All that I am, all that I ever was…

I am more than my mental health. I am more than my homelessness. I am more than any one aspect of me. I am Addy. And this is…


The Light Will Stay On (The Walkabouts)

The last seven days have been a particularly difficult and trying time for me. My mood has been low. My PTSD has been off the charts. My abdominal pain has returned with a vengeance. And my anxiety has been super difficult to control. So in a valiant attempt to end the week on a high, I’ve decided a spot of music is in order, and this classic piece of Seattle-based rock has never failed to soothe my soul. Hopefully it will do the same for you. Enjoy! :)

The Light Will Stay On | The Walkabouts

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Music for Monday: Six (random) songs to start your week

Of all the days in the week, Monday is probably the day most people need music the most. So to kickstart (yet) another monotonous week of work and woe, here are six songs that I’ve chosen by randomly shuffling my iTunes library:

Failure | Laura Marling

Best of You | Foo Fighters

Save Part of Yourself | Brandi Carlile

Somewhere Only We Know | Lily Allen

Xanadu | Sarah Blasko

Your Time Will Come | Amy MacDonald

Enjoy! :)

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Three favourite songs of 2013


– in no particular order –


Push the Sky Away | Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

I’ve been a long-time fan of Nick Cave, so when he released a new album earlier in the year I was first in line to listen to it…and I wasn’t let down. It is – like all his previous work – a masterwork of musical genius, and this track in particular is dark, thrilling and downright intoxicating; an absolute classic.


Roar | Katy Perry

Meadhbh wouldn’t let me hear the end of it if I didn’t include her favourite song of 2013 on this list. Over the last few months I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve endured listening to her roar along to this track. Sure it’s light, frothy and (somewhat) annoying pop music; but it’s undeniably catchy and entertaining! :)


Haxan | Ella Hooper

Many moons ago I would tune in to comedy music panel show Spicks and Specks on a regular basis. Partly because it was so darned entertaining and partly because  I hoped Ella Hooper would make a guest appearance. Fortunately, on a number of occasions, she did! Whilst Spicks and Specks lives on only in repeats, Ella Hooper’s musical output continues. This year she released a new solo album that is dreamy, atmospheric and haunting; simply a must-hear!

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What is music therapy?

Music TherapyWhilst doing my daily round of my favourite websites this morning I stumbled upon this interesting article on music therapy on The Conversation. It traverses the history of music therapy, how music can trigger an endorphin release and how music therapy can be used in the treatment of neurorehabilitation, dementia and children.

If you get the chance, it’s definitely worth a read.

Defining music therapy is challenging because the practice is so diverse; but the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA) uses the following definition:

“Music therapy is a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing.”

Music therapy is the intentional use of music by a university-trained professional who is registered with the AMTA.

Registered music therapists draw on an extensive body of research and are bound by a code of ethics that informs their practice. They incorporate a range of music-making methods within a therapeutic relationship and are employed in a variety of sectors including health, community, aged care, disability, early childhood, and private practice.

Music therapy is different from music education and entertainment as it focuses on health, functioning and wellbeing, and music therapists work with people of any age and ability, culture or background.

Continue reading ‘Explainer: What is music Therapy?‘  >>>


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Music for Monday: Here Come the Sirens ’cause Babe, I’m on Fire

The thirty-day song challenge continues with two songs that remind me of things both good and bad.

A song that reminds me of summer

Here Come the Sirens | My Friend the Chocolate Cake

As I am about to enter another blistering Australian summer, my mind has been drifting to a song I discovered during my first summer in this sun-baked land. Here Come the Sirens, more than any other song, reminds me of the grotesque summer months in this otherwise tolerable land.

I lay back in the room with dark red curtains,
Wake up to the trucks outside my door,
Short of sleep.
And the sky tonight it’s a deadly one,
It hardly lets us breath,”

A song that reminds me of my best friend

Babe I’m on Fire | Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Why this song reminds me of my now sadly deceased best friend, Samantha, is a little too personal to share in a non-password protected post. Needless to say, it was one of the greatest fifteen minutes of my life and this is one of my favourite pieces of music of all time! :p

The man going hiking says it
The misunderstood Viking says it
The man at the rodeo
And the lonely old Eskimo says
Babe, I’m on fire
Babe, I’m on fire”