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Nashville Singer/Songwriter Jasmin Bade Reflects on Quarantining in Her Native Australia

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Growing up in Melbourne. Read you knew at the age of 6 that you wanted to move to Nashville. Which artists and/or songs inspired this decision?

When I was six years old at a family Christmas, I heard Kasey Chambers’ album “The Captainfor the first time. I fell in love with it and became obsessed. I listened to her non-stop, as well as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Keith Urban and The Dixie Chicks. I found out that they all went to Nashville and they’d all sing about it and Tennessee. So I decided that’s where I had to go!

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Midnight writing. Any new songs about the pandemic and how it has affected people all over the world?

Earlier on in the pandemic, I wrote with a close friend and co-writer of mine, Dana Perdue, about ‘the other side’. We’d both thought about how many of us had people we couldn’t see or be with anymore due to current circumstances resulting in us being separated, but how we knew there was light at the end of the tunnel.

As for midnight writing, I often get my song ideas when I’m alone with my thoughts and don’t have any external distractions. At the moment this happens to be at midnight; whereas before COVID-19 I’d often be playing a show at this time or maybe be with friends or hopefully sleeping… But my hours are completely out of whack now so sometimes at 12am I write half a song.

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Saw you made edamame turkey bolognese. How’s the healthy cooking going during quarantine?

I love experimenting with cooking and baking, and having more time at the moment has allowed me to do this. We have some different ingredients here in Australia than in the US (only a little; mostly just less variety here to be honest) but it’s been fun seeing how easy it can be to create really great tasting healthy meals with really simple and standard ingredients.

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How’s the family alfalfa crop coming along?

It hurts to say, but the fam alfalfa crop is no longer with us. Although we did try our best and attempt to revive the sad looking plant, it was beyond repair. Mum will have to continue to use store purchased alfalfa to put on top of her peanut butter toast for the meantime.

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Working out to stay in shape. Favorite workouts?

Normally I am someone who goes to the gym and does my workout there; but during the pandemic I have moved my workouts to home and the outdoors. I’m loving the FitOn App that I use every day for workouts with at home weights. They have everything from strength, cardio, toning, stretching, yoga, whatever you want, and even have some celebrity trainers like Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye! Best part is the app is totally free. (Sounds like I’m being paid to say this but I’m 100% not, I just love it).

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Any Netflix or other shows to binge watch?

More like ‘what haven’t I binge watched’. I’ve rewatched The Office, Parks and Rec, Schitt’s Creek (sixth season just came out and I saw the cast live last year in Nashville so it’s one of my favourite shows). I just watched The Great which is a new one; as they state in the opening, “an occasionally true story”; where we see Catherine the Great get herself involved in various hilarious situations as she attempts to overthrow her new husband while Russia is at war. Also John Mulaney stand-up specials. He’s the best. But I set a rule in quarantine that I could only watch TV at night so I wouldn’t spend all my time doing that, so I’ve tried to find a balance.

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Any book recommendations?

I’m re-reading Harry Potter at the moment for I think maybe the fifth time; but I’m about to finish it… so I need a new book too! Anything from Liane Moriarty is great; she wrote Big Little Lies and I’ve read mostly all her books.

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Your recent Instagram post “Just know, this is only temporary”. Have you put together a song playlist to help get through these difficult days?

As strange as it is to say, I spend so much of my time playing, writing and working on music, that sometimes I don’t actually feel like listening to it! So I listen to heaps of podcasts! My favourite at the moment is No Such Thing As A Fish. It’s four comedians and each episode they tell four separate facts and discuss them and it’s hilarious and extremely interesting. Eg: Sloths can swim three times faster than they can walk! So weird…

Best way for fans to connect with you while you’re back home?

Instagram! Send me a message or comment on a post :)

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If you could change one thing about your time during the quarantine, what would it be and why?

That we were all just quarantining for fun and not due to a global pandemic? Probably wouldn’t happen, but a girl can dream.

What message would you like to share as we all are wondering what our new normal life will be like?

That’s a hard one. And I’m going to steal it from another podcast, Conan Needs A Friend; that we need to still check up on each other. Conan was saying how after 9/11 he was living in New York and remembered that for a few weeks following the event, people in restaurants would ask their waiters, for example, how they were doing and if their friends and family were okay; even though they were strangers. But after only a few weeks it stopped. I’m not saying we need to have 30 minute conversations with strangers every day, but I think we need to respect every human and remember that they are more than their job or just assume that they are okay. If you haven’t heard from a friend in a few weeks, instead of watching TV or scrolling instagram for 20 minutes, give them a call. We are reaching out to people right now more than in ‘non-corona’ times, and asking how they are; but the impact from this global pandemic will last more than a few weeks after life has gone back to normal; and regardless, we should be reaching out to friends and family more than probably most of us do.

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