My crazy week

Friday 27 Nov 09

Happy thanksgiving tout le monde

I wanted to tell you a little about my crazy week.  Last Thursday I was swimming in the ocean off Byron Bay in Australia.  On Friday I got off an overnight flight to Los Angeles from Sydney. On Saturdy morning I got off an overnight flight to NYC from LA. On Monday I got off an overnight flight to London from NYC, then shot an interview with legendary Scottish performer Stanely Baxter for the BBC. On Tuesday I went to Buckingham Palace and collected my OBE (Officer of the British Empire) from Princess Anne. On Wedensday I flew back to NYC, and on Thursday I sang That's Life on the M and M's float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on US TV.

I will be writing about this nutty seven days in a diary piece for The Lady, which only adds to the nuttiness of it all I think. Here are some pics from the OBE day...



Salt of the Earth

Wednesday 25 Nov 09

Here's a little film about an exhibition of photgraphs by Craig Mackay at the National Museum of Scotland, in which I appear...

Mornings with Kerri Ann

Wednesday 25 Nov 09

I just got back from London where I got my OBE at Buckingham Palace. More of that later.  Because in a few hours I will be singing on a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!!  I must sleep.

But here I am singing Taylor the Latte Boy on Australia's Mornings with Kerri Ann.


Guess what?

Saturday 21 Nov 09

I am writing this from a plane!!  Yes, really!! I am blogging from 35,000 feet. Thanks to Virgin America and their free inflight internet.  I need to sleep now though. I have had a total Virgin overload: Virgin Blue from Gold Coast to Sydney, V Australia from Sydney to LA, and now Virgin America from LA to NYC.

It's the most time I've spent in the company of a Virgin in a long while.

Me in Sydney

Wednesday 11 Nov 09

Here's a piece I did for the Sydney Morning Herald website...

Kevin Tachman

Sunday 8 Nov 09

Kevin is a brilliant photographer and he followed me around beind the scenes and during the performance I did at the Highline Ballroom in NYC last month. You can see his photo essay here

way down undah

Friday 6 Nov 09

Hello from Sydney! It's great to be back, and on Tuesday I start a five night run at the studio of the Opera House.  I am opening with a new song written by Lance Horne that is amazing but very wordy and very nervous breakdown-inducing.

Ah well. To take my mind off that I have been trolling youtube and found these, old and new.....


How to be the life and soul of the party!

Friday 6 Nov 09

Here's a video I made for MAC Cosmetics about how to be the life and soul of the party...

going down...

Sunday 1 Nov 09

Right now, I'm down in Savannah for the film festival.  Dare is playing here tomorrow. I just did what is rather grandly billed as a masterclass with some of the performing arts students of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).  I always like talking to young actors because they have lots of interesting questions and I sometimes feel I am talking to myself, and able to say things I wish I had heard decades ago.  Mostly I say stuff like: be yourself, try not to become a 'type' because you think you should; if it doesn't work out think of it as a positive in that you've found out that acting isn't for you and something else is rather than you've 'given up'; you are the most interesting thing about yourself; and always wear a condom. That sort of thing.


On Tuesday I will be flying to Australia to do I Bought A Blue Car Today in an unlplugged version with just me, Lance Horne on piano and a cellist!  We'll be at the Sydney Opera House from November 10-14th, and at the Brisbane PowerHouse on November 15th!  Shouldn't be a drama!

Here's a video my friend Ned Stresen-Reuter shot for my friend David Raleigh's song I Do.