This strange guy called Mike contacts me through Facebook.
"Hey I like your song 'Shadehouse Shuffle'. Tell me, did you ever live in Mount Nasura"
"Yeah that's right Mike. Eighteen years in Mt Nasura teaching guitar to hundreds - actually thousands of local kids and adults in that time. Do I know you?"
"Wow. Yes I moved to Mount Nasura because the house had a nice big back room for my recording studio and can fit my guitars and piano."
Mike then sends me a couple of pics of his guitar collection in my old house! Freaked me out a bit and him too I think. A real estate agent had done the deal on the house while we were travelling around Australia and we had never met the buyer. It turns out this was the guy who bought the house and he was a musician like myself! As if that wasn't strange enough his guitar collection looked strikingly similar to my own at the time - a USA Fender Stratocaster, Seagull acoustic, Dobro steel guitar and a nylon string guitar.
Anyway we both had a bit of a laugh. I should have known a musician or artist would've bought the house as it was a hard sell to the general public because of the bright colours, rustic timber, corrugated iron and winding paths. I hate grey walls, clinical surfaces and straight lines. Turns out Mike does too. I got him to 'like' me on Facebook (as you do) and asked him what his musical story was. Here's where the story gets even better.
This strange guy who contacted me with these strange coincidences goes by the musical pseudonym of 'Strangejuice'. So I stalked him on Facebook and found out he's a very talented musician, songwriter, singer, lyricist, artist, producer, sound engineer and videographer and probably a bunch of other things too. I spent several hours watching his music videos and listening to songs, some of which were filmed and recorded in that very house. It was quite surreal seeing pics and videos of someone else in my old house following a similar path to my own - albeit more prolific. It's as if the house is controlling who belongs in it or more likely what happens with it's walls... or maybe not.
So now I'm a big fan of Strangejuice. I like to think it's not because of these coincidences, but the artistry of the music and videos alone. He certainly has a unique outlook on life. His music is eclectic and defies genre. I have a huge amount of respect for an artist who can tread their own path and pull it off with such style. it's just another reminder that art reflects life, and the way forward is pretty simple really - just be yourself no matter how strange - someone else might even like it. If you have time have a scratch around the links below and let me know what you think. You can even let Strangejuice know what you think. I'm sure he'd like to know - wouldn't you Mike? You've read my blog up to this point so why not keep going. As Molly Meldrum from Countdown used to say "Do yourself a favour, go out and buy it..."
Some of my favourites...
The list goes on. There's many more!