Michael Paynter – How Sweet It Is

Even as a young child it was obvious that he had a special connection with music. At the age of 7 he was learning the piano, at age 12 it was the guitar, and by the age of 15 he was playing drums. Combine that with a big voice and you’ve got a winning formula.

Michael Paynter is in Perth to support Miley Cyrus tomorrow night at Burswood Dome. He joined me in the studio this morning as part of my radio programme on 98.5 Sonshine FM.

Michael has certainly built up an impressive fan base in the last few years but this time around he’s supporting someone else. I started by asking how differently he approaches a performance when he’s faced with a big crowd that haven’t really come along to hear your music.

Love the Fall was a big song for Michael. His latest song, How Sweet It Is, is out now.

You’ll find some of his music here.

He’s a great guy and I’m sure he’s got an amazing future ahead of him.

You can listen to my chat with Michael by clicking the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post. (Sorry for the quality of the audio.)

Click on the photo for a closer look.

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Put some clothes on

Miranda Devine is spot on with her article, Flash of fame spreads sluttiness, in today’s Sydney Morning Herald.

From Britney to Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, Nikki Webster and Miranda Kerr, Devine is asking why they, and so, so many other young starlets, feel the need to “become vulgarised in the manner of a porn star, with hollowed out face and vacant eyes suggesting a life of degradation, disease and constant joyless sex.”

She cites the growing trend for young women to abandon all modesty to flash their crotches at paparazzi.

Why is our culture so toxic that to be taken seriously as a model or actress or singer or female celebrity of any description you have to strip off, look out of control and trashy, and degrade yourself in a cheaply lit approximation of ’70s cliche porn? The more hardcore and vulgar, the more hip and ironic.

It’s well past time that we started asking the same questions of our ‘celebrities’ and our culture, and that we paid even more attention to the messages that society is force feeding our daughters.

I know that I have more conservative views than many others, but seriously, does anyone really think that the current trend is helpful for anyone?

Can I encourage you to read Miranda Devine’s article. It’s a little raw and to the point, but it would seem that we need a wake up call.

Once you’ve read it, share it with your daughters to let them know that they don’t have to bend to the pressures that they may feel to be as trashy as those they see in the social pages, and unfortunately, those they often see in their own community.

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