CHRISTINE M. KNIGHT

An Australian author who provides insight into the human condition.

Poetry

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Model for Modern Women

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

She was a role model
For modern women. 
Liberated from the labels 
That had defined earlier generations, 
She was an expert on things cosmetical
From surgical to chemical. 
She was a product of the cutting edge, 
A manufactured woman, 
Celebrated in magazines, 
Sold across the nation. 
In matters of weight, 
She knew exactly how much to weigh in. 
In the powerhouse of business, 
She was inscrutable 
(Thanks to regular Botox injections). 
A beneficiary of affirmative action, 
She traded in ideas and influence. 
A follower of fashion, 
She rode the wave 
After the second wave of the women’s movement. 
Her flawless smiling image on magazine covers 
Guaranteed sales at supermarket checkouts. 
Articles about her reassured women, 
Interested in material culture, 
That their personal fit was simple, 
A mere matter of purchase. 
“Image is all that matters,” she said, 
From her chair in Wonderland, 
Her smile lingering like the Cheshire Cat. 
Was she happy? Did her life have meaning? 
Such questions are absurd. 
She was a role model for women 
Living life through the looking glass.

©Christine M Knight

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Window Dressing

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bureaucracy -
Well-intentioned,
Complicated by layered protocols,
Clogged by lock-step, mandatory processes,
Weighed down by governance overhead -
Lumbers wheezily towards the stairs of progress.

Management -
Career focused,
Risk averse,
Informed by theory -
Doggedly devoted follows.

Jane and Joe Q worker,
Denied a voice,
Shake their heads.
More time,
More money
Spent on frenzied activity ...
With authentic outcomes listed
On the back of
Yet another business card.

©Christine M Knight

 Note: An Australian, Christine uses the British spelling system.

 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Minus the Higher Power

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Emptiness consumes ...
Its hunger sated briefly
With the ch-ching of purchase:
High-end luxury goods
That break the budget;
Low-end 'buys' that
Saturate life.
Narcissism thrives as
The hollow ones
Wallow in the shallows:
The perpetual pursuit of possessions,
The attention that owning brings. 
It sees self reflected in
What has been acquired
But is blind to
Engorged being.
Emptiness:
A lightless void ...
The soul's deficit. 

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Working Mother

Saturday, November 16, 2013

With her eye on the evening clock
And thirty minutes until dinner time,
She paused to survey the home scene:
Kettle refilled and switched on;
Kids doing homework;
Washing under way in the laundry;
Meat under the grill and vegetables in the microwave;
Table still to be set;
Life’s daily litter covering the living area, again. 

The close of the front door and her husband’s call
Ended her momentary stillness.
He shucked off his workday dress as he entered.
A tie here,
A suit coat there, 
His briefcase where they had agreed it would not go.
They had time for a peck,
The ritual, “How was your day?”
And a routine exchange over a cuppa
Before he retreated to the bedroom,
Their haven,
(A place where the memory of passion lingered like perfume).
Safe in the ensuite,
A no-go for children
(Smell overcame their need to invade his privacy),
He took the time to mentally debrief from his workday.
She had no such time;
It was always full-on
From the second she picked up the kids from after-school care. 

Her evening with his help passed as usual:
Kids fed, bathed, TV, a story read before bed;
Table cleared, dishwasher stacked, the house restored;
Washing sorted, folded, and the next day’s clothing ordered;
An hour of companionable silence in front of the telly;
Before the night ended in petered out passion. 

Mornings were about getting away:
The kids kept calm and on course for the school day;
Her husband, already focused on work, 
Mindful that he had to get the kids into his car and keep them there;
An airbrush kiss to her in a rush. 

Left alone to dress, she did so in a blink
(Long gone were the days
When she lost touch with time in the shower
Or took hours over her appearance). 

A two car family now,
She was grateful
For the time a second car had bought.
She did her makeup whenever the traffic stopped at the lights,
Applied her lipstick in the parking lot,
And then…
Her workday began.

© Christine M Knight

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Monday, April 22, 2013

The Chatter of the Loom

Monday, April 22, 2013

Saccharine sweet ladies
-insincere smiles, dulcet tones, iced innuendo,
weave their destruction
from teacup disturbances.
Truth warps
as the shuttle threads interpretation ...
lives unravel as the fabric grows.
The distaff,
suited in respectability,
disrespect non-weavers.
The ladies,
arbiters in the culture of the covert,
savour power
through the chatter of the loom.

©Christine M Knight

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Monday, April 22, 2013

The Dispossessed

Monday, April 22, 2013


 

We are the descendants of the dispossessed.
They lived in disparate communities,
Enclaves in a vast land
Of drought, flooding rain, familiar light and primal life.
Adept at survival, 
Attuned to the timeless cycle of life, 
They hunted and gathered.
Unprepared for contact with an alien people,
Their ancient lands were acquired,
A slow, continuous process of violent dispossession.
Displaced, they were the uncounted people in colonisation.
Suffering from a clash of cultures with families torn asunder,
The survivors handed down their longing for return.

We are the descendants of the dispossessed.
They were outcasts,
Ripped from families,
Transported to a land
Of drought, flooding rain, harsh light, and rude life.
Ill prepared for settlement,
They struggled to survive in an alien world.
Dislocated, they longed for the distant climes of their homeland.
Suffering a restlessness founded on rejection and dissatisfaction,
They handed down their longing to successive generations.

We are the descendants of the dispossessed.
Their rendered records fade as does their meaning.
Their stories retold, at times in whispers,
Words changing with each generation, 
Reframe the past. 
Reality spun into an altered fabric.
We, their descendants, became Australians.

We are the descendants of the dispossessed.
Their written records, now redacted and revised, 
Reframe the past.
Their stories retold, shaped by changing agenda.
Reality spun into an altered fabric.
We, their descendants, became Australians.

We are the dispossessed,
Migrants in search of safe landfall,
Not the first, not the last.
We come by air.
We come by sea. 
We have our own strife to reconcile,
Our own demands of this lucky country,
This land of drought, flooding rain, and prosperity. 
We will be Australians.

© Christine M Knight


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Monday, April 22, 2013

Pedestrian

Monday, April 22, 2013

Walking ...
      Life at human speed
      Liberated from Internet connected lives.
Walking ...
      The rhythm of the path,
      An antidote to saturated modern life.
A chance to
      Think
      Reflect
      Consider
      The journey, its direction, changing course.
Walking ...
      A heightened sense of
      What is seen, heard, felt.

©Christine M Knight

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    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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NEWS

  • 'Garysong' and 'The Real deal' in production

    08-Jul-2017

    Christine has two more songs in production: 'Garysong' and 'The Real Deal'. More updates in the near future...
  • Avastar runs Lauren Scott's interview with Christine M Knight

    23-Jun-2017

    A USA East Coast press syndicate, Avastar Entertainment Network ran Lauren Scott's interview with Christine M Knight recently. Here is the link (http://www.avastar.tv/features/ChristineMKnight1.html)...
  • 'Masque' hits the rock charts

    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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