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Still on the road to the perfect song

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When Kevin Bennett crawled from the Namoi swampland deep in the Pilliga scrub, just north of nowhere in particular, he had one thing on his mind – Yes… creating the perfect ‘pop’ song, that is: telling the story, making it rhyme and getting the hell outta there in under three minutes flat! Many had tried before, many had failed gallantly, brave failures one and all, so KB took up the cause.

Over the years, he has been diverted from his quest, seeing songs by his contemporaries, such as Stairway to Heaven, Hotel California, American Pie, The Real Thing (all clocking in at more than seven minutes), become generation-hopping anthems. He even wrote Drowning in the Milk, a seven-minute workout he saw as an Australian Pie of sorts!

Kevin-bennet-Still, success eluded him and he found his way back to the fold – his quest, as yet unfulfilled, has exposed him to many places (the world), people (friends), predicaments (life experiences) and I guess this in itself is success.

‘There’s no success like failure and that failure’s no success at all’ – Dylan (thanks, Bob).

Along the road the headlights shine on all those who have joined, or participated in this quest, noble soldiers past and present – Rufus Bullfinch, Blue, Emu, The Daylights, The Honeymoon, Moving Pictures, Chasin The Train, The Six Amigos, The Stetsons, Woodpickers, Broderick Smith Band and, of course, The Flood with Gern, Jim and Tim currently mixing up the musical potion that just might lead to the discovery of that perfect song.

‘It was a beautiful song but it ran too long. If you’re gonna have a hit, you’ve got to make it fit, so they cut it down to 3:05’ – Joel (thanks, Billy).

Hey, it’s the journey that counts, right?

– KB

Kevin plays this weekend Sunday September 15
3–6pm The Court House Hotel, Mullumbimby
$20 – 6684 1550

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