When Oliver Wendell Holmes, the 19th century American poet wrote “Many people die with their music still in them”, it was a call to action.
The CD title “Up the Swan!” was chosen as several of the songs on the CD had a Swan River theme and it promoted a natural feature that most of the locals take for granted and/or generally ignore. The Swan River is as impressive if not more so, than many other localities promoted in better known songs. Several
of the non Swan River songs also have water settings, one, a
lake and others, four different oceans.
The name of Mike’s 2nd CD, “Scattered Stones”, was inspired by the range of emotions that the music attempts to capture. On the one hand these are the emotions associated with the light hearted and flippant ways that pelicans could have reacted to our antics during the daylight saving trials in Western Australia between 2006 and 2008, the day-to-day activities of bike riding and the musings of a busker at the local markets. On the other hand are the emotions surrounding the frightening cyclonic flooding of a town, the mind-numbing death of a five day old baby and the senseless suicide of a 37 year old man.
The title for the 2nd CD comes from a poem written almost 3,000 years ago, some say by King Solomon, entitled A Time for Everything, in which the poet wrote “…… there is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, …….”. Scattered Stones seemed to capture the essence of the above emotions.
The song collection adds to the songs on Western Australia as it includes two new “Freo” songs, Busking at the Markets and Red Dingo, a Swan River tune, Swan Sunset and a Kalbarri song, Emma.
It’s been difficult to describe Mike’s music as it doesn’t seem to fit a recognised genre. It's been described as the sort of music you might have heard in days gone by somewhere along the banks of the Swan River.