Muso Taps into Aboriginal Past; Spirit Bird Captures Spiritual Ancestry

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Muso Taps into Aboriginal Past; Spirit Bird Captures Spiritual Ancestry


IF Xavier Rudd lived in another century he would chose to live in Australia 500 years ago with the Aboriginals.

aI wouldn't mind living in Australia then,a he said.

aI would like to see if surfing was invented, but I reckon I would take my surf board and I would be pretty happy.a

Growing up Rudd admits he had a a[approximately]broad creative imagination', and was always song writing from an early age.

aI would always be singing little melodies to myself about what was going on around me.a

Years later Rudd is still writing songs about what is going on around him from environmental issues to the rights of Aboriginal people.

Among that spiritual nature of his music there is a political edge that taps into the conscience of human beings and our nature.

Tomorrow is the release of his seventh studio album, Spirit Bird, which he said was his deepest and most explorative album, diving into his musical and spiritual ancestry.

And his new album could not come at a better time for Mackay fans as he prepares to perform as one of the headlining acts at this year's River Sessions at Ooralea Racetrack on June 30.

When he debuted 10 years ago with the album To Let he become one of the many Australian voices to leave a lasting impression in our music lineage.

Introducing himself as an artist of both imagination and conscience, he also has the ability to marry uplifting melodies, thought provoking themes along with an array of guitars, yidakis (didgeridoos), stomp box and percussion.

In many ways he has become a unique story teller a a voice that has reconnected Aussies with the sounds and stories of the land's original owners.

aMy music is politically active and my stories connect with the country and how I feel in my heart.

aIt is about preserving our environment and culture of our country.a

While Rudd is known as a multi-instrumentalist it was his voice that was the first instrument he ever learnt to master.

aMy brother used to play guitar, then I would teach myself to play and if there was a piano or any instrument around I would pick it up and have a go.

aI always like to do things my own way and never really wanted to be taught,a he said.

While one interpretation of Rudd's music is that he can transcend people to another place, it has never been his motive, instead it is about a deeper place where he is one with the spirit.

aI never want to disrespect the spirit, I just let the music come through and it is always changing. …

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