Solo tour for Blasko

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Greig John­ston

DE­SPITE a ca­reer span­ning more than 20 years, Sarah Blasko has often con­tem­plated her life af­ter mu­sic.

The singer-song­writer, who turned 40 last Septem­ber, has recorded four stu­dio al­bums as a solo artist since her ac­claimed 2004 de­but The Over­ture and the Un­der­score.

But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t thought about what will hap­pen when the mu­sic’s over.

“I think

I’m pretty re­al­is­tic that it comes to a time if when it’s just not hap­pen­ing anymore I’d just stop do­ing it,” she said.

“I think it’s im­por­tant to keep re­assess­ing your rea­sons for do­ing some­thing.

“I think a lot of peo­ple keep do­ing some­thing be­yond when they’re truly pas­sion­ate about it.” Pas­sion is clearly no is­sue for Blasko, who is in the midst of a na­tional tour – her first per­form­ing com­pletely solo. “I was re­ally ner­vous the first night; I haven’t been that ner­vous in a re­ally long time,” she said.

“I was very glad to have the first show done and it was met with a re­ally great re­sponse.

“I’ve tried to make it as the­atri­cal and var­ied as pos­si­ble to cover ma­te­rial from all of my records.

“The songs do trans­late fairly easily; maybe be­cause I’m a fairly sim­ple mu­si­cian.

“I’m not a pi­ano player who can do re­ally fancy stuff.”

Blasko’s cov­ers of other artists’ songs seem to take on a life of their own.

She has done ver­sions of Cold Chisel’s Flame Trees, Crowded House’s Don’t Dream it’s Over and, most re­cently, David Bowie’s Life on Mars.

But she was coy when asked if au­di­ences could ex­pect to hear a cover or two at the show.

“Maybe… prob­a­bly,” she laughed.

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