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Dumbo Feather

Dumbo Feather

Issue 67

Dumbo Feather is an iconic Australian magazine. Published quarterly for seven years, and hailed around the world as a design leader, it is a magazine like no other. Our readers are people who want to be told a different story than the one they hear every day. Each quarterly issue features five extended (20 page) profiles of people worth knowing, across enterprise, education, science, sport, politics, fashion and the arts. Whether they’ve touched millions, or just those around them, we take the time to get to know these people, and ask them to tell us their stories.

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shellie morris sings her way home

SUBJECT Shellie Morris OCCUPATION Singer-songwriter INTERVIEWER Danielle Caruana PHOTOGRAPHER Natalie McComas LOCATION Darwin, Australia DATE May, 2021 Dr. Shellie Morris is a Yanyuwa and Wardaman woman who knows that songs are a map, and that music is a passport which can be used to find your way back to yourself and to others – a passport she used to find her way home, back to her biological family and her heart country. A song-crafter, work-shopper, storyteller, now an honorary Doctor of Music, a tireless community worker and a performer, Shellie sings in over 20 traditional languages and works across more than 70 remote communities. She has collaborated with and is beloved by generations of children, to whom she carefully listens, delicately turning their lived experiences, challenges and triumphs, their stories, intentions and dreams into songs –…

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bernard fanning is a rockstar

SUBJECT Bernard Fanning OCCUPATION Musician INTERVIEWER Berry Liberman PHOTOGRAPHER Paul Bamford LOCATION Byron Bay, Australia DATE May, 2021 It’s always nourishing to ask artists what they see in the culture. Artists work from the inside out, processing and metabolising our collective experience through the personal. When they hit the right note, we all feel it – beyond algorithms, beyond cultural bias, beyond the thinking mind. As a cultural icon, you would think Bernard Fanning, lead singer of Powderfinger, would be caught up in the swirl of his success. Yet he is much more interested in the people around him than discussing his illustrious career filling stadiums and writing the soundtrack to our lives. He and his wife Andrea, a painter, with their kids, live a relaxed, grounded and creative life, far from the madding crowd, earthed…

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for love of the beat!

Boom bop ba bing boom bop ca da! I was born in Iran to Persian and Mauritian parents, and when I was young we fled the Iranian Revolution. Fortunately, it meant that I grew up in Australia, gifting me the freedom to be a performer and use music for communication and engaging community. One of the first songs I composed in creole, my mother tongue, was “En bas las bas,” which translates to, “I’ll meet you there, down there” – a saying you hear in Mauritius between locals when giving vague directions to meet up. This song speaks about the first rocks that were ever beaten together percussively to make the first sounds, and how I’ll meet you there, down there – back in time, where music was first made. Where…

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between the notes

The Neuroscience of Singing Whether or not we consider ourselves “singers”, the act of singing has some startling benefits. To begin with, it encourages the same relaxation response (our rest-and-digest, or parasympathetic nervous system response) as deep breathing through its stimulation of the vagus nerve. Singing is primarily a right-brain activity (meaning it’s associated with creativity, imagination, intuition, spirituality and big-picture thinking), but it incorporates language, which is mostly under the jurisdiction of the brain’s left hemisphere. This means that in those who’ve suffered damage to the left side of the brain, singing can provide a way to access language. People with a stutter or Tourette’s syndrome frequently find that they are able to sing. When people come together to sing, something extra special happens. Group singing has been linked to reduced…

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editorial

Dear friend, One of my favourite stories in our family is of my grandmother, who, having been a cook and homemaker to her farmer husband and four farmer sons for the first 20 years of married life, decided to take off the apron for a couple of hours and respond to a call-out in the paper to audition for a nearby opera company. Suddenly, her bright, soaring voice – which was only ever heard around the home or at church –was filling theatres, taking on Verdi and Puccini. During the day she’d continue her domestic caregiving, and at a night she’d embrace her inner diva, letting her whole body enter a dramatic conversation with the music. She’d come off stage enlivened and at peace, this bigger, clearer version of herself. It…

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the dawn chorus

PROSPER & PLEASURE Male songbirds sing to guard territory and allure females for breeding. Springtime is the liveliest, the mating season for many. But some believe birds perform more than what’s necessary for procreation – like humans, they appreciate music and beauty, and also sing for joy. HEARING SUNRISE The dawn chorus peaks an hour before and after sunrise. Studies suggest this is because foraging is harder during dimness so singing is a better use of the birds’ time. Also, singing passionately after surviving the night exhibits vitality, and the lack of wind at this time means songs sound clearer, thus they are easier to identify. EVOKING AWE Describing a jungle paradise losing its peace to rising tourism, nature-sound recordist Gordon Hempton said, “There is a problem with being a sightseer only… The picture is…