20 February, 2011

The Magic of Michael Buble

Hi Groover's,

Well where do I even begin.... right now I am a very tired little Groover!!

Was a good week, only had to work three days! Why can't they all be like that?

Now just so you know, we organised this whole Buble Extravaganza back in May last year. The Sydney part was a last minute mmmm BRAIN WAVE shall we say that I came up with! I know, just when you think you are all Buble'd out, I come up with another Adventure.... shame we don't have a money pit!

So Friday the party started all over again. I was sooo excited and I just wanted to add that last weekend when I saw Michael in concert in Brisbane, on that very first night, to hear him sing, well to be deep and meaningful.... I haven't felt such pure happiness in quite some time and geez it was nice! :)

So back to Friday, hopped a plane to Sydney. As I was walking off the plane I turned on my phone and read my Facebook and had this amazing email from my friend Rebecca, who got a ticket to Buble last weekend at the very last minute! I thought is was just going to be this normal email, have fun in Sydney, blah blah blah. But Groover's without going into it too much, it was one of the most beautiful emails I have ever received and I couldn't even read it all, it brought happy tears to my eyes.

Sometimes in life I think we forget the things we do, what we say, how we act, well what they can really truly mean to people that we know. I just wanted to say Thank YOU Rebecca. What a way to start my little trip away.... Mind you I didn't read the second half till much later that night hehehe.

So back to the story, I've just arrived at Sydney Airport and I've met up with Erica and then we check into our hotel. We didn't even go to our room first up, instead we went all the way up to the 32nd floor to the Club Lounge! ahhh the memories.....

Time for afternoon tea, then back to the room then a quick change and shower and back to The Club Lounge for what they call Twilight Drinks. We partook in a couple of "Very Strong Cocktails" and a couple of tasting platters.... (We had to get our Monies worth hehehe). Can I just add a soft drink, if you had to pay was $7! I rest my case...

So last weekend I met up with Arthur from school, that was 30 years in the making, so far he is in the lead buttttttt coming up, not very far behind him is my good friend Steve!

I met Steve on a cruise on the Fairstar (it was known by many names back in the day.... but lets try and keep this PG rated hehehe). This cruise actually left on my 20th birthday and went for 14 long party filled nights.... OH BOY!!! Those were the days!

Just cause I know you need a laugh, lets roll back the time to 1986

And cause I'm feeling generous and am hungover, try this one for size

Now about three years ago I reconnected with Stevie baby via Facebook and he lives in Sydney, so last Friday night, after nearly 25 years! (again you do the math, but don't spread it round ok) we finally met up in person.

Up to date, modern look, really we don't look that much older hehehe

He met us at the hotel along with Sharon and Sandra, friends and Sharon just so you know, if you can keep up, I met back in January at Sandra's 40th (you do the math hehehe) birthday party. Sharon and her husband Lee are from WA and we tried to surprise Sharon with a Buble Ticket andddd trip from Perth. Butttttt her husband's InBox was full and in the end we had to email Sharon. She was very excited and came a very long wayyyyy and on top of that her husband Lee (who loves Buble too) sent her off to Sydney on a Girls weekend. What a dude!!

So a drink at the hotel then off to The Basement in Sydney, which is a small bar/night club/jazz bar etc. There were 7 of us and Joanne and Maria joined us as well and we had dinner and some... ok a few.... ok manyyyyyy drinks!

Steve and I had alot of stories to catch up on and it was an amazing night. We were there to see the Boathouse Allstar's, which is the Buble Band on their nights off doing their own gigs.

They were amazing and half way through the night their boss turns up (Michael Buble, incase you didn't get it) and gets up and sings a song.

Then the famous Australian Trumpeter James Morrison gets up on stage and performs a couple of tunes with the guys.

First time I have seen them in their own gig and it was such a great experience, I thoroughly recommend it, if you ever have the chance. It was a Sold Out show and we all had a great night.

Saturday for me anyway was spent as you do, breakfast at Club Level, a lunch time nap (which didn't work) and then I watched a movie.

Amazing views from the Club Lounge

Sandra and Sharon turned up and we had a drink and we made a new "friend"! Mishka! He was sooo lovely and sooo funny. Fate def has a way of bringing people into your life just at the very right time.

We went back and got ready for the concert, went to Twilight Drinks Take 2 and made some new Hawaiian friends, who were leaving on a cruise today. We had fun chatting to them and then we hot tailed down to the Entertainment Centre to meet Sharon.

Great show, prob not the best seats we have ever had, but to be very honest, to see if from another angle, well I have to sat it was interesting. I think if you can swing it, floor seats are the way to go. You seem to really be involved.... but hey, a Buble Adventure comes in all different shapes and sizes.... I PROMISE YOU!!! ;)

Loved the concert and made a mad dash to head back to our hotel to the, yessss you guessed it Club Lounge for a couple of quiet (lol) drinks.

This is where it gets a little hairy..... but without saying too much we very lucky to meet Michael again. We had a few chats during the night. Talked about the Brisbane Floods (prob not going to be a concert due to time constraints with his current tour and getting married - TWICE) Once in Argentina where his partner is from and the other in Canada, where Michael is from.

This man is just so down to earth. As well as being extremely talented, you can really talk to him, just about anything and as you can imagine, I did! There were a few famous faces in the mix and thanks to my new friend "Paul" we stayed on for an after party. Of course it was only later that Erica told me that "Paul" was in fact Paul Dainty, Tour Promoter to HUGE ACTS. I had no idea hehehe.

Anyway we had alot of fun, a few snappy drinks, some huge laughs and we even managed a couple of special pictures that I am sorry to say - but I don't have on me tonight. So will share them with you in next weekend's Morley Report!

For now let us pretend this is kinda how the pic might look!

So the weekend def finished on a HIGH. It was funny as this time around I really didn't have a clue what the good old Buble had in store for me. It's def been an amazing ride and to this very day continues to bring such incredible experiences into my life. Who would have ever thought it possible.

So tonight, I am weary, I have though managed to unpack. I'm hungry (we have no food) and I need prob need about 12 hours sleep hehehe.

I managed to pack so much into the last 10 days. Meet up with old friends from school, from my first ever cruise, meet a famous tour organiser (without knowing it), saw a few famous Australian TV celebs and get to talk to Michael about some wonderful things. And to top it off, we even got a pic.

You see Groover's over the years I have found that when you are in the moment, I mean REALLY IN THE MOMENT, you don't think to say, hang on a sec whilst I drag my camera out and take a pic. Someday's it does feel like hey, maybe I have made it all up. But this weekend brought home to me how truly lucky I have been over the last so many years.

And also you know you like to be respectful. People are always wanting something from those few talented people, those that entertain us. You don't want to be seen as another person wanting something.

So the fact that Michael took the time, to talk to all of us. To talk to me a couple of more times during the night and to be kind enough to grant us a pic, which sometimes, esp nowadays is something he doesn't always do, well how lucky were we!

He truly is a gentleman, he has always made the time, always has a smile and a good attempt at the Aussie accent lol and has never once, in the few times I have met him, let it all go to his head.

I told him last night how proud I was that he has helped us out in Queensland with his private donation and that when he donated $50,000 a few years back for the Victorian bush fires, that he truly is an amazing person. He told me that he has a great connection with Australians with friends and even his Personal Assistant is from Tasmania.

Michael, thank you for being you. For bringing your music into my life and for making me feel special, that nothing is a problem. Imagine how different my life might have been if I hadn't been channel surfing on Foxtel back in 2005 and discovered you.

It's back to real life from tomorrow and before you know it another round of Buble concerts, more adventures and I'm afraid MORE STORIES hehehe to be told.

Thanks for reading and thanks for supporting my love of Buble, even if at times you are sick of it!!

Love yaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Me xxx


Bradley said...

Thank You Karen for all the organising you did for everyone to make sure we all had a great time. I know I sound like a broken record but "Karma" really is a wonderful thing and it was your turn to get something back. I hope everytime you light your candle you get a warm fuzzy as the memories flood back lova ya xx

From Erica xx

Anonymous said...

That is a fantastic Morley report Karen, I am so glad you had such a wonderful time you So deserve it.

Anonymous said...

I love how you can easily tell that those pics are from '86; I mean Steve has lit up, in a restaurant, on a cruise ship.



Jamie said...

Love, love, love the report for today!! Sounds like a brilliant time was had by all! xxx

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