Being prepared


March 14th, 2010

My friend Geoff Brown is a talented facilitator, father of three energetic boys and a sometimes musician. In his spare (!) time he helps organise the excellent Airey’s Inlet Open Mic Music Festival. This year the festival in the small coastal community of Airey’s Inlet was held over three days, with seven stages and more than 120 acts.

I caught up with Geoff this afternoon as the festival drew to a close with a special mystery act – Colin Hay and his band who made a flying trip from Melbourne to play on the lawns of the pub with one of the best views on the surf coast.

Geoff played yesterday afternoon with his mate Clayton Derrick. He told me about their rehearsal schedule – this time 12 months ago at last year’s festival!

I love that.

Instead of having a plan, they were prepared to get up on stage and do what they do (and they do what they do very well), willing to improvise, have fun, make each other look good and entertain the punters to boot.

1 Comment so far

  1. Geoff Brown on March 17, 2010 12:14 pm

    Yes And this was the first time I have ever been truly comfortable with being unplanned, unrehearsed with the knowledge that I would forget words (and I did, regularly) and be out of time with Clayton on drums (and we were at times).

    Far from polished and slick … we were having fun and being average and the crowd appreciated us.

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