Congratulations to local singer-songwriter, Linda Simpson for sharing second prize in a national Australian song-writing competition, ‘‘Change the World with Your Song’’.
Her song, Compassionate Country reaches out to give better understanding of the plight of asylum seekers, with the chorus challenging: ‘‘I want a compassionate country’’.
Mal Webb, one of the judges, comments on ‘‘the personal sincerity of the lyrics (and its) ‘‘great singalongability’’!
Linda also won a ‘‘Certificate of Commendation’’ for her song Brangie Moon, which was inspired by the history of the local Bpangerang Indigenous People.
Both songs have been enriched by collaboration with Rutherglen Musician Chris Mangan, a long-time friend.
You can listen to both songs on YouTube: Compassionate Country https://youtu.be/TAEE—EArAgY; Brangie Moon https://youtu.be/5at9aLUfGTE
Linda, from Oxley, is a member of the Benalla Theatre Company and is pictured in their 2015 production of The Boy From Oz.
Linda’s song will be recorded on a collaborative CD, Change the World with Your Song, with other place-getters in the three age categories of the competition, along with songs from well-known singers, including Nicky Bomba (‘‘Best World Music’’ Aria Award 2016), Kutcha Edwards (winner of 2016 Melbourne Prize) and more.
The CD aims to fuel discussion about issues that are of concern to us all, so stay tuned for its release.