The people you meet – Clare Bowen

Have you ever met someone for the first time and instantly felt in awe of them?

That’s how I felt last Monday night when I met Clare Bowen, her brother Tim, and her fiancé Brandon.

Clare is an Australian actress, singer/songwriter best known for her role in American TV Show Nashville. If we’re going to get technical, I didn’t exactly meet her. I went to her concert, which was so intimate it felt like I did meet her.

For the best part of this year, I’ve been obsessed with Nashville. It’s such a brilliant drama with stunning music. Do yourself a favour and get hooked on it ASAP.

When I saw Clare was coming to Australia, I snapped up two tickets to her concert for Dave and me as a birthday present for myself.

I looked forward to it for about five weeks, until the day actually came and I was having a blue day of epic proportions. It was a Monday night, we had some major family stuff going down, and I just didn’t feel like going anymore.

When our babysitter fell through, I felt a mixture of disappointment and relief. I attempted to sell the tickets until my main man, rock, and all round awesome guy, Dave came through with another babysitter and informed me we were going and that I needed this.

So off we set at around 7.30pm on a Monday night with me whinging the entire way.

‘If she doesn’t come on by 9pm then I’m going home,’ I moaned.

We made it into the valley only to find the queue for the concert snaking half way around the block.

‘I’m too old for this shit,’ I told Dave. Whinge, whinge, more whinge.

It took me back to my early twenties where every Thursday night I’d line up a mile to get into a club called Hogies just so I could buy $1 drinks and dance my heart out, but that was then and this was now and now I was craaaaanky and old and tired.

As we entered the venue, my attitude started to turn around. The venue was uber cool resembling an old army bunker covered in band posters.

Dave bought me a giant beer and I smashed it back. Before I knew it I was starting to feel pretty darn good.

Soon enough we were introduced to the first act Tim, the brother of Clare. I knew nothing about Tim. I was only there to see Clare and to listen to her soulful voice.

It quickly came out that Tim was suffering from blood cancer. This young guy in his twenties belting out awesome music with the love of his life singing beside him had stage 4 cancer. He was having a good day, he told us. Some days he can’t even get out of bed.

I was blown away by his positive attitude, his talent, and strength.

Before long, Clare and her fiancé Brandon entered the stage.

Clare knocked our socks off with brilliant renditions of Nasvhille songs. Her voice is absolutely stunning and she had me mesmerised. Completely mesmerised.

Clare was super chatty that Monday night. A tiny pocket rocket full of joy, beauty and passion.

She was quick to tell us that the reason for her tour and her return to Australia was so she could give as much of her bone marrow to her little brother as she could.

Tears filled my eyes. The bond between brother and sister was undeniably evident, as was the bond between Clare and her fiancé and her entire family. She divulged that she suffered from cancer as a child and that it was an incredible challenge for their family, and their parents, in particular, to deal with.

With cancer touching my family at that very point in time, I was overcome with emotion. I was inspired by Clare and her family’s strength and their fighting attitude and healing words through song.

I left the event thankful for Dave that he’d pushed me to go and thankful that there’s people like Clare Bowen and her brother in the world.

You can read more about Clare and her brother Tim here.

 Are you a fan of Nashville? Have you ever been to a concert or event that’s had a big impact on you?

Linking up today with Jess for IBOT.

 

 

61 comments on The people you meet – Clare Bowen

  1. Bec Senyard
    June 7, 2016 at 7:06 am (12 months ago)

    Sounds just what you needed lovely after a hard week emotionally. I haven’t finished House of Cards yet, but when I do, I will definitely be started Nashville. I’ve heard so much about the show and my favourite people love it so I’m sure I will love watching it too. And good on ya Dave for finding another babysitter and being the best husband. He’s a good sort. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 9:56 pm (12 months ago)

      Yep, I think I’ll keep him 🙂 x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 9:58 pm (12 months ago)

      I just had a look, Natalie and it seems the tour is over. Bummer 🙁

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  2. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    June 7, 2016 at 8:05 am (12 months ago)

    I’m glad you went, it sounds like you needed it!

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  3. Sare
    June 7, 2016 at 8:46 am (12 months ago)

    ❤️

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  4. Lauren Paris
    June 7, 2016 at 9:52 am (12 months ago)

    Nice one Renee. Touching xxx

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  5. JF. Gibson
    June 7, 2016 at 10:26 am (12 months ago)

    What an amazing experience. I love Nashville, so sad it’s finished. Hopefully another network will pick it up as I’m going to miss Scarlett and Gunner

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 10:04 pm (12 months ago)

      I am hoping and praying. There’s so much more that needs to be said. I was bawling my eyes out in the last ep. #bringbacknashville

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  6. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    June 7, 2016 at 10:45 am (12 months ago)

    Music feeds the soul and that gig sounded like just what the doctor ordered. I haven’t watched Nashville but after your recommendation it’s scoring high on my list of Things to Watch. Thinking of you x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 10:04 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks lovely. Yes, please watch. You’ll love it x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 10:04 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks lovely. Yes, please watch. You’ll love it x

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  7. Melinda @unitedstatesofmama
    June 7, 2016 at 11:39 am (12 months ago)

    Ha ha! I also loved Thursday night $1 drinks back in the day and also find going out now to be quite a lot of effort. Glad you had a great night!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 10:05 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks Melinda. It’s worth pushing yourself out there every now and then 🙂

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  8. Andrea
    June 7, 2016 at 11:51 am (12 months ago)

    Sounds like music for the soul, I’m so glad you got to go XX

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 10:05 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks darling. Me too 🙂 x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 10:05 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks darling. Me too 🙂 x

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  9. Erin@TheMumsGroup
    June 7, 2016 at 12:52 pm (12 months ago)

    Love Nashville! And Clare! And you have brought me to tears. So glad you got to experience that. Hugs to you xx

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  10. Eva @ The Multitasking Woman
    June 7, 2016 at 1:51 pm (12 months ago)

    I’ve never heard of Nashville, might have to check it out. I went to see Turia Pitt speak and that totally changed my perspective on life being hard. If she can do it, I can do it. So glad your night turned out to be a good one. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 10:06 pm (12 months ago)

      Eva, please! You have to. It’s the best! That would have been interesting seeing Turia Pitt. So many amazing people out there x

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  11. Kit@lifethroughthehaze
    June 7, 2016 at 2:44 pm (12 months ago)

    I have heard of Nashville but not watched it. Everyone tells me I should.
    Sometimes we need that push out the door outside ourselves. Good on Dave for nudging you and I am glad you had a great night in the end. xoxo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 10:07 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks Kit! And please watch Nashville. So, so good!

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  12. Hugzilla
    June 7, 2016 at 5:17 pm (12 months ago)

    I used to go to gigs all the time but now I am old and lame and eyeing off my watch. Man, when did that happen…?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 10:07 pm (12 months ago)

      I have no idea, but it’s not cool. Not cool at all.

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  13. Simone
    June 7, 2016 at 5:21 pm (12 months ago)

    All you need sometiems is a bit of perspecive to get out of a funk. Glad you had an awesome bday night out and that Dave came through as always! Those Hogies days sure seem a LONG time ago!!! Lova ya Renee! xoxo

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    • Simone
      June 7, 2016 at 5:23 pm (12 months ago)

      Oh and thanks for telling me about Clare Bowen- just downloaded her music on iTunes and it is gorgeous!

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      • mummywifeme
        mummywifeme
        June 7, 2016 at 10:08 pm (12 months ago)

        Oh Simmy. It is amazing. Just so, so beautiful. I’m so glad I was able to hear her live xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 10:08 pm (12 months ago)

      They sure do 🙂 Love ya too, babe xx

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  14. Kathy
    June 7, 2016 at 5:48 pm (12 months ago)

    Renee – thinking of you and your family. So glad the positivity of Clare and Tim and their family provided a bright spark for you and that close bond between the sounds really special – I hadn’t heard of Clare or watched Nashville. This reminds me of the Problogger in 2013 when Clare Bowditch sang so beautifully and then Samuel Johnson came in on his uni-cycle that he’d been riding around Australia to support his sister on her cancer journey. It was a very special way to end the conference.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 10:09 pm (12 months ago)

      I can imagine it would have been. I wasn’t there that year, but I heard so much about it. Music really is food for the soul x

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  15. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    June 7, 2016 at 7:31 pm (12 months ago)

    I don’t think I’ve ever met someone like that at a concert, but I have had lots of nights where I didn’t want to go out but then it turned out to be a really good night. I did cry at the Pitbull concert though lol because I was so excited he was in the same room as me. Glad you guys went and had a good time.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 10:09 pm (12 months ago)

      Hahahaha Toni. That is really cute.

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  16. Lisa
    June 7, 2016 at 7:33 pm (12 months ago)

    I have watched the first 1-2 seasons of Nashville and liked it. It sounds like you needed a night out, so glad your hubby pushed you out the door!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 10:10 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks Lisa. He’s a good man that one 🙂

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  17. Sam Stone
    June 7, 2016 at 9:30 pm (12 months ago)

    I’m so glad that you went and had a lovely time.
    What an inspiring story, a sister giving her bone marrow to her brother. That is just wonderful.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 7, 2016 at 10:10 pm (12 months ago)

      It really is. What a strong bond.

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  18. Druimé@SnippetsandSpirits
    June 7, 2016 at 11:08 pm (12 months ago)

    I love that Dave made you go to this and it of course was just what the doctor ordered. You sound totally inspired now. Sorry to hear family stuff has been tough too x

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  19. Rachel
    June 8, 2016 at 3:21 am (12 months ago)

    I’ve heard lots of people rave about Nashville but haven’t seen it yet – on the list!! Sounds like a great night :).

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:38 am (11 months ago)

      You have to watch it! It’s the best.

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  20. Josefa Pete
    June 8, 2016 at 11:31 am (12 months ago)

    Love this Renee for so many reasons! YES I am a huge Nashville fan and I adore Scarlett!!!! I love that Dave got you up and out of the door – we marry people for many reasons, moments like that in life is one of those reasons. The cancer story – I had no idea about that and Clare’s family :O I had a very close family member donate stem cells to someone with cancer last year and I know how sacred that act is between people, blown away. As for your blue day – thinking of you, big hugs xx

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  21. Emily
    June 8, 2016 at 1:50 pm (12 months ago)

    Well done Dave! Glad he pushed through and got you there. And wow. That would knock you in the heart even without the current link to cancer. Hugs to you and your family, gorgeous x

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  22. EssentiallyJess
    June 10, 2016 at 5:40 pm (12 months ago)

    Oh, I’m so glad Dave made you go. Husbands are good like that aren’t they?
    I’ll confess I didn’t even know there was a show called Nashville, so these names are just names for me, but now I’m keen to look it up. I hope Tim pulls through. What a trooper.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:39 am (11 months ago)

      A definite trooper and yes, you must watch the show!

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  23. annette charlton
    June 11, 2016 at 9:16 am (12 months ago)

    What commitment and love shown amongst the ‘Nashville’ family. Brought a tear to my eye reading your post. Hope you continue to feel better.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:40 am (11 months ago)

      Thanks very much, Annette.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:40 am (11 months ago)

      Thanks very much, Annette.

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  24. Sarah
    June 21, 2016 at 11:41 am (11 months ago)

    How great is it when you get to experience magic like this outside of your perceived comfort zone. Hope you and your family pull through the challenges you are going through at the moment Renee.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 21, 2016 at 11:45 am (11 months ago)

      Thank you so much, Sarah 🙂

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  25. Bron from Flat Bum Mum
    June 21, 2016 at 8:11 pm (11 months ago)

    I’m totally jealous that you got to see her perform. She is my favourite from Nashville and after listening to her on a Podcast recently I fell even more in love with her. I am so glad your hubby got you to that concert. Right place, right time.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:46 am (11 months ago)

      Exactly, Bron. She is amazing. I love her.

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  26. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    June 21, 2016 at 8:48 pm (11 months ago)

    Nashville is on my Nexflix list. I just haven’t got there. There are beautiful people in the world and it sounds like you were touched by some. I am off to read more of their story.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 29, 2016 at 6:46 am (11 months ago)

      Good on you, Karin. And make sure you tune into Nashville!

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