A Quiet Word
From Down Under
“Music gives soul to the universe, Wings to the mind, Flight to the imagination, And life to everything” -Plato
By: Linda Mitchell
No matter what age we are, no matter what nationality, no matter our genre preference, we all agree that music is the universal language. Music can be liltingly airy, sparking lightheartedness and laughter, or it can draw us under a somber cloud of soulful solitude and reflection. Regardless, it’s a language we all understand.
Musicians and songwriters hold the power of imagination and inspiration. And when you assemble a group of musicians collaborating on one project, the results are amazing. This is the case with the Strings of Starlight from Perth, Australia. Peter Renzullo had a vision, a desire to unite the unsigned, independent artists from his local music scene. ”I just knew that I wanted to bring together a whole bunch of grass-roots artists and feature their music on one amazing album” says Renzullo. “A lot of these artists were handpicked from open mics in dodgy little pubs, mid-week when most punters aren’t out and about, so many are absolute unknowns which blows my mind when you see the amazing music they are creating. I’m always blown away by the absolute gems I find.”
Many of these artists were very new, had little or no radio play or had yet to find a regular presence on stage. Renzullo’s idea of producing a collaborated album was a generous and innovative way to have their music heard, perhaps for the first time, and garner them the attention of a wider audience. His idea grew into reality. In 2011, twenty-four artists came together to create the unique and wonderfully varied collection of original works called “A Quiet Word” Part 1 & 2. The resulting albums are truly something special. ‘A Quiet Word’ showcases the rich, diverse tapestry of sounds that beautifully captures the grass-roots scene in Western Australia – a scene that has existed under the radar for far too long.
At the end of this article you will see an amazing video. Renzullo had the novel idea to produce a ‘group song’, the result of each artist writing one verse of the song, and then joining together in the chorus. It’s an amazing mix of melody, vocals and lyrics that meld into an enchantingly united voice. It is performed by the artists who are showcased on both ‘A Quiet Word’ albums.
In the beginning there was no clear objective for the albums’ release and promotion. But soon it became obvious that there were to be more benefits from ‘A Quiet Word’, far beyond sharing the twenty-four musicians’ talents. Peter Renzullo’s Strings of Starlight and Scudley Records teamed up to help bring some much-needed support to a very deserving and incredible bunch of people – The Starlight Foundation. Since its beginning in 1988, The Starlight Foundation has brightened the lives of seriously ill and hospitalized children and their families throughout Australia. Living with illness or injury can cause enormous strain in their lives. Starlight provides programs integral to the total care of seriously ill children, yet is there to lift the spirits of the child, giving them the opportunity to laugh, play and be a child again.
“As owner and operator of Scudley Records, and as producer of ‘A Quiet Word’, I’ve decided to release the albums to the public and give 50% of all profits from sales to The Starlight Foundation”, says Renzullo. “My hope is that ‘A Quiet Word’ will be able to help raise money and awareness for such an important and worthy cause; to continue giving these kids the much-needed, selfless support provided by the staff and volunteers at The Starlight Foundation. It would be a dream come true to know that these albums could make even the tiniest difference.”
So when was the last time you experienced the unique sounds of twenty-four original songs, performed by newly recorded musicians, every song with a fresh, unique feeling and sound? And when were you able to purchase such albums where the benefits go to a worthy charity such as The Starlight Foundation? The time is now!
Be sure to visit aquietword.wix.com/stringsofstarlight for more information about ‘A Quiet Word’, the musicians, and The Starlight Foundation. There are also easy to follow instructions on how to order your copies of the albums. If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to contact Peter Renzullo, at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.scudleyrecords.com.