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

Projects have been completed, more are underway and others are still to be conceptualised. How do we ever know what's possible if we don't get in and give it a go.

Below you will find information about some project developments for Shirley Lynn.




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Current Projects underway
Ongoing Writing of Songs
Project Title: Ongoing Writing of Songs
Type of Project: Developing processes for improved writing
Songwriting is an ongoing learning and development process from which arrives the birth of many new songs. As my songs are drafted, shaped and re-written their intention is to have purpose and have something worthwhile to say. Writing songs for me is a tool for finding my own voice and means of self expression. With many songs already drafted, further stages of production and layers of creativity will shape them into existence. There are many songs in the pipeline as well as songs that are still being shaped for their readiness on my next album.

Some drafted groups of songs ready for further stages of production:
"Life - Keep it Real" "Love is Here" "Dance to the Death" "Mother Song" "Still" "Breathe" "Why Am I Dreaming' "You are There" "Pray for the Simple Things" "Take Me Away" "Cry Baby Cry" "Here and Now" "Take on Today" "Mother Song" "His Sweet Charm" "Christmas Anywhere" "Sweet Honey" "Here with My Honey Pie" "Swayed by the Music" "Come Back - Stronger than Before" "Poor Daddy, Daddy cool" "Fragile" "Eternally Grateful"

"Blue Tonic," "I Know the Reason," "Celebrate Good Memories," "Tropical Mojo," "Hullabaloo" and "Crocodile Wise"

"Her Story" "Heading Bush" "Camping Song""Giddy Giddy Stew""Fishing Again" "Hardluck Lament""Going Down, coming Round" "Walsh River Jigg" "She Told Her Story" "Swayed by the Music" "In the Next Room" "Leap of Faith" "Love and Letting Go""Ode to a Mother's Joy" "Music on Magnetic" "Oh Kristina!"

The perpetual ongoing journey of songwriting is enabling in a way that allows one to look at avenues of self betterment, developed interest and be mindful of the need for considered restraint and I love it!

Shirley Lynn Music is available from Shirley Lynn website.


Beaten and Broken - Writing review


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 that 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 felt it very difficult 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 as it needs to be.

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
Life's About the Little Things - 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 projects 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 the country genre. I was impressed with the sessions that they facilitated and the open sharing of information giving insights into their processes for the interest of all. They struck me as innovative in their approach gaining access to an industry that they loved. 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 while being offered relative benefits as well.


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 first sesson was underway.

It was expected that the song would be ready for recording before the 21st November when they would head back into the recording studio.

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'm really excited at how the song shaped up. It is a song for artists David and Merelyn to perform so ultimately this assists greatly with decision making as the final outcome is ultimately what they decide will be the collation of ideas - tweaked and otherwise.

The single song is now available for digital download from iTunes. Check out the music from Carter and Carter's website.

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


Take on Today - Song Recording 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 between 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.



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 Songs - A themed approach
Project Title: "Anzac Songs"
Type of Project:Writing songs to fit with the theme of the Anzacs.
Songs:
"Peacekeeper Song"
"Two Sides"

Details: Crafting songs relevant to the particular theme, Anzac.
This is a theme that could be returned to for further creative rummaging.

Peacekeeper Song: Sue Day sings harmonies on this song with me.
It's About Time Peacekeeper Song
In this version of the song, I am joined by Sue Day who does some harmonies on the song.

The inspiration for the song came initially after talking with friends on the eve of Anzac Day one year. 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 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 futility of war.

The song's intention is also 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. That has given rise to the writing of this song.


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.

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 - Writing a song with inclusion in a 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. The document includes reference to the song that I wrote about my father which I called, "Barron River Dreaming".

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.

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

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


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 contribution to this project. I created a CD label and now a CD single has been created for this song with a set of CD's 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.

Music CD: Sea Turtle Quest [single]



Liberty: Silktones CD Recording and 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: Writing & Performing song for Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre


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 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 - Writing songs for Associated Document Publication


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 Collaborations
Carter & Carter, Mary Harrison, Robyn Hull, Johnny, Sam Bellamy & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Collaboration - Carter & Carter, Mary Harrison, Robyn Hull, Johnny, Sam Bellamy & Shirley Lynn"
Type of Project: Co-writing a song called "Life's About the Little Things"

Details:
A song collaboration to make the cut on the Carter & Carter Better Day Album to be launched at Tamworth 26th January, 2016.

Rebeka Rain, Mick Evans, Chris Ellis & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Collaboration - Rebeka Rain, Mick Evans, Chris Ellis & Shirley Lynn"
Type of Project: Co-writing a song.
"Take on Today"

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: "Collaboration - Jim McCabe & Shirley Lynn"
Type of Project: Co-writing songs.
Songs:
"Liberty"
"No Matter What"
"New Tomorrow"
"Her Waves"
"Stay Awhile"
"Long Time Dead"
"Hullabaloo"
"Crocodile Wise"


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 we'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.


Jim McCabe, Trevor Gane & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Collaboration - Trevor Gane, Jim McCabe & Shirley Lynn"
Type of Project: Co-writing a song.
"Itchy Feet"

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: "Collaboration - Lance Toohey & Shirley Lynn"
Type of Project: Writing melodies for a set of songs with Lance.
Songs:
"You Can't Make Me Love You"
"Tomorrow Never Comes"
"You Took The Breath In Me Away"
"Give Me The Country"


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.

www.lancewtoohey.com


Andrew Cavanagh & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Collaboration - Andrew Cavanagh & Shirley Lynn"
Type of Project: Co-writing songs together
Songs:
"Life's a Great Adventure"
"You Can Take That Off Your Bucket List"
"Happy Place"
"Life"s a Sweet Gift"


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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Peter Grayson & Shirley Lynn
Project Title: "Collaboration - Peter Grayson & Shirley Lynn"
Type of Project: Co-writing a song called "Colour of Day"

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: "Collaboration - Trevor Gane & Shirley Lynn"
Type of Project: Co-writing a song called "Unspoken Truth"

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: "Collaboration - Sue Day & Shirley Lynn"
Type of Project: Co-writing a song called "I'm Coming Home"

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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