Think about what is flying past your window

All texture, all message, all sound while driving around

A travelling songwriter

She is composing a list

of everything to see

the famous red centre

is there

she plans to drive

cross the Australia by car

that includes

the journey from Perth

to Adelaide


"I just love driving,"

she says with a wink.

"It's not so much

meditative

as it is

stimulating

to the brain.

I always tell people

every road sign is poetry

and it's inspiring."


Her friends in America

pointed at

the blank spaces

on the map,

"How can you do that

when there is nothing

to see?"


She laughs at them,

"But there is no such thing

as nothing.

If there were

I would like to see it.

There is always

something."


Her good humour

is slightly at odds

with the woman

who writes

in despairing fashion

about orphans,

battlers,

murderers

and the lovelorn,

everyone

who is lost

or unwanted?


She has studied

songwriting

at Boston's College of Music

and she was born

there too

always searching for

something new

while collecting

everything

old and used,

she smiles.


For sometime

she considered

opening

a shop

for items

that no one

could

possibly

want,

with a big sign

up front,

if you don't need it

we've got it.


Why, you may ask,

she ponders

for a while,

it is more about the way

we had changed

as people

as artists

and the way America

had changed

and the music industry

had changed

and how you feel

a little obsolete in it

from time to time.


Her drive time

will be her soul journey

she needs one

right now.


The songwriting

is so very focused

but it's such a microcosm

it's very intense

there is no safety net

you can't relax.

"That is who I am,"

she explains,

in my writing

I feel completely

exposed

with nowhere to hide."


She shows me

a couple of Chinese artists

whose discipline

demands

their brush

never leaves

the canvas

until the work

is finished.


"That is such a fascinating

process,"

she says.

"That is an incredible

limitation

to put

on yourself,

but there is a fluidity

to that kind

of art

that you are not

going to get

any other way."

She sighs,

"You hope

that from those

limitations

comes some beauty."


"Songwriting

like every art form,

demands

and swallow you all.

It feels like

you have to prove

to yourself

and to the world

that you are still

in command

and you can give it all

and more."


But right now, she smiles

I have luxury to stop

and stare out

across the Australian

landscape

perhaps

finding inspiration

for a song or two

long the way

as I cross

the Nullarbor

or head up

and down

the highways

and by ways

from state

to state.


"It is a good time to think

and think about

what is flying pass

your window,"

she says.


"Then at night time

when it is pitch black

that is the best time

to be driving

with music,

in the dark

looking through

a windshield.

It is something

extraordinary."


Wait for me Australia,

I am coming...


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Jodah 8 months ago from Queensland Australia

What a wonderful poem and imagery of Australia and crossing the Nullarbor. "There is never nothing to see," such true words. It has taken me a long time to discover your hubs. I wish I had done it sooner. Love the quotes and pictures too.


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Beata Stasak 8 months ago from Western Australia Author

thank you so much Jodah, I haven't been here for ages:) I had to wait for summer holiday to actually find the time to sit down and write and then it just pours from me:)....thank you for your kind response:)...B


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bravewarrior 8 months ago from Central Florida

I know this trip will be inspiring, magical, relaxing, and exhilarating all at the same time. What beautiful songs and poetry will be born on this trip? It's an adventure I'd love to be part of.


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Beata Stasak 8 months ago from Western Australia Author

Me too smile, it is not my adventure unfortunately just one of my friends, a very good songwriter from America has decided to come over and enjoy our summer and I have spent a nice afternoon with her to chat about it all so I shared it with you all:) She will have a ball I know:)

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