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It's a Miracle Life

It's a Miracle Life

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When Colin Crosbie quit Edinburgh in the late sixties and took to the hippie trail through Europe and Asia, he carried with him not only a hunger for adventure but an equally profound suspicion of all things religious. So it's no small miracle he ended up devoting most of his life to helping set up Australia's first Tibetan Buddhist meditation centre, on a hilltop just outside Eudlo on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Now, Colin has embarked on what he sees as the next chapter in his life's adventure: he wants to explore the musical side of his creative instincts. Working with professional musicians, he has written and recorded his first album of songs and intends to donate a substantial portion of any profits from the self-funded project to worthy causes. Colin sees the project as the logical next step in his life's journey. "As far back as my memories go, there has always been music around me," he says. "Like Mum and Dad listening to Bing Crosby crooning away on the radio, my older brothers and sisters getting into rock and roll in the teddy boy era. "I first recall learning to play guitar at about the age of ten but unfortunately I didn't persevere then. "By contrast my memories of religion were all bad. I saw a lot of violence in the schoolyard, on the streets and in the clubs of Scotland, and it seemed to me that it all boiled down to either belonging to the green team, the Catholics, or to their opponents, the Protestants, the orange team. None of it meant anything to me. At seventeen, all I cared about were soccer, music and girls. "My ticket out of Scotland was being roadie to an Edinburgh band who went to Germany hoping to become the second Beatles. "When that fell apart I stayed on in Germany for a while and then headed east on the Orient Express to Istanbul, where I hit the hippie trail through Iran and Afghanistan and on to Nepal," he says. Along the way Colin contracted amoebic dysentery in Afghanistan and malaria in India. In Kathmandu a friend introduced him to some Tibetan Buddhist monks but at first, he says, he was reluctant to become involved. "After having seen how some people used religion for their own purposes back home, my initial response was 'thanks but no thanks'." But the experience gradually became a turning point in his life. "I did some meditation courses in Kathmandu and was fascinated by the monks and the way they conducted themselves. "I was resistant to those lamas at first because they were also ministers, just ministers of a different church. "But right from the get-go a part of me knew I was in the presence of something pure and holy. "That's what kept me interested in Buddhism, plus the fact that I had to work at it--almost none of it comes naturally to me and some even goes against the grain. "It took a long time before I finally stopped doubting the lamas' authenticity. "But eventually I concluded that, as my initial gut reaction had suggested, they were impeccable and unimpeachable. From then on I accepted them as the real thing," he says. In 1974 Colin landed in Darwin with about two dollars left in his pocket, eager to embark on this next phase of his adventure. The very next day, after clearing a medical check, he had a permanent residency stamp in his passport and a job in the Northern Territory as a geologist's assistant. Before long he teamed up with some friends who were keen to establish a Tibetan Buddhist meditation centre on a piece of bushland in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The centre became known as Chenrezig Institute and continues to this day. A single parent for the past twenty years to his son, a Cornelia De Lange Syndrome man, Colin is now making time to pursue his musical side by writing, recording and playing in a band for the first time in his life. "Previously I played music to clear my head or to sing my songs as 'lullabies' to my son," he says. "But, at the insistence and encouragement of some friends, I started taking my own songs more seriously. "At first, all I wanted was to have something of me to leave behind for my son." But as the musical project grew, so too did Colin's vision of what might be possible. Now, having written a bagful of songs, he has recorded his first album. It calls on the inspiration he draws from his favourite singer-songwriters Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen and features a broad spectrum of musical influences, from folk and rock to reggae, Latin and jazz. Colin Crosbie's musical journey continues to unfold. For him, as ever, it's all about the adventure.

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Künstler: Crosbie's Still Dashing & Young
Titel: It's a Miracle Life
Genre: Rock
Release-Datum: 10.08.2010
Etikett: CD Baby
Medienformat: CD
UPC: 689076106900
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