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This bird has almost flown

By Darren
30 July 2009 00:00:00

A warm greeting to you, one and all. It would seem the pages are turning on this record, guitars are spectacular, vocals are stunning, drums and bass are superb, and let me say right now... the Splendor crowd of 2009 were absolutely mind blowing (those who were there will know what I mean).

This album has been a very enjoyable process, from start to where I sit right now.... on the couch listening to some final touches being made to the songs. I have finally got the Hurdy Gurdy onto a song (it really makes it, of course), my dulcet vocals really shine, JC's Chimes tinkle beauty onto a couple of tracks, Cog's orchestral playing is absorbing, and Bern's crooning is.....well....crooning.

We have enjoyed having our studio crew dressed each and every day in their labcoats, and of course Nick continues to set the bar high every Friday (Gentleman's Friday).

Last Friday saw us doing a little busking outside The Great Northern Hotel. Not something we have done in the past, but something we may do again, purely because it was so much bloody fun. Nathan, I've been trying to find you, to give you our earnings... as promised. If I can't find you, I will be swinging the earnings into a charity.

As expected, Hog, Cogs and I tore up the surf out front of where we are staying, myself relishing the 2ft waves on a longboard... to the other guys' envy. Every few day, Bern, JC, Nick and I swing the golf clubs before the studio... and I'm sad to report I have not aquired the winning medal once... not bloody once, though I persist.

We leave this lovely place in a few days with fond memories and a pretty special album. A few of us are heading to Sydney to begin the mixing process, to be joined by the rest shortly after. To be honest, we will have time on our hands... Nick has the project well and truly under control. I think I'm ready to hand over the reins.

So, send me a line, let me know your innermost, darkest secrets, and I'll lend you an ear. I may even offer councel, for a small fee of course. The 'Fingers have often taken my services up, and will be more than happy to offer testimony.

Until next we meet,
Senor Darius El Guapo

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Johnetta (18 July 2016 22:29:25)
What I find so ineentstirg is you could never find this anywhere else.

Angeli (24 October 2015 09:54:29)
Hi Barb,It is a timely tip for me beorfe the Turkey classic tournament this weekend.Return of serve has always been my concern 'cause I realize points of the rallies largely depend on how you return the serve. I get nervous when I return, knowing that I am not a good returner. It's a really bad combination.I will pay more attention and practice more.Thanks,Younghee

Siobhan (12 June 2010 06:04:23)
If this appears twice it's because I had to write it twice after my first post mysteriously disappeared into the ether! Anyway, Darren, I think you'll find it's 'Seņor' you want to say with that funny squiggly accent over the 'n' of seņor. And you have to forgive me for only commenting on this blog now - I have, for my sins, only just discovered the joys of the Powderfinger blog - very entertaining, I have to say! I was reading the comments about Byron and the surrounds with interest. I live in the UK and can't quite believe you spent so long in a place we always stay in when visiting family in Oz. Wish we'd had the chance to see you there! Did you see news of the storm in Lennox at the beginning of June? Awful water-spout thing - tragic really. Anyway, we really enjoyed your Manchester and Birmingham shows and we're gutted to see you split up but on with life and living, good luck with everything and enjoy whatever comes your way.

Siobhan (12 June 2010 05:56:50)
Darren, I think you'll find it's 'Seņor'. I know i'm writing this a little late but I've only just discovered the delights of the PF blog! Yes, shame on me but I know you'll forgive me! I'm amazed to read these blog entries and think you were in Byron and surrounds for so long. We pretty much always visit family there when we're over from the UK. Did you see the storm in Lennox at the beginning of June? - terrible!



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