FLIP SIMMONS: June 2011

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.