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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, August 22, 2006
    What a treat
     


    In the soundtrack of the week I am no longer in the sober place I was yesterday. An act of grace by the postman has brought me, all the way from Australia in just six days, a most wonderful package of music and art.

    The Australian singer-songwriter Gyan has taken some of the wise, witty, wonderful words of Michael Leunig and made songs of them. Gentle, reflective, finely-crafted songs on a cd called Billy The Rabbit.

    The worry I had about this project was that the music might have been a bit over-kooked; some of the lyrics would invite that. But it's not at all; the musical settings offer the space for the words to speak for themselves in all their delicate complexity.

    Added to all this, the cd comes in a package including a beautifully-bound hardback book full of Leunig's cartoons relating to the eighteen songs. What a treat. I'm tempted to copy it and spread it around liberally at Greenbelt. But I won't - instead I'll be telling everyone I see to get online and order a copy of their own: essential.

    [That's all from here till after Greenbelt. More next week.]