- My name is Scott Bird. My friends call me Birdy.
- I grew up in Tasmania, Australia, in a cool little town called Penguin.
- My mums family are the Smiths and have Koori Ancestry.
- My Dad was from England and his ancestors came from Limerick in Ireland. My grandad was always singing.
- My Uncle Reg was a singing drummer and he passed this arcane knowledge onto me.
- I founded my first band when I was 12, played on local TV and became addicted to songs, music and rock'n'roll.
- I ran away to the mainland and joined the rock'n'roll circus when I was 18 and have been on the run ever since.
- I love this land in all its incarnations, it gives me a sense of peace and belonging.
- I love my wife Trudi, family and friends; they give me a sense of peace and belonging.
- I love the fact that I have always had music in my life. It is my constant companion.
- I love the fact that I live in a free, democratic country. Gondwana you little beauty.
- A pale rider, a long rider, a journeyman, a brother to my sisters and a man from earth. Well met my friends.
MFE Press Kit / TIMELINE
Scott Bird is an Australian singer/songwriter with a rich Aboriginal/Irish ancestry who describes himself as a 'Jedi Knight' in training. Instinctively following his heart and expressing his experiences, reflections and observations in song, Scott's spiritual/musical journey began at an early age. From his beginnings as an 11 year old drummer vocalist in Tasmania, from the age of 18 when he ran away to the mainland and joined the rock'n'roll circus and until now, he has always walked a musical path. A 'Long Rider', a 'Man from Earth' performing, recording and teaching. He is self taught, an autodidact who in his own words says, "I am very grateful to have had music in my life, it is my constant companion."
Photo to right and above by Wendy McDougall
Soon after Pale Riders disbanded Scott was introduced to the 'Aloka Meditation Centre' where he befriended the spiritual teachers, Venerable Mahinda (Bhante) and Sister Sumitra. As a consequence of this meeting he spent much of his free time for the next few years, building and tending the gardens at Aloka and laying stone; lots of stone. He refers to it as 'Zen Gardening' and Bhante and Sister; in their brown robes conjure up the image of Yoda and Obe Wan Kenobi gently instructing a young Luke Skywalker about the ways of the force.
Every stone he placed was done so with careful consideration and intent. This care and consideration is mirrored by the careful placement of every word in every song on the Riversong Album. "It's about synchronicity; about being in the moment and applying that to every aspect of your life. I find that with song writing, in order for the conduit to that place within to be open, you need to quiet the mind and let it flow. If your mind gets involved and tries to seize control the moment is lost, it gets scrambled and something gets lost in translation. If something is simple we tend to discount it as being invalid, we have been conditioned to believe that something is only worthy if a great struggle has been taken up and conquered. I think as a consequence we tend to over complicate things. The challenge for me has always been to find the true essence of the song and dress it in the right parts. I would like to think that one day I will find that note. This keeps me excited about making music."
"I'm not real sure how it all started. Maybe it was the stack of 45's that got handed down from my mums mob. Maybe it was the stories my dad would tell about the cavern and seeing the Beatles when the Mersey was discovering it's beat. Maybe it was all of this and everything else besides. I guess it makes no never mind anyhow. What I do know is that I have had a life long dedication to songs. I love them with a passion; they are my friends. Getting to know songs and learning to speak their language has been one of the most enriching experiences in my life. I love the way they feel, their textures, their stories and their colours. Music is a way of life and has been one of my greatest teachers. The greatest lesson has been that it is in your heart, not your head. Thanks for taking the time." Scott