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    After a couple of false starts and a difficult birth the long awaited Ian Bland CD “Everything and Nothing” and his first book of poetry “Bland On Bland” have sprung forth fully formed and lustily bawling.

    “Everything and Nothing” is a cinematic special starring a motley company of individuals. The songs are each a musical story, whether semi-autobiographical gems, gleaned conversations or plucked from current events, each deliver a condensed and precise serving of observed truth.

    The Lamington String band led by Ian Bland, featuring Ed Bates, Greg Hunt, Peter Anderson, Nathan Farrelly, Mark Stanley and joined by a host of other notable musicians, as usual add their own measure of polish to this the third Ian Bland solo album.

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He sorted through his Great Aunt’s things
Art Deco vase and garden shears
Walking stick, engagement ring
Not much to show for ninety years

A book on roses; a gardener’s guide
The cover frayed from use and age
A long dead bud, pressed, inside
And written on the title page

The binding clinging to the spine
Braced with tape and rubber bands
Stained by sun, rain and time
Borders smudged by muddied hands

A photograph of happy days
Youthful smiles, hope, embossed
Faith, frozen in a sanguine gaze
Their stories like their names, long lost

Hopes and dreams live ever on
Within the covers of that book
Beyond the page, they’ve long since gone
To a desert grave outside Tobruk

A petal crumbled from the bloom
Fell as dust upon the floor
Robbed of colour and perfume
What truer monument to war

“Here’s to the roses we will grow
To all the years in which to learn
Here’s to the garden we will sow
May this bring joy till I return”


from Everything And Nothing, released November 13, 2016


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Ian Bland - Melbourne based singer songwriter - musical influences include country, celtic, and folk with stories drawn from rural and urban Australia

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