New Year's resolutions

A mere couple of days and we'll be saying goodbye to 2017. I assume you have resolutions prepared.

To ease us into the New Year I've asked a few prominent local folk from various areas of the music scene here to offer their resolutions for 2018. I'm sure they'll be better at keeping them than I am. Thanks for reading and commenting during 2017 – see you  on the other side.

Derek Toner

Ex-10 Mile Stone (nee The Mellowdrops), currently vocals/acoustic guitar with Toner, Franks & Beano, often found at The Barrel Room on Wharf Street.

1. Dig deeper;

2. Find new influences;

3. Say yes more and don't forget  about balance.

Jan Preston

Singer, songwriter, ex-Coup D'Etat (Doctor I Like Your Medicine), Queen of Boogie-Woogie Piano, film composer,  sister of Gaylene.

Keep calm and keep playing. A great NY resolution for all of us, since singing and playing music is a powerful way to stop worrying and unwind from our busy and stressful lives. It takes me into the present moment, the best way to live. Bring it on!

Sean Bodley

Guitarist extraordinaire with Eternal Sea.

This year released instrumental album Genesis. 2018 I plan to begin writing my sixth studio album, something vastly different from what I have done before. Putting a live instrumental band together is not far off and, as always, focusing on becoming a better musician!

Nicole Stagg

Booking person and head honcho for The Entertainer's Club.

Embrace every morning with gratitude. With each day you have a new opportunity to be a happier version of yourself, and remember worrying does not take away tomorrow's trouble, it only takes away today's peace. Be present and live!

Greg Brownless

Accordion player, musical theatre aficionado, mayor.

Buy less packaged products and food. Recycle more on our own section. Exercise and ride my bike more. Drink more water and less wine. Eat more fruit and less ice cream and chocolate!

Marion Arts

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, writer, teacher.

I resolve to (optimistically) find a suitable publisher for a novel I have written; to ramp up my struggle to find musical, especially vocal, authenticity in these last days of American influence; to use less petrol and fewer plastic bags.

Liam Ryan

Keyboard and more for The Narcs, Torch Songs and the Lizard Kings Doors Experience (Waihi Beach Tavern, January 6).

In 2018 I am going to try and take in as much live local music as possible – the BOP scene is pumping at the moment. And, as I do every year, I am promising myself more time at the piano.

Penelope Rowsell-Hoggard

Folk singer and musician with My Pennyworth, host of Aongatete Festival Under The Figs (February 23-24).

Tackle the songs on the ‘to learn' list. Take time to exercise, relax and practice the instruments I don't play often. Be mindful, enjoy life even the madly busy times eat slowly!

Waylon Mcpherson

Solo singer/guitarist, guitar and equipment repairer, effects pedal builder.

My resolutions are to convert a room into a multi-purpose family and jam zone, get to the beach more for swimming and enjoy more family outings with the kids like speedway, parks, live music events, and really appreciate every day!



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