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"BEWARE OF STRANGERS!" SOMETIMES YOU SHOULD - SOMETIMES YOU SHOULDN'T... 

Writing is always a very personal, often introspective thing to do and I feel I can speak on behalf of most writers in saying that it often leaves us  questioning whether we really have anything worthwhile to share beyond the parameters of our own headspace. We know that our family and friends will always support us, but sharing creative projects with those who have no vested interest in us can be such a challenge, often instilling a fear of rejection into most scribes. 

I have learnt over the years that…

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I MUST CONFESS... I'M IN LOVE! 

While I'm no longer a spring-chicken, I've taken the plunge and fallen in love! I decided to take a detour on the road less travelled and explore a 'full song production' service and I have struck gold, "EUREKA!!!" 

I've been working with Beaird Music Group - an extraordinary music studio in Nashville - and I'm loving everything about the experience: I love their arrangements; I love their session vocalists; I love their session musos; I love their commitment to produce (throughout every step of the process…

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HELPING SONGS FIND THEIR PLACE IN THE WORLD... 

A couple of weeks ago one of my co-writers, Jim Shipstone, and I had the very great pleasure of attending a local Senior Girl's College to witness the debut performance of one of our song collaborations—‘For Our Children’—sung as a choral arrangement for the very first time. 

These girls did such a lovely job after only half a dozen or so rehearsals, under the expert guidance of Choir Director, Clare McFadden. 

It’s a strange thing, procrastination... I’d felt, or perhaps could even say known, for some time…

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LET’S REMEMBER WHERE WE WERE WHEN ZIGGY FELL 

'David Bowie' has left an eternal flame of inspiration burning brightly in the collective heart of humanity, within his extraordinary body of creative work spanning almost 50 years. 

One very funny story came to mind this week when I was reflecting on his mass appeal - many years ago my daughter (who was probably about 8 at the time) was going through a Labyrinth   'o b s e s s i o n' ... she lived & breathed that film and could recite it, pretty much, line by line.  

One day while she was at school, I set…

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A PAT ON THE BACK 'FOR OUR CHILDREN' :) 

As a lyricist/songwriter I hope that my words affect people. I hope that at some point in time, some of them trigger spontaneous joy, love, laughter, sorrow, reflection, and when needed hope, for brighter days ahead. Overall, they're written with the intention of supporting and inspiring the human spirit. 

Having said that, I'm really thrilled to hear 'For Our Children' (a song of peace & hope for humanity, co-written with Jim Shipstone) has been placed as a semi-finalist in all 4 categories (A/C, Soft…

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FOR OUR CHILDREN - A NEW, ORIGINAL CO-WRITTEN SONG, FRESH OUT OF THE STUDIO! :) 

I'm so excited to finally be able to share my latest original song, For Our Children, with you co-written by Jim Shipstone, performed by Bernice Hickford, produced and mixed by John Roy @ John Roy's Recording Studios, and mastered by Leon Zervos @ Studios 301 Sydney. Along with the beautifully poignant slideshow, compiled by Jessica Fallico, I'd like to thank all the wonderful photographers who have made their images available on Creative Commons. Links to all Photographs can be found on my 'Links' page…

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BIRTHING ONE OF MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS! 

I can’t believe it—AARRRRRRGGHHH!!!! So much has been happening; and looking back at things, from where I am now, the last 5-10 years have been such a rush!!! 

I’ve been thinking lately about being told, way back then, I'd write a book, and well ... I laughed it off; yet here I am today, with what’s now one of my greatest achievements (besides becoming a mum, of course) beautifully packaged between the covers of my first book, Lyrically Speaking: a collection of original song lyrics, yet to be set to music…

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BLOG #8: "It's the Final Countdown" 


Tonight, the well-known lyrics sung by the 80’s Swedish rock band Europe, “It’s the final countdown”, popped into my head—one of those random thoughts that leaves you wondering where it came from.

 

It wasn’t until I glanced at the date (in relation to a friend’s birthday) that I realised it must’ve been my subconscious working overtime, reminding me that today’s the 20th and it’s precisely a month until my book’s launch date! How weird ... and wonderful is that? Strange how the mind works. It’s like…

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BLOG #7: Extraordinary songs can find you anywhere! 

 

I’ve found great joy in writing (especially lyric writing) for so many years now; yet, like most creative people, I’ve had to keep working mainstream jobs to make ends meet.

 

One of my jobs, book keeping, I’ve done now for 20+ years and much of it has become routine—same company, same office space, pretty much the same staff, and fairly repetitive work—in a small suite, within a larger corporate building, sharing a communal kitchen and both male/female toilets.

 

This week, routine was nudged aside…

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BLOG #6: It's 'About Time' you did yourself a favour... 

I love people using words in ways which have us considering the life we’re living.

 

The romantic comedy-drama film script for About Time, written and directed by Richard Curtis, does just that.

 

Without giving too much of the plot away, these quirky characters explore a new take on life and relationships that leaves its audience reflecting on our perspective on life and the energy that we carry into each new day (in fact, into each new moment).

 

If you haven’t allowed yourself the opportunity to sit…

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