danger musicIt’s a great feeling when you feel proud of where you work.  Late last year the City of Gold Coast Library service launched the LGBT+ collection.  You can find out all about it here. The timing was perfect.  The results of the Australian Marriage Law Survey had been announced a few weeks before; a resounding “Yes” to allowing same-sex couples to marry.   Many of us breathed a collective sigh of relief either for ourselves or those nearest and dearest to us; our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, nieces, nephews, cousins or friends.

Some of us haven’t been so proud of our country of late, particularly in an area dear to many people’s hearts – sport. We’re all feeling a tad morally lost and bewildered. Danger Music by Eddie Ayres sets the compass for finding hope in challenging situations or times.

Eddie (formerly Emma Ayres, a successful announcer on ABC’s Classic FM) contemplates a sort of reincarnation (the transition from woman to man), whilst teaching music in one of the world’s most hostile environments, Kabul, at the equivalent of our Conservatorium – the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.

How fantastic to be reminded that Australia continues to produce great storytellers from all walks of life. Storytellers who inspire us to take the path less travelled and to hold fast when all seems lost.

If you want to escape from your world for a bit and really experience life from another point of view, this is the book for you. Wonderful on so many levels, the language and ideas delight, confound and confront.

I don’t know the first thing about learning music but I was barracking for those kids every step of the way.  I didn’t know the first thing about gender dysphoria but Eddie found the metaphor to help me understand:

“It felt like I was trying to play a melody on my cello, but all the strings were badly out of tune and I had to constantly adjust, compromise, struggle.”

Thank you for sharing your struggle Eddie.  Your story is a gift to us all.