73. Meet Missy Higgins

11 04 2012

I had to create a new number for this, because it’s still not quite number 17. Yet.

So how did this finally (Yes, finally – I’ve been waiting nearly seven years) happen?

Well, I landed in Sydney this morning after the most oxymoronic International Domestic flight from Melbourne. I’d planned an evening alone at my aunt’s, finishing my essay and baking banana cake, but then I stumbled across Annabel Crabb’s Twitter feed (someone had retweeted her P Diddy/Supafest mocking tweet) and saw that she was interviewing Missy Higgins and Kate Tucker at the Art Gallery of NSW this evening. I found this out three hours before the talk began. So I quickly made a banana cake, got on a bus, walked the wrong way out of Wynyard and somehow made it to the gallery with an hour to spare. So I found myself a good second row seat and made friends with two lovely more mature ladies next to me who talked with me about Annabel Crabb’s quirky dress sense and about other highly cultured events they regularly attend.

The talk was genuinely really interesting with Kate Tucker explaining how she went about creating her Archibald Prize nominated portrait of Missy. It was pretty insightful into both of their lives (Kate had previously painted Missy’s back fence with a Mexican theme) and inspired me to buy a ticket and go and look at the exhibition after the talk.

But not before this happened.

Yes, more than six and a half years since I first heard The Sound of White, I finally got to meet Missy Higgins and briefly tell her how much her music meant to me (Yes, in the short conversation we had I did manage to mention that I moved across the world to study Indigenous Linguistics.) There’s quite a lot more I would’ve like to have said – including asking if she’s ever going to tour the UK for Sophie’s sake – but it’s fair to say I was putting all my focus into trying not to come across as a stalker. And I think I was successful at that.

This blog, on the other hand…

Well that’s a whole other (non-stalkerish) ball game.

Oh, and in case you’re in Sydney and interested, the exhibition was really good. Kate’s portrait is beautiful and there are lots of really incredible portraits as well as great landscapes from the Wynne Prize. It’s open until 3 June. Tickets are $8 for concessions, $10 general admission. Wednesday Night art.afterhours run free talks and events every week.

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