Music

I’m not really sure how music started to pervade The Time Virus, but it was probably something to do with having been the resident poet at Chado – The Way of Tea with the lovely Dr Varuni Kulasekera and Brian Ritchie (who would often have musicians come in at lunch time to improvise with him). As I wrote my poems, the music would become part of the text and it was wonderful.

The Time Virus has a few songs in it. Below you can see a YouTube video of the songs (and they’ll stay here for as long as I’m allowed to do that). (I don’t know all the rules of copyright.) As well as that, please consider purchasing the songs on iTunes because musicians deserve to receive royalties from their work. And, then you can click on a link to see where the music appears in The Time Virus.


‘It’s because I love you’ by the Master’s Apprentices.

See the Official Femmes page here: www.mastersapprentices.com/ and please consider buying It’s because I love you, and other Masters music here: itunes.apple.com/au/artist/masters-apprentices/id16488574

This is a wonderful song which I’ve loved since I was a teenager. Before I launched The Time Virus, I wrote to Glenn Wheatley, one of the Master’s Apprentices and asked for permission to have one of my friends, Dewayne Everettsmith play the song at the launch of The Time Virus. Dewayne did an amazing job.

If you’d like to see where the song appears in the book, click on this link for an excerpt from Chapter Minus 25.5 – The Master’s Apprentices.


‘Blister in the Sun’ by the Violent Femmes

See the Official Femmes page here: vfemmes.com and please consider buying Blister in the Sun and other Femmes music here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/violent-femmes/id305098251

This is my favourite dance song of all time. When she was in her teens, my daughter, Elsie, would come home late and night and ask me to get up and dance with her to this song. We lived in an old church so it was fun, and I don’t think I ever refused to get up and dance with her. I’d seen the Violent Femmes at the Palais in St Kilda a few months before my daughter was born, so maybe that was why she loved the song so much.

Anyway, you can imagine my happiness when Brian Ritchie of the Femmes moved to my island home, and later invited me to be the resident poet in the tea shop run by Brian and his wife, Dr Varuni Kulasekera. I had so much fun there.

It was only right that the song was played by a band in The Time Virus, on a beach, at a birthday eve party.

If you’d like to see where the song appears in the book, click on this link for an excerpt from Chapter 30.1 – The Birthday Eve Party


‘Heroes’ by the David Bowie

See the Official David Bowie page here: davidbowie.com and please consider buying Heroes and other Bowie music here: itunes.apple.com/au/album/heroes/id696008912

My father loved dolphins.

And, when he was in his teens, he swam with dolphins in the Derwent River in his home town of Hobart. There’s a lovely story about that here.

Dad always told me I was wonderful. He made me feel like one of his heroes.

I have always loved David Bowie, and always will. I was lucky enough to see him at the MCG when I was quite young!! What an amazing concert.

With its lyrics about swimming like dolphins can swim … The Time Virus, it was only right that Heroes was played by a band, on a beach, at a birthday eve party.

If you’d like to see where the song appears in the book, click on this link for an excerpt from Chapter 30.1 – The Birthday Eve Party


‘Puff the Magic Dragon’ by Peter, Paul and Mary

See the Official Peter, Paul and Mary page here: peterpaulandmary.com and please consider buying ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’ and other Peter, Paul and Mary music here: itunes.apple.com/au/album/puff-the-magic-dragon-single/id805299904

Puff the Dragon appeared in The Time Virus, and of course he had to live on an island called Honah Lee. This song was one of my childhood favourites, so even before Skye knows Puff’s real name, it’s the song she sings to try and tame the dragon she finds floating on a lake of Noesis.

If you’d like to see where the song appears in the book, click on this link for an excerpt from  Chapter 21 – The Noesis and the Golden Dragon


‘Purple Rain’ by Prince

See Rolling Stone on Prince here: rollingstone.com/music/artists/prince and please consider buying ‘Purple Rain’ and other Prince music here: itunes.apple.com/au/artist/prince/id155814


Purple Rain starts at about 4:40 on this video.

Prince. What an amazing performer. I was so blessed to see him play for two and a half hours at the Kent Hop Farm Festival in 2011 with my daughter. It was incredible, and Purple Rain was spectacular with purple confetti being launched into the crowd with big wind machines.

Prince sadly left this earth when I was finalising The TIme Virus, so I felt I had to draw this song into the text because I already had the indigo sea … so it was only a hop, skip and a jump to have Purple Rain.

If you’d like to see where the song appears in the book, click on this link for an excerpt from  Chapter 7 – Marescimar