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Runner Up – International Song of the Year

I am thrilled to announce having received the award for Runner Up – International Song of the Year (Dec 2013) with a song I wrote called “Doorway in my mind”.  You can see the award here http://writer.songoftheyear.com/johnrodriquez.html and listen to it on Reverbnation at http://www.reverbnation.com/johnrodriquez/song/20632348-doorway-in-my-mind

I wrote this song during a Pat Pattison songwriting course last year.

Lion King Casting Call

Sunday 5 May

Alexandria (Sydney) NSW

Lion King Casting Call

The Power of Art: – Can music treat ADHD?

The power of music continues to make itself known.  Let’s hope there is more of this to come! Check out this video at http://youtu.be/tzDjVWsnrWM

Sing For Australia

I tried writing a new National Anthem for Australia a few years back.  The harder I tried , the clearer it became that we cannot have a real national anthem to call our own until we reconcile with the traditional owners of this land.  So, this is what came out instead!  Lyrics are ⓒ 2005 John Rodriquez but the tune is courtesy of Aussie history!

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You can download the lyrics & chords here.

Sing For Australia Lyrics & Chords

Music Makers Weekend

I have just returned from a Music Makers weekend in Dalby QLD, hosted by Melinda J Wells Music Studio for the Songwriters Network QLD.  This is the first of many, so check out the facebook links and get yourself along.

https://www.facebook.com/snq.presents?ref=ts&fref=ts For those who attended, Click here to download the Warm Ups I said I would share with you, drawn from my weekend with Jonathan Welsh at his Singposium.

Just to put some icing on the cake, here is my song “Honour the Light” that you all enjoyed so much.

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Click here to download Honour-The-Light

If you would like to get the full CD, you can do so here http://singyourvoice.com/store/

Mark Bunn – Work-Life Success

Recently I was privileged to hear Mark Bunn present at a health promotion week at work. He was inspirational, to say the least!  He has published a great book called ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health’ which you can find at http://www.markbunn.com.au/products/products/Ancient-Wisdom-for-Modern-Health-%252d-Book-%28by-Mark-Bunn%29.html

I have attached a flyer about his presentations as well and can highly recommend him.

Achieve_Your_NATURAL HIGH_Mark Bunn

What does this have to do with singing you ask???  Well, when you achieve optimum health and work-life balance, you can enjoy your singing more!

One art form stimulates another

Recently I attended a clay modelling workshop called “Memory & Reflection – Working with Clay”, where I made a clay head whilst blindfolded.  It was a truly amazing experience, to say the least.  When we had finished our creation, we had to sit and look at in silence for some time and allow it to talk to us.  My wise, yet mischievous face said to me “You already know” so the next day I wrote a song about it, called “The Knowing”Click on this link to read the lyrics for ‘The knowing’

From the Head to the Heart

I went to a lovely flute circle last night and was inspired by something that Matt Shootingstar  from Spiritsong Flutes said.  He spoke about the journey we need to take to get out of out head-space and into our heart-space.  So, I got up at 5AM this morning & enjoyed the energy of the full moon to write this song.  It is accompanied by a baritone ukulele which I am (obviously) in the process of learning. Click on the links to listen and to download the lyrics.

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From the head to the heart Lyrics & Chords

Thank you Matt

A special song for Daniel

Our son Daniel has just moved to Melbourne after 21 years living with us.  Father/son talks are sometimes a bit awkward, so I decided to write him a song, record it and send it to him. The power of sound and song will continue to send its message long after he is gone!

It’s Time

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