On the way out after a quarter century at Fairfax, a love letter to the enduring ability of music (and journalism) to refresh, excite and renew.
Since joining Fairfax in 1992, Bernard has been an editor and written on education, roads and local politics. These days, he specialises in music and is the senior music writer and reviewer.
It's the Australian tour we've been waiting nearly 25 years for. Although one city will be waiting a good while longer.
This "classical" group don't see divisions, they see only new lessons to learn and styles to absorb, from minimalism to tango to folk songs.
Melodrama is nothing to be frightened of when you can put it in songs that can carry the weight.
Still awkward but now channelling Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno, Beth Orton is doing something new with old forms.
Even with a full band and backing vocalists, the control and class of the quiet English singer stood out.
What's in a name? Oliver Perry is anything but dumb, his musical life as D D Dumbo about to go worldwide. Because, or despite, the name?
The one-time One Direction star backs up November shows with more next year while the Kiwi superstar comes out in November to play under the stars.
If you've got some flamboyance and some front, anything is possible, even getting the most famous scream in Australian music on your album.
The young electro-pop artist thinks she's waited 200 lifetimes for this opportunity. That's why she is taking charge of it all.