Shane Howard should be a national treasure,
His music career started in 1982
with the legendary Goanna Band.
He wrote and recorded the Australian classic
"Solid Rock", which in His own words
"Threw me into aboriginal culture without
a safety net."
The first mainstream song to talk about
aboriginal rights its impact on this country
is felt to this day. Goanna released a 2nd Lp in 1985,
Oceania and split some stage after that.
Shane disappeared for the next few years,
after some personal issues and reappears in 1988
with His 1st solo Lp, Back to the track,
Which I'm really after if anyone has it.
1990 sees the release of, River,
his 2nd solo outing, which I may post and
1993 brings us this most wonderful Cd.
These 1st 3 solo Cds are all out of print now,
which is a shame. Since 93 Shane's
released 6 Cds and in 98 Goanna reformed,
played a Woodford (which I saw)
and released the brilliant, Spirit Returns.
I've seen Him play countless times,
he is a master and even met Him once,
a very humble and talented fellow.
This Cd has some of his best tunes and some fine lyrics,
his music is comforting yet challenging,
his understanding of Aboriginal culture
and its importance to the identity of this country unparalleled,
His ability to share His own journey inspirational.
Flesh and Blood - Shane Howard
Walk with me talk with me tell me your stories
I'll do my best to understand you
You're flesh and blood, flesh and blood
Don't refuse me your love,
More than words can express
More than wealth or success,
Oh there's a thousand things to do
So let's start here with me and you,
All the pain that you feel
All the hurt that seems so real
Oh come on walk with me, talk with me,
tell me your stories
I'll do my very best to understand you
You're flesh and blood
Flesh and blood is a case in point, written to His estranged Children,
He shares something few songwriters have had the courage too.
This song was picked up by Irish folk singer Mary Black, who
recorded it and had a hit single in Ireland. Shane ended up touring
Ireland and connecting with His Celtic roots.
The other song I'd like to highlight is the beautiful Murri Time.
Murri Time - Shane Howard
Brother, Sister, Now our time is growing short.
Do we fear what we face, Do we carry a torch.
How long, How long, Do these scars take to heal.
To be free, spiritually, once again.
Murrie man, Murrie woman .
Do you still walk, on that same ground.
Do you remember, special feeling.
Musgrave Park, Brisbane rain,
Now I'll explain Musgrave park, is a park in south Brisbane,
Which is a meeting place, of cultural significance to the local
Aboriginal people who refer to themselves as Murri's.
Now this is a beaut album and the fantastic version of
Dylan's I shall be released is worth the download alone.
Shane's Web site