The Australian Songwriter
The Australian Songwriter
The Australian Songwriter Issue 138, December 2018 First published 1979 The Magazine of The Australian Songwriters Association Inc.
In This Edition: On the Cover of the ASA: 2018 APRA/ASA Songwriter Of The Year, Anirban Banerjee (Centre), with Jessica McDonald (APRA) and Denny Burgess (ASA Chairman) Chairman’s Message Editor’s Message Top 10 Finalists In The 2018 Australian Songwriting Contest Anirban Banerjee: 2018 APRA/ASA Songwriter Of The Year Official Photos From The 2018 National Songwriting Awards 2018 Rudy Brandsma Award Nominees The 2018 Halloween Theme Wax Lyrical Roundup Lucy Parle: 2018 Winner Of The Folk/Acoustic Category Sponsors Profiles 2018 In Memoriam Members News and Information Stephen Phillip: 2018 Winner Of the Australia Category 2018 ASA Regional Co-Ordinators Conference ASA Members CD Releases Mark Cawley’s Monthly Songwriting Blog The Load Out Official Sponsors of the Australian Songwriting Contest About Us: o Aims of the ASA o History of the Association o Contact Us o Patron o Life Members o Directors o Regional Co-Ordinators o Webmaster o 2018 APRA/ASA Songwriter of the Year o 2018 Rudy Brandsma Award Winner o 2018 PPCA Live Performance Award Winner o Australian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2004 to 2018) o Lifetime Achievement Award o 2018 Australian Songwriting Contest Category Winners o Songwriters of the Year and Rudy Brandsma Award (1983 to 2018)
Chairman’s Message Hey Members, The outstanding success of this year’s National Songwriting Awards has had a profound effect on your Board, and there has already been a flurry of activity, with ongoing talks regarding securing Canterbury Hurlstone-Park RSL in Sydney as the venue for 2019 once again. It is really an ideal place for such a prestigious occasion as far as presenting our valued Songwriters in a truly professional setting, which includes wonderful sound and lighting. Expect an announcement regarding the locking in of a date for the ASA’s big night in 2019 soon. We believe that the earlier a firm time slot can be procured, it will give your Board more time to work toward making the event bigger than ever before.
Watch this space! In the meantime, take a gander at all the goings-on from our sell-out show on Wednesday 31 October. It truly was a magical night, and photographer Bob King has certainly captured the sheer breathtaking atmosphere generated. As usual, your Vice Chairman and Editor Alan Gilmour has outdone himself to bring you all the ‘fun of the fair’ in the ASA December 2018 e-Newsletter. So, get yourself into the Christmas spirit with this special edition.
On behalf of the ASA Board, please have a Christmas filled with singing, songs and much love. We know 2019 will be HUGE for all ASA Members. See you in the New Year! Denny Burgess Chairman Editor’s Message Welcome to the final edition of The Australian Songwriter for the year. With the 2018 National Songwriting Awards now in our rear-view mirrors, your ASA team will be taking a well-earned break, and will be back in 2019 to do it all again! Congratulations to our 2018 APRA/ASA Songwriter Of The Year, Anirban Banerjee, our 2018 Rudy Brandsma Award winner, Lola Brinton, and to all of the 2018 Category winners and contest entrants.
I would particularly like to thank Carole Beck for all her help with the magazine during the year.
The Australian Songwriter welcomes written contributions from ASA members and friends. If you have anything that you would like to say about yourself, other songwriters/musicians/artists/new releases or upcoming events, simply send your contribution via email to the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alan Gilmour, Editor and Vice Chairman
2018 Australian Songwriting Contest Category Top 10s Australia Category Stephen Phillip 1 Stephen Phillip A Changing Landscape QLD 2 Stephen Phillip I’m Australian QLD 3 Melvyn Moll Turn Off The TV (And Forget All You’ve Seen) NSW 4 Steve, Tony, Tim, Mike & Joan Montgomery and Colin Roberts Jack Keagan’s Pub NSW 5 Paul Grierson & Chris Reiger She’s A Picture NSW 6 David Reeve & Philip Arthur Warren Australia NSW 7 Brendan Smoother Old Chimney NSW 8 Kieran O’Connell Take Me Back To Melbourne VIC 9 Kylie Adams-Collier My Best Friend ‘Round The Block NSW 10 Jim Van Fleet Barbed Wire And Bullets QLD 10 Wendy Wood Through The Eyes Of A Boy NSW
Ballad Category Joint Winners: Anirban Banerjee (Left) and Ricky Muscat, James Leigh and Vince Leigh (Right) 1 Anirban Banerjee Love Of My Life ACT 1 Ricky Muscat, James Leigh & Vince Leigh Why Can’t You Love Me VIC 3 David Reeve & David Highet Beautiful Attraction NSW 4 Skii Harvey Dance Devil Dance NSW 5 Peter Christie & Roger Corbett If I Don’t Have Love NSW 6 Catherine Dobson On The Corner Of Hope And Devine VIC 7 Lloyd Back Ball Of String QLD 8 Lola Brinton & Felicity Urquhart Candle Moth NSW 8 Katie Hardyman Somebody’s Someone NSW 10 Mercy Mercy & John De Laurence Miss You NSW
Contemporary Pop/Dance Category Jemma Siles 1 Jemma Siles D.A.M.N.
VIC 2 Jade Goodge Paper Mache VIC 3 Chris Murphy & Travis Bryant Demolition WA 4 Ricky Muscat, James Leigh & Vince Leigh Selfish VIC 5 Celeste Newman & Mark Crocker Smiling Assassin VIC 6 Leea Nanos & Frank Dixon Set Me Free VIC 7 Lucy Burke Leaving On A Lie NSW 8 Alex Tobin Sucker For Punishment NSW 9 Anirban Banerjee What You’ve Done ACT 10 Dene Menzel & D Small Believe It Be It VIC 10 Elisa Kate Promise Me NSW 10 Isabella Porter Yesterday VIC
Country Category Stephanie Wade 1 Stephanie Wade Bartender And A Bottle Of Jack VIC 2 Spencer Kelly Six String Drifter WA 3 Brian Stitt Little Country Town NSW 4 Andrea Robertson Again And Again VIC 5 Spencer Kelly & Stacy Hogan Goodbye Never Felt So Good WA 6 Catherine Dobson A Moment Like This VIC 7 Samantha Mooney Friend Of Mine QLD 8 Lola Brinton & Christopher Matthews That Dear John Song NSW 9 Stephen Phillip Fancy Shirts QLD 9 Steve Montgomery The Old Ghost Road NSW
Folk/Acoustic Category Lucy Parle 1 Lucy Parle I Used To Love You NSW 2 Anirban Banerjee Something I Know ACT 3 Anirban Banerjee Feelings In My Pocket ACT 4 Rob Imeson Old Welcome Feeling NSW 5 Donna Dyson & Tyrone Noonan Black Dog QLD 5 Julie Prowse Love It That Way NSW 7 Sadie Jones & David Penman Rogue Folk QLD 8 Ian Muir & Glennys Briggs Salt On My Pillow QLD 9 Lizzie Flynn I Married Someone Just Like You QLD 10 Nathan Seeckts Beast Beneath The Bed VIC
Instrumental Category Tom Anderson 1 Tom Anderson Ragtime Palpitations 4 NSW 2 Tom Anderson A Walk Down Ragtime Lane 2 NSW 3 Lee Simon Waves SA 4 Philip Gardner Moonlit Night VIC 5 Manjia Luo Violin Into A Journey Of No Man Space NSW 6 Terry Bennetts Chicken Pickin’ WA 7 Ray Pratley Colours Of The Kimberly NSW 8 Andy Travers Fishing Pole NSW 9 Peter Salata Ferny Grove QLD 10 Ben Bowen Home Again NSW
International Category Anirban Banerjee 1 Anirban Banerjee Undecided AUS 2 Anirban Banerjee Love Of My Life AUS 3 Samantha Mooney In This Town AUS 4 Anirban Banerjee AEIOU AUS 5 Anirban Banerjee Feelings In My Pocket AUS 6 John Blok & Joanna Fuchs More Like Jesus AUS 7 Keri McInerney You’re Not There AUS 8 Aislinn Sharp & Joel Turner The Wall AUS 9 Samantha Mooney The Touch Of Your Wings AUS 10 Dane Owen Feel So Alive AUS 10 Willie McCracken & P Lavender Mr Fancy Pants AUS 10 Brian Baker Open Up Your Heart AUS
Lyrics Category Kieran Roberts and Katelyn Newlands 1 Kieran Roberts & Katelyn Newlands Dream Reward (The Farmer’s Life) ACT/WA 2 Steve & Tony Montgomery They Won’t Let Him Down NSW/QLD 3 Alec Raymer The Rhythm Of The Wind QLD 4 Noel Gardner Taking A Stand QLD 5 John Walsh The Disappearing Man NSW 6 Carmelo Cacciola The Battle of Coral And Balmoral QLD 6 Kerry Maher The River VIC 8 Susan Muranty I Can’t Unlove You NSW 9 John Walsh Faded Star NSW 9 Anirban Banerjee Feelings In My Pocket ACT
Open Category Joint Winners: Kerrie Garside and Abbey Gardner 1 Kerrie Garside Shout QLD 1 Abbey Gardner War Child NSW 3 Jade Goodge Ready Set Go! VIC 4 Carmelita Lees & John Roy Demons Of My Own NSW 5 Anirban Banerjee AEIOU ACT 6 Abbey Slattery Take Me Under VIC 7 Elisa Kate On My Side NSW 8 Anirban Banerjee Something I Know ACT 9 Skii Harvey Boys Don’t Cry NSW 9 Anirban Banerjee Love Of My Life ACT
Rock/Indie Category Antonio Corea 1 Antonio Corea Honey N Money WA 2 Paula Punch Don’t Look Down NSW 3 Melissa Robertson Red Head At Heart NSW 4 Catherine Dobson Hurricane Child VIC 5 Santino Salvadore Smile Of A Clown NSW 6 Hannah May Bartle Ring The Bell TAS 7 Skii Harvey Uninvited NSW 8 Abbey Slattery Aftershock VIC 9 Anirban Banerjee Undecided ACT 10 Danielle Deckard Happy NSW
Songs For Children Category Stephen Kiely and Roxanne Kiely 1 Stephen Kiely & Roxanne Kiely Sometimes A Friend NSW 2 Stephen Kiely & Roxanne Kiely Newly Truly NSW 3 Stephen Kiely & Roxanne Kiely When You Wake Up NSW 4 Kath Bee & Suzy Cato Sprinkle A Little Sunshine NZ 5 Kath Bee & Douglas Stenhouse Make Someone Smile NZ 6 Dez Staunton & Vanessa Staunton I Jump QLD 7 Donna Dyson Swish The Fish QLD 8 Dez Staunton & Vanessa Staunton Frogs Like To Hop QLD 9 Dez Staunton & Vanessa Staunton Let’s Dance QLD 10 David Reeve Share NSW
Spiritual Category Jacques Gentil 1 Jacques Gentil A Million And One Ways To Die VIC 2 Jacques Gentil Till My Love Is Gone VIC 3 Peter Christie, Roger Corbett & Allan Caswell God Guitars And The Open Road NSW 4 David Carter & Merelyn Carter World Full Of Angels VIC 5 Jacques Gentil People Need To Know VIC 6 Lola Brinton & Dale Duncan Little Old Church On The Hill NSW 7 David Reeve & David Highet Resurrection NSW 8 Jacques Gentil Blinded Mind (Bartimaeus Song) VIC 9 Samantha Mooney The Touch Of Your Wings QLD 10 John Blok & Joanna Fuchs More Like Jesus QLD 10 Stephen Kermode Twilight NSW
Youth Category Kaitlyn Thomas 1 Kaitlyn Thomas Shotgun VIC 2 Sophia Petropoulos Boy In The Shadow VIC 3 Leea Nanos & Frank Dixon Set Me Free VIC 4 Angelica Del Bono & Ricky Muscat Stronger VIC 5 Delta Charlesworth Sweet Dreaming NSW 6 Georgia Triantafillopoulos Compass VIC 7 Angus Brill Reed Fit In SA 8 Delta Charlesworth Go To Town NSW 9 Jasmine Dale Over My Head NSW 10 Georgie Raft & Alex Hosking Better Off Without Me SA 10 Sam Campbell-McRae Christine NSW
Anirban Banerjee: 2018 APRA/ASA Songwriter Of The Year On 31/10/18, we had a chat to Anirban Banerjee, the winner of the Ballad and the International Categories in the 2018 Australian Songwriting Contest. At this time, he was not aware that he had been selected as the 2018 APRA/ASA Songwriter Of The Year. ASA: We are pleased to have Anirban Banerjee with us again. He has been a past Category winner in the songwriting contests, and this year, he has won two categories: firstly the Ballad Category with a song called “Love of My Life” and secondly, the International Category, with a great song called “Undecided”.
So, welcome Anirban.
Anirban: Thank you very much Alan. I am excited to be here. ASA: Tell us a bit about the songs: firstly, the Ballad Category winner? Anirban: I have had this melody in my head for a while and I thought why not try a different tempo this time? So, it’s on a six by eight tempo and I think that suits the feel of the ballad. Basically, I wanted to write a wedding song and the lyrics flow in that direction, and of course she chooses the love of her life and that’s what the chorus is all about. I think it worked out really well in the end and I am glad it won a category. ASA: The judges certainly agreed.
Now, the international category is a song you had entered previously, and it stuck in a few people’s heads. Tell us a bit about the song, Undecided?
Anirban: Its quite a personal song of mine. It sort of reflects collective mistakes we make and the consequences we suffer because of those mistakes. Having said that, at the end of the song, the lyrics refer to accepting the consequences and moving on, never to repeat again. Though it’s my personal story, I think we can all relate to the circumstances. ASA: You are a non-performing songwriter, and you have two soloists performing your songs tonight? Anirban: Yes, I am very blessed to have these two amazing artists to perform my songs.
ASA: Tell us who they are if you will? Anirban: Bec Caruana is doing the Ballad and Luke Ryan is doing the other.
ASA: Tell us a bit about your songwriting process. I know during the judging process that you had some very good songs entered in the contest. What’s your process of writing? You said for the Ballad that you had a melody in your head, so is it lyrics first and melody later? How do you combine them? Anirban: It’s a good question really! It can vary from song to song. Sometimes if I have a melody in my head I keep playing it over and over on my keyboard, then I reach a point where I need to make a decision whether it’s a verse melody or a chorus melody. Once the melody is half done, then I start thinking about the lyrics and if it’s going to go towards a ballad or a rock- pop song or R&B, so it’s sort of jointly done, but I do think its melody first for me.
Bec Caruana (above) performed Anirban’s Ballad on the night. ASA: All your songs seem to be professionally recorded. Where do you record them? Anirban: I am very fortunate to have some of the best producers both in Sydney and Melbourne. Love of My Life was recorded in Sydney and Undecided was recorded by a Melbourne producer.
I work with different producers. There is a lot of great production talent and singing talent in Australia. In a way, I am glad I don’t perform. That way I get to work with the best producers and artists. ASA: Obviously you are good at your craft, so let me ask you for a bit of advice for any up and coming songwriters. What would you say to them? Anirban: It’s important to use both your brain and your heart in a very intelligent way. You need both sometimes to make sure that the song has a lot of feelings, and at the same time, it has to have a commercial appeal so that it connects with the audience and it has all the essential elements of a hit song.
So, you need to balance the head and the heart. That’s what the game is all about if you want to make a hit song.
ASA: Well said! Thank you, Anirban.
Official Photos From The 2018 National Songwriting Awards
2018 Rudy Brandsma Award Nominees The Rudy Brandsma Award is presented annually by the Board of Directors of the ASA in recognition of songwriting excellence by an ASA member during the course of each year’s Australian Songwriting Contest. The eight 2018 nominees were: Left to Right: Abbey Slattery (Melbourne VIC), Brendan Smoother (Goonellabah NSW) and Donna Dyson (Brisbane QLD) Julie Prowse (Blackville NSW), Lola Brinton (Central Coast NSW) (2018 Winner) and Sally-Anne Whitten (Tamworth NSW) Steve Montgomery (Sydney NSW) and Tess Libreri & Thomas Libreri (Yinnar VIC)
The 2018 National Songwriting Awards: The Halloween Theme In keeping with the Halloween theme of the 31 October 2018 National Songwriting Awards, some of our guests came along in Halloween themed dress. Our very own Dead Singer Band dressed for the occasion and performed their version of the 1970s hit song, Horror Movie. The Dead Singer Band (above) comprises (Left to Right): Colin Burgess, Vanessa Lea, Denny Burgess (ASA Chairman) and Roger Faynes. Other guests (below) also came along attired for Halloween.
Wax Lyrical Roundup: Sydney NSW Christmas Wax Lyrical, 1 November 2018, Wests Ashfield Club
ASA Sunshine Coast QLD, 1 November 2018, Sunnys @ Moffatt ASA Yarra Ranges VIC, 15 November 2018, Cunningham’s Hotel
ASA Central Coast NSW, 19 November 2018, Magenta Shores Golf Club
ASA Regional Queensland, 26 November 2018, Russell Tavern Dalby QLD
ASA Newcastle NSW, 12 November 2018 Carrington Bowling Club
ASA Canberra ACT, 16 September 2018, Irish Club
ASA Cairns QLD, 4 December 2018, Portsmith Club
Lucy Parle: 2018 Winner Of The Folk/Acoustic Category Last year’s Youth Category winner, Lucy Parle, has won the Folk/Acoustic Category this year. We caught up with Lucy prior to the 2018 National Songwriting Awards. ASA: We are pleased to have Lucy Parle with us for a chat. Lucy is the 2018 winner of the acoustic category with her song “I Used To Love You”. Welcome Lucy! You were the winner of the Youth Category in the 2017 contest and now you have popped up as a winner of one of the adult categories. How does that make you feel? Lucy: Pretty proud. it’s a big achievement for me seeing as I am only fifteen.
Most of the time I feel intimidated by the older people, I think it’s nice to have that self confidence that I can be as good as them.
ASA: Can you tell us a little bit about your song? Lucy: The song is about my ex-boyfriend. it’s called “I Used to Love You”. it’s about the time we spent together and how I miss that, I guess it’s all explained in the song. ASA: Tell us a bit more of the story, it’s obviously inspired by a past relationship, but what can we conclude out of the message the lyric tells? Lucy: Its sort of about the getting over process. it’s like you are not fully over it, but you know you can’t get it back, but you still miss all the times you had together, so I think it’s about the realization that you need to move on and letting go.
ASA: You are a performing songwriter and you are from the Central Coast of NSW. Do you perform around the Coast at all? Lucy: Yes, all the time. I do gigs at pubs and I do lots of busking gigs. It gives me a bit of money. I have done a gig with Kasey Chambers band and I did one with my guitar teacher and that was awesome. That was one of my favourite gigs that I have done so far. I go to a few open mic nights. My guitar teacher, Trent Crawford, runs open mics. They are a whole lot of fun. Sometimes, he gets up with his mandolin and plays with me which is great.
ASA: Are you doing any recording of your songs? Lucy: Not at the moment.
I have a lot of songs I want to record, and I have a lot of recording deals which I have won in contests, so I am emailing all those people trying to get them involved. ASA: In terms of your songs what is the main inspiration for your writing? Lucy: Boys, being a teenager. I have been writing a lot about that lately because everything is changing as you’re growing up and realizing that life is too short to be all dramatic, so that’s mostly what I write about.
ASA: So, eventually are you planning to put an EP out of your songs? Lucy: Yes, I have written an EP a few years ago when I was thirteen and my voice has changed so much, every time I listen to that I think oh my goodness I sound nothing like that anymore, but definitely I am going to put one out. I have a few songs I would love to record so I’m working to get that done.
Sponsors Profiles: 1. Major Sponsor: Wests Ashfield Leagues Club Thanks to major sponsor, the Wests Ashfield Club. A premier entertainment and dining venue, and home of Wests Tigers and Wests Magpies Rugby League teams, Wests Ashfield is an excellent place to visit in Sydney’s inner west.
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2018 In Memoriam Greg Bonham Growing up in the country town of West Wyalong, NSW, this lovely bloke was an entertainer and songwriter who was relatively unknown in Australia, but hugely successful in other parts of the world including the USA and Europe. In Russia, he sold over 14 million records. He was a regular performer in Las Vegas and was recently performing his ‘G’day Las Vegas’ show at the Smith Center. Greg got his start in Australia performing on the Graham Kennedy Show and the Ernie Sigley Show before moving to the UK and appearing on the Petula Clark Show. In the USA, Greg appeared on the Merv Griffith Show three times, and opened for Jay Leno, Don Rickles and Joan Rivers.
Extremely wealthy from his musical career (so rare it’s worth mentioning!), but eternally humble and kind, Greg always remembered his Aussie roots and his friends out here, releasing a CD through local independent label Regal Records in recent years. Tragically, Greg died from a heart attack at just 69 years of age. Phil Emmanuel Phil Emmanuel was one of Australia’s greatest guitarists, as well as being an award composer in his own right. He was still actively performing, with a show booked at the Cootamundra Hotel on the weekend of his death. He was a popular, down to earth, friendly and lovable character to the end.
From the age of 9, and for 6 years (until 1966), Phil toured with his family band, variously named The Emmanuel Quartet, The Midget Surfaries and The Trailblazers. Phil played lead, Tommy played rhythm guitar, while their brother Chris was on drums and their sister Virginia on slide guitar. They earned their family’s soul income until they were forced by the Australian Child Welfare Department to stop travelling, and were sent to a ‘regular’ school! The Emmanuel’s first brush with fame came when The Trailblazers won two televised talent contests and were able to produce an album.
After leaving school, Phil scored a gig at the Texas Tavern (Kings Cross), entertaining American servicemen, and that was where he developed his love of American country music.
He was influenced by the “instrumental tunes that defined the sound of the electric guitar when it was a new instrument”, as well as the Beatles, Al Di Meola, Steve Morse, Gary Moore and Jeff Beck, but most profoundly of all by Hank B. Marvin and The Shadows. He eventually played alongside many of this idols, including Hank, John Jorgensen, Will Ray, Bonnie Raitt, Duanne Eddy, James
Burton, Carlos Santana, the band ‘America’, The Ventures and Eric Clapton. Examples of his versatility are that he played jazz with James Morrison and Don Burrows, country with Slim Dusty, Lee Kernaghan, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, and rock with Dire Straits, Midnight Oil, Don Walker and John Farnham, to name a few. He played packed concerts across the world, but was also a regular participant around Australia at many festivals and events, including Steve Flack’s Guitar Heroes shows. Who could ever forget his renditions of the ever romantic ‘Wonderful Tonight’?
Compounding a sad year for the Emmanuels, who in April also lost their 69 year old sister Virginia, Phil died suddenly after suffering an asthma attack in Parkes, NSW at the age of 65 years.
Paul Gray A popular Australian remembered for his gentleness and good nature, Paul met with early success as the lead vocalist of the funk/pop band Wa Wa Nee. The band formed in 1982, signed with CBS Records in 1985, and then and had an Australian hit with their debut single ‘Stimulation’, which Paul wrote and sang. It peaked at #2 on the Australian singles charts. Wa Wa Nee later charted in the United States with the song ‘Sugar Free’. The band broke up in 1989 but re-formed later to perform at 1980s revival concerts and support Rick Astley and The Human League tours.
After Wa Wa Nee, Gray concentrated on working fruitfully as a keyboard player, musical director, songwriter and producer. He worked with the likes of Tina Arena, Kate Ceberano and Bardot. He also appeared in the Countdown Spectacular 2 concert series, and he performed around Melbourne with fellow 1980s stars Scott Carne, of Kids in the Kitchen, and Brian Mannix, of Uncanny X-Men. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2014 and died at just 54 years of age. Jeff St John More of a poet than a songwriter, but a legendary singer deserving acknowledgement for his courage and spirit. Jeff was born with spina bifida, but began performing young.
At 15, he came 2nd on the TV talent show Opportunity Knocks, and soon after joined the band The Syndicate after they saw him on The Don Lane Show. The owners of Sydney’s first discotheque offered them a residency if they changed their name to The Id (because it was Freud’s idea of ‘greatest motivation’). The Id enjoyed a huge hit with the brass-
driven single, ‘Big Time Operator’, which reached Top 10 status. The Id was also the first Australian band to be busted for possession of pot! Jeff continued to perform live until he was in his late 30’s, despite a series of operations that left him wheelchair-bound.
One highlight was with Copperwine, which played at the 1970 Ourimbah Pilgrimage For Pop – Australia’s first major outdoor rock festival. Jeff also became the first Australian artist to sign to the US Asylum label and reached the Top 10 in 1977 with ‘Fool In Love,’ written by Frankie Miller and Andy Fraser.
Jeff’s philosophy was ‘take a big bite of life and chew like hell’ – and that is exactly how he lived his life, as he continued to record, and supported others with disabilities. He finally died from complications of his own long illness, at the age of 71. Rory O’Donoghue Born in London to musical parents, Rory began playing guitar at 7 years old, and appeared on Coca-Cola Bottler's Club Radio Show playing ‘skiffle’ music. He was also a professional child actor before moving to Australia where he joined The Pogs, with great success. Collaborating at uni with Grahame Bond in the student theatre revue ‘The Great Wall of Porridge’ in 1967, they achieved commercial success that reportedly paid for a parquetry floor in the Sydney University architecture students' common room! Many further collaborations followed with members of the revue team, such as writer Geoffrey Atherden, future producer-director Maurice Murphy and future film director Peter Weir.
Rory’s ongoing work with Grahame Bond included the ground-breaking sketch comedy The Aunty Jack Show (1972-73), which catapulted them to national prominence. Rory's biggest popular music success was as the singer and co- composer (with Bond) of the Aunty Jack Show closing theme, ‘Farewell Aunty Jack’ in 1974; it became an Australian No. 1 hit single for three weeks. Another TV series collaboration with Bond for the ABC however was infamously pulled just before going to air by an ABC executive who objected so vehemently to the first episode of ‘The Off Show’ (1975) and its sketch ‘Leave It To Jesus’ (a religiously-themed parody of the 1950s American sitcom Leave It To Beaver), that he reportedly seized the master tape and erased it!
Rory and Bond's unhappiness with their treatment by the ABC led to their estrangement from the network, exacerbated by persistent rumours (though later proved untrue) that the ABC had erased all or major parts of the master tapes of the duo's various Aunty Jack-era projects. Hence, until the parties reconciled in the 2000s, the material wasn’t re-screened due to the pair refusing (as copyright owners) to give permission for the ABC to re-broadcast any of the large amount of original music they’d composed for the series.
Rory and Bond also formed an award-winning advertising partnership, composing many successful jingles, including a popular animated advertisement for Kentucky Fried Chicken.
In addition, Rory composed the music for many TV movies, series and documentaries, including co-writing the score for the Australian movie Fatty Finn, for which he won an AFI Award for best music. He played lead guitar solo on the hit 1974 Kevin Johnson single ‘Rock 'N' Roll (I Gave You all the Best Years of My Life)’ too, and moved into music teaching. Unexpectedly, he also completed regularly in Ironman competitions in later life! On 13 December last year, whilst undergoing treatment for depression and mental illness, Rory committed suicide in hospital at the age of 68 years. Michael Weiley Lead guitarist, singer and songwriter with Sydney band V Spy V Spy, Michael was born in London and proudly recalled having only one guitar lesson in his life.
“We moved to Wales and I was at the actress Julie Christie’s house and a bloke with an earring dropped around for a visit and ended up showing me a chord. The next day I happened to be reading a pop magazine, and I saw that the bloke was Ronnie Lane, of the Small Faces!” Moving to Sydney in his mid-teens, Michael ended up forming a band whick lived in a roofless squat in Glebe for almost eight years, surrounded by refugees, drug dealers and bohemian artists.From there came their lyrical street politics.
Like the Oils, Hoodoo Gurus and Australian Crawl, V Spy V Spy were massive in Brazil, where they toured no less than 16 times. In recent years, Michael led a new line-up of the band, and commented that songs written 30 years ago – like Don’t Tear It Down about the destruction of inner cities, Credit Card about the gulf between the haves and have-nots, Injustice about the plight of First Nation communities, Harry’s Reasons about heroin addiction, Trash The Planet and Xenophobia(Why?) – were still as relevant today as then. Michael passed after a battle with cancer. He was 59.
Peter John Gelling Blues musician, music teacher, song- writer, composer and author, Peter was born in Bulli, NSW, before moving to Canberra.
His life was similar to many a bluesman in that he went through extremely hard times and struggled with some savage demons including a life-long struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A 12-step rehab program that he entered in his late teens, and music, were his saviours. Peter wrote more than 130 music instruction books and released five critically acclaimed albums, including the Aria-nominated Bluestime and multi award-winning Fortune.
In 2003, he won the Musicoz award in the Blues and Roots category for his song ‘If it wasn’t for the Blues’. His blues guitar manuals sold well, even in America, and his playing was described by ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine as ‘shimmering’. He was the founder, guitarist and harmonica player in the band, Blind Freddy, which, remarkably for a Canberra-based band, broke into the Sydney scene with regular gigs at the legendary ‘Soup Plus’ venue. Peter was also a brilliant song-writer and in 2003 came second in the blues category of the International Songwriters Competition held at Nashville, with one of the judges of his song, ‘Strong Medicine’, being BB King.
Performing at the Byron Bay Blues Festival in 1994, he did a quick survey of the hundred-plus musicians and found that only two were female. In response, he designed a mentoring program to encourage young female musicians in Canberra. Peter died last month of ongoing health issues at the age of 58 years. Farewell to these songwriters.
Members News and Information 1. Songwriters Meeting Point Perth WA lyricist, Patrick McMurray, is looking to pursue musical collaboration with like-minded composers. Patrick can be contacted at Patrick@patrickmcmurray.com. ASA member, Donna Hotz, is a lyricist who is seeking a composer to help create songs from her lyrics. If you can help, please contact Donna on email@example.com. Sydney songwriter, Bob Brown is looking for a co-writer. His musical likes are “ballads/ country/ country rock/ guitar instrumental, but I'm open to whatever project.” “I've been in the Top 30 of ASA but never cracked it further in.” Bob has sent us some recordings which we are happy to pass on to anyone who is interested.
Bob can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASA member, Tony Bogan is a lyricist, who is looking to team up with a musician/composer, to put music to his words. Tony writes: “I have a collection of around 40 song lyrics I have written of varying ideas or themes (not boring love songs either) and I really want to team up with some good musos/composers ASAP.” Tony can be contacted on 0488 443 155 and email@example.com. ASA Member, Liz Connolly, is a vocalist, lyricist and songwriter, looking for a Gold Coast or Northern NSW based songwriting partner who can help write/co-write guitar/piano accompaniments to her songs. Liz has half a dozen songs in a variety of styles (pop, rock, folk, ballads), that she has completed or semi-completed using electronic songwriting tools.
In 2014, her song "Don't be Afraid" was short listed for the ASA song writing competition Contemporary Pop/Dance Category but didn’t progress any further. Liz can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0409345133.
Willy57 is a lyricist who is looking for someone to write melodies to his lyrics. If you are interested, Willy can be contacted at email@example.com. Spencer Kelly writes “I've been writing songs for years but it's only in the past 6 years that I've been getting Stacy Hogan at Writers Paradise studio to produce them. Have been on the lookout for a great co-writer / lyricist as I tend to get a bit tired of my own lyrics - I've got a lot of great backing tracks/melodies I've written and demo'd (100+), but haven't developed further, so if you know of a good writer who might be interested, I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2. 2018 Hollywood Music In Media Awards We were pleased to see that three ASA members have done extremely well in the 2018 Hollywood Music In Media Awards. The awards ceremony was held in Hollywood on 14 November 2018. Susan Muranty (pictured above with another ASA member, and fellow nominee, Katie Hardyman), won the Lyrics/Lyricist Category of the Hollywood Music In Media Awards for her song, Stephen Hawking Wants You To. Katie Hardyman was a nominee in the Adult Contemporary Category with her song, Somebody’s Someone, which also placed in the Top 10 in the Ballad Category of the 2018 Australian Songwriting Contest.
And, not to be outdone, ASA member and Regional Co-Ordinator for Yarra Valley VIC, Wendy Barnes, was also a nominee in the Lyrics/Lyricist Category for her song, Mistakes. Wendy was also announced as ASA Regional Co-Ordinator Of The Year at the 2018 National Songwriting Awards. Congratulations, Susan, Katie and Wendy, for your great efforts.
Stephen Phillip: 2018 Winner Of The Australia Category Stephen Phillip was the winner of the Australian Category in the 2018 songwriting contest with his song “A Changing Landscape” we caught up with him for a chat.
ASA: Welcome Stephen! Tell us about your song and what is changing in the landscape? Stephen: It was actually written about my father. We did a trip out west together where we were recollecting the old days where we grew up out west. Upon our return we split ways. I went north and Dad went south. My brother and I had a bit of time to reflect on the river and about the times we had with Dad and how he was looking back at his past and when he was a boy and how things had changed. It was a time of reflection of both our lives and how things have changed as the years went on and of our acceptance of change or lack thereof.
ASA: The lyrics sound like it’s a very supportive song for men on the land who are a bit isolated and lonely perhaps. Is that written into it? Stephen: Absolutely. The strongest message in the song is for people not to be afraid to talk and also to listen. It’s very helpful for people who are going through tough times or experiencing changes they are unfamiliar with to talk it out, talk to others and their family and friends and if they are not available talk to someone who is able to offer some assistance and guidance with the direction you are going and acceptance of where you are heading.
ASA: Is this a common theme in your songwriting or do you draw on different topics? Stephen: Most of my songwriting is very personal to me.
I like to write on personal experiences that I have gone through. Writing is nothing I try to force. I don’t go searching for topics, it’s just something that just comes to me and the words flow out, but it is usually self-reflective in some shape or form. ASA: What comes first? Is it melody or lyrics or does it just pour out together?
Photo: The Australia Category finalists with Stephen Phillip in the Centre. Stephen: I think a melody is always there in the background niggling away, and then I try to put some words to it. Sometimes it’s vice versa and the lyrics will jump straight out at me and I then have to find some sort of melody to go with it. ASA: You have an album out don’t you? Stephan: Yes, I do have an album of eleven songs, with A Changing Landscape being the feature title. it was released in July this year. ASA: Is it country genre or crossover?
Stephan: It’s a bit country, a bit ballad, a bit Australian, really it’s all very Australian.
I like to focus on life in Australia and being Australian. There are a few funny tunes and a few serious things, some songs were written twenty plus years ago and made it on to the album, they just seemed to fit into album. ASA: Your songwriting has bought you here tonight as the winner of the Australia category, what are your plans for the future, is it more writing and recording? Stephen: For me the studio is where I like to put the colour to things so I would love to put pen to paper and continue the journey, it would also be great to collaborate with other artists to work with.
2018 ASA Regional Co-Ordinators Conference (Left To Right): Gary Luck (ASA Director), Wendy J Ford (ASA Regional Co- Ordinator Northern Rivers NSW), Alan Gilmour (ASA Vice Chairman), Denny Burgess (ASA Chairman), Angelo Pash (ASA Regional Co-Ordinator Adelaide SA), Clare Burgess (ASA Director and CEO), Paul Vella (ASA Regional Co- Ordinator Central Coast NSW) and Wendy J Ford (ASA Regional Co- Ordinator Yarra Valley VIC). Each year, following the National Songwriting Awards, the ASA holds a Regional Co- Ordinators Conference for the ASA Regional Co-Ordinators who are in town at the time. This year’s conference was held at the Wests Ashfield Club in Sydney.
The purpose of the conference is to discuss issues facing Regional Co-Ordinator in their regions, and to plan for a fabulous 2019.
Congratulations to Wendy Barnes, our Regional Co-Ordinator for Yarra Valley VIC, for winning the award for the 2018 ASA Regional Co-Ordinator Of The Year at the 2018 National Songwriting Awards. If you are interested in becoming an ASA Regional Co-Ordinatofr in your region, please contact ASA Director, Gary Luck, who would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
ASA Members CD Releases Above: Watling & Bates, Small Town Tales: Cathy Dobson, Tales From A Suburban Housewife; Kristy James, Raw; Francesca de Valence, Own Self; Jim Ottaway, Yesterday Passing; Sally-Anne Whitten, Burgundy Street; Beverley, Secret Strength; Chris Fisher, Singin’ For Change; Melissa Robertson, Little Country Life.
Above: Rick Hart, Let Me In; Lucy Pace, Country Fever; Andrea Robertson, Remind Myself; Lisa Sutton, Fallen Angel; Garry Bagnell, A Finer Line; Alex Tobin, Waiting; Lloyd Back, Travelling With You; Stephen Keily and Roxanne Keily, Busy Issy and Friends; The Kate Lush Band, Let It Fly. Below: Emma Dykes, Pay It Forward; Vanessa Delaine, Wild & Free; Lynn Hazelton, The Cook’s Daughter; Becci Nethery, Beautiful Life; Lloyd Clarke, I’ll Sing You A Song; The Genre Benders (Hugh Brown), Alive And Alone; Taylor Pfeiffer, Take Her; The Long & The Short Of It, Requested Favourites; Kalesti Butler, Airborne; Andrew Barker, Life’s Little Steps; Kylie Ryan, Dream Chaser.
Above: Sandy Louise, The Other Side; Billy Bridge, Stories Through Time; Skii Harvey, Standing For A Fall; Julia Starr, Roller Coaster Blues Band; Mike Lusk, Leap Of Faith (featuring 12 songs written by ASA member, John Blok); Sharon Heaslip, A Thousand Different Pictures; Renee Jonas, Renee Jonas; Tony Kennelly, Hittin’ The Wall; Keri McInerney, The Best of Keri McInerney; Francesca de Valence, Own Self; Chris Fisher, Singin’ For Change; Kristy James, Overdrive; CJ Turner, Back From The Ashes; Peter Salata, Destination Unknown; Rachel Summerell, No Secrets.
Below: Jim Williams, Click Bait; Kerrie Garside, Made It To Tamworth; Renee McAlpin, So Much More; Kathy Coleman, Because Of You; Pete Hawkes, Eastern Swing; Galliano Sommavilla, Welcome To My Side Of The World; Claude Poffandi, Inspirations; Sleeping Babys (Stacie Richardson), Resistor.
Above: Christina Crofts, Midnight Train; Stewart Peters, Keep On Running; Steve Wade, Tempted; Michael Meeking & The Lost Souls, Saturday Night Sunday Morning; Fabulous Lemon Drops (Dez and Vanessa Staunton); Everything’s Gone Green; David Harrison, Ten Thousand Faces; Carmel Charlton, Whispers On The Wind; John Hollywood, Frozen Memories; Beautifully Mad (Tony King), Spin; Tyller Fischer, The Battle Inside; The Jiggidy (Steve Kermode), Roots of Evil; Vanessa Lea and Road Train, Cause and Effect. Below: Manjia Luo, Autumn Spectacle; Chris Turner, CJ Goes To Boyup Brook; Jim Ottaway, Deep Space Blue; Melissa Robertson, My Heart’s On Fire; Jasper Shelton Hollis (songs by Lola Brinton), The Devil’s Garden; Lost Song Project (Christopher Mustica), Nashville Sessions; Tom Anderson, Rags and Classics; Anna Van Riel, Cooking Up A Storm; and George Begbie, What Have I Done?
Above: Kieran Roberts, Audio Mind Travel; Hither & Yon, The Man Bench; Kylie Adams-Collier, Little Stone; Spotty Kites (Donna Dyson and Craig Allister Young), I Won’t Believe It’s Christmas and December Child; Sani Bolton, Sani Bolton; Lucy’s Lockett, Sailor Bay; Lucy Pace, Ain’t No Friend Of Mine; Peter Salata Homeward Bound; Peter Christie, God Guitars & The Open Road; Maddi Lyn, Scars & Memories. Below: Karen Law, The Calm After The Storm; Stephen Phillip, A Changing Landscape; Susan Muranty, Incandescence; Manjia Luo, Violet Flames; Butterscotch Pony, Get the Bunny’ Glen Naylor, Don’t Call It A Day Tonight; Ben Ransom, Slow Burn; Destiny Band, Changes.
Mark Cawley’s Monthly Songwriting Blog ARE YOUR SONGS STUCK ON “NICE”? The Kiss on The Cheek I’m coaching songwriters, worldwide, every week and one of the most common complaints I hear in the beginning is they feel stuck. Not talking writer’s block in this case, more that they’ve been digging in, learning tools, getting their songs out there and the feedback they’re getting is the dreaded “nice” comment. Nice is a kiss on the cheek, nice is “good effort”, or “you really know your craft”. Nice is “I like it, I just don’t LOVE it.” Nice is good and good is the enemy of great. To get to that next level your song needs to be great.
Maybe when you’ve hit this stage you feel writing has gotten harder or not as much fun as it was when you took joy in just being able to come up with a fully formed idea. The more tools you’ve been picking up, the more knowledge you’ve accumulated the more tough choices you have. All good until you find yourself hitting a wall. It becomes a battle. “My song is as good as what I’m hearing on the radio”, “my friends love my song”, “I’ve put in the hours”…may all be true but you still get the “nice” comment more often than not.
Original ?? Good place to stop now and remember you’re no longer dealing with just the music, you’re dealing with the music business.
You might be getting heard by the powers- that-be who are hearing tons of songs every day in a place like Nashville for instance. You might be ticking every box except for one. The one labeled “original