Natalie's song a winner
IT only takes Natalie McIver 40 minutes to write a winning song.
The Yeppoon school girl was told of a song-writing competition by her music teacher, but her entry, a one-minute song about the power of music, was due that same day.
So Natalie sat down at the piano and wrote some lyrics and put it to a tune that she made up.
A few weeks later and Natalie received a phone call to say she was one of 12 chosen from around Australia to attend a two-day songwriting workshop in Sydney with Australian music figures Holly Throsby, Thirsty Merc, Eskimo Joe and piano legend John Foreman, by the Government initiative, Music: Count Us In.
“We went out to dinner and met our mentors and I almost fell off my chair,” Natalie exclaimed.
“On the day of the workshop we were broken into four grounds and the mission was to write a bigger song for school children of all ages. That was a challenge, I've been writing songs for two years and I usually write by myself with my guitar in my room, but I had to learn to include other people.”
Natalie said most of her songs were about her family, a special place or person, so it was good for her to try something different.
And she is not scared of playing her guitar to a crowd, as the St Ursula's College boarder often sits on her bed and plays her guitar to an audience of friends who sing along.
“It was good to meet other girls and guys who were just like me, really down to earth, and we just jelled together,” she said.
“We have made a Facebook group and if we are not sure about a line or part of a song we put it on Facebook. They have already given me some feedback.”