SONGS AND STORIES FOR LITTLE QUEENSLANDERS
In late 2020 I was asked by the State Library of Queensland and the First 5 Forever Program to write five original new songs inspired by their book series 'Stories for Little Queenslanders'.
After doing the happy dance in my kitchen for a full half hour I got to work absorbing the wonderful books created by Queensland authors and illustrators. With 12 different stories to choose from it was tricky business!
Each morning I serenaded my family over breakfast with ideas, thoughts and music all about quolls, mangoes, footballs, turtles, swimming pools, frogs, fruit bats, bush turkeys and koalas! I'll never take for granted the incredible privilege it is to do the work I do with the people I do it with.
We're excited to have finally launched these gorgeous new songs and I can't wait to share them with you live very soon!
Kudos and respect to the wonderful team at the State Library of Queensland and the First 5 Forever Program for putting their faith, love and money behind Queensland authors, artists and songwriters....particularly during such a tough year in the arts.
My gratitude also to the wonderful Michael Fix who lent his incomparable magic and skill to the recordings.
Please visit the State Library of Queensland Soundcloud page to hear all of them and enjoy the stories being read aloud by some very special librarians and friends.
For now...here's a sneaky listen to one of the songs 'Once I Munched A Mango' with lyrics by Samantha Wheeler and music by me.