CHRISTINE M. KNIGHT

An Australian author who provides insight into the human condition.

Glossary of Australian Terms for 'Life Song'

arvo is Australian slang for afternoon.

Bloke means a man.

Bouffy means big and fluffy; it usually refers to a hairstyle.

Bump in and out refers to the process of moving a band’s equipment in and off stage and in and out of the performance venue.

Crank up in the context used in the story means increase the volume to very loud.

CWA is an abbreviation or The Country Women’s Association. It is a non-profit, non-party political and non-sectarian organisation for country and city women. Members work for the welfare of all women and children through representation to all levels of government, undertaking fundraising events, providing networking opportunities and teaching life skills.

Esky is a popular brand name cooler in Australia and is a trademark owned by Coleman Brands Pty Ltd and which specifically identifies an Esky brand name icebox cooler. Loose ice is added to the esky to enable people to keep food cold while it is being transported.  Esky has become the generic name for any cooler.

Fella is an informal word for a male that is not age specific. Nowadays, it can also be used as universal term for either gender. Its use shows familiarity between speakers just as the use of mate does.

Flex time is a workplace time management system that allows workers to vary their hours in the workplace. It also enables workers to take time-off in lieu of being paid for working more hours than the workplace agreement requires.

Floaties are a floatation device used mostly for children who don’t know how to swim.

Happy chappy is a word from rhyming slang. It means a happy person, usually male.

Icey pole is an inexpensive flavoured ice block on stick.


IRB is an inflatable rigid-hull boat with an outboard motor popular in the  life saving movement. Also known as a rubber duckie by lifesavers.


A jock is a putdown term for men preoccupied with brutish behaviour and fixated on sex. Jocks is also slang for underpants.

John Howard was an Australian Liberal party politician who served as the 25th Prime Minister of Australia, from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007. He is the second-longest serving Australian Prime Minister. He represented the Division of Bennelong in New South Wales from 1974-2007. John Howard led the Liberal-National coalition to victory at the 1996 Federal election, defeating Paul Keating's Labor government.

Paul Keating was an Australian Labor party politician who served as the 24th Prime Minister of Australia. He replaced his colleague, Bob Hawke as Prime Minister and governed from 1991 until his party lost the 1996 Federal election. As an aside, I taught Paul Keating’s daughters when they were in high school – truly beautiful young women, inside and out.

KENO is a gambling game popular in pubs and casinos. It is like bingo.

Kogal fashion was popular in the 1990s and originated in Japan. It originally involved wearing an outfit based on a Japanese school uniform, but with a shortened skirt, loose socks, and dyed hair and a scarf as well. This style widened to involve other youth street fashion looks as well.

A knob head is Australian slang for fool or idiot. It is the Aussie equivalent for jerk or arsehole.

Maxed out means to reach the maximum in something. For instance, if someone maxed out a credit card that means the person has borrowed to the maximum limit of the credit card.

Mate is used to mean a good friend but has become more generic in meaning and now means friend.

Matey refers to a very young friend. Australians have a preference for adding y to words that represent familiar things and people.

Minties are a brand of candy produced in Australia. They are a hard, white and chewy, square mint-flavoured lolly. Australians call candy a lolly or lollies.


nong is Australian slang and is used as a mild and/or endearing insult. It means a bit of a twit, or idiot. Nothing too mean or horrid is meant by calling someone a nong.

Norfolk Pines are a type of conifer originally found on Norfolk Island that is located in the Pacific Ocean between Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia. Norfolk Pines have been transplanted in many east coast regions in Australia.


A portaloo is a type of portable toilet that event organisers hire.


Royal Easter Show is the major New South Wales agricultural, horticultural and industrial event held annually in Sydney at Easter to promote and display livestock, produce, rural and industry merchandise. Prior to the Royal Easter Show, regional shows are held across New South Wales.

Rubber duckie is slang for an inflatable rigid hull boat with an outboard motor. It is also known as an IRB. See IRB in this glossary.

The Surf Life Saving Movement ‘has a proud tradition of saving lives for over 100 years. Since 1907, surf lifesavers have volunteered their time and effort to provide a dedicated lifesaving service around the country.’ http://www.slsfoundation.com.au/default.aspx

Wah-wah pedal alters the sound of the guitar. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wah-wah_pedal


Note to Readers: If there is a term in ‘Life Song’ that I’ve overlooked and that you think needs explanation, please let me know through this website so that I can update this glossary.

MUSIC – YOUTUBE LINKS

TlC  Waterfall                                     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It306odRXoQ

Garbage  Only When It Rains      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esEdC0c3YI4

John Mellencamp Wild Night     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJJC7Vujagc

Shania Twain I’m Outta Here      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tiVr-q3wnk

Joe Cocker With A Little Help From My Friends  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wG6Cgmgn5U

Elvis Presley

Baby Let’s Play House                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Arm16wyUdI

Love Me Tender                                 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y-bd3aDMGA

It Feels So Right                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sxwODr0d4Q

Such A Night                                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc88evqEbjI

Hound Dog                                         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HWhrPaDTj4

Always on my Mind                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9sRJ-eOHnc

 

Oasis Wonderwall                           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hzrDeceEKc

Alanis Morisette Ironic                 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnec6SmjHP0

Cold Chisel Khe Sanh                     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHNfWEkrL9I

Hootie and the Blowfish Only Wanna Be with You                                                                          

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoAtzzjYf1E

Rosemary Clooney Sway              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvD0iVr-0JQ

Peggy Lee You Give Me Fever     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7_k_0dKknA

Bachman Turner Overdrive Taking Care of Business 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmwic9kFx2c

Van Morrison Moondance                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqGDMNEo5E8

Willie Nelson On the Road Again            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSICoacOT60

Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDhxKVuVYaY

Bryan Adams and Barbara Streisand I Finally Found Someone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK4peuAODtc



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GLOSSARY SNIPPET

arvo is Australian slang for afternoon.

Bloke means a man.

Bouffy means big and fluffy; it usually refers to a hairstyle.

Bump in and out refers to the process of moving a band’s equipment in and off stage and in and out of the performance venue.

Crank up in the context used in the story means increase the volume to very loud.

CWA is an abbreviation or The Country Women’s Association. It is a non-profit, non-party political and non-sectarian organisation for country and city women. Members work for the welfare of all women and children through representation to all levels of government, undertaking fundraising events, providing networking opportunities and teaching life skills.

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LATEST BLOG POSTS

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    The story behind my song 'The Flame'

    Sunday, June 25, 2017


    'The Flame' features in my novel ‘Song Bird’. In the novel, it is sung by rock legend Rick Brody who serenades Nikki Mills (the central character in the novel). In real life, it was sung by Funnie Williams and Thanapat Yarchartoen (aka Film). I produced the song through Karma Sound Studios in Thailand.

    BACKSTORY TO 'THE FLAME' - The Singer or the Song?

    In ‘Song Bird’ and its prequel 'Life Song', Nikki Mills - the Girl from Oz - is a survivor of domestic violence. Once an innocent, she believed the very convincing serenade of her first significant love. Long before Nikki met Rick, his song 'The Flame' resonated with Nikki.

    Flattered by Rick's interest in her and impressed by 'The Flame', Nikki embarks on a relationship with Brody.  A subplot in the novel explores the ramifications of that decision. Can she help Rick find the heart that his music once had? Does the singer really represent the ideas and values of the songs he sings? Will the relationship with him injury Nikki?

    Readers of this blog may also find the pop rock song 'Masque' and interesting insight into Rick and Nikki's relationship issues.

    I currently have 8 songs on CD Baby and iTunes. You can help me raise the money to produce the rest of my songs by buying one or more of my songs at the very small price of $1.69 per song. They are on sale at CD Baby and  iTunes. Online music streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer promote my music, but I only earn approximately one cent per one hundred streams. 

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    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    The Story Behind Pop Rock Song 'Masque'

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    'Masque' is a duet between charismatic rock star, Rick Brody, and singing sensation Nikki Mills (the Girl from Oz). They are fictional characters in my novel, ‘Song Bird’, which is on sale through Amazon, Book Depository, and other online booksellers as are my other novels' 'Life Song' and 'In and Out of Step' - in paperback and eBook formats.

    'Masque' features the vocal talents of Australians, Skye Elisabeth and Nic James. I am the composer and executive producer for all of my music. Although I am a musician, I no longer perform publicly but use talented session musicians.

    I use music as part of my writing process when developing a novel as it allows me to explore character perspectives, challenges, and personal journeys.

    My song ‘Masque’ evolved out of my exploration of Rick and Nikki’s relationship when developing 'Song Bird', the novel . The song helped me better understand rock legend Rick Brody, the impact of being a rock star on Rick's relationship with Nikki, and the core obstacles they faced. Rick Brody is one of four pivotal men in Nikki Mills' life.

    Wider Relevance
    The song has relevance for anyone who feels compelled to be what others expect the person to be rather than being true to self, something that is much easier said than done.

    'Masque' also has relevance for a diverse number of people. For instance, I play many roles: wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, teacher, author, musician and so on. I understand how the expectations and demands of others put me under pressure not to let others down. In trying not to short-change others, it was so easy to forget about who I was separate from those roles and what my being real meant.

    The context behind the song 'Masque'
    In ‘Song Bird’, Rick Brody is charismatic rock star who has been living the cliché - sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. Like the Tinman from Oz, Rick is injured by his trade. For the Tinman, it was his axe. For Rick Brody, it was his status as a rock star and image of 'bad boy’. He became defined by those roles. Life became a masquerade.

    In both cases, the Timan and Rick become manufactured men in want of heart.  Rick’s preoccupation with living the cliché meant that his music lost its heart and the appeal that had drawn audiences to him as he rose to the pinnacle of the music industry.

    By contrast, Nikki refused to sell out in order to achieve success. She was determined to get to the top on her own terms and to not be treated as a commodity in the industry.

    At the Australian Recording Industry Awards, Rick asked his manager to connect him with Nikki after seeing her perform. Rick claimed his primary interest in Nikki was musical collaboration, but his libido and history of conquests shaped his reason for collaborating with her and definitely shaped the way he interacted with her.

    Although Nikki pretended not to be attracted to Rick, she was flattered that he was ‘interested in her of all people. Unlike his fans, Nikki did not have an urge to flash her breasts, hand over her panties, or suggest a threesome.’  She maintained a mask of cool indifference and stayed work-focused throughout the early stages of their musical relationship. Consequently, Rick viewed Nikki as a challenge. Committed to the long game in winning her, he courted.

    A survivor of domestic violence, Nikki was cautious about the men with whom she mixed.  ‘Song Bird’ explores the ripple effect of her decision to work with Rick. Can she help Rick find the heart that his music once had? Can he become real with her? Will Nikki’s relationship with him injure her?

    You can read more about 'Song Bird' here and on other pages at my website.

    You can help me raise the money to produce the rest of my songs by buying one or more of my songs at the very small price of $1.69 per song. They are on sale at CD Baby and  iTunes. The online music streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer promote my music, but I only earn approximately one cent per one hundred streams. 

    Note: As the novels are set in Australia, I use the British spelling system and language conventions. There are minor differences to the American system.

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    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    The Story Behind the Country Rock Song 'Sunshine Days'

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    'Sunshine Days' is the most recent of my songs to be released. It features Rachel Thorne (vocals) and Milo G (performer, arranger and producer). As with all of my music, I am the composer and executive producer. Although I am a musician, I no longer perform publicly but use talented session musicians.

    I use music as part of my writing process when developing a novel as it allows me to explore character perspectives, challenges, and personal journeys.

    'Sunshine Days' is an intimate song of disillusion, longing, and hope that is relevant to world-shaking events that generate fear as well as being a song about personal moments of disillusion, loss, and pain. Although the singer feels oppressed by her current circumstance, she does not seek escape into a fantasy land. She recognizes that life - past and future - had and can have golden moments even though the present is tainted by disillusion, isolation, and the pain associated with loss.  The song is about facing reality and committing to reclaiming what has been lost.

    'Sunshine Days' features in chapter 1 of my novel ’Life Song' and later in its sequel, 'Song Bird'.

    Initially, it is sung by Mavis Mills (aka Nikki Mills – the girl from Oz). My songs 'Life Song' and 'Sunshine Days' provide the backstory for Mavis' choices and the motivation underpinning her narrative journey. She chooses to boldly travel down the road less traveled and is determined not to let trouble get the best of her. Easier said than done though.


    Although music and a career in the music industry function as a portal into a better life for Mavis and her son, Dan, it also adds complexity to Mavis' life as she works to balance her personal needs and the demands she faces as a single parent.

    When 'Sunshine Days' recurs in 'Song Bird', it is sung by Zoey Blake (a secondary character), the illegitimate daughter of Susie Blake and Max Ryan (rock musicians). Susie and Max had a passionate relationship until Susie fell pregnant. While Max supported Susie's right to choose abortion, he opposed her choice to have a baby. As a result, the couple broke up.

    Zoey sings 'Sunshine Days' in her late teens. Having lost the innocence of her childhood and confronted by the knowledge that her biological father did not want her, Zoey struggles with her loss of innocent hope.  In that context, 'Sunshine Days' is a turning point in Zoey's personal journey.

    OVERVIEW OF MY NOVEL ‘LIFE SONG’
    My novel 'Life Song' picks up Mavis' story six years after the end of 'In and Out of Step' in which Mavis was a significant secondary character. 

    There are many harrowing stories of violence against women but a lesser number of stories address how some women rise above the trauma and move on in life. 'Life Song' does the latter.

    A character-driven novel, 'Life Song' explores the choices Mavis Mills makes as she balances competing demands and responsibilities with her desire to find an identity beyond motherhood. A survivor of domestic violence, Mavis discovers unexpectedly that she has a choice: accept her life as it is or try to rise above her circumstance, realize her potential, and make her nearly forgotten dreams become true.

    The novel does not focus on the abuse – that is in the backstory - it traces the ramifications of it as Mavis strives to put her past behind her. The novel's uplifting plot is very much about the woman that Mavis becomes and the influences that shape her rather than being a novel about a ‘chic-musician on the road to fame story’.

    In terms of its appeal, readers agree 'Life Song' is a blend of wry humour and vivid storytelling. The general feedback from readers is that the characters are memorable and inhabit the imagination long after the reading of the novel is finished.

    OVERVIEW OF MY NOVEL ’SONG BIRD’
    In 'Song Bird', Nikki (aka Mavis) has become an international singing sensation - the Girl from Oz. Determined not to be caged by the media circus, she travels down the golden road through a land of glitter and gloss, facing challenges on the way while struggling to leave the demons from her past behind. In ‘Song Bird’, Nikki continues to grow into the woman she wants to be, not the one others expect her to be. She forges ahead with the support of men, not because of them. 

     

    ONLINE SITES WHERE YOU CAN BUY THE SONG
    You can help me raise the money to produce the rest of my songs by buying one or more of my songs at the very small price of $1.69 per song. They are on sale at CD Baby and  iTunes. Online music streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer promote my music, but I only earn about one cent per one hundred plays. 

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    23-Jun-2017

    Berkshire Media Group recently collated its Rock Chart data for May 2017. Christine's song, 'Masque', hit the #1 position on their charts and held it for May 2017. In Australia, the Internet radio ..

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