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Howzat! Archive - September 17th 2014

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Am I living the life I imagined when I was a child? That's what Lauren Glezer pondered when she wrote This Living, the first single from her debut EP, Searching For Tall. Her father was an inspiration. "My dad is the best," Lauren says. "The coolest dude I know." Mr Glezer also has a serious job as a lawyer, and Lauren once asked him: Are you living the life you always intended? "He didn't really know how to answer," Lauren recalls, "but what he did say was, 'I'm on the corporate treadmill and there is no getting off.' Those words have been with me ever since." Lauren stresses that This Living is not an "anti-corporate song", merely "a reminder to keep asking ourselves, 'Is this the life I want to be living? Or am I just too comfortable or scared to make a change?'" Searching For Tall is exquisite. Indeed, when Lauren's godfather, Henry, heard it, he said: "It's time to quit retail." Lauren laughs. "I quit retail, and took up hospitality. I'm still working the typical muso jobs. But I can't complain - I get to meet great people and eat great food. It's so hard to commit to anything else when song is your life force." Lauren comes from a musical family - her big brother Paul was the bass player in Pablo Discobar - and she was 10 when she did her first gig, singing Barbra Streisand's The Way We Were at her grandfather's 80th. Tina Arena was her first concert ("That night was a dream come true. Thank you, Tina"), and Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise was her first CD purchase. "I still remember dancing to it on table tops, in baggy overalls and backwards cap, with my best friend Lisa." Lauren, who's playing at Wesley Anne on 20 Sep, and the Evelyn on 28 Sep, says, "I have found lots of love and comfort in other people's music, so I hope people can find the same in mine." So what life did she imagine when she was a child? "I always thought I'd be a therapist," she admits. "And I'd have a husband, a nice little home, maybe some kids and a dog. Turns out, I was too sensitive to be a therapist. So I decided to channel all my love of people into writing songs and poems. I'm still working on the husband, kids and dog. I'm sure that will come when they're ready. And if they don't, I'll always have song."

We remember the great Slim Dusty who died 11 years ago on 19 Sep. Slim's 1999 best-of has been on the country charts for more than 800 weeks. And Happy Birthday to another local legend - Tim Rogers is 45 on 20 Sep.

Jimmy Barnes has had as many number one albums as The Beatles. 30:30 Hindsight is his 10th solo chart-topper, and he's had four number ones with Cold Chisel.

Ben Lee: "For those that have been given more than others in this life, it is not heroic to give more. It is our responsibility."

"I cannot possibly reach myself" - Lauren Glezer, Searching For Tall.

X Factor contestant Dean Ray has a Top 15 debut.

Freaks TIMMY TRUMPET (number seven)
Amnesia 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (11)
Budapest DEAN RAY (15, debut)
Live Louder NATHANIEL (22, debut)
Black Widow IGGY AZALEA (23)
Come Home With Me GUY SEBASTIAN (30)
Gladiator DAMI IM (36)
Chandelier SIA (38)
Geronimo SHEPPARD (39)
Que Sera JUSTICE CREW (40)

Vance Joy knocks off Barnesy to become the 11th Aussie act to have a number one album this year.

Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (number one, debut)
30:30 Hindsight JIMMY BARNES (two)
Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (four)
Bittersweet KASEY CHAMBERS (eight)
Nothin' But Trouble THE WOLFE BROTHERS (13, debut)
Angus & Julia Stone ANGUS & JULIA STONE (14)
Honest People JOHN WILLIAMSON (21)
5 Seconds Of Summer 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (24)
The Very Best INXS (26)
Microscopic Wars KINGSWOOD (29)
The New Classic IGGY AZALEA (32)
Let The Ocean Take Me THE AMITY AFFLICTION (34)
Family Life ADAM HARVEY (36)
1000 Forms Of Fear SIA (37)

Nothing To Be Frightened Of STEPHEN CUMMINGS

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