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With a curiousity and enthusiasm for the creative process, Shirley undertakes projects that focus on development through which learning is generated. In the context of taking action, the learning becomes specific, insightful and full of meaning.


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Current Projects underway

Ongoing Co-writing
Project Title: Co-Writing and Collaborating
Type of Project: Songwriting

Details:
Collaborations for song writing are ongoing and at various stages of development with some songs at initial stages of drafting and development to some songs being fully completed projects.

See Collaborations further below...



Beaten and Broken - Masterclass Review and Rewriting


Project Title: "Beaten and Broken"
Type of Project: Writing the song with the possibility of recording it.

Details:
After reading the heart wrenching book written by Rhonda Norbury telling about the journey to recovery after Rhonda's daughter Cleis was brutally bashed on the way home from a nightclub in Cairns many years ago, I felt compelled in a way to want to write a song. Rhonda is my cousin through marriage and the journey that she has been travelling is heartfelt. She is an amazing woman and so is Cleis, her daughter.

The first version of the song, was shared with Rhonda before playing it at Songwriters on the Waterfront as well as at the Atherton International Club where it was recorded on the video below. When performing the song, I was able to provide reference to the book written by Rhonda "Beaten and Broken." This police case of Cleis' callous attack is still unresolved to this day.

When I attended a songwriting masterclass with Pat Pattision in Brisbane, this was one of the songs that I put forward for his feedback. A comment that Pat Pattison made, referencing James Baldwin left me compelled to rethink the song with the intention to reshape and redraft to another version of the song.

Pat's reference suggested, "The artists' role in society is to create disturbance."

The context of the above mentioned was within a discussion about showing VERSES telling in songwriting and there was commentary about the uncomfortability of showing that evidence. "That's one of your jobs," he said.

While I have revisited the song, I attempted to reshape the song crafting it to meet the prosody of the song using the picture and sense bound language it so calls for, however I have also felt it a challenge to do so. It was a bit close to home and while the song calls out for a demonstration and depiction of what really happened and what the title makes reference to, I have still felt compelled to sit with the song that crafts the softer message from the perspective of the mother who is more stilled in her presence.

I still continue to tweak this song to shape it to what it needs to be. This project is ongoing.

Version 1:
Beaten and Broken

Tears fall from a mother’s eyes
Senseless pain – life compromised
Left for dead in a pool of blood on the ground
Her daughter, left for dead in a pool of blood on the ground

Life taken to the edge
Hopes and dreams replace instead
With a journey to regain their threads
With this journey they still regain their threads
Beaten and broken, beaten and broken


Hope in a mother’s heart
Faith in all who played their part
To reshape the tragedy,
They still reshape the tragedy
Beaten and broken, beaten and broken
___ 
Strength, courage, care & love x2

Like an angel from above
Unrelented mother’s love
Good has beaten evil
Good has _ beaten evil
Beaten and broken, beaten and broken x2
___  Strength, courage, care & love x3
This story of survival Beaten and broken….
Beaten and broken…
Beaten and broken.

Version 2:
Beaten and Broken
Tears fall from a mother’s eyes
Senseless pain – life compromised
Left for dead in a pool of blood on the ground
Her daughter left for dead in a pool of blood on the ground
Monologue: Who does that? Who could do such a thing?
[a brutal prolonged teen attack gives Cairns city a bad name]

Torn to pieces black short skirt
A top resembling lace
A brutal assault, a callous crime,
Cleis, pummeled to the brink of death

Beeeaten Bro/ken Bro/ken x2
[to hell and back]
Comatised_ on life support,
Told to prepare for the worst
Brain injured, unrecognisable

Beeeaten Bro/ken Bro/ken x2 Harmonica

[touched by the heart of Cairns Community]
Hope in a mother’s heart
Faith in all who played their part
To reshape the tragedy,
They still reshape the tragedy

Beeeaten Bro/ken Bro/ken x2

Like an angel from above
Unrelented mother’s love
Love has beaten evil
Love has beaten evil

Beeeaten Bro/ken Bro/ken x2

Beaten and broken - evil intent
___  Strength, courage, care & love x2
This story of survival



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Completed Projects

Song Recording - "It's OK to Not Be OK" - The Song Store

Project Title: "It's OK to Not Be OK"
Type of Project: Recording

Details:
Plans were put in place to record the song co-written with Alan Roy Scott, "It's OK to Not Be OK" with Barb and Adie Hannan at The Song Store in Melbourne early 2019. So excited with the result! A version has been recorded with Shirley Lynn, female vocalist; a version has been recorded with Josh Hannan, male vocalist; and an instrumental version has also been recorded. Alan was involved at recording stage to provide his expertise and guidance for the direction of the song in production.

www.songstore.com.au


"Roadtrippers Cross" - co-write with Peter Armstrong
Project Title: "Roadtripper's Cross"
Type of Project: Co-write at Carter and Carter Retreat
Ready for Recording.

Details:
Roadtripper's Cross is a song that began to take shape inspired by 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.

While the song had sat in an originals portfolio for some years, it was decided to offer this song to the process of collaboration 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 now prepared ready for recording.

Song registered with APRA.


"Real Lessons" - co-write with Peter Armstrong
Project Title: "Real Lessons"
Type of Project: Co-write at Carter and Carter Retreat
Ready for Recording.

Details:
Real Lessons is a song offered by Peter Armstrong to the process of collaboration 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.

"Waiting" - co-write with Mary V I Harrison, Kerrie Garside, Christine M Kerr, Tanya Goltz
Project Title: "Waiting"
Type of Project: Co-writes at Carter and Carter Retreat

Details:
Late one evening after the retreat sessions at Carter and Carter Targetting Songwriting Retreat, the sound of songwriter Kerrie on her guitar was like a magnet of attraction. Like insects to the light songwriters - Mary, Christine, Tanya and Shirley gravitated toward the music where an inspired session of writing took place.

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.


"It's OK to Not Be OK" - co-write with Alan Roy Scott
Project Title: "It's OK to Not Be OK"
Type of Project: Songwriting Co-write

Details:
What an opportunity it was to co-write with Alan Roy Scott. Alan has been the main facilitator at the 2016 and 2018 Australian Songwriter's Conference that I've been to. 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.

We 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 there right from the beginning.

In the weeks that followed sessions worked at drafting and redrafting the song utilising Skype and email communication to connect, share, redraft and shape it into existence.

The song has now been registered with APRA.

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


"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" - co-write with Christine M Kerr
Project Title: "You Still Wear Her Ring"
Type of Project: Songwriting Collaboration

Details:
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 facilitator 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 working on this co-writing project with her.

With the writing of the song, a garage band demo has been created with two versions,
"You Still Wear Her Ring" and "You Still Wear His Ring" The song is registered with APRA.

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


"Who Knows" - co-write with Dilip Parekh
Project Title: "Who Knows"
Type of Project: Songwriting Collaboration

Details:
The opportunity to write a song can come about in all sorts of circumstances. When I came across a post from Dilip on a Facebook page that I'd joined I engaged with him about the opportunity that he offered for someone to write a song with him. Being the opportunist that I am,m I gave it a shot and when the result was received favourably by him the input from both of us was recorded as a version of the song.

Actually, I might not have come across this opportunity had it not been the fact that I was recouperating from an accident I'd had and with that time on my hands to explore some pages that I'd been connected with for agers but not previously managed to investigate. So sometimes, things happen that can bring about a flip side to something that may have seemed not so positive at the time. I really liked that internal shifter that came about in being involved with the writing of this song.

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.

"Who Knows" is now registered with APRA and basic sound recording files have been exchanged.


Toplining - 4 Songs Written to Tracks
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.


"Life's About the Little Things" - co-write with Carter and Carter Project
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 gaining access to an industry that they loved working in. They were planning a forthcoming album to be called "A Better Day" and they had many options available for people to come on board in support of this 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 with google docs and google hangouts we were all able to be on the same page so to speak to be able to meet, share and exchange ideas. Brainstorming was initially the order of the day and our sessions together were underway.

The song was ready for recording by 21st November 2017, when they 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 involved:
    * 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 I got to help shape the artwork for the album, hear demos of songs as they are written, see videos exclusive to the New Album website, chat online to Merelyn and David and more exclusive content
  • 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 Country 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


"Crocodile Wise" - Music Video - Balcony TV -

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" - Co -Write, 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 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 and War themed songs
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.


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



Song writing & Family Research Project - "Barron River Dreaming"
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


Video Recording - Balcony TV -"Blue Tonic"
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

 

Song Recording - "Sea Turtle Quest" at Tonic Sound


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]



CD Recording and Album Launch - Liberty: Silktones


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


Writing & Performing song for Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre - "Sea Turtle Quest"


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.


Video Production and Premiere - "My Kind of Paradise"


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.



Song Recording - "My Kind of Paradise"


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.


CD Recording and launch - "It's About Time"


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.


Writing Booklet & Songs - Cairns to Broome and Back -


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.



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Song writing Collaborations

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 move this project forward.



Project Title: Roadtripper's Cross, Car Keys, Real Lessons, 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 worked on.

Pete Armstrong Music



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.





Christine M Kerr & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Eat Your Words" and "Dancing Again"
Type of Project: Co-Writing

Details:
Since the 2018 Targeted Songwriting Retreat at King Lake Victoria, Christine and I have engaged in online collaboration for further song writing endeavours bringing forth songs of our own to develop together and evolve. Christine comes from Woy Woy and we continue our endeavours online.



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

Details:
A 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. It's with this song, my use of garage band started and we currently have the demo versions with that.


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 from her 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 her 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. This song is now 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:
A song collaboration with Alan commenced at 2018 Australian Songwriters Conference.
It was decided to do a song in support of mental health. Over the weeks thereafter, skype sessions between Alan and I enabled us to finish the writing of the song for which it's planned to take the song to production and recording.


This song is now registered with APRA.

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. 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.

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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Other Songs:
"You Can Take That Off Your Bucket List"
"Happy Place"
"Life"s a Sweet Gift"


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"



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."






Shirley Lynn Music
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