I was driving home last night following my usual swim and sauna after work. However, this was no ordinary journey home.... As I sat in the queue of traffic waiting for the lights to turn to green, I was taken by the song on the radio. It was a beautiful yet emotional song sung by the most memorising voice. I was soon finding myself approaching the junction for me to turn off the main road, but I knew that if I pulled off at that junction I would be almost home. I didn't want to stop listening to the songs that this enthralling voice was singing, and the stories being being recounted between each song. I carried on driving for a further half an hour as the radio programme continued. Each song digging deeper and deeper into my soul. Eventually I caught the name behind the voice, it was Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.
Although I was hoping the radio session would go on forever, it soon came to a close. The radio DJ thanked Gurrumul for his presence and the radio show continued with a regular music track, sweeping me back into reality. The track finished and the DJ started reading some of the texts and emails that had begun to flood in from all corners of the nation. Each and every one stating how the listener had become absorbed and hypnotised by the voice of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu. Drivers in their cars, families in their kitchens cooking dinner, students sat in their bedrooms doing their homework... all absorbed by the magic of this amazing artist.
I finally turned off the main road and headed home. As soon as I arrived, I ran into my lounge, logged onto the internet and searched his name, downloaded his album and haven't stopped listening to it since.............
That's how my regular journey home turned into a moment of sentiment.
If you want to do one great thing today, then I suggest you have a listen to the two songs in the links above and enjoy a few moments of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu, the blind aboriginal singer with the most amazing voice I have heard in years and years.
If you do have a listen to his songs (and I really hope you do), I would be extremely interested to hear your thoughts and opinions. So please leave a comment below.
I also recommend you visit his website at: www.Gurrumul.com