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With a curiousity and enthusiasm for the creative process, projects are undertaken that focus on personal evolvement. In the context of taking action, learning becomes specific and insightful with unfolding development.



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Projects Underway

Planned Recording and Production
Project Title:Album planning
Type of Project: Song recording and album planning

Details:
With a number of songs already under the spotlight, plans are coming together to record further songs this year.




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Projects Completed

"It's OK to Not Be OK" - Recording & Production

Project Title: "It's OK to Not Be OK"
Type of Project: Recording and Production
NOW RELEASED

Details:
"It's OK to Not Be OK" was produced and recorded with Barb and Adie Hannan at The Song Store in Melbourne early 2019. So excited with the result! A version recorded with female vocalist, Shirley Lynn and a version recorded with male vocalist, Josh Hannan along with an instrumental version were outputs from this song project. Alan was involved at production stage to provide expertise and guidance for the direction of the song ensuring a satisfactory result for all of us.

Entered in the UK Songwriting contest, It's Ok to Not Be Ok has made it into the semi finals in two categories - Open Category and Christian/Faith Category.

Entered in the Australian Songwriter's Association competition, It's Ok to Not Be Ok has made it into the initial shortlist in two categories - Open Category and Spiritual Category.

www.songstore.com.au


"Life - Keep it Real" - After Song Surgery
Project Title: "Life - Keep it Real" - After the Surgery
Type of Project: Evolving a song through edit and critique

Details:
At the 2018, Australian Songwriter's Conference one of my songs, "Life - Keep it Real" underwent song surgery with Alan Roy Scott. Within this process, Alan listened to the song and offered options for considered improvments. This process took place within the group and the critique has now been given full consideration with adjustments made to the performance of the song.

Shirley Lynn Music is available from Shirley Lynn website.


"You Still Wear His Ring" - Demo Recording
Project Title: "You Still Wear Her Ring"
Type of Project: Demo Recording

Details:
Writing the song "You Still Wear His Ring" required a version for "You Still Wear Her Ring"
Ultimately, the demo recording of this song was my first garage band project. We do now have a basic demo version of both.

"Who Knows" - Demo Recording with Dilip
Project Title: "Who Knows"
Type of Project: Songwriting Collaboration

Details:
When I wrote this song with Dilip he had posted on facebook and offered the opportunity for someone to join with him in a co-write. He was from Fremantle and I'm from Cairns so prospectively there was an opportunity to work out how to accomplish this. With initial exchange via emails the song developed. Once we were both happy with the song, then a collaborated recording of the song was effected by file exchange through Drop Box allowing larger size files to be transferred. The recorded outcome includes guitar, main vocal and a harmony vocal.



"Writing to Tracks" - Toplining Project
Project Title: Writing to Tracks
Type of Project: Toplining

Details:
I'd read a book called "The Song Machine" written in 2015 which elaborated considerably on the evolvement of writing style for hit music and in evolvement with our current era. It was fascinating as always to learn the ways of doing things in the songwriting world.

Songtown offered a crash course in writing to tracks. This course was specifically oriented toward toplining on tracks already created and developed. Over the duration of 4 weeks, six (6) tracks were received which provided the foundation upon which I would write my lyric and create a melody to four new songs. Until these songs are fully produced they remain as demo songs.

In doing this course, I was mostly blown away by how many cracker songs were written by participants in the group, all with such different song versions.

The song titles that evolved and are part of the Demo Tracks are:
"Never Let Go", "Tangled Blue", "Fallen Angel" and "A Little Wiser".


"Life's About the Little Things" - Carter and Carter Co-write & Song Cut
Project Title: "Life's About the Little Things"
Type of Project: Songwriting Collaboration

Details:
Collaborating on the song "Life's About the Little Things" was a great opportunity to work in a songwriting project with David and Merelyn Carter, Mary Harrison, Sam Bellamy, Robyn Hull and John Collins.
Blog Notes: Co-write opportunity
David and Merelyn recorded the song on their "Better Day" album.
Blog Notes: Carter and Carter Cairns Workshop
Blog Notes: Tamworth Salute Awards

It was at the Australian Songwriters Conference where I first met David and Merelyn Carter - a husband and wife duo with acclaimed awards for their music in country and gospel genres. I was impressed with the sessions they facilitated at the conference. They provided information openly sharing insights into their processes for the interest of all. They struck me as innovative in their approach in the way that they build communities within the industry they loved working in. They were planning their forthcoming album "A Better Day" and they had many options available for people to come on board in support of their project with relative benefits offered in the process.


I decided to join them in their Song on the Album Project and along with four (4) other participants we set about writing a song together. As much as anything, I was interested in finding out about their approach to writing a song with multiple co-writers while enabling it to be a true collaboration.

This project is now completed... The initial session bought together David, Merelyn, Mary Harrison, Robyn Hull, John Collins, Sam Bellamy and myself. Google docs and google hangouts enabled us all to be on the same page so to speak to meet, collaborate, share and exchange ideas. Brainstorming was initially the order of the day and our sessions together productively moved the shaping of the song.

The song was ready for recording by 21st November 2017, when David and Merelyn went into the studio to record.

Being a part of this project offered...

  • A special opportunity to come and write a song with David & Merelyn (Carter & Carter) for the new album.  This songwriting session was limited to 5 people.  
    Writing a song for the album offered:
    * Taking part in a songwriting workshop
    * Brainstorming with Carter & Carter
    * Making lyric and melody suggestions
    * Helping in any rewrites of the song before recording
    * Having the opportunity to head along to the studio to hear the song recorded
    * Credit on the album as a co-writer
    * Registration as a co-writer with APRA
    * Receiving any royalties due as a co-writer
  • A personally signed copy of Carter & Carter's new album Better Day prior to release posted to me 
  •  My name added to the supporters list on the website
  •  A personal thank you on Facebook for my support
  • Exclusive access to the New Album Project website where shaping the artwork for the album took place, heard demos of song, saw videos exclusive to the New Album website
  • An invite to a special Better Day facebook page
  • My name included in the album booklet as a supporter of the project.
I was so excited at how the song shaped up. With David and Merelyn being the artists to perform this song, ultimately their decision making gave greater direction to the outcome that evolved from this process of songwriting.

The single song is available for digital download from iTunes. The song was awarded Contemporary Ballad as well as Best Country Song in 2018. It was a finalist in the UK Song Competition in Country Category as well as Lyrics only Category. It was also given a special mention in the 2019 Lyrics of the Year Awards. Check out the music from Carter and Carter's website.

Music on iTunes: "Life's About the Little Things"
- Carter and Carter

This song is registered with APRA.


"Crocodile Wise" - Balcony TV Music Video

Project Title: "Crocodile Wise" Silktones on Balcony TV
Type of Project: Video Recording

Details:
Sponsored by the Shangrila Hotel, the Jack Hotel and Travel Beats, Balcony TV provided the opportunity for local artists to play and have recorded their original songs to become part of an online video portal for original music searchable world wide.

Introduced to Cairns in 2014 this program was funded by Regional Arts Development Fund to facilitate the opportunities for local artists to be engaged in a leading online portal that features, bands, musicians and performing artists on balconies around the world.

Silktones were absolutlely stoked to be a part of the show. A live performance of their song, "Crocodile Wise" was recorded to video on the veranda of the Shangrila Hotel with Kris Hutchinson on audio, Glenn on video and Jay on photographs.
This song is registered with APRA.

Silktones on Balcony TV - Crocodile Wise


"Take on Today" - Recording & Video with Rebeka Rain


Project Title: "Take on Today"
Type of Project: Songwriting Collaboration and Song Recording

Details:
Recording the song "Take on Today" was a great opportunity to work at a songwriting collaboration with Rebeka Rain, Mick Evans, Chris Ellis and myself. Recording the song in the professional recording studio - Mel Pro Studio was a fabulous experience and gee we had some fun. Mick also took some photos for the promo and created a video to upload the song to you tube.



This song is registered with APRA.

The single song is available for digital download from iTunes.

Music on iTunes: "Take on Today"
- Rebeka Rain and Shirley Lynn

Lyrics:

Take on Today
Verse 1:
Life is a bunch of strings in a bow
Playin’ too fast wanna make it go slow
An ace up your sleeve and the rest in your hand
___ you don’t have to land.

Verse 2:

History tells of days gone by
The future holds what you want to try
Standing still won’t help you win
To take on today – you need to begin Chorus:
Put the past in a box keep it safe and sound
The love that you lost don’t need to be found
You’re way ahead if you meet the moment running

Ooh ooh ooh Take on today
Let tomorrow know you’re coming x2

Verse 3:
Love says hello and love says goodbye
Life makes you laugh and life makes you cry
If it makes you feel then its worth the time
Ooh ooh ooh ___worth every dime

Bridge:
Looking for answers you already know
Your best will arise give yourself a go

Chorus:
Put the past in a box keep it safe and sound
And the love that you lost don’t need to be found
You’re way ahead if you meet the moment running
Ooh ooh ooh Take on today
Let tomorrow know you’re coming
Ooh ooh ooh Take on today
Let tomorrow know you’re coming

Ooh ooh ooh
Take on today  [Let tomorrow know]

Take on today  [Let tomorrow know]
ooh ooh ooh 
Take on today
- Let tomorrow know you’re coming


Anzac War Theme Song Project
Project Title: "Anzac Songs"
Type of Project: Anzac Themed Songs.
Songs:
"Peacekeeper Song"
"Two Sides"


Details:
Crafting songs relevant to the particular theme, Anzac and war related themes.
This project is ongoing with song refinement and further song inclusions.


Peacekeeper Song:
It's About Time The inspiration for this song came initially on the eve of Anzac Day one year after talking with friends. In our conversation we were talking about the young men and women of this country who serve as Peacekeepers overseas. At the time a friend had a son not long married who was deployed with the Australian army already in Afghanistan. 

While the song is not about any particular person it relates to a context all too familiar to Australian service men and women and their families. The song intends to affirm the role of peacekeepers from the diversity of those in the Australian Army, Navy, Airforce, Federal, State, Territory Police and civilians from Federal Departments and National Organisations as they serve this country while also acknowledging the unfortunate futility of war.

The song's intention is to reference the pride, the courage and the strength of commitment of our peacekeepers while also referencing the solidarity and commitment from loved ones at home when surely there would arise apprehensiveness due to the distance, the separation and elements of the unknown.


Each time, I play this song I think about the peacekeepers overseas, their families and especially the families who have lost loved ones in active service.

A version of the song was roughly recorded with Sue Day singing harmonies.

VERSE 1
He stepped out on the tarmac and 
headed toward the plane 
That waited to take him thousands of miles away.
He was filled with pride and courage, apprehensive all the same
Would he return to hold her in his arms again?

VERSE 2

No one heard what she was saying, 
quietly she was praying 
As tears filled her eyes – her glazed look said it all
Married just 6 months ago, now he was off to war
To Afghanistan where he’d never been before.

CHORUS 1
Nobody wins a war – no matter what the cause
No longer for winning, that’s not what the fight is for
Peace for all dominions, no one could want it more
Than the peacekeepers who set off from our shores.

CHORUS 2
Distance that brings people closer
Yet others it sets them apart
Here within this skin that I am living in
I will hold you forever in my heart.

VERSE 3
Keep the home fires burning – 
may the wheel for life keep turning
Toward goodwill for each and all alike
No war for power and glory, oil or richness of the strike
It’s the richness of the soul that holds the might.

Repeat CHORUS 1 & 2 
[I will hold you, I will hold you, I will ho-o-o-o-old you]


"Two Sides" was created pivotal on the statement from Atatürk...

Gallipoli / Anzac
 "Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives (in Gallipoli). You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears. Your sons are now living in our bosom and are in peace. Having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
[a wartime leader, and founder of the modern Turkish Republic]

Song Lyrics:Two Sides

Their sons they lay_ in Turkish soil  
Memories cast upon
The fateful time at Gallipoli   
Two sides _battled on__
Two sides ___ battled on 

Two sides at war fighting, the Anzacs and the Turks
In combat soldier uniforms, they trudged in blood and dirt
At home sad loved ones waited, candles lit and burned
For those already fallen, Those__ who’d not return
Two Sides __ waited __ Two sides __


Over 100 years now passed on, Sad, torn hearts still ache
Two sides share common thought as they commemorate
The sacrifice, the bravery, the mateship and the loss
A cost beyond imagining…
a heavy…heavy_heavy/ heavycross

OOh

Two sides [bare the loss]  Two sides….

Instrumentation…

Two sides bought together, moved by the grips of war
Hatred would never bring, the peace they all yearn for
Respect for one another, forged allegiances
Bonded by their sons who fought ___ on two sides
On two sides, on two sides    /Now___ now  
...ONE



"Barron River Dreaming" - Family Research Project
Project Title: "Barron River Dreaming"
Type of Project: Writing the song, research and document publication

Details:
Over the past few years, research has been undertaken to engage and find out more about the ancestry of my father's family. With this work a document has been compiled containing the information from the research and short annecdotes as transcribed by my father in days when he was convalescing. The document includes reference to the song that I wrote about my father which I called, "Barron River Dreaming".

The document called "Barron River Dreaming" was published in November, 2017 and dispersed to family members of Aldridge decent.

At my father's funeral, I sang accapella the first verse prior to the photograph slideshow and the last verse at the end of the photograph slideshow.

Barron River Dreaming

Intro: Dreaming, dreaming, dreaming
Verse 1:
He was raised by the Barron River on a farm, at four he began milking cows
Carried water to the home in prune cans, with his siblings he learned to work hard
There were five who came before him, his twin died in early days
Two who came thereafter, on the water’s edge they’d play.
On the water’s edge, Barron River Dreaming
Refrain: Barron River Dreaming x2

Verse 2:

He was not afraid of hard yakka, the blood was in his bones;
the crux of his believing, the ethic he came to know
Though humble his beginnings he never questioned why,
the best he chose for his family were the values he learnt by.
The best he chose – for his family.
Refrain: Barron River Dreaming x2

Bridge:
To reap the seeds of what you sow,
you need to farm them every day,
Take the spirit of the dreaming and breathe it come what may.
Our source, our mother nature – to whom we each return, Beyond the life, the loss, the love, there’s the dreaming
There’s the dreaming, Barron River Dreaming
Refrain: Barron River Dreaming x2

Verse 3:
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust we cannot always know,
the meander of the river and where the water flows,
His sister’s ashes returned there at the meeting of her time, family gathered together – hope and hearts entwined
Hope and hearts entwined. Barron River Dreaming.
Refrain: Barron River Dreaming x2

Outro:
Dreaming, dreaming, dreaming


"Blue Tonic" - Balcony TV Video
Project Title: "Blue Tonic" on Balcony TV
Type of Project: Video Recording

Details:
Cairns had recently been introduced to the world of Balcony TV. Established in 2014 as a program funded by Regional Arts Development Fund it is a leading online show that features, bands, musicians and performing artists on balconies around the world. Initially sponsored by the Jack Hotel and Travel Beats this program provided the opportunity for local artists to become part of a portal for original music searchable world wide.

Blue Tonic were absolutlely stoked to be a part of this program and so our first official band video was recorded playing the song, "Blue Tonic".

This song is registered with APRA.

Blue Tonic on Balcony TV

 

"Sea Turtle Quest" - Song Recording


Project Title: "Sea Turtle Quest"
Type of Project: Song Recording

Details:
Recording the song "Sea Turtle Quest" took place in 2014. Assisted by Peter Grayson from Tonic Sound Studio in Yorkeys Knob the recording of this song took place. Thanks to Pete for his valued contribution to the recording of this project.

The song was written and performed at the opening of the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island.

On recording the song, the CD label was created and a CD single evolved. A set of CD's were provided to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre for on selling after the "Turtles in Trouble" Sea Turtle Exhibition.

The single song is available for digital download from iTunes as well as CD Baby and any money made from this project will be passed on to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.

This song is registered with APRA.

Music CD: Sea Turtle Quest [single]



"Liberty"- Silktones - CD Recording & Album Launch


Project Title: "Liberty"
Type of Project: Silktones CD Recording and Launch

Details:
In 2014, it was an exciting project to produce an album of songs written by Jim and I. Recorded and produced at Tonic Sound Studio in Yorkeys Knob with Peter Grayson, this creative project culminated with a CD launch at Mondos - Songwriters on the Waterfront.

Music CD: Liberty

CD Launch: Mondos Cafe Bar and Grill, The Hilton, Cairns


"Sea Turtle Quest" - Write & Perform for Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre Opening


Project Title: "Sea Turtle Quest"
Type of Project: Writing a song and perform at opening of the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

Details:
As the story goes, the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre had contemplated getting John Williamson to come and perform for the opening of the Sea Turtle Hospital on Fitzroy Island. He was unable to come and so on the tail end of that, I got the opportunity to be able to write a song specifically for the opening of the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre which was then perfromed on the opening day when volunteers, sponsors and special guests including Bob Irwin were in attendence for the occasion. Two turtles were released back into the wild on the day also.

Writing and performing the song, "Sea Turtle Quest" for the opening of the Fitzroy Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.


"My Kind of Paradise" - Video Production and Premiere


Project Title: "My Kind of Paradise - Video"
Type of Project: RADF funded project to develop video production for My Kind of Paradise

Details:
Being awarded funds to create the official video for "My Kind of Paradise" was really exciting. This project bought together the professional skills of myself as a songwriter together with Kyle Wilson an up and coming video producer and director.



"My Kind of Paradise" - Song Recording


Project Title: "My Kind of Paradise - Song"
Type of Project: Recording song as prize for being 2013 Song of Carnivale

Details:
Winning 2013 Song of Carnivale felt like quite an accolade for me.
The prize for winning this competition was the recording of the song which was done by Larry Cash from Port Douglas.


"It's About Time" - CD Recording and Album Launch


Project Title: "It's About Time"
Type of Project: Shirl CD recording and launch

Details:
Recorded at Grumpy Old Man Studios, my first EP came to fruition after major procrastination. So pleased to finally do something about recording some of my songs, this creative endeavour was the start of song recording for me. I designed the label and the packaging for this project and the CD was successfully launched at Mondos Cafe Bar and Grill, The Hilton - The Esplanade Cairns amongst family, friends and interested onlookers.


"Cairns to Broome and Back" - Story & Songs Project


Project Title: "Cairns to Broome and Back"
Type of Project: Writing a set of songs to accompany document publication from the trip across to the Kimberley.

Songs:
"Road trippers Cross"
"Staircase to the Moon"
"Kimberley Moon"
"Tale of a Nomad"
"Nature Calls"
"Mister Beat of My Heart"
"Free Man"
"Solid Ground"

Details:
Travel is such a great stimulus for writing. This project included the writing of a travel document that referenced the travel trip the I undertook with my husband to drive from Cairns to Broome and back again. Of course this project was not without the writing of a number of songs that were inspired by this fabulous trip that we did in 2012. Some of these songs are being revisited to shift them from song drafts to more realised pieces of work.



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Song writing Collaborations

Kevin Bennett and Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Live and Let Live"
Type of Project: Co-writing

Details:
Having a tutor co-write with Kevin Bennett was like gold. No better way to gain songwriting insights than to write with an experienced writer. Our co-write session was a workspace in a funky caravan out the back of The DAG. In three hours we created a song called, "Live and Let Live". Written in the context of North Queensland the song's perspective meets nature in a way realising what has the potential to impact is also what's necessary to sustain life.




Cheryl Anderson and Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Sons in the Saddle"
Type of Project: Co-writing

Details:
I met Cheryl when I first arrived at the Dag Songwriter's Retreat in July at Nundle. Cheryl is from Dalby and quite the entertainer and I so love her style. When we met and got chatting, it was inevitable that we were going to write a song together. We were both keen to kick into writing a bush ballad and with a title idea, "Sons in the Saddle" was underway.

Sons in the Saddle has now been completed and ready to do a demo.

Mary Harrison & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Tough Enough"
Type of Project: Co-writing

Details:
In follow up to a pitch sheet song brief made available at Carter and Carter retreat at King Lake, Melbourne, this idea was put forth by Mary and considered for selection as the song idea that we would set forth to write together starting at the Dag. PUtting forth a melody idea the conversation evolved and led into relative story mapping for the initial shaping of the song.

Peter Armstrong & Shirley Lynn

Project Title: "Love is the Shape It Is"
Type of Project: Songwriting Collaboration

Details:
Peter and Shirley chose a song brief and the song, "Love is the Shape it Is" evolved. While visiting Blackheath in early 2019, a drafted recording to capture the natue of the song was made while we were there together. Further critique and review of this song have been sought with a song pitch to our artist and we now give our attention to seeing how we can move this project forward.

Reviewed by Lyn Bowtell with feedback provided at The Dag in July 2019. More work to be done to work this song up to its full potential. The feedback provided by Lyn is invaluable in our process to develop ourselves as songwriters.


Project Title: Car Keys, Kimberley Moon, Sometimes, Safe in My Arms, Counting My Blessings, Lost Acoubra Boy
Type of Project: Co-writing and Collaboration

Details:
Since the 2018 Targeted Songwriting Retreat at King Lake Victoria, Peter and Shirley continue to engage in co-writing and online collaboration. Further song writing endeavours are shaping which include personal ideas for songs while also keeping open to writing to brief with the intention of pitching to artists.
Various songs are currently being explored and worked on.

Pete Armstrong Music


Project Title: "Roadtripper's Cross"
Type of Project: Co-writing

Details:
This song was offered up to the process of co-writing with Peter Armstrong at the Carter and Carter Retreat in Melbourne at the end of 2018. The shifting and shaping of the song has effected the changes brought about today with this song is now prepared ready for recording.

Roadtripper's Cross is a song that started to take shape on a trip from Cairns to Broome and back again. As travellers on the road for a few months this was one of a number of songs inspired by the trip and the wonderful opportunity to travel from one side of this lucky country to the other.

Song registered with APRA.


Project Title: Real Lessons
Type of Project: Co-writing

Details:
Real Lessons was a song offered by Peter Armstrong to the process of co-writing at the Carter and Carter Retreat in Melbourne at the end of 2018. The shifting and shaping of the song has effected the changes brought about today with this song now prepared ready for recording.

Song registered with APRA.


Christine M Kerr & Shirley Lynn
What a wonderful opportunity it was to co-write with Christine M Kerr. I met Christine at the 2016 Australian Songwriter's Conference and again in 2018 where I was stoked to be asked by Christine if I'd like to co-write with her on one of the songs that she'd referenced to me. Christine is an award winning songwriter and a presenter at the 2018 Conference. Christine is a prolific songwriter meeting numerous songwriter challenges over the years and her latest being 50 songs in 90 days. She has enthusiasm and creative energy to boot and such a generosity of spirit and sharing. I was excited to be co-writing with her. With regular meet ups we have a number of songs that are evolving.

Christine's Website: https://www.chariotbaldwinmusic.com/


Project Title: "ABCD - I Like That Girl"
Type of Project: Co-Writing

Details:
At the Dag, Nundle near Tamworth, Christine presented a concept idea for us to work at writing. With some short verses put forth we set upon the task, reshaping the melody and getting a workable chorus before refining the lyrical couplets. In a lighthearted way the song looks for a little bit of fun.


Project Title: "Dancing Again"
Type of Project: Co-Writing

Details:
A song written with the intention of finding blessing within grief. Grief touches the lives of everyone and the dancing.... 
One of my favourite songs is Leonard Cohen's “Dance to the End of Love”.
An aim with the writing of this song is to be more visual with the lyrics inthe telling of the story.


Project Title: "Eat Your Words"
Type of Project: Co-Writing

Details:
In depth talks and conversations led to the writing of this song. Selected from a brainstorm of song titles, Eat Your Words evolved as a more politically oriented song written with reference to how some politicians make all the promises in the world for election day, however when the time comes we have to ask ourselves - will they deliver? While some do there are others that don't.
Engaged in online collaboration continues with regular songwriter sessions online as Christine comes from Woy Woy, NSW.


Project Title: "You Still Wear His Ring"
Type of Project: Co-writing

Details:
A initial song collaboration with Christine after we'd met at Australian Songwriters Conference in 2016. On our return year in 2018, Christine asked if I'd like to work on a song with her. It was called, "You Still Wear His Ring". We also have the version, "You Still Wear Her Ring." Ideas and suggestions exchanged between us and versions evolved.

The song is registered with APRA.


Kerrie Garside & Shirley Lynn

Project Title: "Something Grand"
Type of Project: Co-Writing

Details:
Since the 2018 Targeted Songwriting Retreat at King Lake Victoria, I caught up with Kerrie in her home town of Caloundra where we started this co-write. From a brief we'd received for an artist song we've been working on preparing a song ready for an artist pitch. Song has been pitched to our artist and we now give our attention to seeing how we move this project forward.



Project Title: "Seen Better Days"
Type of Project: Co-Writing

Details:
At the 2018 Targeted Songwriting Retreat at King Lake Victoria, Kerrie and I tackled a pitch sheet I'd submitted to the pool. The song about accepting the process of aging without letting it be an unnecessary barrier turned out to be a whole lot of fun when we found a more humorous angle to take with it.

Kerrie has since played the song at her gig at Aged Care and she said it got the thumbs up. She's planning to make it more interactive next time with some sort of call and response.



David Carter, Merelyn Carter & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Breathe"
Type of Project: Co-writing song: "Breathe"

Details:
At the 2018 Targeted Songwriting Retreat at King Lake Victoria, in my session with David Carter we worked on a drafted song, called "Breathe". It was a song I realised had the essence of something that resonated while I felt it was definately in need of some help to shift it to another level to be able to stand on its own with a greater level of clarify and meaning for the listener.

With Merelyn's input, helpful suggestions were made for shifts to move the song along in a better way for the listener. The song is still in progress...

Crestway Productions


Becci Nethery & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Wildfire"
Type of Project: Collaborating

Details:
Since the 2018 Targeted Songwriting Retreat at King Lake Victoria, contact with Becci enabled me to source the files that she had offered to share in her song brief.

On receipt of Becci's files, I loved the chorus that she offered in conjunction with her brief. I immediately felt it had something special about it. What a great chorus and I felt it was particularly important to allow the chorus to be what would shine through.

The lyric and melody created have been sent through to Becci for further consideration. With her initial comment, a second lyric option was also sent through.

Becci has indicated that she is liking the direction of the song.


Mary V I Harrison, Kerrie Garside, Christine M Kerr, Tanya Goltz & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Waiting"
Type of Project: Co-write

Details:
At the 2018 Targeted Songwriting Retreat at King Lake Victoria, songwriters were lured in by the repetitive lick that Kerrie started for this song. After the evening activities are done what else do songwriters do but... write more songs. It was a great session hanging out with all these amazing song writers.

Kerrie Garside
Mary V I Harrison
Christine M Kerr
Tanya Goltz
Shirley Lynn

Coming together with other songwriters always provides an opportunity to learn from their process of working while being able to stimulate conversation, suggest ideas and be involved in the process oneself. The thing I remember most about this inspiring session with these amazing writers was the restraint to be found in being able to let many ideas surface while realising that every idea doesn't make the page. In the context of working with others there was the need to find non-attachment.

Song registered with APRA.

Carter & Carter Retreat Collective
Project Title: "All the Little Ways You Love Me"
Type of Project: Co-writing a song called "All the Little Ways You Love Me"

Details:
At the 2018 Targeted Songwriting Retreat at King Lake Victoria, a pitch sheet for a song was submitted by Kath Stewart who wanted a song written that she could give to her husband on the special occasion of their 50th Wedding Anniversary. In a group project, this collaboration brought forth a number of versions from which Kath will be choosing elements from each for the final outcome. The song will be recorded.
Participants at the retreat were:
Mary V I Harrison, Peter Armstrong, tori-Rai Davies, Tiarna, Hannah Jones, Kim Carter, Kerrie Garside, Christine M Kerr, Rebecca Nethery, Tanya Goltz, Squish Davis, Selina Hetherington, Shirley Lynn, Lyn Bowtell, David and Merelyn Carter.


Alan Roy Scott & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "It's OK to Not Be OK"
Type of Project: Co-writing

Details:
Alan and I began the co-write at the 2018 Australian Songwriter's Conference. I recall it clearly. It was at the very end of a day full of activities at the conference. Alan was involved in multiple sessions with various people and I awaited my turn. We gathered for our session and I was especially looking forward to working with Alan's input on keys to open myself to the process of songwriting more fully with him. It was decided to work on a song in support of Mental Health and the notion of "It's Ok to Not Be Ok" was what we began working on from the beginning.

In the weeks that followed, our sessions led to drafting and redrafting the song. Skype and email communication facilitated our connection and sharing to shape it into existence.

The song has been registered with APRA.

It was a wonderful opportunity to co-write with Alan Roy Scott. Alan is an LA based grammy award winning songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Celine Dion, Luther Vandross, Notorious B.I.G., Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Patti LaBelle, Neville Bros. Roberta Flack, Cher, El DeBarge, Tiffany, Patti Austin, The Spinners, Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Martin (Menudo), Anne Murray, Johnny Mathis, Pointer Sisters, Sheena Easton, and Ray Charles and many others.

Alan's Website: http://musicbridges.com

Dilip Parekh & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Who Knows"
Type of Project: Co-write

Details:
A song collaboration with Dilip came about when Dilip posted a video of himself playing a guitar tune he'd created on Facebook. He put the invitation out for someone to write a lyric and sing a melody on the tune and of course I gave it a shot.

Dilip comes from Fremantle, Western Australia. His band is called Dilip and the Davs. I also loved working on this project because it gave me the opportunity to realise that the tyranny of distance could be overcome. Our contact with each other was made via email, messages and drop box files sent across the way. Technology is amazing like that.

This song is now registered with APRA.


Carter & Carter, Mary Harrison, Robyn Hull, Johnny, Sam Bellamy & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Life's About the Little Things"
Type of Project: Co-write

Details:
A song collaboration with David and Merelyn Carter, Mary Harrison, Robyn Hull, John Collins, Sam Bellamy and Shirley Lynn. David and Merelyn recorded the song and it was cut to the Carter and Carter "Better Day" album launced at Tamworth on 26th January, 2016.

Tamworth Salute Awards - Contemporary Ballad as well as Best Country Song 2018
UK Songwriting Competition - Finalist in Country Category as well as Lyrics Category
Lyracist of the Year - Special Mention

Rebeka Rain, Mick Evans, Chris Ellis & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Take on Today"
Type of Project: Co-write

Details:
With a title and tag line, the song was drafted and redrafted and shaped into its form with the collaborative efforts of Bek, Mick, Chris and Shirley at Mel Pro Studios where the song was also recorded.


Jim McCabe & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Crocodile Wise"
Type of Project: Co-write

Details:
The song "Crocodile Wise" was written with a touch of humour relevant in the context of where we live as crocodiles are a part of our environment and they are becoming more and more noticeable. Without a doubt there is a need to be croc wise and to be wary of them as they have been known to be found in places where you would not expect.

When this song was written, I felt the concept of Croc wise was something new. It seemed to come out of the ether without relating to anything I'd heard of before. However, since recording the song it has come to our attention that there are government programs called Crocodiles—Be Crocwise Obviously, we've been thinking along the same lines.



Project Title: "Hullabaloo"
Type of Project: Co-write

Details:
With the initial intention to create a song about the rail line that runs from Cairns to Kuranda research was undertaken. Some initial brainstorming took place and the song took shape from there. A song that reflects an iconic tourist attraction and piece of history in the far north.



Project Title: "Liberty"
Type of Project: Co-write

Details:
A compilation of earlier songs that were written and recorded on the Silktones Liberty Album.

Other Songs:
"Liberty"
"No Matter What"
"New Tomorrow"
"Her Waves"
"Stay Awhile"
"Long Time Dead"




Jim McCabe, Trevor Gane & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Itchy Feet"
Type of Project: Co-write

Details:
On the tail end of a night's music practice - creative juices were flowing and a collaborated song began to shape.


Lance Toohey & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "You Can't Make Me Love You"
Type of Project: Writing melodies for a set of songs with Lance.

Details:
Following the Cairns to Nashville Song Competition, Lance was putting out to people for song writing collaborations. Once we agreed to do some collaborations, Lance flicked me through four (4) song to work at putting melodies to the lyrics.

Other Songs:
"Tomorrow Never Comes"
"You Took The Breath In Me Away"
"Give Me The Country"


www.lancewtoohey.com


Andrew Cavanagh & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Life's A Great Adventure"
Type of Project: Co-write

Details:
Following the Cairns to Nashville Song Competition where I met Andrew, Andrew asked if I'd be interested to try some co-writing. I consider co-writing with others to be a great process to further enhance one's songwriting development.

Andrew and I currently have a couple of songs on the boil at varying stages of development with continued reshaping until we both feel we're happy with the outcomes
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Project Title: "Take That Off Your Bucket List"
Type of Project: Co-write

Details:
This song was written with the intention of bring something with a bit of a sense of humour.

Other Songs:
"Happy Place"
"Life"s a Sweet Gift"



Other Songs commenced:
"Happy Place"
"Life"s a Sweet Gift"



Peter Grayson & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Colour of Day"
Type of Project: Co-write

Details:
Pete and I have collaborated to write the song, "Colour of Day."
While the song is reasonably completed it awaits further action to work it up for performance or to consider for recording.


Trevor Gane & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Unspoken Truth"
Type of Project: Co-write

Details:
Trevor and I have collaborated to write the song, "Unspoken Truth."
While the song is reasonably completed it awaits further action to work it up for performance or to consider for recording.


Sue Day & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Coming Home"
Type of Project: Co-write

Sue and I have collaborated to write the song, "I'm Coming Home."
Details:
Sue and I started writing this song together on our return from Song Trails and a few jamming sessions together as we listening to each other's songs. While the song is reasonably completed it awaits further action to work it up for performance or to consider for recording.




Queensland Music Festival - Songtrails collaboration
Project Title: "Collaboration - June Perkins, Charlee and River"
Type of Project: Co-writing a song called "Coming in From the Clouds"

Details:
At Queensland Music Festival, Song Trails - our group songwriting collaboration produced the song, "Coming in From the Clouds" - a reference to the cyclone that had recently bought devastation to the local community. The song was drafted, shaped and formed, rehearsed and performed at the concert held in the Tully Community Hall as part of the weekend workshop.

June, Charlee and River collaborated to write the song,, "Coming in From the Clouds."






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