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Lockdown continues, but Spring has sprung, the sun is shining and we’re feeling positive and inspired. Isolation Diaries celebrates the things that are bringing us joy and sprouting some new ideas.

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Sadly, the world has lost two ‘beat masters’ and music legends in Charlie Watts and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. We are reading up on their past, and discovering the positive impact they contributed to the world.

Questlove said… “Only real drummers know the value of Charlie Watts and the fact that he was the world’s greatest metronome…Charlie did less. That made him more.” Less is more!

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is the reggae producer who propelled Bob Marley onto the world stage. He was a raconteur, a sonic wizard, a rhythmic innovator, and the most significant music producer in Jamaican history.

Looking for spacial relief? Check out everyone’s favourite Arch Daily. Through this site, we discovered Yuri Suzuki and his exploration of sound through human interaction.

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Digging deep, we tracked down two of the most incredible documentaries featuring our fallen friends. Gimme Shelter, directed by Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, chronicle the last weeks of The Rolling Stones 1969 US tourwhich culminated in the disastrous Altamont Free Concert. ‘Soundin alright tonight Charlie… isn't it?’.


And Scratch, we explore his complicated life behind the smoke screen through the 2008 documentary The Upsetter. May your bass bin rumble for all time! Jah.

Wiping away our tears and keeping our faces bedazzled, some of us have been playing with colourful makeup looks at home, with tutorials led by celebrity makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes. More rouge, anyone?

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Cocktail hour? Five o’clock somewhere in the world? Someone? Anyone?

To keep a pep in our step, we’ve been making delicious cocktails inspired by modern women, including Frida Kahlo.

Through Riot, we are stretching our canvases and limbering up to unleash our inner Lichtenstein. All the while supporting RRR during their radiothon. Let’s keep Melbourne’s much-loved radio station, music and art scene thriving.

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After several listening parties and missed launch dates, it’s finally out. Kanye West's new album ‘Donda’. It is a very unique opportunity to be watching his creative process in real-time—almost Warhol-esque and very much perfectly choreographed for this time.

As we await another long-desired launch of ‘And Just Like That’, Sex and the City’s reboot with most of the original cast (minus Samantha), we’re getting Carrie fever all over again listening to Sentimental in the City.

And finally, something we can all look forward to attending is piano performances by candlelight.

Shhh—I’m listening and I’m hoping here.

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