In 2001 I made a solo CD called ‘Spine’. I called it Spine because when I was 19 I had an operation on my spine to correct scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and it struck me as an interesting title for an album of very personal, sometimes intense songs about a particular time in my life..
Spine = courage, strength and vulnerability, holds you up, have some spine.
Xrays of my spine are pretty interesting as well, given that I have 6 titanium screws and a wire stuck in the vertabrae. I thought the xray looked kind of punk, heavy metal, even though the songs are lyrical and poetic!
The CD was produced by my great musical partner Peter Kennard, and we had many wonderful musicians from Sydney playing on it.
The CD artwork is a collection of photos and images relating to the songs.
One of the songs on the CD (Moan) won best uptempo pop song in the Unisong International Song Competition in 2006.
Here is what the judges said:
“You’ve got yourself a lights-out hit-sounding thing! It’s amazingly attractive, and infectious! We’re helpless. Great writing!”