Guy Sebastian

He was the original Australian Idol. His three albums so far – Just As I Am, Beautiful Life and Closer To The Sun -have all gone platinum or multi-platinum.

Now, as he gets set to release his latest album, Guy Sebastian has found his groove.

While his mates were listening to New Kids On The Block and Pearl Jam, Guy was playing classic soul hits from the likes of Otis Redding, Al Green and Wilson Pickett.

On The Memphis Album, Guy has put his own stamp on the soul music he loves so much. It was my great pleasure to welcome Guy Sebastian to 98.5 Sonshine FM this morning during my morning programme.

The track list on the album is full of classic soul music, all originating from Memphis. It starts with Soul Man befor heading into Hold On I’m Coming, In The Midnight Hour and a bunch of other classics including Knock On Wood, Respect Yourself, (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay and Under The Boardwalk.

The wonderful thing about the album is that Guy enlisted the help of top soul musicians such as Steve Cropper, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Steve Potts, Lester Snell, Dave Smith, Rick Steff, Jim Spake, Kirk Smothers, Scott Thompson and Howard Lamb. Many of these musicians wrote and recorded the original versions of the songs on the album with the likes of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Al Green and Wilson Pickett and were members of the MGs, playing with Booker T, and the Blues Brothers Band. Steve Cropper, who co-wrote In The Midnight Hour, Knock On Wood, and (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay, also produced the album with Guy.

Even more exciting was the news that when Guy tours Australia in March next year those guys will be his backing band. I MUST get tickets to that show.

Guy travelled directly from the airport to our studios this morning as the first stop on a punishing promotional schedule. He had another ten interviews to complete today. That’s after his day in Melbourne yesterday which saw him complete twenty interviews. So much for the glamourous life of a rock star.

It was a lot of fun catching up with Guy and hearing his enthusiasm for his music. If you want to listen to what Guy had to say this morning you can click the play button on the audio player below..



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Celebrations

We were out with friends celebrating a couple of 40th birthdays on Saturday night and I noticed that one of the other guests had a very small baby with them.

Looking at that little bundle made me think back to the days when our kids were that tiny. In some ways it seems like such a long time ago yet in other ways it’s like it was just yesterday.

Our youngest, James, turns nine today.

It’s hard to believe that such a talented and capable young man could have ever been a small helpless bundle. It’s been such an honour to sit back and see James develop into the person he is today and I’m really looking forward to the years ahead to see him continue to mature and become the person the Creator has destined him to be.

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Sticks and stones …

“Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.” So goes the old schoolyard saying.

Over the years our attitudes to name calling and teasing have changed and we now realise that persistent and cruel name calling can have damaging effects. We know that it’s not only ‘sticks and stones’ physical harm that can be detrimental to our wellbeing.

While we can’t shield our children from all unpleasant schoolyard behaviour, we generally understand that it’s not helpful for our kids to be picked on. Any of us who have suffered childhood taunts know that kids can be cruel and that bullying can make life almost unbearable when the teasing and name calling snowballs out of control.

Now comes a report stating that a British expert thinks children need to be teased and called names to toughen them up.

This story at News.com.au claims that former advisor to the British Government, Tim Gill, is calling on parents and teachers to stop over reacting to “unpleasant behaviour” which can help children develop their resilience.

A closer reading of the story suggests that Gill may not be promoting bullying but rather the over reaction to certain childhood behaviours that have attracted the bullying tag.

Simply redefining all unpleasant behaviour as bullying does not solve this problem, it merely brushes it under the carpet.

The unintended side-effect of such redefinition is that adults are likely to feel under growing pressure to step in whenever children fall out or argue with each other, causing confusion in the minds of children, parents and school staff.

In an atmosphere of heightened media and public awareness of the problem, there is a real danger that adults will overreact and suppress behaviour that, unlike bullying, has a key role in helping children to learn for themselves how to deal with difficult social situations.

I must admit that we need to be on guard to ensure that we don’t wrap our children in a cocoon to protect them but at the same time I can’t see how name calling and teasing can be helpful.

Surely our goal should be not only to stop our children from being the target of bullying or even teasing but to raise our children to have enough respect for themselves and others so that they don’t tease or bully others. Even more than that, we need to encourage our kids not only to avoid antisocial behaviour but to honour others and to threat others in the way they would desire to be treated.

What do you think? Were you teased as a child? Do you think it had a long term effect? Do you think that a certain amount of teasing and name calling is healthy for kids?

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Let's play pretend

As I sit here typing it’s half past eight on Monday morning, but the government wants us to pretend that it’s half past nine.

Daylight Saving started yesterday morning. I have to admit that I’m not a big fan.

The extra daylight in the evening is a bonus but it’s going to take a while to adjust to the early mornings. I woke up to a fight between my bedside clock and my body clock today. The bedside clock told me it was time to get up. My body clock said, “Don’t be ridiculous, it’s still dark outside”. I lay there for a few more minutes and let them argue between themselves.

The fact that it was a cold start to the day made it even more difficult to throw back the covers this morning. I’m sure my body will work out what’s going on soon.

Sunrise is fairly early at the moment but the main problem for me is that later during the Daylight Saving period sunrise becomes later and later and I have to cycle in the dark if I want to get some extra kilometres in before work. I was too tired to do any extra this morning but I’m hoping I’ll get a few good rides in later this week.

Do you have Daylight Saving across the Summer months? Do you enjoy the extra daylight at the end of the day or does it rob you of your mornings?

We’re just at the start of a three year Daylight Saving trial. Once the trial’s over we get to decide if we want it permanently or not. I have a feeling that the referendum will deliver the same result that two previous Daylight Saving referendums have returned. Thanks but no thanks.

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World Teacher's Day

Australia is celebrating World Teacher’s Day today.

Emily and James will be thanking their teachers for the great work they do. Both of them have got great teachers this year. It’s so good to know that we can send our kids into a supportive learning environment each day.

I was trying to remember some of my teachers this morning as I cycled the long way to work. I remember having Miss Van Kampen for the first two years of school back at Wembley Downs Primary School. If I remember correctly she drove a green VW Beetle. I think my Grade 3 teacher was Mrs McGrade. It all becomes a bit of a blur after that. I can’t think who I had in Grades 4 and 5. I think it was Mr Paganini for Grade 6 but I seem to remember he was also a Deputy Headmaster so he shared the teaching duties with another teacher.

I certainly remember my Grade 7 teacher. Richard Phillips was a very sporty kind of teacher. He coached the school’s football and cricket teams. I guess he didn’t like me much because I wasn’t a sporty kind of kid. I thought he was kind of cool until the day he yelled at me in front of the class that I was a drip who would never amount to anything in life. That seemed to take the shine off things for me.

I can remember a few teachers from my three years at Churchlands Senior High School but none that really stand out too much.

I’d love to get in touch with some of my old teachers but there are some that I could do without seeing again.

Are there any teachers that stick in your mind from your school days? Any that were particularly inspirational for you? Any that bring back good memories of your school days?

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