- Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire
This song always focuses me to drive forward in a particular direction. It’s about deep-seated desire and obsession and sometimes that can be used to improve yourself.
- Augie March – One Crowded Hour
This song poetically sums up the chaotic nature of life, but it has always provided me with peace… because for one crowded hour the search itself is worth more then what is found at the end.
- Neil Young- Harvest Moon
One of my old favorites. It’s romance in a song, one that is very nice to dance too on a secluded beach with your special someone (I recommend Rottnest Island).
- Angie McMahon – Slow Mover
A huge song that to me, is about trying to navigate your way through early adulthood. There is comfort in knowing that everyone is confused!
- Vance Joy – From Afar
It’s a beautiful song that taught me, you don’t need to be in someone’s life to love them. You can care for people from afar.
- Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon
Since being introduced to the “Rumours” album as a kid, this has always been my favorite track. It never fails to give me this overwhelming energy that makes me feel like I am capable of anything.
- Mallrat – Charlie
Timeless and nostalgic, it just feels like a warm hug and brings back every great memory.
- Alessi Brothers – Seabird
This song to me has deep undertones under the cheerful lo-fi melody. It’s a special song that dissolves all worries about anything happening in society and puts life into complete perspective.
- Greta Stanley – When January Comes
Greta sets a scene in every line and she absolutely pulls me into another world with this song. It’s blissful and comforting whenever I need it to be.
- The Beatles – Blackbird
It’s a super fun song to play on the guitar and it actually got me into fingerpicking. Lyrically it’s symbolic of strength and persistence and has always brought huge positivity into my life.
For fans of Alex The Astronaut, Courtney Barnett and Paul Kelly, Harper Bloom’s Mary is a wonderful example of brilliant Australian songwriting from beginning to end. Deeply personal, affecting and sweet, Mary shines with acoustic guitars, driving percussion and Harper Bloom’s wonderfully unique, gentle vocals. Working alongside Benjamin McCarthy (G Flip, Thelma Plum, Megan Washington) to bring Mary to life, Harper Bloom is sure to impress with this brilliant single. Speaking on the inspiration behind the track, Harper Bloom enthuses, “The single is essentially about not being afraid to be vulnerable and take risks, no matter who you are or how old you are. It’s about having the strength to leave a comfortable, mundane existence behind in search of enriching experiences and a new lease of life. The idea really came from observing people on trains and buses…some of the verses came from overheard conversations or things I saw on public transport, and watching the body language and expressions of people doing a job they didn’t really want to be doing.”