We’re nearing the pointy end of my monthly cover project for 2016. What an amazing experience this has been. So far this year I’ve recorded nine cover songs in nine different studios both in Australia and the United States.
I’d been thinking about adding an Aussie cover to the mix and when I opened up the suggestion box to my team of Patrons over at Patreon.com, a wonderful thing happened. Michelle Whitby, who grew up in the same town as me, Grafton NSW Australia, suggested Flame Trees by Don Walker and Steve Prestwich from one of Australia’s most iconic bands, Cold Chisel.
This was such an exciting idea and I’m stunned that I hadn’t thought of it myself lol. This being because Don Walker grew up in my town too in fact, our families knew each other quite well.
The Flame Tree lyrics are inspired by our hometown of Grafton and this made the whole recording experience quite a nostalgic one for me. I feel that the people you grow up with and share childhood memories with, directly or indirectly, forever hold a special place in your life. It’s an unspoken connection like no other.
Adding to the synchronicity of this whole thing, when I rang Angus Woodhead to enquire about his Glasshouse Studio for the recording, I asked if he had an acoustic piano. I didn’t tell him the song that I was recording but his response was, “I have a Yamaha CP70 which is the same as the piano that Cold Chisel used on their Khe Sanh recording” I squealed and said “OMG I’m recording Chisel’s Flame Trees!” That was it. I knew I had to record with Angus and his CP70.
I’m extremely proud of this track and I really hope that I’ve done the Cold Chisel boys proud.
Below is a Behind The Scenes look into my day recording Flame Trees. Thank you Michelle for the suggestion and thank you to Angus for such a great day in the studio.