By Liane Morris
If you could create a soundtrack to your life, what would it sound like? What music did you listen to as a kid, teenager, in different relationships, when you broke up, made up and celebrated? If you were sitting in a nursing home, unable to grasp at your memories, what would the nurse play for you on your personal playlist to help you remember? I began thinking about these questions when I heard about the new rock cabaret from New Zealand, Daffodils, opening at Riverside in May.
Daffodils is an award-winning show that is a true love story with an indie rock soundtrack woven into the action, almost as a central character in and of itself. The power of music, its ability to draw out our emotions and its resonance across the years as a soundtrack of memories is at the core of this theatrical experience that features the music of Kiwi greats such as Crowded House, Dave Dobbyn, The Swingers and a host of others from the 1960s to the present day. It’s also a heart aching love story, a tribute to playwright Rochelle Bright’s parents and in particular her father who died when she was a teenager. The songs are Kiwi standards rearranged by Stephanie Brown otherwise known as LIPS, and should be familiar to Aussie audiences. The power of music to evoke memory really got me thinking about my own life, my own personal playlist and what would it sound like if it was the score of a show about me. Somehow I doubt that my soundtrack would be as cool as the soundtrack of Daffodils.
My childhood was spent singing and dancing in the lounge room to the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash – the music of my parents. I recently introduced my 8 year old to the songs of Roy Orbison. He’s not into the love songs but he quite likes Pretty Woman and Working for the Man! It’s interesting to me how our personalised playlist regenerates itself in this way. The music stays with us and creates or enhances new memories.
The latter years of high school were filled with KISS, Duran Duran, Adam Ant, The Church, Split Enz, Australian Crawl and INXS – a weird hybrid mix of the New Romantics, iconic Aussie/NZ Rock and heavy metal. Screaming at rock concerts, playing at being a groupie (I met a few musos but I was too much of a ‘good girl’ to ever be a real groupie) and saving my pennies to buy the next album. I trawled the op shops for second hand clothes to express my ‘individuality’, hung out with my girlfriends and dreamt of marrying a pop star and working in a glamorous job one day. Surprisingly that didn’t happen either.
Years of being single, travelling the world as a backpacker and finding my feet career-wise make me remember anthems like Hunters & Collectors’ Throw Your Arms Around Me, Cream by Prince and Charlie’s Song by The Whitlams. Meeting my husband and dancing to Woman with Soul by The Cruel Sea, seeing PJ Harvey rip it up at the Enmore before we had our kids and dancing 9 months pregnant at a Ben Lee concert. You get the idea. (It could go on and on but you don’t really need to hear about the Wiggles after we had the kids).
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Liane Morris is a wife and mother and currently lives in Lake Macquarie NSW near the beach and the lake. She blogs and runs her boutique consultancy. Her twitter account sums her up “Mum + marketeer, opinionated, sugar free (mostly), loves books, lives on the coast, proud Novacastrian, likes studying happiness theories, loves yoga & her pool”.
She is a marketer of 25+ years’ experience with an extensive background in senior marketing roles in arts and media organisations in Sydney and Canberra.
Liane has worked as a senior marketing manager and coached and mentored marketing teams throughout her career at organisations as diverse as University of NSW, Sydney Symphony and Lifeline Australia. She has worked in global companies such as Time Inc. Magazines as Consumer Marketing Manager across all titles (Who Weekly, Sports Illustrated, Time, InStyle), government owned organisations such as ABC Classic FM and regional cultural facilities such as Canberra Glassworks (2012 winner in category of the ACT Tourism Awards) and Riverside Theatres in Western Sydney.
Liane is a communication specialist with strong experience in building business partnerships through fundraising and sponsorships. She brings this communications expertise to every aspect of her life with an emphasis on team, personal balance and passion for what you do.