Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Xavier Answers the Call; Musician Spreads Message, Reports Miranda Cashin

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Xavier Answers the Call; Musician Spreads Message, Reports Miranda Cashin

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LOCKED eye-to-eye with a red-tailed black cockatoo during a trip to Kimberley country, Xavier Rudd felt a powerful wave of imagery and emotions descend upon him.

aShe didn't take her eyes off me and she began to creak and squawk and groan. I felt like I was being pushed through the earth. All these images and visions rushed through my head. They were like memories only they weren't my own,a Rudd explained in his slow drawl.

aBlurred images of faces, waterfalls, sand and dust, all country stuff. It was a message of an ancient time and what's been going on in that country for so long, devastation included. That song was the one of the strongest to have ever come through me.

aThat night the first part of that song just poured out of me, and I wrote the lyrics in the sand.a

After that the song just sat, an unfinished fragment. Rudd continued working on the rest of the tracks for his seventh album, Spirit Bird, until one night when he was finishing the record in Canada he started to play the song by the fire.

aThe back half just poured out of me again and I ended up in tears. It was 10pm and I wrote it down and then the next morning I woke up anda[degrees]had all these messages and realised that at about the same time I wrote that song, the police had moved in on James Price Point in Kimberley and started to drag elders off their country and bring in the bulldozers and start the acquisition of land up there, and that song had come through me around the same time.

aIt was a message from country. So I recorded it about two days later and that was Spirit Bird.a

Throughout Rudd's career he has had many profound song experiences but none more so than this.

aI feel like I am a vehicle for spirit to tell things.

aIt's a tough one to talk about. It sounds a bit kooky but since I was a kid I knew I didn't want to involve my mind in music and over-think things. …

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