For most of my adult life I have written poetry. I love the bush ballad style of great Australian poets like Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson and I have written quite a few ballads.
I have gradually lost the ability to write this way and I had always hoped that someone would eventually set some of my words to music as I have no musical talent at all.
Some time ago, Australian country singer Graham Rodger picked up one of my ballads, The Eagle, and set it to music. I was ‘over the moon’ to finally have one of my ballads turned into a song.
Now Graham has picked up a second ballad, ‘No More Waltzing Matilda’ and has also turned that into a song. To say I am pleased would be the under-statement of the year!