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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When The Melaleuca Blooms
Small boats crowd the harbour in the hours before first light
Winter has retreated though the wind still holds its bite
Like drifts of snow, small flowers crown the scrub above the dunes
The snapper will be running when the Melaleuca blooms
Children come to try their luck from the piers that dot the beach
They cast into the darkness where only hope can reach
White caps slap the pylons shedding frenzied, foaming plumes
Faith flows through the water when the Melaleuca blooms
Gulls patrol the shoreline, no crumb escapes their eyes
They fight for every scrap and shred with piercing, baleful cries
The lean months soon forgotten, a more kindly mistress looms
For spring has claimed the season when the Melaleuca blooms
The first to fish these waters and walk upon these sands
Those born to its rhythm; now driven from these lands
In a heartbeat, lost, a world that saw a half a million moons
The sea and sky remember when the Melaleuca blooms