When I was growing up in Louisiana, I always wanted to go see certain acts but circumstances always seemed to get in the way. A lot of the time it was due to finances, my age and transport. It also didn’t help that I lived about 3 hours from Houston, Texas which is where a lot of the concerts that I wanted to attend were at. Lafayette and Baton Rouge were also a distance away from where I was. Lafayette was 3 hours away; Baton Rouge 4 hours away. Lake Charles was an 1 1/2 hour drive as well. It really broke my heart when The Police was playing in Houston back in the day or Duran Duran. Those two bands were my favorites. I understood the reason why I couldn’t go but it still sucked.
It wasn’t long after I moved to Australia permanently that Duran Duran reformed with all 5 original members and they announced they were going to come to Sydney. I was so excited! I couldn’t believe my luck! A friend asked if I would like to go with her, her sister, and her daughter. In December 2002, I got to see the original members of Duran Duran in my new country! I also got to see Robbie Williams. I wasn’t as excited about that. I do have to say that Robbie Williams really blew me away. When I turned around after Duran Duran left the stage, I wasn’t sure how in the world we’d get out if something horrible happened. I had never been surrounded by such a huge crowd. It sort of spooked me but thankfully, nothing happened except Robbie Williams gave us a fantastic show!
In 2007, The Police reunited. The year before Sting was suppose to be coming to Australia to promote something. He only went to Perth. I was so disappointed because I lived in Sydney. There was no way I was going to be able to go. I love Sting. Anybody who really knows me realize that I have had a crush on him since I heard Roxanne. If I have repeated myself, sorry, I can’t help it. I seriously have a thing for Sting. I think I always will. Sting’s son’s band was the opening act. They were amazing. Fergie was also another opening act, I wasn’t so pleased with her. I cheered her off the stage chanting “I want the Police! Bring on the Police!” I was a happy camper to say the least. Sting also did a concert the same year at the Sydney Opera House playing the lute. Fantastic! Adam went with me to that one. Normally, I end up going with friends but he went with me for this concert. A few years before that we also saw Branford Marsailles playing at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. I also saw the farewell concert that Powderfinger and Silverchair had done in 2007, the Across The Great Divide Tour I think it was. I was so happy to see Paul Mac playing with Silverchair. If you have never heard of Paul Mac, he’s just an amazing song writer that I can’t get enough of. I will do a blog just on him one day but today I am focusing on concert wish lists that have been fulfilled in Australia which I never dreamed would ever happen.
Martin Short came out to Australia. I never dreamt I would get to see him live but he came out. Adam enjoyed him as well. We saw him at the State Theatre. I never dreamed I would see plays at the Sydney Opera House. I have seen several Shakespearean Plays for my birthday there. Adam and I have enjoyed seeing Rolf Harris at the Opera House.
If I want to see a show now since we moved from Sydney to the Coffs Coast, it will end up being a drive to Brisbane. I don’t mind this because it’s a great excuse to see friends who live up there. Santana and The Steve Miller Band are coming out. I love them too but have decided not to go.
The two bands that I loved as a teenager ended up coming to the country I now call home. I can’t believe how fortunate I was to be at the right place at the right time. Every time I think something isn’t going to happen for me or doubt something will happen for me; I get the sweetest surprise.
Dreams can come true. Maybe it may not be exactly what you wanted or how you expected it to happen or when you want it to happen but it can happen. It just takes a little faith as well as hope. My wish list is being fulfilled in the land down under. How blessed am I?
Not everyone can afford to fly to see different places in the world. I always thought I was going to be one of those people. I never dreamed that I was going to leave the United States and explore other parts of the world. When I was in the fifth grade, we did a study on Australia. I used to imagine that I would go to a sheep station and help run it but I knew that was just a child’s fantasy.
This trip that I am going to be talking about in this blog was inspired by a book Adam and I read together called “Tears Of The Moon” by Di Morrissey. I have mentioned this previously in the blog “Under the Milky Way”. We flew direct from Sydney to Broome, but I wanted us to stay in Derby first before we explored Broome. Adam reserved a 4×4 automatic Land Cruiser for us to run around in because he knew from all the things we read that this would be the best vehicle for us to travel in. I was confident driving in Australia by then but it was all new territory and I hadn’t driven a manual in years. We even brought our Tom-Tom with us so I wouldn’t have to be looking at maps. The drive from Broome to Derby was 2 hours (220 km) if I recall correctly. We had arrived in the evening and the rental was ready for us though Adam really had to push for the automatic. We put in our destination and we were off on our great adventure.
On the drive out of Broome, I am seeing these trees. I know we will go visit the Boab prison tree as well as the longest cattle trough that is near Derby. I just can’t get over these trees that seem to haunt me. It’s not like they are scary or that I am hearing voices but I feel very drawn to these trees. They look as if they are upside down. Words can’t really seem to do justice for this feeling that I have towards boab trees. At the end of this blog I will put a link that will give you a better idea of these magnificent trees.
The tree above is the prison tree that is outside Derby, WA. There are many boabs in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. No boab is alike. It is true. It is at this moment that I get an inkling of the way aborigines feel about their land. I am definitely not Aborigine. My bloodline is American. My father was full-blooded Cajun and my mom was half-Italian and Irish American but I feel a connection to this land which by all rights I shouldn’t but I do and it’s all because of the boab tree. Maybe I have fallen too in love with the story Di Morrissey wrote yet she didn’t really go in detail about the prison tree. To this day, I still see pictures of Australian boabs and my heart fills with wonder. My mind goes around the lines of what have you witnessed beautiful tree in all the years you have grown. They estimate the boab prison tree to be at least 1500 years old.
I wanted Adam to feel the size of the prison tree but a fence blocked the way because of all the graffiti people had put on the tree. It is very sad for me to see this. We discovered another prison tree on an adventure to Tunnel Creek along the Gibbs River Road. I kept telling him about the huge termite mounds and he got to feel one close to the Derby prison tree. Look at the smile on his face! Adam is 5’9″ to give you an idea of the size of this mound!
We both enjoyed ourselves on that day. I got really introspective. I wish I could do justice to the feeling that I have about the Kimberley region of Western Australia. I think after you see more of what we experienced you too might be filled with awe. The diversity that we are blessed with just amazes me!
If you want to learn more about boab trees, here is the link I told you about: http://www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/boab_tree.html