Just after four o’clock this afternoon, the students of Croydon State School heard their song on the radio for the first time. Croydon is in the Gulf Country, one of the last stops on the long road trip from Cairns to Karumba, on the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Students at the school have been working with the Muso Magic program this week to create and record a song that says something about their lives in one of Australia’s more remote communities.
Muso Magic has made regular visits to far north Queensland in recent years, running workshops and music-making projects at local schools. They run programs for all ages, using the exercise of making a song to crate team spirit, and give people a chance to learn about themselves, about each other and how working together can be both challenging and immensely rewarding.
Adam Thompson led the program at Croydon School this week. Adam is the lead singer of the Aussie Band Chocolate Starfish. The invitation to Croydon came from a chance meeting with the school principal a few months back. Adam says he’s enjoyed his week with the Croydon kids – who called their band The Chocolate Mob, a salute to Adam’s former band. He says they’ve done a great job on their song The Best Is Back.
The music industry is full of great stories about the first time a band hears its first song on the radio. I hope the kids at Croydon State School got an enormous kick out of hearing it on ABC Far North today. Hear it is – The Best Is Back.
Muso Magic is about to be seen on TV. It’s struck a deal with Imparja to broadcast an indigenous themed video hits show. More details at http://www.musomagic.com/introducing-outback-tracks-our-tv-show/