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September 2015 NOVA Magazine
It’s been a long, strange path for
Daniel Johns as he has publicly
stumbled and risen up again from his
high school days in black and white
striped Kurt Cobain costume fronting
the grungy Silverchair through a
slow band evolution and breakup,
some interesting diversions with the
Dissociatives, and now his first full
length solo venture.
For those expecting Frogstomp
rifferama, there will be much sighing
and eyebrow raising as there’s nary a
standard guitar sound in earshot.
But then, anyone who’s taken an
active interest in Johns and his muse
over the years would know that the
man has not stopped changing since he
first burst onto Australian TV screens at
the age of 15.
Ta l k is a rare thing, satisfying and
puzzling in equal parts.
There’s a pleasing variety amid the
mellow R&B and soul grooves with his
voice often a quivering falsetto, and he
switches from the quirky electropop of
We Are Golden to the dramatic balladry
of Preach with ease.
His way with a melody hasn’t
dimmed, particularly on Imagination
and By Your Side, but he seems
content to blur the picture with a
production ethic that can, at times,
seem a little forced in an effort to
Satisfying, but puzzling.
Ta l k seems a bit like the first
blindfolded step, a sort of let’s see
where this takes us moment in his
The next one should be an
interesting affair indeed.
Written In Scars
Raised in London, living in Switzerland
and descended from Italian World War
II freedom fighters, Jack Soveretti’s
background is a bit of a mixed bag.
His sound, however, draws from the
best contemporary singer/songwriters,
such as Jake Bugg and George Ezra and
sits quite comfortably within that niche.
Incisive but romantic, he cuts to
the bone with these performances and
his cheese-grated vocal chords push
out a sound that touches with
In quieter moments such as his
exquisitely minimalist cover of Dylan’s
Nobody ‘Cept You he’s a man in a
dark room singing to nobody but you,
whereas a track like The Hunger exhibits
a man shouting at the sky, both sides just
as revealing and just as poignant.
Scattered with unpredictable elements,
such as the tinkly piano motif that pokes
around Tie Me Down, the arrangements
throughout are superbly built, with just
enough interesting stuff going on to keep
your ears pricking without distracting from
the instantly hummable melodies of the
As is quite often the case these days,
he co writes with a number of power
names like Sia on Back To Me and what
this does is to simply add some polish to
an uncut gem or two.
Soveretti is an artist of considerable
talent who hasn’t quite hit the mark in the
popularity stakes yet but this, his fourth
outing, is an absolute cracker which
hopefully will change that.
A rewarding listen well worth
ith human organs expected
to last 130 years, it
highlights the importance
of a balanced and mindful
lifestyle in transforming one into a fit
and healthy supercentenarian.
“More and more people around the
globe are living happily and healthily
into their hundreds with most Western
cultures lagging behind, says
Dr Shuquan Liu, CEO and founder
of TCM Australia.
“For Australians, A mericans
and New Zealanders, it’s the
overconsumption of food and drink, not
enough sleep, emotional imbalances, too
much exercise and not enough regularity
in their lifestyles that’s stopping them
from functioning and living longer.”
He advocates ancient traditional
Chinese medicine treatments like
acupuncture and massage in different
points and special Chinese herbal
formulas for infertility, high blood
pressure, insomnia, obesity and other
medical conditions caused by unhealthy
and unbalanced lifestyles.
“At TCM Australia we believe in the
traditional remedies that have succeeded
for over 5000 years. These natural
Chinese herbs and drug- free therapies
have the power to improve people’s
immune systems without side effects and
increase the functioning of each of the
five main internal organs – liver, lungs,
kidneys, heart and spleen – so people
are left feeling and looking younger, and
staying healthy for the rest of their lives,”
says Dr Liu.
“The key is to listen to our bodies.
By actively pursuing balance in our lives
and becoming more conscious of our
choices, we can minimise the unnecessary
strain on our bodies caused by stress,
overworking, diet, incorrect exercises, too
much emotion and seasonal changes.”
Dr Liu’s top 5 everyday tips to
living to over 100
1. Reduce food and drink intake.
Overconsumption makes it difficult
for your body to process the fuel it
needs to function efficiently. The key
is to only eat and drink when you are
hungry and thirsty. Listen to your
body and it will help you to find the
2. Make sleep a priority. Because sleep is
when your body repairs itself to keep
you healthy, it is important to sleep
a minimum of seven to eight hours
every night, avoid technology for at
least an hour before bed and sleep in a
comfortable bed in a quiet, dark room.
3. Avoid too much emotion. Emotion
can be a wonderful thing but too
much can seriously damage your
organs. Simple breathing exercises and
calming practices like meditation, tai
chi and yoga are great ways to achieve
4. Practise mindfulness during exercise.
If you are tired, sick, suffer from
a long term illness or carry excess
weight, you should avoid all high
impact exercise. Our organs supply
only a small amount of energy for
physical movement each day so if
you exceed this limit your body can
become overused and eventually
damaged beyond repair.
5. Keep to a regular daily schedule.
The more regimented your days are,
the better it is for your health. Try
having breakfast, lunch and dinner as
well as going to sleep and waking up at
around the same time each day.
The new benchmark for an
increasingly long and happy life is
simplifying your commitments and
enjoying the feelings of wellbeing
Live to Past 100
We have the potential to live well into our
hundreds, both pain-free and drug-free,
according to a leading Traditional Chinese
Medicine practitioner. But it means giving up a
hectic fast paced lifestyle and slowing down to
savour the moment.
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