• Hi there, thanks for stopping by.

    My name is Ash and I'm a Melbourne based composer, singer, performer, juggler, artist, shoe enthusiast. 

    My music is indie soul jazz rock musical.  I've just released my second studio album you can listen to here.  I play regularly around Melbourne, sometimes solo and sometimes with ten other people. 

    Remove your shoes and have a listen.



Week #9 Story # 7

• July 5th, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This weeks story is actually a short play or screen play.  Sometimes I sit down to write a story and I find myself writing only dialogue.  During the process it occurs to me I'm actually writing a play or screen play.  I'm quite comfortable writing screen plays.  As an actor I get given a lot of film scripts to read so I feel very familiar with the way in which screen plays are formatted.  It's quite different from writing a short story and I enjoy the departure. I have to give credit t [read more]

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Week # 8 Story # 6

• June 29th, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This week I've gone with something topical for my story, which is a first.  Emily spell checked this one and she also wanted to know if this really happened......I remain aloof.....being mysterious is sexy....isn't it? Here it is, story number # 6 110kg vs Charleston I was between sets of squats at the gym, trying to look casual in front of lots of mirrors.  While looking about I caught a glimpse of myself at such an unusual angle that I didn’t recognise myself.  I had to move about sli [read more]

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Week #7 Story #5

• June 21st, 2015 • Leave a Comment

    In this story I've tried to show moments from someone's entire life in only 100 words.  I wanted to show moments that the reader would find somehow stimulating and create the rest of the story in their own head without me writing it.  Anyway, it was really fun to write. Here's story number #5 out of what I'm hoping to eventually be 52 in the year! Susan, actor/writer/director Her heel broke on the way to her third audition that week. After meeting her future husba [read more]

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Week # 6 Story # 4

• June 17th, 2015 • Leave a Comment

So I missed a couple of weeks. I do have the ideas for the stories but I haven't finished them and I've been sick and my cats really cute and distracting and we just got Netflix..... Those are my excuses for missing two weeks worth of stories, I'm happy with them, mostly. Here's my latest. I'm not sure I'm completely happy with it, which is also why it's a bit late, but I made a promise (that I'm already having trouble keeping) so here it is. Snow Storm I was jet lagged and still [read more]

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Week #3 Story #3

• May 24th, 2015 • Leave a Comment

  I went to Christchurch last weekend to visit my Dad.  He's a writer and we sometimes talk about our different approaches on the craft.  Sometimes I think it's one of the hardest things to do and other times it feels the easiest.  This story, the 3rd in my short short story collection, was written in bed in Dad's spare bedroom, just before I went to sleep.  I had this intense feeling about my life, hard to describe, I felt I had to create something so I could get some sleep - otherw [read more]

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Week #2 – Short story #2

• May 17th, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I'm writing and publishing one short short story per week for a year.  I'm not %100 what the aim is, but it came about while talking shit in the pub and I like the idea of committing to things while under the influence of a beer or two (that was how I gave up smoking 12 years ago). This story came about when I briefly overheard the first line of the story being said by a business type guy into his cell phone.  My wife and I were in the car park of the Kenilworth Castle in the U.K - it was an [read more]

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New short short story writing venture

• May 10th, 2015 • Leave a Comment

So I was chatting with some friends and musing over the best and most effective way to get 'stuff' out there and seen.  After going around and around in circles and being interrupted by some guy in 60s wanting a 'four-way', what we eventually thought might be a cool idea, would be posting a short short story (betweenn 300-500 words) every week.  I could go into the marketing details of peoples attention spans and personalising experiences but just imagine those kinds of things being said.... [read more]

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Album update

• April 24th, 2015 • Leave a Comment

So I've just received the master copy of my next album.  It's very exciting.  I can't decide what to call it though, which troubles me.  Not sure whether to go with the "Ashleigh Southam live at Blah blah etc place" or something a little more poetic.  These are the big decisions that define me - I will not take them lightly.....in fact I think I need a coffee break.... I finally got around to buying the second Bon Iver album.  I need to give it some more attention but my initial thoughts are [read more]

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Sometimes you gotta shake

• February 3rd, 2015 • Leave a Comment

So I got married last year and had an amazing time.  But I came back to realise I didn't have enough work on to pay the bills.  This gave me some anxiety, but then I turned to the musical genius of our times, Taylor Swift and I realised that it would be ok, that all I had to do was shake it off.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljT-AJDwjP4 [read more]

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Escape like trains music video

• August 26th, 2014 • Leave a Comment

    So I had this idea to put some moving images to one of my songs.  It was a rather simple idea that ended up taking up a lot more time than I initially thought.  But that's usually how I start a lot of things, with a sense of naive optimism believing "this will be easy" or "this won't take long."     Anyway, I searched through a whole lot of archival footage on the internet and put together this music video. I'm quite proud considering I don't have much editin [read more]

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