country boy that ended up in the city. I suppose I'm a nature boy!

It's times like these I wish I had a wicked camera!

Echidnas eat ants and termites but they're only distantly related to anteaters and although they resemble the porcupine, they are not related at all. It's amazing what wikipedia can tell you these days.

All Broken Scar's music is available on www.reverbnation.com/brokenscar

Labels: , ,

Tokar Estate

It wasn't the perfect day to take a drive out to the Yarra Valley as it was really cloudy in the photo below, but there's just something about the Valley that somehow manages to find a way to surprise you when you least expect it. Oh, this was a few weekends ago by the way. Delayed post.

Tokar Estate Winery & Restaurant was one of those pleasant surprises.

Come to think of it, the weather wasn't half as bad as I thought it would have been. There was still sunshine after all.

We were busy chatting away and didn't even realise that the food was taking a while to arrive but this platter of dips was sent to us on the house, for the wait, without even asking for it. Now this was impressive! Definitely appreciate the gesture.

My steak went really well with a glass Tokar Estate's Shiraz. Yum! I should have bought a bottle home. Next time perhaps.

The wife had grilled salmon on mash potatoes which was grilled to perfection.

and desserts to top off this excellent meal. I can't remember what this was that I had, but I know I loved it!

I'm can't wait to pay them another visit. Looking at the photos now just made my stomach growl.
All Broken Scar's music is available on www.reverbnation.com/brokenscar

Labels: , ,

An Autumn Gray Symphony

On Sunday, 17th October, I mixed An Autumn Gray Symphony at BMW Edge, Federation Square which was one of the highlights of my mixing career as an audio engineer. The entire set up of over 30 plus inputs on the mixing desk was for Orchestra Nouveau (40 piece orchestra) and Autumn Gray (7 piece rock band). It was a challenge having so many inputs as well as a very reverberant room to manage but it was exhilarating! It was heaps of fun to work with the variety and sheer number of microphones available on the day.

It was a privilege and honour to work on such a huge project like this alongside an amazing production team! Everything ran like clockwork. Zach Tay, hats off to you brother!

The opening band, Sleep Decade were amazing and their music suited the night perfectly. When Autumn Gray and Orchestra Nouveau came on, let's just say that the rest was history and the night was permanently engraved into my skull. Amazing musical trip! You have to keep your ear and eye out for another one of these concerts in the future. I can't begin to tell you how much you missed out!

Here are some photos.

Sound checking the band and the orchestra.

Before we hit the lights.

After. Simply magic! Photo taken by Damien Weatherley.
All Broken Scar's music is available on www.reverbnation.com/brokenscar

Labels: , , ,

We Came As Romans

I was talking to Alvin the other day and he said that people don't really care about what you did last week. They want to know what you are doing now. I guess that's why twitter and tumblr work so well.

So here's what I'm doing now. Listening to this.

I am absolutely diggin' this album. I jumped on to the AP website earlier today to look for some new music and these guys were the first that caught my eye. So I hopped on to Grooveshark.com and previewed a few tracks. I was totally blown away. So blown away that I went out to the store to get the album! Blasted it in the car immediately!

This is We Came As Romans. Get into it!

Oh, and today's 20102010!

All Broken Scar's music is available on www.reverbnation.com/brokenscar

Labels: ,

Hail Friday

I suppose this is the closest we get to snow in Melbourne. I was indoors almost the entire evening on Friday as I was mixing Empra and when I got out of the venue, I thought it had just rained pretty heavily. Then, when I drove to South Melbourne, I couldn't help but notice a row of cars covers in what I though was snow! I must say, my heart almost skipped a beat and I got excited. After all, I came from a warm climate country so it was only natural to be fascinated.

So I whipped out my camera and snapped a show shots


Later that night, it hailed some more and this time they were double the size of the ones in the photo. Fun times!


All Broken Scar's music is available on www.reverbnation.com/brokenscar

Next Broken Scar Show

Hey boys and girls, it's been a crazy few weeks but we can't wait to rock out our new song at the Limelight in exactly a week's time! We're going old skool. Instead of releasing new songs on iTunes like most bands, we're gonna release new songs live, just like the good ol' days!

It's gonna be a huge night so come on down and rock out with us.

19th October. 7pm. $10 Entry.
The Limelight's 2nd Birthday Show @ Miss Libertine (34 Franklin Street)

All Broken Scar's music is available on www.reverbnation.com/brokenscar

Broken Scar October Gigs

Hey boys and girls, we're playing two acoustic gigs in October that you need to catch. We're gonna be playing an acoustic version of brand new song called The Sound too. Be sure to catch it. We're playing it early in the set so make sure you show up at the gigs early! It's gonna be rad!

7th October. 730pm. Free Entry.
80 Gigs In 80 Days @ Bertha Brown (562 Flinders Street)
Come and show some love as we play at the filming of the 80 Gigs In 80 Days documentary! Be a part of history!

19th October. 7pm. $10 Entry.
The Limelight @ Miss Libertine (34 Franklin Street) 2nd Birthday Show
It's gonna be a huge night of awesome acoustic music! Come celebrate with us!

All Broken Scar's music is available on www.reverbnation.com/brokenscar


Twitter Updates

    follow me on Twitter

    Who Is Broken Scar:

    Loves Jesus. Singer. Guitarist. Songwriter. Audio Engineer. Producer. Wears band t-shirts. Wears red t-shirts. Based in Melbourne.



    Sign my Guestbook from Bravenet.com 

    © 2015 Writings In The Sand
    No part of the content or the blog may be reproduced without prior written permission.