Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Proud Partner Moment (hang in there, girls and guys - but there's a photo of a bird on our heads!)

If couples and love gross you out - I'm warning you, avert your eyes and go read about chilli, and plastic bottles destroying the environment, giant kittens from space, or something.

The Academic comes from a very close-knit family of wonderful, creative, talented and interesting people. His Dad is a world-class composer, conductor, academic and classical musician. I'm kind of a scrappy little rock and roll mutt who left home at 15. So my wonderful "in-laws" have been a really interesting dynamic for me to adjust to.

Whereas I am used to dirty, smelly, loud rock clubs and music (though my sensibilities are far more diverse than that, everyone I like seems to be unpopular and underrated enough that no matter what kind of music they play, they end up performing in these kind of spaces), he is used to beautiful, architecturally designed spacious buildings with great acoustics.

The Academic is amazingly talented in so many ways, and I love him so much. He has changed my inner world, and just with his wonderful presence, has managed to sand down some of my tougher edges and help me to be comfortable in my own skin. He's a pleasure to be around, and I forever find him interesting, charming, supportive and handsome. He's studying to be a Linguist, but is also very practical, and writes and records beautiful songs, as well as being a beautiful dancer (and he can change lightbulbs and stuff!)

And animals love him. He was walking me home from work one day and this baby bird was on the road - he went up to try to coax it off the road, and it flew onto him, then it sat on his head. It was a sassy little thing. It didn't get off for quite some time, so we just sat down and waited, whilst it flew between us. Eventually it flew back to its parents, which was a relief. (OMG, WHAT, HOW AM I GOING TO TAKE CARE OF A BIRD AT MY DESK?!)

The Academic with a baby bird on his head
 Anyhow...when he was a child, he wrote a musical piece with his father that was published world-wide. On Saturday, at the Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium, there was a performance by the Young Conservatorium students spanning a number of hours, which we were invited to attend. One of the pieces that was chosen for these musicians to learn and perform was the piece that The Academic wrote when he was about their age. He was called to be a guest on stage (with maracas, mind) while they played and seeing him stand there amongst 20 or so classical musicians being conducted whilst playing their violins, their cellos, their violas, etc, while he played his maracas at the back of the stage was just amazing. I sat there, so proudly... not whooping, screaming and cheering like I am used to at the aforementioned rock clubs (BUT I WANTED TO!), but sitting quietly and politely applauding with my hands in line with my head (I'm told that this is the appropriate way to show your enthusiasm and enjoyment in the classical world). It brought a tear to my eye. Congratulations, James. May there be many more performances to come.

P.S. I had to do this post without his help so I apologise for the lack of formatting! :P


  1. This is such a beautifully composed ode to love it brought a tear to my eye. How lucky you are to have found such a loving, complimentary relationship. Rock on!

  2. So sweet Matt, and what great work from such a young age!

  3. This is such a lovely post, you guys sound like you have a really special relationship. :D

  4. I don't know about you guys, but it's pretty clear who the more wonderful in this relationship is. Matt; you are absolutely my world. I love you :)

  5. What an amazing achievement and how lovely for you to be part of it - a really sweet post


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