I'm a school teacher and I find a lot of inspiration from my students.
Despite what hardships a middle class white person may endure under the lockdown restrictions, they pale in comparison to the relentlessness of racism.
My childhood friends and my students appear in my songs to tell their stories of being targeted because of the colour of their skin.
I grew up in Chinchilla, Qld. This song is about the indigenous kids I grew up with who were dealt a different lot in life to me.
I wrote this song for my Year 9 class.
This song is based on a true story. One of my indigenous students related to me about always being harrassed by police when he was out with his friends. One day it was reported to the school that he was killed while being chased by a police.
I wrote this song as a song writing challenge under lockdown. It is about being a teacher and a witness to what goes on in the lives of my students..
For a bit of fun I decided to write a love letter to wearing a mask back in our first lockdown in 2020. Thanks to Daniel Andrews I never got sick during the outbreaks.
Tim Woodz had a weekly live stream through lockdowns in 2020 and asked for songwriting contributions. I contributed to Chooseday's Check in with Chim with my fun ode to Lockdown.
Just another silly song about wearing a mask.
Well everyone one was writing songs about Lockdown, so I didn't want to be left out.
I see a lot of suffering in the news that is far worse than anything I am experiencing.
I was disappointed by the protests against lock down and recorded my own version of Jason's Isbell's song "White man's world".
I recorded Titanium to celebrate those of use who marched for the BLM cause. We proved that you can be socially responsible with a social conscience. Not one new COVID case resulted from that March.
Imagine living in a refugee camp with limited resources while this pandemic rages across the world.
My first song writing attempt in over 7 years. A long hiatus due to work committments and losing my voice. This song is about the limitations that refugees have. Imagine being born into a life with no home and no options.
I could help by notice that the people involved in these violent protests were largely white and male. The epitome of privilege.
On the flip side, the BLM protests inspired this video and cover of David Guetta's song Titanium.
Perspective is an introtrospective look at the world and how 'but for the grace of god' go we all.
Other songs can be found from the following collections:
If you have the time, you can watch Vic Farrell and her friends presenting 2 hours of her songs in the video above. I mean... if you have the time.