And the people stayed home - new single 

Dear people,

About the new song 'And the people stayed home'

It is a while since I have written a blog for my website. 
It is also a new website, and I am continuing to navigate my way around its design and its functionality. 

The reason for my blog now is because I want to share with you a new song, ‘And the people stayed home’.  Words are by Kitty O’Meara, who lives in the United States and whom I have never met, but who has graciously allowed me, and many others, to set the words from her prayer, ‘In the…

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CutCommon, and more 

CutCommon, and more

Dear reader,

Well, I know this is an occasional blog, but I didn’t realise it had become more occasional than not.

But here I am, back again to tell you about a newly discovered (for me) online music review and article website called CutCommon, which you can find at:  https://www.cutcommonmag.com

Sub-titled ‘The new generation of classical music’, it does seem to offer fresh views on all things classical music, and as such I thought you would like to know about it.

On the home-front, I…

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The Year of No Blogging 

Dear reader,

Welcome to my  occasional blog, the first for 2017.  If you are new to this blog, as I build my email database or respond to enquiries to join up, welcome.

Well, yes, it’s been a while between drinks, as they say.  This is my first blog for 2017, so a huge gap since December last year.  So, a Year of No Blogging.  Until now. It’s just been one of those years.

Not that I have been idle.  Earlier this year I undertook an 8-week course at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on ‘composing for…

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I think I want to be a composer when I grow up 

Greetings for the new week, and welcome to my  occasional blog – my 27th blog since my new website came into being.  If you are new to this blog, as I build my email database or respond to enquiries to join up, welcome.

I’ve been writing a new piece for clarinet and piano, and  had the great pleasure of my mate Alan visiting the Mountains a couple of weekends ago to workshop it with me.  A lovely experience to actually work on a new piece with the musician that it has been written for.  I think I want to…

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‘The Eighth Wonder’, and music and The White House 

Greetings for the new week, and welcome to my  occasional blog.  If you are new to this blog, as I build my email database or respond to enquiries to join up, welcome.

I talked a little while ago (in my blog dated 19 September 2016) about music in unusual places.  In that blog I did express some reservations about Opera Australia’s upcoming new presentation of ‘The Eighth Wonder’, the opera by Australian composer Alan John, who also co-wrote the libretto with Dennis Watkins.  First performed in 1995 in…

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Procrastination, or, how to procrastinate properly 

Greetings for the new week, and welcome to my  occasional blog.  If you are new to this blog, as I build my email database or respond to enquiries to join up, welcome.

In my working life, working at a small neighbourhood centre in the Lower Blue Mountains,  it is our AGM tomorrow.  I have finished the Annual Report (just!), and written my speech notes for my report tomorrow, but as I’m not completely happy with my notes so far, I have brought them home with me for a review.  I try not to bring work home…

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Music in unusual places 

Greetings for the new week, and welcome to my  occasional blog.  If you are new to this blog, as I build my email database or respond to enquiries to join up, welcome.

There is a news item via Music Australia about classical music in unusual places, that looks at initiatives that take classical music to different, and what we might consider, unlikely places, such as shopping malls, street corners, car parks, derelict buildings.  This is not new – musicians are ever-inventive people, with musicians I have…

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On choirs and singing 

Greetings for the new week.  Welcome to my (now) occasional blog.  If you are new to this blog, as I build my email database or respond to enquiries to join up, welcome.

The Blackheath Choir Festival took place last weekend in various venues in Blackheath (Blue Mountains).  It is now held every two years rather than the original annual event, and I think it is better for it.  It is a fantastic event run by the huge energy of a small number of people together with the energy derived from a large variety of…

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Australian books, the census, the Art Music Awards, and more 

Greetings for the new week.  Welcome to my (now) occasional blog – which is number 22!  So, if you are new to this blog, there are a few for you to catch up on.

Protection of Australian authors has been in the recent news, with last Saturday, 13 August 2016, proclaimed National Bookshop Day, marked by a series of events including a panel discussion on plans recommended by the Productivity Commission to abolish the parallel importation rules.

 A couple of useful links to find out more are:

 http://www.cont

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Gestures of love 

Greetings for the new week.  For those of you who are not regular readers, I missed last week’s blog, and am still contemplating whether this should be weekly, monthly, occasional.  Although I sort of missed posting last week. I will ponder further.

One of the reasons I missed last week was because I was writing the weekly blog for the organisation that I work for, the Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre.  You can find it at http://www.lmnc.org.au/blog/its-time-for-quiet-time-and-more  In that blog I…

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And the people stayed home

A prayer by Kitty O'Meara at the time of the COVID-18 corona virus pandemic, 2020

With music by Peta Williams

It is quite some time since I have written a blog.
And my website has changed, so I am still navigating my way through updating the new design.
 

The reason for this blog is that I have just written the music for a new song, called 'And the people stayed home'.
It is my musical interpretation of a prayer by Kitty O'Meara, who lives in the United States and whom I have never met, but whose words have moved me to set them to music, with her gracious consent.
About 5 million other people around the world have also been moved to set Kitty's words to music; I am merely one of them.
So what is it about Kitty's words that have engaged so many of us so fully?
For me, it is because her words have a quality of optimism and hope.
And in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, where there is so much loss throughout the world, and so much grief and disappointment, I truly wanted to respond to something that gave me heart, that tapped into my own need for optimism and hope.

This song won't resonate with everyone.
People who are isolated at home with domestic violence, or  people who are homeless, won't find that the words about staying at home and healing ourselves as well as the earth will have any resonance for them.  LIkewise for people who are struggling to work and home-school children at the same time, or those who have lost their jobs and are struggling.

And yet.

This song is my gift to you, in the hope that Kitty's words and my music will inspire you to get through the hard times, and come out the other end perhaps thinking differently, perhaps having re-thought the way we want to live, perhaps wanting to contribute to healing the earth, as well as yourselves.

Your comments and feedback are welcome.

 

Peta Williams
Blue Mountains, Australia

29 April 2020