Banana Cream Mini-Pies

The other night, my brilliant wife put together these banana cream mini-pies that rocked my family’s world.

Luscious? Check. Delicious? Check.

I brought a couple of these with me to the Canberra graphic design studio where I work, and I didn’t share. Sorry, boys. 

Years and Years and Jess Glynne, “Come Alive”

 

British musicians Jess Glynne and Years and Years have come together for a phenomenal reimagining of “Come Alive,” one of the great songs from “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack.

Lifted off the new “The Greatest Showman: Reimagined” album, which finds established singers putting their own spins on songs from the film, “Come Alive” has been given a funky new life, thanks to the musical stylings of Years and Years frontman and Michael Jackson vocal doppelganger Olly Alexander and the always brilliant Jess Glynne, who is pretty much my spirit animal.

Altogether, one of the best songs to come out this 2018. So cool, it almost answers my need for Canberra air conditioning.

COME ALIVE Lyrics
Years and Years and Jess Glynne

Olly: You stumble through your days
Got your head hung low, your skies a shade of grey
Like a zombie in a maze
You’re asleep inside, but you can shake awake

Olly: ‘Cause you’re just a dead man walking
Thinking that’s your only option
But you can flip the switch and brighten up your darkest day
Sun is up and the color’s blinding
Take the world and redefine it
Leave behind your narrow mind
You’ll never be the same

Olly: Come alive, come alive
Go and light your light, let it burn so bright
Reaching up to the sky
And it’s open wide, you’re electrified
When the world becomes a fantasy
And you’re more than you could ever be
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
And you know you can’t go back again
To the world that you were living in
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
So, come alive

Jess: Oh ah, yeah
I see it in your eyes
You believe that lie that you need to hide your face
Afraid to step outside
So you lock the door, but don’t you stay that way

Jess: No more living in those shadows
You and me, we know how that goes
‘Cause once you see it all, you’ll never, never be the same
Little bit of lightnin’ striking
Bottle up to keep on shining
‘Cause you can prove there’s more to you
You cannot be afraid

Olly and Jess: Come alive, come alive
Go and light your light, let it burn so bright
Reaching up to the sky
And it’s open wide, you’re electrified
When the world becomes a fantasy
And you’re more than you could ever be
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
And you know you can’t go back again
To the world that you were living in
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
So, come alive

Jess: Come one, come all, come in, come on
To anyone who’s bursting with a dream
Come one, come all, you hear the call
To anyone who’s searching for a way to break free

Olly and Jess: Come alive, come alive (Come alive)
Go and light your light, let it burn so bright (Go and light your light)
Reaching up to the sky (Reaching up to the sky, yeah)
And it’s open wide, you’re electrified
When the world becomes a fantasy
And you’re more than you could ever be
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
(Dreaming with your eyes wide open)
And you know you can’t go back again (Go back again)
To the world that you were living in (No no no no)
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
So, come alive
When the world becomes a fantasy (Oh, a fantasy)
And you’re more than you could ever be
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
(You’re dreaming with your eyes wide open)
And you know you can’t go back again
To the world that we were living in
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
So come alive

Let’s go, boys and grills

Summer’s coming up and it’s time to fire up the barbie!

My mates from our Canberra church are holding a barbecue on  11 November, 4:30 p.m., at 11 Pickler Rise, Moncrieff. Just blokes, beef, and barbecue!

If your Canberra air conditioning is shot and you’d rather join us, you can email us at everynationcanberra@gmail.com or message 0423 233 723.

This is going to be fun!

Can’t wait to try this Canberra wine!

Today, I got hold of a magnificent bottle of Australian wine from Canberra winemakers Kerralee Wines.

Darryl’s Drop is a 2013 Merlot Rosé created by Kerralee for their friend, Daryl Lawrence, “a good family friend who passed away on Canberra’s Centenary whilst our Merlot harvest was underway.”

This Merlot Rosé has a beautiful colour, with shades of orange, pink, and gold, depending on your light. Grown in their Canberra vineyard from cool climate grapes, Darryl’s Drop also features  lovely artwork done in pastels and watercolours by Dana Stewart-Thompson.

My mouth is literally watering.

[Darryl’s Drop and other fine Australian wines may be ordered on their website. I received no remuneration from Kerralee for this blog post.]

New seasons

This week marks the first week of my new job at Fresh Creative, a Canberra design studio that specialises in total communications solutions for print, marketing, digital, and signage across the ACT.

In the one week I’ve been working for Fresh Creative, I feel like I’ve been more productive than I’ve been in weeks. The people I work with are absolutely lovely, and we’re churning out quality work day in and day out.

As Little Orphan Annie sang, “I think I’m gonna like it here.” And she and I aren’t orphans anymore. Cheers to that!

Jess Glynne, “All I Am”

Jess Glynne has released her new single, “All I Am,” and this is definitely going to be one of my top three bops for 2018! She did a phenomenal job with “Hold My Hand,” and her new single is so much fun!

What makes Glynne so much joy to listen to is not just the quality of her voice, which is arguably the strongest female voice out of Britain since Jessie J. What makes Glynne a force to reckon with is her uncanny ability to make great pop songs with accessible lyrics and fun hooks. While the previous single, “I’ll Be There,” made Glynne the first British female solo artist to have seven number-one singles in the UK, I think “All I Am” deserves to be her eighth.

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Introducing the “Arrive in Five” Podcast

Friends, I’m so excited to announce the first episode of my new five-minute podcast, Arrive in Five, is live on Spotify and Anchor, and will be live on Apple soon!

Arrive In Five is a short but useful podcast designed to inspire and encourage people; the goal is to “bring you to a better place in five minutes.” The debut episode offers five tips on adjusting to new beginnings.

Please do support this project by listening to the podcast and, if you like it, sharing it on your networks or leaving a good rating; if you didn’t, I’m always open to suggestions on how to improve the podcast. Thank you for your support!