The joy is in the doing

Judith Durham has just marked 50 years since she burst upon the scene. Still singing, writing and producing bestselling music, next month Judith hits the road once again, performing concerts in our major capital cities. Here she shares her views on life, love, work and vegetables!

Judith Durham, interview, the Seekers

Judith Durham has just marked 50 years since she burst upon the scene. Still singing, writing and producing bestselling music, next month Judith hits the road once again, performing concerts in our major capital cities. Here she shares her views on life, love, work and vegetables!

I’ve become quite a philosopher since I turned 60. I wonder if this is typical? Older people can often think more deeply and perhaps see a wider perspective. 

I wish there was a more positive view of ageing. Many people feel the need to lie about their age. They are working longer and want to protect their ability to continue to do so. But it’s important that you realise what you still bring to a role. I used to be awkward and would burst into tears or become emotional if misunderstood. Once I turned 60 I underwent an emotional, mental and philosophical change. I wish this philosophical wellbeing was emphasised as much as maintaining your sex life as you age.

Whilst I was aware everybody appreciated my singing ability in the early days, it has come as a huge surprise that men had fallen in love with me. I had such low self-esteem and did not see myself as a pop star. After The Seekers came back toAustralia as part of a rock group bill, everyone suddenly revered us. I was longing to get married but still wondered how would I get to know Mr. Right.

When the Seekers broke up in 1968, I simply wanted to return to Australia. As long as I remained in the world of pop, I felt that I wouldn’t get things in perspective. Many people found that difficult to understand. It was thrilling and wonderful, but it wasn’t the real me. As Seekers, we were all very proud of our achievements. But this was not my own individual goal, whatever that was. Would my future be operatic? As a pianist? I met a clairvoyant in the late 70s who reinforced this when she said, “You haven’t made your mark yet.”

I had a remarkable husband in Ron. Almost all the things I value about myself, he brought out in me. My Mum and Dad offered my sister and me an education, music, and morality. But Ron gave me so much that I valued for 25 years of marriage and he encouraged me to fill in a lot of areas of incompleteness or immaturity.

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    Rinklyrimes
    11th Jul 2012
    11:31am
    The Seekers' music was the background to a turbulent, but romantic, time of my life and it was always the timbre of the voice that 'got' me. I am now eighty-one and enjoying song and play writing in my own little corner of the world, so I know Judith, with all her talent, has many years of success ahead of her!
    Thinker&Dooer
    13th Jul 2012
    10:16pm
    Loved the Seekers I remember my days being an airline hostess with Ansett ANA and was based in Melbourne (in the 60s) for training we had no TV or time for going out, however the radio was a saviour. Having recently retired after after 54 yrs of working with airlines, 28 years of operating and successfully owning a Travel Agency I feel like I still have a long way to go.
    So I say, good on you Judith keep up the great singing you have the voice of an angel,
    wish I had a talent like yours. you are quite correct things are mapped out for us and the eternal light looks very bright it is tough to be on this earth, but thats what we chose no doubt we shall return again. Godbless
    Hillbillypete
    17th Jan 2014
    10:45am
    go for it Judith Durham, we have just come of the road after 2.5 years of travel and can hardly what to get out there again.
    biddi
    17th Jan 2014
    12:08pm
    I believe Judith is 70, not 60, even though she may look it!
    Nightshade
    18th Jan 2014
    4:35am
    Judith Mavis Durham
    Born 3 July 1943
    I liked the Seekers
    I have this thing for Morningtown Ride as I sang it to & with every small child I ever looked after.
    I am Australian sung by the seekers, should be the National Anthem of Australia.
    Keep a Dream in Your Pocket -
    Time and Again is a lovely song -
    Jennome
    18th Jan 2014
    10:36am
    When reading this I thought "when was this written?", as I knew Judy was 70 (I went to school with her), however she has no interest in former school friends. She's a bit of a recluse these days, and looking pretty frail I believe. She's had to relearn so much after her stroke.
    A. N. Onymous
    18th Jan 2014
    4:38pm
    Article date at the top of the page is 9th July 2012, and the first two comments are from July 2012. At that time she would have still been in her sixties (just).
    shele
    19th Jan 2014
    3:46am
    What a performer! I loved and still do love all of them 'The Seekers'


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