Overdue Update Pt. 1

Dear friends,

I know it has been a mighty long time since I’ve written to you… for this, I’m sorry. Life has a funny way of making things a little difficult to prioritise sometimes! Since my last little ramble, I feel like I have lived many lives; that of a prospering musician, a struggling musician, a barista, a gypsy hobo, a friend, a lover, a booking agent, a dreamer in the mountains…

After touring full time for over 12 months, I decided to take hold of a much needed break and change which landed me in the Grampians National Park, VIC. In hindsight, this was one heck of an experience filled with hard work, coffee-making, hiking, paddling, laughter, tears, injuries, music, learning, gardening and big CHANGE; but most of all, the experience itself was in the form of finding an unexpected home in this beautiful place. My home was still my van, parked in a dear friend’s driveway for quite some time, until I found the courage to put myself under an actual roof again. My home later transformed into a comfortable, little cottage with a fireplace, bringing me much needed warmth in the Winter; 3 beautiful housemates who grew to be my family; a hot shower!; bushland as far as the eye could see; magical wildlife; and in amongst all of this, the wonderful friends I came to love who truly brought definition to the word ‘home’. I spent almost a year of my life living as part of the Halls Gap community. When my time came to move on from this place, I knew it wasn’t really ‘goodbye’- just see you later, alligator! This was only a few months ago, with an anticipated visit on the cards very shortly!

Alas, that quick story in a nutshell brings us to the current day; where as I write this, I am sitting in the cool of the Geelong Library following a lovely morning spent by the ocean (a local introduced me to a gem of a camping spot called ‘Point Impossible’!). I am on way to Melbourne where I’ll be playing a first-time set at The Blender Ln Artists Market this evening with the hopes of selling a few copies of my brand new debut EP- ‘Live In Bruthen’! Bruthen is a teeny-tiny little town in East Gippsland, VIC, set by the calming Tambo River. This is where I recorded my record, and boy do I have a giant love for the place! Please check out Part 2 of this blog in a couple of days for a bit of history as to how I ended up all the way out there for the making of my EP! It sure is a lovely story.

Well, there’s a super quick update for you all. Now, I must be off! But before I go, I’d like to say a giant thank you to all of you dear people who have continued to show an abundance of support and encouragement throughout this crazy journey of mine! It seems my life will never be ‘normal’ as long as I have a passion for travel, music and adventure. Sometimes, it’s not easy, but knowing my cause is not a lost one really makes my heart happy. So again, THANK YOU. If you haven’t yet, please do check out my debut EP here and share around if you wish!

PART 2 coming 24/01/14.

x Candice.

My 'normal-person job' @ Livefast Cafe, Halls Gap.

My ‘normal-person job’ @ Livefast Cafe, Halls Gap.

Lake Fyans.

Lake Fyans.

Boroka Lookout, The Grampians.

Boroka Lookout, The Grampians.

My home.

My home.