Happy Days Are Here Again

2020 has not been seen as a good year for many people, especially with the Corona virus pandemic and political tempers between China, the USA and North Korea flaring up.

Yet for me, things have actually been going on the upward spiral surprisingly enough.  I started driving again in February of this year after being off the road since July last year.  Plus, I have been interviewed by not one, not two, but THREE podcast hosts about my music and naturist lifestyle, which has led to renewed interest in Laissez-Fayre.

Despite the fact that my electric guitar has been in repairs for some time now, I have been quite active with my music from playing at the Indooroopilly Activity Hub with d-Wizz 2.0 as well as a gig with Spray The Wall and Edward Guglielmino at Flaming Galah in January.

We are aiming to release our first EP “Success Is Not A Number” on d-Wizz’s 46th birthday on August 6th, and the song “Get Over Me” has been played a few times on 4ZZZ FM radio too.

One of my other musician friends Carolyn Dee has recorded a country rocker with my music teacher Tara Neilsen’s producer Khesrow Rasta producing it called “Slave Planet”, about the Corona virus pandemic and how everyone feels oppressed and repressed by the lockdown laws.  She asked me to put it on my YouTube channel, so I did.  It’s had around over 600 hits recently, which I am very happy with.

On May 15th, Emma Dean released her single “Real Life Computer Game” with her online choir Cheep Trill, and I was one of 100 voices on it doing the alto harmony and backing vocals.  The song reached over 1,000 hits on YouTube within 9 days of being released and it’s still peaking.

Laissez-Fayre’s song “Binge Drinking”, originally released in 2009 on YouTube has recently gone over 1,000 hits and d-Wizz 2.0’s “Choco-block Freak” has got over 2,000 hits.  The latter makes it the highest viewed song that I’ve played an instrument on YouTube, and “Nekkid” has made nearly 5,000 hits on Vimeo.  I feel really pleased with myself that people are starting to take a bit more notice of my music.

One of my main goals this year is to record a couple of tributes to my late friend Alan Merrill (Arrows/Runner/Streak/Vodka Collins/Lou Rawls/Rick Derringer band).  He died in New York City on Palm Sunday from the Corona virus in a hospital at the age of 69.  Alan and myself were long time friends on Facebook and Instagram.  He always looked out for me online when I was feeling down or on a creative low and cheered me up with his cheery and positive posts.  I did an Arrows song “Touch Too Much” and put it on YouTube in 2012, and he was the first to comment.  As a result of his passing, I want to record a cover of the song together with a rap/rock number called “Hey Little Boy” that I wrote, which is based on his best known song “I Love Rock’n’Roll”.  RIP, Alan.

Finally, just this weekend gone, I realized one of my longtime creative goals, and that was to pose for Spencer Tunick.  I was picked to appear in his online photo installation “Stay Apart Together” on Zoom, which I did at Life Within on the Gold Coast, a budding New Age naturist retreat that my friend Richard Curtis runs with his wife Diana.  Spencer got me to pose nude with a face mask on facing the camera and then turning to the side, cropped at the waist.  Although I didn’t get picked for the subsequent shoots, he is going to email me a copy of the photo at the end of the month so I’m really looking forward to that.

I feel a lot more freer and positive and confident after that shoot.  After spending much of 2019 feeling down in the dumps, it’s finally time for me to celebrate.  Sure, I have my ‘off’ days like everyone else, but I don’t let them affect me as much as they did before.

Bring on the rest of 2020! 🙂


Revival And Returning To My Roots

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted anything onto this site, but I feel the need to write about it all the same.

March – May 2019 has been a very harrowing time for me in which my attitude to drugs and crime has been exacerbated.

For a long time during my teens to mid-40’s I had been rather liberal to ambivalent in my outlook on drugs and drug use.

I had admittedly upset quite a number of people on my Facebook page when I complained about what drug use can do to alter people’s minds, and usually not in a positive way and calling for the Australian government to re-introduce the death penalty for anyone who deals in the hard drug market.

On Friday 1st March this year at 3:30am, a deranged woman called Joyce Amelia Smith who was high off her face on either smack or ice came charging into my flat armed with an axe and she smashed the window for the front door with it, then opened the door and smashed down my housemate’s bedroom door and threatened to kill him.  She screamed at him for leaving voice messages on her mobile phone ordering her to pay up a debt she owed him, and he had not done it in the most tactful manner either.  Joyce tried to get me out of bed as well as I was barricaded in my room and yelled “Dario, come out, you’re a witness to this!” and I just shouted back “This has got nothing to do with me!”

Finally, my housemate threatened to call 000 on her, and she promptly left, leaving shards of glass strewn all over the floor.  Five minutes later the police arrived to ask him questions about the break-in, and then they got the forensic detectives in to photograph the scene.

I was pretty shaken, but not shocked.  I thought to myself that this was going to happen due to my housemate’s tactless attitude towards women and me and another friend of his Damien gave him a lecture to NEVER threaten a woman with violence over the phone no matter how angry you might be with them.

Joyce was eventually found by the police and promptly arrested and charged for breaking and entering and attempted murder.  She has been served with a DVO and ordered to pay restitution for the repairs to the front door and the bedroom door.

As if this was not enough, in late April, I was driving one of my other ex-housemates to a party in Caboolture after picking up a so-called “friend” of hers from McDonald’s in Kangaroo Point.  I had been giving her lifts because she had always paid me to take her swimming or shopping or to the doctors.  On this occasion, when we picked this other girl up a guy whom I did not know jumped in the car as well and said that he wanted to be taken to the party.

About 90% of the way there, he and the other passenger Chelsea McKinnon started a fight with my ex-housemate and she got up from her seat and started laying into both of them.  The guy then smashed the drivers passenger window with a hammer, and I stopped the car and ordered them all out at a service station.  I was absolutely furious to say the least.  The guy offered to pay me $150 for the window and then he and Chelsea ran off on foot, and told me that they were wanted by police.

I left my former housemate at the service station and drove back to her mother’s place and told her what had happened.  She was quite sympathetic towards me, and then I decided to block the housemate from my Facebook profile and messenger after she started getting desperate and uppity with me when I told her to find her own way home.  I had had enough of real life drug and crime related dramas and vowed that I would only let my closest friends in the car from then on to give lifts to if they needed to go somewhere.  It also put me off Uber driving as well, considering that I had also downgraded my car after my Dad bought the Holden Cruze, which had been purchased by my housemate in July.

My housemate went to Victims Of Crime with me, and we saw a JP about the case on March 1st.  He advised us to get both psychological and psychiatric counselling for the mental/emotional anguish we both had suffered.  As a result, I had to take some weeks off working with Meals On Wheels due to becoming clumsy, listless and scatterbrained during my shifts as well as feeling very tired and low on energy.

From late April till mid-June, I went on a soul searching crusade.  I decided to start revisiting my old psychiatrist and getting psychological help with keeping my mind focused on what I really wanted out of life.  For too long, I had been procrastinating and promulgating with what I wanted to be doing with my music, photography and naturist pursuits.

Finally, I put the wise old saying “Never Forget Where You Are Coming From” into action.  I started re-attending church with my brother Lee, and also offered to do readings, music and prayer group leadership.  I also started to do my model photography again and charge for my services for aspiring models.  Two friends of mine in the local naturist movement Kevin Ruhle and Sandra Stewart convinced me to allow them to become co-admins for the Brisbane Naturists group and help me deal with some of the nasty rumours that had been spread about me at places like Balkaz and Pacific Sun Friends in Caboolture and Donnybrook.

Around this time, I also bought a copy of the book “How Life Works” by Andrew Matthews, whose books “Making Friends” and “Being Happy” were of enormous comfort to me back in 1991 when I had a mental breakdown and needed to get my life together.  I started reading his books again, and also started reading the Bible again as well as starting to read the Bhagavad Gita and Louise Hay’s books “You Can Heal Your Life” and “Life: Reflections On Your Journey” and listening to Dr. Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People” on MP3.

Through a series of mental disciplines, I have started thinking positive and thinking big about my dreams, goals and aspirations.  I don’t want to settle for second best in life.  Louise Hay taught me an important affirmation in life “I deserve the best and I accept it now”.  The more I meditate on this, the more I am starting to move forward with my life.  I have started to keep my former housemates at a bit of a distance to focus on my friends in the music and photography and naturist worlds who are willing to help me succeed with what I want to do.

It’s not going to be an easy ride admittedly.  But one large journey starts out with one small step, and a step in the right direction.  When we manage issues and situations effectively, we lead people.

June is shaping up to be a month of opportunities, and I have a feeling the next couple of months ahead will see things dramatically improve for me from being an obscure nobody to someone who does matter to others.

Most importantly, *I* matter to God.  He has plans for me, and the more I give back to the community I think the more the plans will unfurl.  I’ve started to attend more Christian events in Brisbane lately such as a workshop on decluttering my life and living conditions, and also want to do the Men’s Rites Of Passage Workshop that has been advertised quite heavily on 96.5 FM (providing it is not too expensive – will have to check it out today).

So, as a surrealist I like to romanticize the good things about my past and injecting my future with optimism.  I will be updating this page a lot more now, and in July will purchase a web hosting plan with an official URL https://www.dariowestern.com and/or https://www.dariowestern.com.au

It’s time that I got back into the swing of things.  If I don’t start today, then I never will.

Body Discovery Project- Holly


The body discovery project uses the artist style of Shani Finch incorporated with human models. The lines and shapes are designed to provide a positive platform for the models to discover the curves of their body.

Holly- “My relationship with my body had always been a little strained. I grew large breasts at a young age and they garnered a lot of unwanted and unwarranted attention that I was not equipped to handle while still so juvenile. I not only felt objectified, but I felt out of control. There was nothing I could do to slow the progression of the change occurring within and without me. I began to crumble under the weight of being thrust into this sexual sphere that I didn’t want to be a part of. I was studious and prided myself on my internal value. It was like a betrayal to be associated merely by this…

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Kick-starting this site again

After languishing for most of the last few years, I thought that now is the time to get this site back on the go again since things are finally coming into place for me where my pursuits are concerned.

In December last year, I made the decision to move from Deagon to Chermside with a friend of mine Karley Staehr, whom I have known since 2013 from Model Mayhem.  Although the first couple of months were a bit rocky for her, she’s now settled in nicely and looking forward to this year.

Musically, I have been working with Aboriginal elder Roderick Tyson on a band with him playing at charity concerts like Closing The Gap and NAIDOC which help the Aboriginal community with health, housing and wellbeing.  We mostly do covers and will eventually be doing some original numbers as well.

I’ve also been taking up singing lessons with a couple who live in Nudgee called Tara Neilsen and Khesrow Rasta.  They recently recorded me doing a cover of the Tears For Fears song “Mad World” in a similar style to how Gary Jules and Michael Andrews did it.  It received 100 views within 4 days of putting it out onto YouTube.  Although it isn’t the type of music that I normally sing, nevertheless it has still put me on the musical map.

D-Wizz 2.0 recorded some tracks for the upcoming albums “Success Is Not A Number” and “Paper Tiger” with renowned Brisbane rock music producers Jeff Lovejoy (The Cruel Sea, Powderfinger, Six Ft Hick, Pretty Violet Stain, Regurgitator, Lavish) and Brian Mann (The Girlies, The Screaming Tribesmen, Mick Medew & The Mesmerizers, Preston).  This act shows D-Wizz’s and my own love for 60’s and 70’s music, particularly glam rock and power pop.

Laissez-Fayre has been rather on and off due to the rather conservative musical political climate of Brisbane.  I had been jamming with a couple of hopeful candidates for the band Tayjsha Tarrant and Sarah Jane Edwards, and done a couple of gigs at Pacific Sun Friends with Sarah before she turned her attention more to the metal scene.

This year, I am working on a new lineup and hoping to re-record the vocals for the songs “Nekkid” and “Botoxic” to put out as singles.  “Nekkid” ended up becoming my most listened to song on YouTube in 2013/14 garnering over 113K views, even outdoing The Veronicas song “Cross My Heart” before it was deleted after somebody falsely flagged the video as ‘pornography’.

The Brisbane Naturists group has had a few good meet-ups, most of them being hosted at a couple’s place in Carina who are part of the Vita Nuda Brisbane group.  The VNB group is mainly targeted towards young adults, although their meetups haven’t been all that well attended for some reason despite having over 625 ‘likes’ on their Facebook page.

Work-wise, I am now working with Meals On Wheels in Geebung on a Tuesday morning, and have been doing so since 2015.  I have no intention of giving it away as I get on well with my co-workers as well as my clients, and it gives me joy to be able to contribute to the community again.  I’m also looking to get back into doing some paid work in the near future.

I’ve also been studying for a diploma in Business at Careers Australia in Bowen Hills, as well as one in leadership and management which I want to apply to my music and naturist interests.  It’s a lot harder than I had originally envisioned, but I’m still determined to finish them.

The main goal that I am working towards is getting the Soundtrack Productions record label up and going again.  This is Brisbane’s premiere indie label, which originally ran between 1965 – 1967 at a disused bakery in Cannon Hill and put out a few records by Bobby Dean & The Worried Minds, Robin Gardini and a community choir.  In mid 2014, I approached my long-time friend Andrew Ainsworth (now a music and sci-fi writer) about reactivating the label.  He agreed to do it along with a Gold Coast music trader called Greg Cuffe.  The next couple of years they spent unearthing a whole load of obscure and never released recordings that some Brisbane bands had made to send to radio stations.  In November 2016, they were released on a compilation album called “Kaptain Kavemen From Brisbane” and launched at the Brisbane Record Fair at The Rumpus Room in West End.

I have since started up a Facebook page for the label at https://www.facebook.com/soundtrackproductionsptyltd as well as a group in which members can make their own posts at https://www.facebook.com/groups/soundtrackproductions

Anyway, that is about all that I can write about at the moment, but I will be getting a host for this site as dariowestern.com shortly so it will be very easy for people to locate this page on the Internet.