FLIP SIMMONS: 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

NYE

Flip performing with Benny Vibes & Deva Permana, NYE at The Cloey:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Okay, well, since everyone else has already posted it - and it's had over 50 thousand hits in 3 days - Check out this cheeky flashmob, for some Christmas Cheer. 

See if you recognise anyone ;-)

M E R R Y  C H R I S T M A S



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

One Night In Tokio


Catch me onstage with Adam Katz at One Night In Tokio

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Rest in peace, RJ Rosales

I'm absolutely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of RJ Rosales.

I first met RJ when I did a musical with him, when I was 17 years old. I knew exactly who he was when he walked into the rehearsal room because, when I was 15, I saw him sing at the Grand Philippine Fiesta, in Sydney, where I was completely blown away by his song and the power of his voice. I was SO inspired. I taped his performance and used to sing along to it - I never told him this, out of sheer embarrassment. I wish I had... I'm sure he would have loved it.

Thank you, RJ.
Thank you, for inspiring me.
Thank you, for introducing me to Martin Nievera.
Thank you, for being so kind and lovely to work with, and
thank you, for being here and for sharing your talents with the world.


I know you're up there, in your new home, singing with the angels
and making them sound infinitely better.

MARAMING, maraming salamat po sa inyo.

Rest in peace.





Monday, December 05, 2011

WE ALL BELONG

“None of us seem to accept that we are incredibly precious -
that when I dehumanize you, I am dehumanized.
God’s dream is that we could know that we are members of one family.
There are no outsiders. Black, white, rich, poor, male, female, gay,
lesbian, straight. Bin Laden. Bush. Sharon. They all belong.”

— Archbishop Desmond Tutu


The pain that this little guy (below) is in, is just heartbreaking.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

INDUSTRY, December 5

Re-booted and better than ever - Catch Flip, with Sexy Sunday Jam, closing the event.


NOW ON TUMBLR


Hi guys, Just letting you know I am now on Tumblr.

I will still blog here from time-to-time, but mostly things that relate my performing and what goes on behind the scenes, or the causes I believe in. 

All other random posts about, life, music, movies etc will be flipped over to my Tumblr page. So those with Tumblr can reblog, heart & follow things that I like or see on there.

I've also allowed the "ask me anything" page on there, where I promise to try to be more interactive, rather than with the questions that you've sent me through the contact page, here on my website.

Anyway, I am just getting the hang of it all and I'm slowly working the world - that is Tumblr - all out.

Looking forward to sharing some fun and interesting things, with you, on there.


 ❤   FL!P ♓ 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Adam Katz - Piano Room

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Flip will be playing the role of "VoiceLive"
backing superstar in the making Adam Katz at
Piano Room, Saturday 26 November:
    


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Patron saint of music

Today is the Feast Day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music.

A saint, so often glorified in the fine arts and poetry.
Forced to marry a pagan, her heart sung only for God.
She survived several execution attempts before being beheaded by the Romans.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Like a prayer

FNK - Having a bit of a sing:

Knocked up this arrangement in a couple of minutes and then recorded it.
Been a while since we've had a sing sing... Enjoy.

Friday, November 11, 2011

We will remember them 11-11-11 at 11


O D E   O F   R E M E M B R A N C E
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The "Ode of Remembrance" is an ode taken from Laurence Binyon's poem 
"For the Fallen", which was first published in The Times in September 1914.
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They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun

And in the morning we will remember them.


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At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns
 in Europe fell silent and The Great War was over.
On the first anniversary of Armistice Day in 1919, Britain and the Commonwealth 
observed a two-minute silence in honour of those who had given their lives.
In November 1997, the Governor-General, Sir William Deane, issued a proclamation formally declaring 11 November Remembrance Day and urging all Australians to observe one minute’s silence at 11am on 11 November each year to remember those who died or suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Miss Earth 2011 - Beauty for a cause


             Flip will be appearing as a guest performer at the 
2011 MISS EARTH Australia Beauty Pageant
Friday, 4th of November.

Miss Earth, is an annual international beauty pageant 
promoting environmental awareness.

Along with Miss Universe and Miss World, it is one 
of the three largest beauty pageants in the world. 

The winner of Miss Earth Australia, will go on to 
represent Australia in December, at the international 
pageant in Manila, Philippines.


The winner of Miss Earth will serve as the Ambassador to 
environmental protection campaigns worldwide.

Now in it's 11th year, Miss Earth continues to build its reputation as 
the most relevant and worthwhile beauty event in the world, setting a 
legacy of beauty and responsibility.

EQUAL LOVE


Two nights ago, two of my dear friends got married.
Two people - Two humans - celebrating their love & eternal dedication to each other.
And, even though it was not acknowledged, by the Australian government, we celebrated.
We celebrated love. We celebrated a wedding! And boy, what a wedding it was - 
One of the most beautiful I ever had the privilege of being a part of.

How is it possible that I live in a country where a person can marry a relative (of the opposite sex), yet same-sex marriage is still not possible under the law. 

Also, I find it abominable that same-sex marriages entered into under the laws of another county are also not recognised in Australia. Yet, I can go overseas and marry the first girl I see and, well, that's that! 

It's a fundamental principle of right and wrong. This is plain and simple WRONG. 

EQUAL RIGHTS - by law.
EQUAL LOVE. 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The general problem with being able to sing high...


"Flip, can you be the girl?"




Check Adam Katz being a Dirtbag.

This song was a request from some Norwegians, at a gig last night.
Hilarious. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sydney Food and Wine Fair

Animals make me happy


Amazing photo. I can't even begin to explain the happiness this brings me.

This photo is of a two-and-half-year-old male chimpanzee named Dodo, who has been feeding the Tiger cubs at Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, in Bangkok, every  day for the last year.


#BEAUTIFUL

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Music saves me, every single day...

"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness."

-- Maya Angelou, Gather Together in My Name


Maya Angelou (American author & poet) 
Man, I've lived her words, above.
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Music has been my refuge for over a year...
Music saves me, every single day.
It's my future.
It's my past.
It's the one constant in my life that I can always rely on.
It drives me.
I hide in it, am inspired by it, and grow through it.
Here's to many more years together.

Love, Flip ♓

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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

R U OK?

Make a change - reach out on RUOK? Day - to help suicide prevention.


Remember, it's okay not to be okay... I know what that feels like. Please don't be afraid to ask for help.


Last year, September 15, 2011  from XS Entertainment did a blog 
that included this picture of a text that my Mum sent me on RUOK day :-) I love her. 


If you do feel you need help, contact one of these organisations:


Services for young people

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Moon Festival

Flip will be performing with The Next Step at the Moon Festival, 4th September 2011.


Last year, a record breaking 90,000 people came out in force to celebrate Fairfield City Council's Cabramatta Moon Festival.


The Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival, is the second most important festival in the Chinese calendar, after the Chinese New Year Festival, with it's beginnings dating more than 3,000 years during the Zhou Dynasty.


The festival is recognised as one of Sydney’s largest Asian celebrations. People from all parts of Sydney and different cultural backgrounds take part to celebrate the ancient Moon Festival tradition. Click here to learn more about the Legend of the Moon Festival.





Sunday, August 07, 2011

The Backroom

SEXY SUNDAY JAM has found a new home on a Sunday night.

Channelling New York,
we're taking up a residency at
THE BACKROOM, in Sydney.

Sealed behind a misleading façade lies a basement bar like no other. Transplanted facades and sets creating niche spaces and intimate experiences. Working with iconic perspectives and references from the past, THE BACKROOM is a venue designed for only those, aware of its existence.

Check out the Backroom's  website or facebook & come along to see the magic; Live musicians, Tappers, Rappers, Singers & Dancers. Join the  experience and join the JAM - EVERY SUNDAY.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Monday Night Live

Flip set to give a special guest performance
at the grand launch of Monday Night Live

Friday, August 05, 2011

Shoes that bloom


The Dutch footwear brand OAT Shoes fully acknowledges that trying to be environmentally responsible can sometimes be difficult for the fashion conscious. “Choosing green often means having to make concessions on appearance, functionality, price or convenience,”  their website asks “Do you look at style and comfort, or ethical implications?”
OAT wants to make it so you don’t have to decide between the two. 
You can feel comfortable knowing that your dirty, funky, old shoes will one day beautify the earth. 
I want some!  

Lion King

Remember who you are...


I'm so excited for the Disney's re-release of The Lion King.
My fondest memory of The Lion King was seeing it in Sydney at IMAX, Darling Harbour.
I distinctly remember the screen being so big that I had to look up with Simba
when he was looking up to Mufasa in the clouds. I felt like I was there with him.
I can't wait to relive that experience.
JOY!

Lion King (3D) -  22 September 2011 - Australia wide.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

INDUSTRY


Come one, come all... I'm overjoyed that Industry is back - Re-booted and better than ever - I'll be performing with Sexy Sunday Jam & closing the night. 
Love to see you there. x

Monday, August 01, 2011

The Wolves Within

A Cherokee Legend

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life: "A fight is going on inside me," he said,

"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Saltimbanco














Cirque Du Soleil's Saltimbanco opens tonight, in Sydney, before it's enormous arena tour around the world. I'm sending a massive CHOOKAS to my friend Charlie Jones, who is the first Australian singer to sing this particular show, and one of a only a couple of Australian singers working for Cirque. Very proud.

I spoke to Charlie earlier today, and I thought I'd share with you what she had to say:

"It's phenomenal to work with such dedicated people, 
and every day, I am still amazed at what the acrobats can do. 
Their level of focus is admirable.
 Also, singing in a universal language is extremely freeing as an artist."

Sending big love to Charlie and wishing all involved with the production a great opening night and wonderful world tour.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sending love and prayers to Norway

We're living in a sad and sick world.

Above: Political comedian Stephen Colbert attacks conservative media outlets for rushing to blame Muslims in Oslo coverage. How sad that so many media outlets rush to these assumptions and continue spreading hatred, through ignorance and fear. 
Sending love and prayers, to the families and loved ones of the victims of this malicious and vile act, by an obviously sad and sick man. May all affected; the survivors of the attacks heal and be comforted,  and may the 92 cruelly murdered rest in peace. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Last Five Years

Last night, I attended the Stories Like These production of Jason Robert Brown's
THE LAST FIVE YEARS - playing at The Reginald, in Sydney. 
Starring Marika Aubrey and Rob Mills - It's a hilarious and heartbreaking look at 
a relationship, with one character telling their story forwards & the other backwards.
Only on for a few weeks, it's definitely worth getting along to see this production.

               ♓ 

Friday, July 08, 2011

A HELPING HAND



Flip set to perform at A Helping Hand: Australia's theatre community will come together on Monday 11th July to raise money for a family in need. 

Giving up their time to help, in a night of song, are Australian leading ladies Debra Byrne and Margi De Ferranti, Ben Mingay (Jersey Boys), Drew Weston (Mary Poppins), Ben Giraud and Mark Hill (both from Mary Poppins) take to the stage. Other industry talents include Kate Maree Hoolihan, James Millar, Kurt Phelan, Flip Simmons and Ed Grey and direct from the Adelaide Cabaret Festival: Michael Griffiths (In Vogue: Songs by Madonna), Josie Lane (Josie in the Bathhouse) and Gillian Cosgriff (Waitressing and Other Things I do Well). 

Read more at 




Hatched


        
Over the course of a year at the Mulhouse & Beauval zoos in France, Eric Isselee, founder of Life On White 
photographed a variety of newly hatched birds, next to what remains of their eggs. 


Only hours old & already outgrowing their old homes. 

C U T E



Monday, July 04, 2011

Can We Talk?

Tonight, I got to sing with someone I totally idolised when I was a child.
Occurrences like this, I find SO surreal.
I wish that I could go back in time & tease my younger self.
I'd probably sit me down and say "Can we talk for a minute?" 
Haha. I'd be so jealous.



Thursday, June 30, 2011

Splendour in the Grass


https://www.facebook.com/SimmonsFlip/photos/a.103803085946.102383.97804370946/10150304887640947/?type=3&theaterFlip is set to perform at outdoor music festival Splendour in the Grass with The Next Step

The Next Step features an original soundtrack, singer Flip Simmons, rapper Adam Katz and some of the best Tap,
Hip-Hop and Break Dancers in Australia. A culmination of performers from So You Think You Can Dance, Tapdogs and more.


“Watching the show is inspiring and refreshing. They are unbeaten in their field.”
 -- Daily Telegraph







Saturday, June 25, 2011

New York Senate pass a bill legalising same sex-marriage

Congratulations to the U.S.A on a big move forward. 
I am so happy that so many of my friends now have equal rights - by law. 


One day, I can only hope that Australia follows suit.



RIP MJ


NO ONE WILL EVER FILL HIS SHOES


“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.” 
– Michael Jackson




I wil never forget where I was, when I learned Michael Jackson had died.
I find it so hard to believe it has been two years, since that day. 
I was doing a show in Melbourne at The Palms and I found out, on the radio, on the way there. 
When I arrived at the theatre, I was met with the constant barrage of "Did you hear that MJ died?"
 Being such an artistic influence to me - on every level - I sat in the dressing room like a zombie, 
in complete disbelief... It was a very surreal experience to me. 
One of my fellow cast members, Simon Bentley, was as affected as I was and we pretty much sat there in complete shock.

When MJ's funeral was aired live, I stayed up 'til the very early hours of the morning watching it all. 
I had a matinee that particular day and slept  well through my alarm. For some reason, stage management didn't notice that I hadn't signed in and the show went up as per usual. I woke up nearly at the end of the first act and immediately freaked out - no one had tried to contact me and I couldn't reach anyone as the show was playing. I got straight in my car and sped to the theatre... Luckily, in this particular show, I wasn't onstage until pretty much the end of the second act. When I got there, as suspected, my understudy was not prepared to go on. Somehow no one noticed I was missing. It was such a weird time. The adrenaline got me though the performance AND got me dressed and made up, very fast. And I must admit, I did channel Michael a bit in that show, much to the cast's delight. 

MJ was such an enormous influence to me; his music, his videos, his concepts, lyrics, quotes and even his artwork. 

"Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight. Here one day, gone one night.
Like a sunset, dying with the rising of the moon. 
Gone too soon..."
– Michael Jackson



















On the left is a crayon drawing I did, in primary school (elementary), for an assignment. 

We had to run a business & make a poster to advertise. I chose to produce a concert:

"Michael Jackson singing at my place"
I blurred the address, as it is my family home. 

I found this in a scrap book the other day and it gave me such joy, so I thought I'd share it. 
I wasn't the artist I am today... But, for a child, I think I was pretty good. 
I still find inspiration in Michael's work and in his words today.
  

"And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: 
the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance.” 
– Michael Jackson



Wednesday, June 08, 2011

SWING


Simple pleasures = JOY 



I love a swing【ツ】 



Monday, June 06, 2011


My new favourite online store Holstee 
By designing and curating with a conscience
Holstee offers a place for mindful shoppers to find meaningful products.
Holstee also pay it forward with 10% of all sales lent to entrepreneurs
 in developing countries around the world. 


While you're there, check out their Falling Whistles - 100% of Falling Whistle 
proceeds are used to rehabilitate and advocate for war-affected children.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Happy Starlight Day


Today is Starlight Daythe national fundraising day for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

The Starlight Children's foundation provides opportunities for seriously ill and hospitalised children to be distracted from the pain and stress of their treatments and to simply be a child again.


I am so proud of many of my friends, who do work for Starlight. I am particularly proud of my dear friend Fiona Sullivan who, on a daily basis, does the most amazing & inspiring work with the foundation & the kids, through an amazing project called Livewire. 


“Make a difference in the life of a seriously ill child this Starlight Day.
Visit starlight.org.au today.Together we can brighten their lives.”