A couple of months ago I submitted an application seeking a rural scholarship to attend the Face the Music Summit in Melbourne. And as luck should have it – I won it! With only two weeks to make it all happen, it was a mad scramble to get shit sorted in time. As a mother of two young ones, and during 4th school term, it’s not possible to just duck-away for a couple days during the week.
So I called in favours from my girls, sorted drop-offs, pickups and meals and got myself a ‘train ticket’ (the train doesn’t come all the way to Horsham any more – can’t really get my head around that, but whatever) so I could kick back on my trip to and from my latest city adventure.
As luck should have it (this happens a bit in my stories…) my cousin and her family live just down from the 2017 summit venue and she was more than accommodating in letting me rest my rump for the duration. It was just like old times, she on the top bunk, me in my plaits, plenty of talk and oodles of mischief. Good times, hey Al 🙂
So I was up in the wee hours without kids to fuss over and got myself to the event with time to spare. I made my way to the first and most important event on my list, on time only to find that it wasn’t the correct location. Not even close. Turned out there were two venues with very similar names and I had to run my ass back to where I started in the stinking heat of the morning and still couldn’t find the blasted place. Some young man approached me, both of us wearing our branded lanyards, and asked if I was a presenter… Oh great start… ‘Yes I’m older but I’m still an ‘emerging’ artists just like you…’ so together we eventually found the place and the summit began.
I flitted around from venue to venue, hearing all about new ways of doing things. I’m still ‘old school’, the kind that buys albums on CD. Downloads and streaming are becoming more frequent to me but admittedly I didn’t grasp it all in one go. I was loving the information all the same and was so desperate and grateful to learn!
I caught up with an artist I’d seen perform a few years prior and as we continued to run into each other a bit during the summit, it was so lovely to have a familiar face and get to know each other a little. An unexpected blessing.