Who would have thought I’d fall for him so completely, yet feel so distant. To see him in a church and leave smitten. That we’d meet in yet another place, far from home, spend an intimate night together and then have to leave again.
Between you and me, I have a confession to make.
I first saw Lior in Melbourne last month at the beautiful St Michaels on Collins. The setting was (dare I say) heavenly and the acoustics exquisite.
Lior Attar is a Melbourne-based Israeli-born singer-songwriter who burst onto the Australian music scene more than ten years ago with his stunning album Autumn Flow. However it’s only recently that I’ve discovered his music.
Between you and me is the name of his new album and, as you’ve probably gathered by now, Lior is currently touring Australia.
I loved his Melbourne show so much that I had the fabulous idea to go see him again in Ararat, two hours from home.
I convinced the other half, calling it research for another article, covering regional areas and town halls as music venues. That sounds plausible enough for a travel article, doesn’t it?
Of course it was partly true but he knows me well!
This former gold mining town with wide streets and elaborate buildings is usually just a pass through, as it was last weekend en route to the Grampians.
However it warrants a stop. There’s history and heritage and a spectacular lookout at One Tree Hill. By day the town hall, having recently undergone major upgrades, is the grandest building in the town and when darkness falls it literally shines.
It was here last night, in the refurbished state of the art theatre, that we saw Lior again.
A man and his guitar, in a small intimate setting of just over 100 people. We were in the front row, so close to him we could almost touch the music.
Time disappeared as we were immersed in his pure vocals, his musical storytelling and his guitar, which he changed often. The intimate show was reminiscent of an old salon caberet style show.
Lior in Melbourne with a string quartet was pure magic and in Ararat his solo performance, with accompanying artist, and talented songstress, Domini Forster was equally spellbinding.
When music hits you deeply you feel it to your core. It’s a true connection. “Music is life, that’s why our hearts have beats.” In a world that’s peppered with chaos and challenges music so pure is food for the soul and a seamless comfort.
May we all go after our dreams, follow the music, whether that’s literal or not, and find our bliss in life.
Life’s too short to settle for anything less.
So the travel research is done, another live music performance has been enjoyed. More memories have been made and, bonus, after the show, look who got to meet him!
May the music always continue.
In love and light
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