It's A Small World Afterall
This week I want to tell you about a funny thing that happened a few years ago while I was on tour in the States with Fiona Joy.
The world seems to be getting smaller and smaller as more people are travelling these days but it's still a minor miracle when you meet someone in a whole other country who has a direct connection with you in the most unexpected way.
Fiona and I were doing a show in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and before I went on to play, a man named David Sorensen walked up to me and wanted to chat about Australia. This is not unusual lol! A lot of people in the U.S. ask about where I'm from and when I tell them I'm from northern NSW do you know it, they say, oh no I've never been to Australia and I don't know it at all.
On this occasion, David wanted to know exactly where I was from so I told him that I was living near a town called Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore etc. He said, "oh I know it well. In fact, I was there last year and I broke my foot while walking on rocks at the beach". He said "in fact I was taken to the local hospital there and the ER doctor was so nice and very thorough and really looked after me. I was very impressed". I said, "oh what was the doctor's name" but David couldn't quite remember and knowing that it was a hospital in my area, I said, "um it wasn't Guy Loosemore by any chance was it?" and he straight away said "yes it was! Oh of course, I thought I recognized your last name". That's my brother! What are the chances!
Well we giggled about that for a bit and I thought to myself, phew, just as well he only had good things to say about that doctor. I probably wouldn't have dared to ask who it was if he was not so impressed (wink wink).
David and I have remained friends and in fact it turns out that he is a wonderful artist. He actually spends quite a bit of time in Australia touring his paintings which reflect his love affair with the Australian wilderness. You can see more of David's work HERE!
Enjoy and thank you for reading my story today.
5/30/2016 08:00:42 am
Lovely memories and love David's work. Very diverse. Thank you for sharing this story Trysette. Didn't realise you have a brother who is a doctor :)
5/30/2016 03:27:02 pm
I'm full of surprises Claudi ;)
5/30/2016 04:47:39 pm
I have one of David's original water colours here in the house. He's an awesome artist. Thanks for sharing Trysette - its a 'twilight zone' story and always amazes me how connected we all are in this small world.
5/31/2016 04:53:12 pm
Lucky you Fi owning one of David's paintings. I plan to own one someday too :)
5/30/2016 06:47:03 pm
That's awesome Fiona. Which of David's pictures do you have? There is that invisible thread that connects all of us in some way. Some connections are stronger than others.
5/31/2016 04:53:44 pm
6 degrees...... :)
5/31/2016 11:28:12 am
Thanks for sharing this great story! The world truly is very small. I chose to live in Las Cruces, New Mexico as a direct result of another Oz connection. My best mate, an Aussie who shared a year of Outback-by-Kombi touring with me in 1975, gave me a painting by a Queensland artist, Jenny Gilbertson, some years ago. I researched and contacted her, coincidentally at the time I was looking to move to the Southwest of the USA in 2012. Turns out Jenny had done her Masters of Fine Arts at the Uni in Las Cruces and had many good things to say about the city. I visited, fell in love with New Mexico, and moved here soon after. The first person I met when house-hunting was another artist, Ouida Touchon, who turned out to know Jenny well and even had a sister painting to the one I had! Ouida told me about this home-concert where a couple of Aussie women were performing, about 2 weeks after my arrival. From that series of connections I was turned on to the fabulous music of Trysette and Fiona. Trysette was away on tour in 2013 when I was Artist-in-Residence in Bundaberg, QLD (organized by Jenny herself), but I did get to see Fiona and meet her family. I left a couple of paintings with her, including Juniper on Ledge (see my website) and a view from her kitchen window. A poster of one of her paintings also hangs in my home. I caught both ladies on tour in New Mexico a year later, and I plan to see both Fi and Trysette on my upcoming trip to Oz in Sept-Nov this year. Our tiny world can be so connected through our arts and mates, regardless of where we live!
5/31/2016 04:56:25 pm
How wonderful to hear about all these connections David. Thank you for posting this. Looking forward to seeing you when you come over in September.
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