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Album I couldn't live without: Available Light

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Last updated 14:30 16/11/2012
Dave Dobbyn
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A LEGEND: Kiwi musician Dave Dobbyn performs.

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I sashay around my hotel room in Bangkok, singing with Dave Dobbyn: Welcome Home.

That conch shell always does it for me. With a little tear in my eye, I then sing Roll Away the Stone, to shift the burden of longing to be home. It works and I can face another day in the torpid heat of the East.

When I am home in New Zealand, I play this album to lighten my mood, sometimes to ground myself in the cadences and rhythms of Aotearoa, sometimes to make a link with the Christian story at its best.

There is Forgiveness keeps things in perspective for me, while Free the People lifts me above materialism and the daily grind.

I have never seen Dobbyn live, but I suspect his age and stage to be similar to mine, as he can sing the same story.

His songs travel on my iPod with me, ready to play, loud or soft, whenever the mood takes me.


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