Ozza Nova - catch the wave!

"The beach, the beach,
In Oz there's always the beach,
Where you ride the waves and have your day in the sun;
The sun, the sand and the sea's
The place to be."
(chorus of the new Australian national anthem)


The five tracks in "New Australian National Anthem" comprise:

Title track

'Advance Australia Fair meets Tamla Motown' (or a brief history of Oz in two verses, two choruses and a get-on-up finale).

Personally, I think Australia Day should be re-named Beach Day and, by law, everyone has to have a day at the beach.
First place Captain Cook headed for to go chillin' with his crew.

Backing track

Think of this as a Concerto for Didgeridoo and Orchestra. I prefer writing music alone but everybody wants songs these days so I have to add words.

One of my favourite pieces of music is Chabrier's "España". Wouldn't it be great if people said "Hey, if Chabrier ever visited Oz, maybe he'd have come up with something like this.". Wouldn't it. . .

The musical idea for the chorus was conceived of as a dance reflecting similarities I noticed in poses of an aboriginal boy in a corroboree and a blond-haired kid on a surfboard.

5 inch Remix

Title track but with a kickass instrumental break in the middle.

Ode of Remembrance

A musical setting of the ode from Laurence Binyon's "For the Fallen", as recited on Remembrance Day

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.


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