It has been said that if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. When you love what you do, it does not feel like work.
Now,of course, some of the tasks you have to perform can be wearisome, but if you learn to love those tasks,then you get better, and life gets better.
Last night, Sue and I had the great pleasure of being at a concert in Melbourne’s grand old Palais Theatre.
It was the 50th Anniversary Go Show Concert, and the performers were all Australian music industry icons from the 60’s and 70’s. Now, they are all in their 60’s and 70’s, and some, like the audience which was mainly of similar age, were showing the effects of age and illness. But, what stood out, was they loved being there. They loved what they were doing.
The audience clearly loved it singing along to 50 year old songs, my wife beside me dancing in her seat like the 15 year old girl who first went to the Go Show 50 years ago.
“The Go!! Show (also known simply as Go!!) was a top rating Australian popular music television series which aired on ATV-10 Melbourne from 1964 to 1967, and was produced by DYT Productions at the Channel 10 (then known as network 0) studios in Nunawading, Victoria
The Go!! Show almost exclusively featured local performers and concentrated on solo singers, who were typically backed by the show’s house band The Strangers. It featured many of the major Australian pop stars of the time, including DYT-managed singer April Byron, resident female singer of the first season, Bobby & Laurie, The Spinning Wheels, Lynne Randell, Johnny Devlin, Colin Cook, The Twilights, Mike Furber and Normie Rowe. Olivia Newton-John and Pat Carroll were regulars with Newton-John making at least sixteen appearances between February 1965 and December 1966. Singer and composer Buddy England auditioned for the premiere episode and became a regular performer for the entire run of the series.”
The concert was compered by Johnny Young, one of the original comperes of the TV show. Johnny became one of Australia’s most loved television personalities with his long running “Young Talent Time” which introduced many very young performers who went on to become well known stars.
The concert included many icons of the Australian music industry, but these are my favourites.
My life had sort of crossed paths with Normie’s several times. Before he became a big star, he was an apprentice Telecommunications Technician with the old Postmaster Generals Dept (now Telstra) I was 2 years behind him at the taining school, and also worked at one of the depots where he had worked. Then, when I joined a famous music school in Melbourne for trumpet lessons, Normie had been one of their students also.
Another marvelous performer, and a marvelous performance during the concert
Probably one of the best male voices in Australia
Ross’s performance last night was actually the inspiration for this post. Watching him struggle out on stage on crutches to perform was an emotional moment. Then, after his first song, and as the applause died down, he said “Why would you ever stop doing this?”
Love what you do. It was so obvious these performers do love what they do.
We were privileged to attend the after show party, and just see them winding down, still enjoying the glow of their performances.
I have deliberately used recent photos rather than photos from their younger days.Seeing them suffering the same ravages of time we all do,some more than others, as with all of us, was very inspiring. It shows, that age does not have to stop us from doing what we love, and if you love doing something it is hardly work.
When my creative juices are flowing, and the words practically write themselves on the page, I do love what I do. Other times, the writing can be a task, but ,it is only a part of what I do.
I do many things.
Mostly, I try to help people.
I try to give value, by sharing knowledge and experience.
I show people who wish it, an opportunity that can change their lives.
An opportunity that is changing the world, by educating underprivileged children, and greening the planet, all while we make money,just from every day expenses
If you do not love what you do, either start doing what you love, or learn to love what you do.
And,if you are looking for something better in your life, something you might love doing,