Antisocial Social Media

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It’s unlikely that anyone has noticed given the antisocial nature of social media, but I’ve taken a stance and shut down a few of my social media accounts. I actually feel a little happier without them.

First to go was LinkedIn.

LinkedIn for me wasn’t going anywhere. Originally I thought it was meant to be an introductory networking service based on your current network, but lately, all I’d found were requests from people I didn’t know, had no friends in common and had nothing to do with my musical service. The people I wanted to hear from never posted, the same old people over-post with topics that had very little interest for me, so it had to go. It was quite fun doing a stealth stalk on people I would have loved to know, but without that network link in common, it was an impossible carrot dangling.

Next on the hit list was Twitter.

Sigh. Twitter to me is all about everyone talking at the same time and nobody listening. It’s eye glaze worthy. So much information, so little information in the over-information-vomit that it reached the point where I have taken a digital talk to the hand stance. I did actually meet a few good souls on Twitter, so my departure might not be forever, just for now.

Reverbnation was the next to go.

I was one of the first people to join ReverbNation years and years ago and it seemed to have a fair amount of potential back then in the 2000’s. For me now though, it’s a hot mess of up and coming acts so desperate to spread their music about that they have little or no interest in who they share with, who they connect with and whose mailing list they join. My mailing list had hundreds of people, but with only a 2% open rate when I sent out a letter, it was depressing and a waste of time that I could have been spending doing something else of value. That you had to purchase the press kit page was annoying to me as the vast majority of the opportunities available were only for those with the purchased press kit page. I have a real objection for paying to play. The culture relies on those desperate to get their music out and who are willing to pay for it, when in reality the promise of anything real is quite minimal. There’s a huge economy relying on musos who want to be heard and in the end, it’s the musician who always loses out. As someone who was always in their Top 10 page, it was a valueless spot. It might work for some people, but it didn’t for me so it had to go.

I’m still on Facebook, although I had a brief shut down of account last week on Facebook. It’s almost impossible to cut through the barrage of cute kittens with a music page, and quite frankly, it seems that very few of my ‘friends’ or ‘fans’ of my pages have any interest in the musical news I’m sharing. It’s disheartening to say the least. Again, there are a few loyal fans in there that I want to stay in touch with, so cheers to you!

Instagram is still a fun one for me. It’s great to see what my friends are up to in the moment and it’s also been a lovely way to interact with people of similar interests worldwide. I’ve made a few great connections on Instagram, so I think it may be an actual social network where people are quite social. Of course, you still get all the follows and unfollows of people trying to get you to like their page, but I’m pretty good at recognising them now.

Thredbo Here We Come!

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I am completely thrilled to announce that The LL Duo, with Scott Leishman and his guitar and my vocals, will be performing three shows at the 30th Anniversary Thredbo Jazz Festival.

Dates: Sat 28 April and Sun 29 April 2017.

if you love Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass, you will love the LL Duo. Visit LL’s official site at http://www.llduo.info

More information, tickets and packages for the Thredbo Jazz Festival at http://thredbojazz.com.au

It took a lifetime to get to the Snowy Mountains for the first time a couple of years ago but it is without a doubt, one of my favourite places on earth. The scenery is beyond spectacular, the air is crisp and clean. To combine this natural beauty with the chance to sing jazz with one of my favourite musicians to an audience of jazz sympathisers sounds like one helluva weekend.  I’m so looking forward to singing, sightseeing (time permitting) and rugging up (goodbye cruel summer!). Hope to see you there!

Here are some photos from my last visit to the Snowies!

Schmoozing Tips for the Shy and Introverted

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Last night I attended my first ever proper awards night as an invited guest, The Art Music Awards presented by APRA and the Australian Music Centre, with a lot of the ‘high flyers’ of the jazz, classical and experimental music scene in Australia. It was a real thrill to be invited and I was looking forward to it for weeks, but I also had a little niggling dread in the back of my mind. Ahhhh! I wasn’t going to know anyone there and how was I going to mix and mingle? Luckily, I managed to drag along my musical partner Mr Scott Leishman so I wasn’t facing it entirely alone, but it was still a daunting thought.

Anyway, I decided to try and put myself into the frame of mind that it’s a chance to talk with and meet my peers. If I have fun, it will be fun. I chose to smile and step out of my comfort zone. The thing about being an introvert, is that I do like people a lot, but unlike the extrovert who thrives on being around people, I find my energy is drained quickly by socialising, unless it’s with a few close friends or one on one, and I need to re-energise by lots of quality solitude. I also find that by the time the party is over, I’m just beginning to find my footing.

So, here are my tips on how to have a successful night of networking:

Getting ready to go the the Art Music Awards wearing a one of a kind suit and blouse I've made! Feeling nervous and excited.
Getting ready to go the the Art Music Awards wearing a one of a kind suit and blouse I’ve made! Feeling nervous and excited.
  1. Whatever you lack in social skills, you can more than make up in sartorial splendour. A good impression in a fantastic outfit can speak volumes.
  2. Wear a pair of shoes that you will feel comfortable standing in all night. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to sit so when your feet start to hurt, that can show on your face.
  3. Don’t go wondering what you’re going to talk about, go there wondering what you can find out about the person you’re talking to. It’s amazing how the conversation will flow when you show genuine interest in the new person you’re meeting. The bonus is, it makes for a really interesting night too when you discover new life stories.
  4. Take advantage of the free flowing champagne. If there aren’t enough canapés to balance out the bubbly, alternate the sparkling with glasses of water. There will be the quandary of whether you want the free alcohol or the free food. You can rarely have a satisfactory mix of the two, so it’s best to decide. Stand by the bar or stand by the kitchen door if you want to have first dibs.
  5. Talk to everyone. You might be there with a specific aim, but unless you know exactly who that person is, it’s unlikely you’ll actually find them in the crowd of hundreds of people. Whomever wants to talk to you, that’s the person you talk to and you find out all you can about them.
  6. Do your serious talking at the beginning of the night. It tends to get messy later.
  7. Be yourself. That’s a saying you hear a lot, and it’s as simple as it sounds because it works. The people who are attracted to you are attracted to you because of your unique qualities. Don’t doubt that you have something to offer.
  8. You want to get your wares across, but you don’t want to be pushy. Being fairly new to all this networking stuff, I’m discovering it’s better to be genuinely interested in someone else, and unless they’re an complete egomaniac, they in turn will take an interest in you.
  9. If you need a break, take it. Step outside for a breath of fresh air, take a break in the ladies room. Sometimes I go into the bathroom and have a little sing, provided of course noone is around. That gives me a bit of energy to go back in and face the madding crowd!
  10. Remember to thank your hosts for having you!
  11. MOST IMPORTANTLY, don’t forget to enjoy yourself! You’ll be able to retreat to your fortress of solitude in a few hours.

When ya got nuthin…

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Nothing is ever guaranteed. I used to spend much of my life knowing this, and giving myself anxiety attacks in the process. There’s a fine line to living life and striving for what you want and finding some sort of sanity along the way. There might be big changes in my future. I can feel something amiss – something I love is slipping away from me. Oh well. The incredible thing is, I’ve lost so much already in my life. More than I can disclose here. When you have lost much, losing more doesn’t seem so bad. I’m alive.

Sat 11 April – Machiniso @ The Record Crate

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Saturday 11 April

Machiniso returns to the Record Crate

Come on down to the Record Crate in Glebe on Sat 11 April for an afternoon of free live music from Machiniso. Browse the Record Crate’s extensive vinyl findings while you chug-a-lug on a wine or coffee…or both! Food is available for those who can not live on imbibings alone.

Machiniso is performing two half hour sets of quirky, exotic yet catchy jazz inspired original music. With an instrumental lineup of Scott Leishman on bass guitarDavid T Smith on vibraphone and RichMachine on drums, the essence and soul of the band is rhythm. With Anne-Lise Larsen‘s vocals topping it all off like the proverbial maraschino cherry, you’re guaranteed an afternoon of quality and slightly seedy entertainment.

Machiniso in action
Machiniso in action

The Record Crate
Glebe Point Road, Glebe
2.30-4pm.
FREE!

Get your slither on… Sat 21 March with Machiniso

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Get your snakeskin jacket on and head on out to the Record Crate in Glebe on Sat 21 March for an afternoon of free live music from Machiniso. Browse the Record Crate’s extensive vinyl findings while you chug-a-lug on a wine or coffee…or both! Food is available for those who can not live on imbibings alone.

Machiniso is performing two half hour sets of quirky, exotic yet catchy jazz inspired original music. With an instrumental lineup of Scott Leishman on bass guitar, David T Smith on vibraphone and RichMachineon drums, the essence and soul of the band is rhythm. With Anne-Lise Larsen‘s vocals topping it all off like the proverbial maraschino cherry, you’re guaranteed an afternoon of quality and slightly seedy entertainment.

Machiniso is live at The Record Crate, Saturday 21 March from 2.30-4.00pm. This is the Machiniso gig poster.
Machiniso is live at The Record Crate, Saturday 21 March from 2.30-4.00pm.

A Cello For Christmas – New Christmas Album

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I’m a little bit excited to announce that I finally have a Christmas album. After all these years, I managed to get myself together enough to record a proper Christmas album. Over the past decade or so, I always tried to do at least a Christmas greeting to send out to my fans or a special arrangement of a favourite Christmas song. This year, I’ve gone all the way!

The new album is a collection of some of my favourite Christmas Carols, arranged for cello quartet and cello duet, but with each part played by me. I’m really happy with how it turned out.

The story is, I had a Saturday night to myself and decided to turn on my Mac Mini and have a play. Anyway, you can read more about the story of it all on the album page at CD Baby. Go and have a listen. I think it’s so pretty and hope you will too. 🙂

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anneliselarsen4

My album artwork is typically Christmas album cheesy, but i think that adds to the charm of it.

 

A Cello For Christmas - Anne-Lise Larsen's new Christmas Carol album, played entirely on her cellos.
A Cello For Christmas – Anne-Lise Larsen’s new Christmas Carol album, played entirely on her cellos. Available now at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anneliselarsen4

 

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