"You're not Rob Snarski" said the young boy.
"Yes I am. It's just I've gone and grown a moustache and I'm wearing glasses," I answered.
"No. You're not Rob Snarski" he repeated, convinced I wasn't me, looking deep past my spectacles.
It was an awkward, perplexing moment and this little kid was making me feel a tad anxious.
Maybe I'm not Rob Snarski ... but then again why am I here if I'm not? Standing in the middle of Readings, Carlton, with my guitar slung over my shoulder singing amongst the travel books, whilst everyone else is sampling the free wine and flicking through the CD racks.
After I sang 6 songs or so, trying to convince myself I was someone who actually sings songs every so often, the boy came up to me again.
"Ok you are Rob Snarski. Thanks for singing The Black Caress".
Then he followed with some quick-fire questions ... "What's your favourite song? ... Who's your favourite band? ... Are you your favourite singer?"
Woah, let me have think about that.
He told me he liked Queen ... and Bohemian Rhapsody was his favourite song ever - quite an epic for a lad of ten.
His mother and I were chatting, discussing my acoustic house concerts and then before I knew it everyone else in the shop who'd come to hear some tunes had dispersed and I remained there wondering if I was who I think I am.
Well friends, the final shows for The Low Fidelity tour take place in October just before I head overseas ... and also finish off some recording duties with The Blackeyed Susans.
In Melbourne & Adelaide guitar maestro and charmer Shane O'Mara again shares the stage. I'm in solo mode in Brisbane at the spooky, yet glorious Junk Bar.
Dates and ticket info here ...
FRI OCT 16 Spotted Mallard, Brunswick w/ special guests Alison Ferrier & Jed Rowe
FRI OCT 23 Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick w/ special guests The Broads
SAT OCT 24 Junk Bar (early & late show) Brisbane
FRI OCT 30 Trinity Sessions, Adelaide
Hopefully see you somewhere ...
ps. Come shopping with me... Calico bags now available from the online shop, as well as the LOW FIDELITY shows.