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Thoughtform 3rd Chronicle: Jarrah 

The Wawalak sisters are a part of Aboriginal Dreamtime culture. The story has regional variations with each following a similar narrative of two sisters roaming unfamiliar territory. One sister is pregnant, they stop to rest near water. The pregnant sister…

Thoughtform 2nd Chronicle: Days Ahead 

This song came on thick and fast. The ingredients collected on a street corner without me completely realising it was happening. Into the song cauldron went:  

Dolphins

Sunshine

Sandy beaches

Deja vu

Days Ahead is…

Thoughtform 1st Chronicle: Ostrich Plume 

This is the first entry in a series taking a beyond the veil style look at the songs.

Songwriting is difficult to talk about because to a large degree I feel the songs write themselves. In this manner my…

Alternative Live Versions: Covering Your Own Songs 

As songwriters we want our music to sound its best live. These days there’s a multitude of modern technologies at our fingertips to fill out that live performance, even with only one or two people on stage. While it might…

Black Leather and Studs (lesson in song hoarding) 

There’s a lot of songs and song ideas that are discarded the moment I write them. If I don’t completely love something, it’s gone. This might sound destructive, but actually it’s constructive. It keeps the passion for music alive and…

Temp Scores (and why they suck)

When I was at film school it was pounded into me that music and subject matter are forever enmeshed and therefore the holy grail of a good choice. It never sat right with me. Time and time again this stodgy…

Story of Daphrie Lane 

Sometimes there are moments in a songwriter's world when the question beckons "Why haven't I released this?" 

Well, Daphrie Lane, I suppose, is one of those moments, sort of. Originally I wrote the song with the lyrics and…