Lawrence Ara­bia stum­bles onto songs

Central Leader - - NEWS - By BEN ROGERS

James Milne finds in­spi­ra­tion for his mu­sic in all facets of life.

The Taite Prize and Apra Scroll-win­ning artist likes to look for po­etry in ev­ery­day things.

Bet­ter known as Lawrence Ara­bia he says it’s the most mun­dane things that in­spire him most.

‘‘It’s pretty hard to de­scribe, it’s just my whole life,’’ the Eden Ter­race res­i­dent says. ‘‘At any mo­ment in­spi­ra­tion could strike.’’

‘‘Some­times I get on a roll, but it’s one of those things that is so mys­te­ri­ous, it’s mys­te­ri­ous even to my­self.

‘‘It feels like an ac­ci­dent ev­ery time.’’

Milne has re­leased three al­bums un­der the name Lawrence Ara­bia and will be per­form­ing each one over two nights at the Kings Arms Tav­ern in New­ton.

The first night will see him play the self ti­tled Lawrence Ara­bia and the Taite Mu­sic Prize-win­ning Chant Dar­ling.

On the sec­ond night he will play his 2012 al­bum The Spar­row from start to fin­ish ac­com­pa­nied by a string quar­tet.

Life has changed for Milne in re­cent times with the birth of his first child.

When he is not play­ing mu­sic he is fo­cus­ing on his daugh­ter.

‘‘When I’m not or­gan­is­ing shows or do­ing bor­ing ad­min around my mu­sic I’m tak­ing my daugh­ter for walks, or go­ing to the play­ground,’’ he says.

‘‘It’s just set­tling into a rhythm re­ally, it’s a lot less about out­landish dreams now and be­ing a fam­ily man.’’

Photo: CHRIS SKELTON

Prize win­ner: James Milne aka Lawrence Ara­bia.

Go to cen­tral­leader.co.nz and click Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video of Lawrence Ara­bia per­form­ing.

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