Obsidian

This is in fact the first song I ever wrote solo. Surprisingly I continue to get a lot of positive feedback on it.

The truth-be-told, I didn’t actually write the main chord progression. That honour belongs to Mr Jesse Campbell, my old mate from high school who played bass in my first band Flax Burzle.

Jesse’s ¾ progression I think is a strong part of the song’s appeal.

At any rate, I wrote the song as a 19-year-old in a deep and dark depression, inspired by a hobo I’d seen on the street with whom I found myself disturbingly feeling an affinity.

It is a song about the limitations of fear.

The song was recorded at SBS studios with my cousin Stuart Christie and appears on our first EP as a duo known as Double Helix. Stuart works his magic on Djembe, a paired down drum kit and electric guitar.

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Everything Collides

‘Everything Collides’, to put it simply, is about living in the moment (a theme that you’ll find regularly pops in my music).

I’ve always been a fan of buddhism (at least its psychological elements) and ‘Everything Collides’ was written at a time when I was exploring it a great deal.

I was on holiday’s, travelling in Central America, feeling particularly chilled and in the moment, I guess, so the song is kind about enjoying that, but also looking back at the stressed out, work-a-day world, achievement oriented mentality of my life back in Sydney.

 

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You My Friend

This song is about friendship – the lifelong friendships that start when your young and, hopefully, continue till you die.

Its about the fun times, the dumb times, the ego clashes and the capacity to completely be yourself with that person.

It’s a little sentimental, but hey, I’m a sentimental kind of guy :-)

 

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Out Of Range

‘Out Of Range’ is a bit of a bleak number that bubbled up from my subconscious one day when I was volunteering on a community run farm in Guatemala.

I’m not exactly sure what it’s about, suffice to say that it’s somehow communicating the feeling of not knowing who people really are, of the secrets between us… and of feeling disconnected… from your lover, friends, acquaintances and the world.

It’s not gonna make you jump up and down with joy.

It’s a sad song, but as Elton said, sad songs say so much :-)

 

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Full Moon Rising

Bonsai Moon

This song is about mindfulness meditation.

At the risk of boring you, I won’t rant to you here about what possessed me to write a song about such a thing. But if you’re interested, click here.

For the rest of you, I hope you like the tune :-)

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