" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

October 13, 2012

Authentic Creations and the Bunya Tree

This week I bought a DVD from Yindiartz called The Bunya Guitar
The Bunya Guitar’ DVD and Eliza’s CD ‘Life Goes On’
"The Bunya Guitar Project was initiated at the Bunya Dreaming Festival in 2010.  
A Bunya soundboard M225 Maton guitar was gifted to the festival through Dave Kirby Millers and Maton Guitar’s Australia.  
A competition was held at the Bunya Dreaming festival to win custodianship of the guitar  for the next twelve months until the next Bunya Dreaming.
A young woman by the name of Eliza Allard who was 14 years old at the time won custodianship of the guitar and De was so impressed by her musical talent, both singing and playing, De asked Eliza if she would be interested in De being her mentor over the next twelve months and having De produce her a CD.  
Eliza liked the idea so she set about writing new material for the album.
The process soon turned into a film documentary, so De and Eliza have been busy producing the CD and the film documentary about the first twelve months of the Bunya Guitar’s life.
I had already bought Eliza's CD Life Goes On, just after losing my job of 24 years, oddly enough.
Possibly because the title of the album was a good anthem for the situation I found myself in?
Whatever the case, I truly love playing this CD, all four songs are great and I will often play it on rotation when working on the computer as background music.
And I'm not blowing smoke, I really do think this is good music worthy of radio airplay.
 De (pictured and singing in the above clip) sent me an e-mail asking if I had received the CD and DVD in the mail yet. 
Attached were abut half a dozen You Tube clips featuring some of the projects that she is involved in. 
 I met De last year at the Woodford Folkfest when I bought a deck of her cards and a couple of gratitude rocks off her, so I knew she was a creative artist, but I didn't know she was also a singer and music technician as well.

"Gratitude" Rocks!

 De was involved in producing the above clip, and after just reading this breaking news story the song Mixed Emotions could almost have been written for Ian when you listen to the lyrics.
"Olympian Ian Thorpe says he has spent much of his life battling "crippling depression", and often drank huge amounts of alcohol to manage his moods.
Thorpe opened up about his depression in the book, This is Me: The Autobiography, written with Robert Wainwright, and set to be released next month.
In an extract published in Fairfax's Good Weekend magazine on Saturday, Thorpe said he had never spoken openly about it. "Not even my family is aware that I've spent a lot of my life battling what I can only describe as a crippling depression".
The 30-year-old said he had striven to be perfect and had wanted to keep what he felt was a "character flaw" from his family.
After the Sydney Olympics and while training for Athens, Thorpe decided to get answers and had a "clandestine visit" to a doctor, where he got "some help", including medication.
While he said he was not an alcoholic, he began succumbing to alcohol as time went on.
"I used alcohol as a means to rid my head of terrible thoughts, as a way of managing my moods - but I did it behind closed doors, where many depressed people choose to fight their demons before they realise they can't do it without help," he writes.
"There were numerous occasions, particularly between 2002 and 2004 as I trained to defend my Olympic titles in Athens, that I abused myself this way - always alone and in a mist of disgrace."
He said he was able to hide his drinking from sports psychologists and coaches, and at times considered suicide.
Weird sync, because I had ever only heard that song as I was reading that story about Ian's depression, and the next clip of De's that I watched was this one -
If you want to buy some gratitude rocks, art, CDs or  
The Bunya Guitar DVD, check out De's website here -
 And talking about Bunya trees -
 Check out the Bunya "pine cones".
 I was thinking about buying "Game Of Thrones - Season 1 on DVD and look what comes with it -
A dragon egg...or...Bunya cone???
"Hidden Dragon Eggs find the hidden dragon eggs to uncover even more never-before-seen content."
And if you've followed this blog for a while you'll know that I'm fascinated by pine cones in more ways than one. 
The Third Eye (Pineal Gland) 


Mike Perry said...

Interesting stuff as per usual.

The cone immediately made me think of the 167 tonne Seed sculpture at the Eden Project near to where I live. The quote Eden gives is that the Seed, "carries nature's design blueprint and pays homage to working with the grain of nature. It serves as a reminder to us all - forever - encouraging respect and a duty to hope for the future." See here.

Brizdaz (Darren) said...

I like the photos on the link that you refer to in your above comment Mike.The white cone sculpture reminds me of the white cones surrounding the fountain at the Buddhist temple that I attended on Chinese New Year in this post I wrote-

King Uke said...

"Thorpedo drinks like a fish" - who'd have thought! I'm quite taken with this whole Bunya Guitar Project idea, but I can't find anything on it anywhere. I have my own little sync going on here. On the day that you showed me this, another friend of mine launched his new blog His first post talks about a guitar he has restored. I love the idea of handing down instruments. "This guitar belonged to my wife’s late grandfather... The bumps and bruises on the finish remain as a testament to the years it has seen. This guitar was well used and well loved. It can now be enjoyed by current and future generations." Do you think that one day someone will love my Kingcaster as much as I do? I hope so!