I recently got in touch with Ollie Lucks and Miranda Bellamy to let them know that I was working on this piece, and to see if they would like to add anything. Ollie, very kindly, wrote, “through working with Nick I learned the importance of vulnerability. It is the message of the film, and Nick puts it so well when he says that in order to grow one needs to let down armour. He was a gentle teacher.”
Miranda wanted to point out that The Characteristics of C-Minor, Nick’s gentle and powerful teachings, reached farther than Blue Oyster, and Dunedin. She wrote that it brought her great joy to think about all of the international film festivals that C-Minor was shown at. In her email she tried to remember, “20 I think?” From Byron Bay to Switzerland to Indonesia to Estonia, where Nick skyped in to answer audience questions, his big grin on the big screen.
There are pieces in Blue Oyster’s archive that are not unlike treasure. Rarities with values that might not be understood by everyone, but to others, might conjure up a great sense of wonder, or even grief. Past and present directors, administrators, interns and volunteers of Blue Oyster are immensely grateful to have had Nick Knox share his music and his stories in their familiar, creative space.
As Nick answers the question, “Was there something else that kept you grounded?” he assures his audience that it wasn’t always dark, and he wasn’t always tormented. There were ecstatic moments too.
“Extreme highs, extreme lows,” the asker adds.
“Yeah,” Nick says, “pretty much,” and he launches into ‘Resuscitate’.
Reuben Scott is a fourth year English student at The University of Otago, and an intern at Blue Oyster, working on and writing about the gallery’s archives, a vault of more than twenty years of exhibitions. Through fronting his band Three Quarter Marathon in Dunedin for three years, Reuben has earned a great appreciation for Dunedin music, past and present. Recognising Nick Knox as a key figure in a scene so rich made this piece of writing seem essential.