It was ANZAC Day in Australia yesterday, which is probably one of our most important days of the year in Australia. It commemorates the history of Australian and New Zealand defence forces in war and peace. This year is the 100th year, so it was probably one of the most historical. Country music artists in this country and many folk artists have written songs about our involvement in all wars since this time. I made a list of what I would play yesterday and I could fill about 10 radio shows. I guess songs about war have all the characteristics of a good country song - they are story songs, about mates, hardship, love, and conflict. They have repercussions and they don't always have conclusions. They are very emotive and they stick with you.
I am going to include some of these songs in the post today, it may help others from other countries around the world to understand and to also appreciate some of our fine storytellers and songwriter.
I reviewed two American cds this week but the best is yet to come in the next week with lots of Aussie releases. I will keep you posted. I have been busy at work so there haven't been many gigs on for me but that will change in May with lots of stuff to see and hear. Stay tuned. In the meantime, here are some special songs for ANZAC Day. The day is not a day to celebrate war. It is a day to remember fallen mates and to reflect.
Brendon Walmsley Bottle Tree Lane
Luke O'Shea and The Medicine Wheel - Ragged Bloody Heroes
Beccy Cole - Poster Girl
Dianna Corcoran - Come Back Home
Postcards from Saigon - James Blundell
The War to End All Wars - Darren Coggan
Have a good week everybody, and lest we forget.