Andy Michaels Talks “Revisited” with Eileen Shapiro Jimmy Star April 16, 2018 Arts, Culture, MobAngeles, Mobtoronto, Mobtreal, Music, Performers & Artists, Promo One of the most prolific and poetic visionaries, Andy Michaels, Aussie recoding sensation has recently released his new album, “Revisited”. After speaking to Andy in depth I decided to revisit our last interview as his music has much to say….. Let’s talk about Lucretia’s Eylandt….really dive into the inspiration behind the song. I read a book by West Australian Author Hugh Edwards called “Islands of Angry Ghosts.” It’s a TRUE story about the horrific events following the wreck of the Dutch ship “Batavia” off the West Australian Coast in June, 1629.Yeah, I know, it’s nearly 400 years ago but read on ! It has been described as a true Adults Only version, of Lord of the Flies meeting Nightmare on Elm Street and has everything, mutiny, shipwrecks, murder, love, sexual slavery and amazing courage, inspiration and heroism. And if a movie storyline ever needed a bit more, why not throw in a Satanic Cult onboard the ship ? ( And yes, the good guys eventually win) It remains one of my favorite books of all time and as I was living only 40 miles from the Island where it all happened 400 years before, it was only natural that I try and put the story into song . If you could see that song anywhere, where would it be? The whole story just simply needs to be on the world stage. The song, Lucretia’s Eylandt, is now being played on radio in over 20 countries but my guess is most listeners still think of it as just a sad love story, rather than understand the true story behind the Lyrics. I believe Russel Crowe is in the early stages of looking to make a Hollywood movie about the Batavia. This song would fit that so perfectly as we both used Hugh Edward’s book and his amazing storytelling as our inspiration. “Home”, and the motivation behind that? I spent a lot of my life living by the sea (there were no neighbors, just kangaroos and beach and sand for over 40 miles( Where I lived is now a world famous surfing and windsurfing destination as well as being a turtle breeding and conservation area, https://www.gnaraloo.com) and leaving that to follow other life pursuits in soulless cities was genuinely sad. I guess that’s where the words “And why, do faceless strangers just walk on by, without a word or forgiving smile” come from. It is so easy see why most indigenous cultures have such a strong spiritual connection and empathy with the sea. There is no better way for mother nature to express her moods than seeing an ocean in its different states, from sereneness and tranquillity to raging storms and swells. A lot of Americans are always impressed with you artists down under …what do you think is the intriguing thing about you and your music? Australians generally don’t take themselves too seriously ( I might be an exception !) and are the first to laugh at themselves. I think Americans like our laconic spirit like you see with Crocodile Dundee and Steve Irwin, but we are always the first to lend a hand and help out if needed. Australian Artists also adopt that ” She’ll be right, mate” attitude and I think Americans respect and admire that. If you could choose one of your songs to help change the world, which would it be and why? A song on my next Album called “Planet 8”. It is about the human race colonizing and destroying 7 planets because of its insatiable greed and then looking to space “for somewhere else to take this master race”. We are custodians of this earth and we owe it to every other living creature on the planet and to our childrens’ children to leave this world better than when we inherited it. Here are the lyrics: Planet 8 All aboard for Planet Eight The first 500 past the gate In memory of those on planet seven Let’s raise a glass and look to heaven Chorus : Once there was a planet earth With sparkling seas and fertile turf But they never listened to the signs It became the fate of their mankind It’s easy they said, we’ll build earth two With brand new cities painted blue Instead of parks where kids can run We’ll show them how to play with guns Now the air was thick and they couldn’t breathe So they started again with Planet three This time there will be no mistake That’s why we’re called the human race Then came planets four and five With War and Famine they did not survive When Six died they looked again to Space For somewhere to take this “master” race Once there was a planet earth With sparking seas and fertile turf But they never listened to the signs It became the fate of their mankind Is there a song that never fails to evoke some heartfelt emotion every time you hear it? There are so many Artists that I admire immensely with songs that evoke personal emotion. If I hear David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” or Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven, I always stop whatever it is I am doing and reflect on the power and emotion of these songs. Some other songs that give me goosebumps (Or camel bumps ) are Kris Kristofferson’s “I’ve got to have you”, Bee Gees “To Love Somebody” and Max Merrit’s “Slippin Away”. Some reviewer recently compared “Home” to “Space Oddity” which was nice. On “Revisited”, “Will There Be Love” is still emotional to me. You’re a new color in a crayon box, what color are you? I would rather be the box as then I don’t have to choose ! But if I had to, then Blue. Along with green, Its natures color and you can never get sick of drawing the sky or the sea ! If you were a super hero, what would your powers be? Actually all super heroes are quite cool as they are wonderful geeks that never have an attitude problem or put themselves first. Is there a super hero that can go back into time and make a few tweaks to ensure that some injustices and atrocities we see today never happen ? That would be one cool dude and because he would never have to wear a cape, look how much he would save on drycleaning and laundry bills! Social media links are https://www.instagram.com/andymichaelsmusic/ https://twitter.com/AndysMusicCo https://www.facebook.com/andymichaelsmusicpage/ And Youtube videos https://youtu.be/aI311P67fMw Where are you Now https://youtu.be/NZbJ3n-FPko Angel https://youtu.be/9EZp4gEhi_g Just Because You Love Someone https://youtu.be/6JrTkbXJAU0 White Lies https://youtu.be/FI_0GBAEqUM I just Want to be the One Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.