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[© Copyright] 30 Jan 2008 Dylan O'Donnell
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Anna and I met at the Newmarket Hotel in August 2001 at a benefit concert for Albury’s Community Radio Station. She played solo violin, beautifully, and I played guitar and sang in a blues/roots band called Ki. She had come with friends and I’d offered her a lift home which she accepted, but her friends thought our bass player looked like a rough sort and advised her against it. I was lucky however that she gave me her phone number so we could catch up to play some music together.
At the time, I felt rather deflated from a prior relationship, and I remember being overwhelmed and surprised that someone like Anna had given me a second glance. We met for coffee at Electra cafe where we first began to really talk and our connection became dramatically obvious.
Within weeks we were playing 2 hour shows at venues around town, and by Christmas I moved next door to be near her. Meanwhile planes where falling out of the sky and buildings came crashing into the streets with all the political fallout that entails, and to tell you the truth… I could hardly care. Our union was swift and strong and the coming years brought musical acclaim, travel and adventure that would fill novels.
Everything you see on this website is a small fraction of the story of my life, and Anna has been part of all of it for which I am truly grateful. I am humbled and grateful for her company and her charisma. We play music at Electra Cafe to this day, and we continue to make beautiful music together both figuratively and literally.
As we watched the sun set over French Polynesia for the last time in 2007, and the waves lapped at our feet on a black sand beach I asked her if she would join me for the rest of the journey.
The world changed forever in 2001, and I hope it never changes back.
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