Lisa Fischer in Melbourne

Image result for lisa fischerRecently, I was introduced to the magnificent voice of Lisa Fischer via the 2013 documentary, ‘Twenty Feet from Stardom.’ The film followed the lives of several backup singers as they worked with some of the world’s biggest stars, such as the Rolling Stones, Sting, Tina Turner, Beyonce and Chaka Khan.

Included, was unforgettable live footage of Fischer’s legendary duets with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter,’ showcasing her virtuosity and vulnerability, and opening a window on her sometimes lonely life on the road.

With her band, Grand Baton, an organic fusion of African, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean rhythms, Lisa recently performed in Melbourne’s Recital Centre. Her soaring vocal agility, fascinating interplay of ‘duelling’ microphones to great effect and her warmth and humility made for a memorable evening. Don’t miss this wonderful woman when she returns, as I’m sure she will.

Mahboba’s Promise

I first heard Mahboba Rawi being interviewed by Geraldine Doogue on ABC radio’s Saturday Extra in June 2009. It was utterly inspirational.

It all began with a letter from a young Afghani doctor begging for help to save refugee orphans dying on the streets of Kabul. Mahboba and her friends raised $120 to help out. To prove the orphans had received the money, the young doctor sent back the children’s fingerprints.

Mahboba

Mahboba’s Promise was established in 1998 as a not-for-profit charity funded entirely by private donations and dedicated to helping the widows and the large number of orphaned children of Afghanistan.

The promise Mahboba made was to continue to help these widows and orphans for the rest of her life and that she would make people in Australia and the world aware of their suffering.

Currently the organisation looks after over 4,000 widows and orphans through 90 projects and is closely aligned with UNICEF.

I wholeheartedly support Mahboba’s Promise. A proportion of every sale of my music is pledged to it.

‘Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps’

Originally written by Cuban songwriter Osvaldo Farrés and known as “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás”, the English lyrics were written by Joe Davis.

It was first recorded in 1948 by Desi Arnaz (whose better half was the hilarious Lucille Ball) but it was the classic Doris Day version which cemented this song’s place in music history.

I put together this karaoke video for my online English Language students in China, Japan and Korea.

 

It features photos of Melbourne’s lovely Botanical Gardens.

Music production was by New Zealand producer, Gavin Northcroft (see previous post).

There’s no bouncing ball, but lyrics are provided, so there’s no excuse not to belt it out!

For the computer muzos out there, it was sequenced using Propellerhead’s ‘Reason’. (Yes, I know, ‘propellor’ should have an ‘o’, but, er… it’s Swedish, after all…)

Gavin Northcroft

I’ve been working with Gavin now for years! He’s one of the nicest, most humble guys out and has an extensive command of music sequencing programs. During the 10 years I lived in Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, we spent many a long day sequencing tracks at his studio and generally experimenting with ideas.

Gavin Northcroft

With nearly 30 years of experience in the music industry, including keyboards and vocalist for numerous bands, Gavin has been sequencing / programming (music production) since 1988, producing music for film and radio jingles as well as doing session work for original artists and on band albums.

Gavin came to Melbourne to sequence the 4 songs on my EP, ‘Perhaps’ and it only served to remind me what a great talent he is. And, of course, a true friend for life!