David Bridie is my favourite Australian singer songwriter, so suffice to say he will feature a lot in this music project. I came across his music when he sang with legendary aboriginal singer Archie Roach in Melbourne back in the early 2000s. I went on to see him many times solo and with his band My Friend the Chocolate Cake (MFTCC). I even got to talk to him a few times during breaks between sets and album signings, which was a huge delight. David has recorded 4 solo albums and 6 with MFTCC. He has also written soundtracks for Australian movies and television including The Man Who Sued God and The Circuit.
Wikipedia: His score for In a Savage Land received widespread critical acclaim and received multiple awards including Best Original Score at the AFI Awards… In 2019, David was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Don Banks Music Award which honours an artist of high distinction who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to music in Australia.
A Midlife’s Tale (below) was released in 1991 as a single off My Friend the Chocolate Cake’s self titled debut album (image above). According to Wikipedia the album was recorded with a budget of $800. In his review of the album for Rolling Stone Australia, Bruce Elder wrote it is “one of the best albums of high-art pop ever recorded in Australia.”
‘My neighbour does some funny things
He’s got three kids and he’s got six drinks to go
Before he sleeps tonight
Singing liberation songs out on the front veranda
My neighbour falls asleep out there
He wakes up the next morning with the sun
And it reminds him that it’s time, it’s off to work we go
It’s always one day starting way behind another’
– A Midlife’s Tale