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

- Jake Kotze

August 9, 2016

The APIA Tour: Rules Are Made to Be Broken...or, What Would Jesus Do?-)

Jesus Christ Superstar on the darkest weekend in Oz?
I'm a big fan of "going with the flow" and being guided by the universe, as in my experience life turns out best for me when I do. 
Although, I'm always cautious when I read about the stories of Job, or Jesus and how "going with the flow" turned out for them...if you get my drift?-)
"Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking."
Writing this post now about "going with the flow" reminds me of the guy I wrote about in my post -
Going With the Flow in Devonport on My Last Day in Tasmania
who refused to "just keep swimming" and jumped to his death in the icy waters between Victoria and Tasmania off the same ship I had crossed those waters on the night before.
Reading about how that guy died will haunt my thoughts for the rest of my life, as the night before I had stood on the deck of the same boat staring into those icy waters and imagining the horror of falling, or jumping overboard and being left for dead in those dark cold waters.
My thoughts spooked me so much that I went inside the ship and stayed there for the rest of the trip in case the ship bucked me overboard with the help of the choppy seas swirling all around the boat.
Looking over the side of the Spirit of Tasmania when leaving Melbourne for Devonport 15/6/16
I had no plans for the Saturday night that I was in Hobart for the Dark Mofo weekend and was surprised to see that two of my favourite Australian singers, John Paul Young and Daryl Braithwaite were playing the same casino that I happened to be staying in and for a very reasonable price, too.
Seat F8? Fate?-)

An actor playing John Paul Young in the TV show 'Molly'

John Paul Young on stage at Wrest Point Casino June 18th, 2016
I had been listening to their songs (the ones I liked that is) on my iPod in my new car as I drove down the east coast of Australia and down to Hobart, as I had the Molly soundtrack loaded in my collection in the random shuffle of 162 songs.

Molly with Samuel Johnston, the actor playing Molly in the TV show

My first car was a yellow Toyota Celica like this one in the TV show

Me in my first car, a yellow Toyota Celica, like Molly's car
On a personal synchronistic note I was stunned when watching the opening scenes of the Molly TV show and seeing Samuel Johnson playing Molly and driving a yellow Toyota Celica, as that was the car and colour of the first car I had ever owned and now I was driving my brand new car to Tasmania playing the 'Molly' soundtrack through it's speakers and would see one of my "yesterday heroes" singing live at the casino I had chosen to stay at during the

 Dark Mofo weekend I had come down to Tasmania for.  
Yesterday's Heroes
The Dark Mofo winterfeast in Hobart, June 16th, 2016
 Also on The APIA Good Times Tour were Kate Ceberano and  
Jon Stevens, who's songs don't really appeal to me, but I do like the songs that they sung when they were part of the  
1992 'Jesus Christ Superstar' stage show and luckily enough for me in Hobart they sung those songs on stage, as well. 
Kate played the part of Mary Magdalene and Jon played Judas in the 1992 stage-show. 
Kate Ceberano on stage at Wrest Point Casino, June 18th, 2016

I couldn't help thinking of the song 'Hosanna' when Kate got the shits and stopped the show because the casino's security guards were moving into to remove the crowd who were standing up in the front and dancing.
Security had been tolerant during John Paul Young's set and let the crowd stand and dance, but now with Kate's set they decided it wasn't happening any more.
But Kate told the musicians to stop the show and told the security guards to back off or the show was over.
I thought this was the highlight of the show, because there was this Mexican stand off for a while where you could see the guards mulling over the situation, and while not quite a "what would Jesus do?" situation for them I'm sure, they certainly had a dilemma on their hands and were forced to let Kate have her way to keep the peace.
I remember being very impressed by the balls Kate had to threaten the hotel security like that and at the same time being glad that I wasn't married to her ;-)  
One song on the 'Molly'  soundtrack I would skip in the car if it came on was Daryl's 'Summer Love', because I hate it almost as much as John Paul Young's 'Love is in the Air' (which I also skipped if it came on in the random shuffle on my iPod), but I couldn't skip those songs when they sung them on the night worse luck.
Daryl Braithwaite on stage at Wrest Point Casino, June 18th, 2016
Makes me feel old when phones are waved about in the air instead of lighters
Jon Stevens on stage at Wrest Point Casino, June 18th, 2016
I had a great night at this show sharing memories of my lost youth with most of the other people in the room and have to say it was quite a contrast from the concert I was at the night before, which is also now a part of my nostalgic past after just one revolution of the earth.
My Pick of Dark Mofo Would Have to be Chelsea Wolfe
Chelsea Wolfe playing Hobart June Friday 17th, 2016

The last show of The APIA Good Times Tour ended at the end of Oz
I think it was fitting that songs of "The Light of the World" should be sung during the darkest weekend in the winter months of Australia.

As it's always darkest before they say. 
Dark Mofo '16 
Jon Stevens even gave away his latest album on CD to everyone who wanted a copy to take home, which was a bonus on the night.

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