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The Ship Song Project

This is just so cool, I had to share it with you. I came across it on Kristin Cashore’s blog, which if you’re not already reading, you should definitely check out. She’s intelligent and funny, always has interesting things to share. Plus, she takes trapeze lessons simply because she can and occasionally posts pictures of her trials and triumphs way up on the bar. It never fails to make me wish I lived in a city (okay, near a city) with a trapeze school because it looks scary, exhilirating, humbling, and empowering all at once. Oh, and she writes fabulous, beautifully-written books which I haven’t talked about yet, but I will.

Where was I? Oh, right. The Ship Song Project. This is a promotional video for the Sydney Opera House. And it’s stunning. Here, see for yourself.

The song is by Nick Cave. (I hadn’t heard it before. Had you?) So many different performers, here they are in order of appearance according to the YouTube listing (because I found it fun to know as I watched and in case there’s someone you want to look up.) Performed by Neil Finn, Kev Carmody and The Australian Ballet, Sarah Blasko, John Bell, Angus and Julia Stone, Paul Kelly and Bangarra Dance Theatre, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Opera Australia, Martha Wainwright, Katie Noonan and The Sydney Symphony, The Temper Trap, Daniel Johns and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. It was directed by Paul Goldman and arranged by Elliott Wheeler.

So cool in so many ways. Doesn’t it make you want to hop a 24-hour flight to Sydney right now? (Unless of course, you already live there. In which case, you are the luckiest.) Go here to find out more about the history of the Opera House, see a video of the making of the Ship Song Project, see photos. It’s so cool.

Thanks, Kristin, for the links.

In book-related news . . . can I tell you that last night I heard back from my first beta reader who LOVED the book? (I’m going to be smiling all week.) She also pointed out a couple of weaknesses, things I need to fix, which I’m so grateful for. Knowing that is so essential to crafting a good book. Thank you, Kim! Your feedback is a huge help.

I love starting out the week with good news, don’t you? How is your week starting out?