Local musician Pete O'Brien has been keeping busy in his studio, recording a new song about community spirit and resilience during Coronavirus restrictions.
Pete said ‘We Will Survive' was written three weeks ago after many people had requested an original song about the worldwide pandemic.
It's not the first time the local songwriter has penned a tune about the challenges faced by the community.
“Some people may remember me after I wrote my Flood Song in 2011, which seemed to give faith and help those in need,” he said.
“Now, ‘We Will Survive ‘ is about the world we loved changing into a new world where things will be different because of the effect of Covid-19.”
Pete said his song was inspired by human spirit and the coming together of the community.
“I believe the human spirit is very powerful and can survive many destructive situations to blossom again,” he said.
“I wanted to help people in these trying times and I feel writing songs with strong messages of sticking together will help us get through this event.”
Pete said his song ‘We Will Survive’ had already received great feedback from across the nation since posting to his Facebook page last month.
“I have been amazed at the community response from people in Bundaberg and Australia-wide,” he said.
“The lyric video has had over 8000 views which is amazing… to think over 8000 people have heard my message is awesome.”
Pete said he had spent many long hours in his studio producing the song and video for the community to enjoy.
He said he the song was also a reflection of his own struggle during restrictions and stated the entertainment industry had been heavily impacted by Covid-19.
“When Covid-19 restrictions first came into place I lost all my contracts and venues I had worked hard to get for over many years,” he said.
“I lost thousands of dollars in work in 24 hours, which is the same situation as every other person in the entertainment industry.
“When we can go back to work it will be like starting from scratch again.”
To help keep his sound going, Pete said he had been playing live Facebook gigs for his followers and also enjoying the online music from fellow local musicians.
“It warms my heart how they appreciate my music in these trying times,” he said.
“The only good thing in these times is the chance people are getting to see and hear new and different musicians from around the area.
“I love seeing my muso mates play and hearing their original music. We don’t get the chance to see each other’s gigs when we are gigging ourselves.”
You can catch Pete O'Brien and his live gigs on Facebook every Saturday night from 7pm.
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