ROSEMARY ABBOTT | Culture
THROWING HER A LIFELINE
Vic uni student Zara Ellison had her reality expanded today after finding herself in the unfortunate position of being on hold, waiting to talk to Studylink.
The 18 year-old from Wellington was held captive to her phone for what felt like an eternity, until she was suddenly serenaded by the voice of an early 2000s angel.
Up until this point, Zara had been losing her mind listening to the same few songs played over and over. Bands she’d never heard of like Th’ Dudes, Split Enz and Hello Sailor were slowly but surely destroying her will to live.
Just when she thought she couldn’t take any more, she heard Brooke Fraser for the first time.
Zara told us what it was like to experience the golden child of Kiwi music.
“I was immediately intrigued. Who was this magical voice that was saving me from the audio hellscape of StudyLink hold music?
“I opened Shazam and instantly found out the song was called “Lifeline”, said Ellison, who was an infant when Fraser’s debut album ‘What to do with daylight’ came out in 2004.
The Gen Z’er was clearly blown away by Brooke’s angelic voice.
“For three minutes I forgot all my frustration with StudyLink and got totally lost in her music. I don’t even remember why I rang,” Ellison explained, making a mental note to add “Lifeline” and “Better” to her Spotify playlist as soon as she got off the phone.
Zara eventually decided to hang up on StudyLink, but the Gen Z’er had discovered Brooke Fraser, and to her that was all that mattered.
More to come.
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