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Michael Carpenter  Music person. I play. I write. I sing. I produce. I video. I take photos. I have an opinion. Dancing and juggling* (*may not actually do either.)

It’s hard to ask for help. As a 51 year old man who proudly stands by his life choices, asking for help can shine a spotlight on your poor choices and ‘failures’, and reveal truths that you’re not prepared for. It’s embarrassing and can’t help but mentally drive you to dark places. Today I had to ask my parents for some help. I’ve been avoiding it for a long time because I wanted to show them... to show me.. that I could fix it myself. Maybe I can. But not today. Not this week. So I wrote them an email asking for help. My father’s response was unexpected. In one sentence he diffused my anxiety and with his humour he showed me that I had nothing to fear. And so I write this in these troubled times for many of my friends, to show you that as hard as it is to ask for help, the people on the other end of that email or phone call or message are not judging you, and are more willing than you probably realise. Thanks to @bigcarpo and his wife, my mother, for encouraging me always to be me and for being there for me when it doesn’t quite work out.

#tonightgigsituation. I’ve lived about 5 minutes from Souths Juniors for much of my life... well... the first 30 years!! I’ve played downstairs heaps and though I’ve seen TONS of great shows in the auditorium, this is my first time playing it. Tonight with #thebeatleboys!! Can’t wait!!

#tonightgigsituation with #thebeatleboys in Ballina. Great soundcheck. Can’t wait to get into it!!

Bloody great text message from the @redcrossbloodau this morning. Makes me feel glad to be healthy enough to help someone’s loved ones live another day. Never take it for granted folks!!

That’s pretty bloody exciting!!! New @theaprilfamily album checklist. All done except 4 mixes. Far out!!! @caseyjatkins @kyliewhitney

Today is the last day of recording for the new @theaprilfamily album. We’re so happy with what we’ve created and can’t wait to show it to you. Mixing next week. It’s all very exciting!! And I love being in a band with two of the best friends you could hope for, @caseyjatkins and @kyliewhitney. Also very talented. And handsome. #lovehzstudios

Thanks @lindsaybuckinghammusic. 2 days practice. Fingers aching. Still can’t quite nail it. #eyesoftheworld @fleetwoodmacc

I’m so happy to be back donating blood again (donation 121!!) after being benched for 4 months because of my “badass tattoos”. I intended to donate plasma today, but was told they’re DESPERATELY SHORT of whole blood for my common blood type (A POS). So whole blood it is. I know it’s a public holiday but please, if you can donate blood (and I know it’s not for everyone) please consider booking in to donate soon. Every donation saves lives. That could be family, or friends. Plus... bonus cookie at the end!!! #redcrossbloodau #giveblood #blooddonation

#tonightgigsituation. Playing this big beast with @caseyjatkins and his press studs. Honky tonkin’ for the next few hours. It’s so dark I can’t see the frets.... #uprightbass

Another little piece from last night’s Petty show with @smithandjones_music. Thanks to @emma_beau for the video.

A little snippet from last night’s Petty show with @smithandjones_music. Thanks to @emma_beau for the vid!!

Thanks to @setupmyguitar for fixing the spring on my @bigsby on my favourite guitar, my @officialgretsch #duojet . We’ve been giving it a hammering on the @emma_beau album this week!! It feels SO good!! #gretschguitars #gretschduojet #lovehzstudios

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