Stars Over Tathra: ‘Without music who knows where I would be’

STARS OVER TATHRA: Peter Robin was so inspired by the Band Together Tathra Bushfire Relief Concert he wrote a song. Picture: Supplied
STARS OVER TATHRA: Peter Robin was so inspired by the Band Together Tathra Bushfire Relief Concert he wrote a song. Picture: Supplied

Ironmungy songwriter Peter Robin was so inspired by the Band Together Tathra Bushfire Relief Concert he grabbed his acoustic guitar and penned an ode to the seaside town.

“It was just a magic day,” Mr Robin said after posting the song to social media.

You don’t know if you’ve got tomorrow, or what’s around the corner.

Songwriter Peter Robin

“There was no animosity, everyone was on the right page.

“Everyone was there for all the right reasons.”

The 45-year-old is a house concert regular across the escarpment, and wrote his tribute song Stars Over Tathra inside his converted 30 foot Mercedes bus he calls home.

“After the concert we had a small recovery session back in Bemboka and over the next couple of nights I put the song together,” Mr Robin said.

“I wanted to write something personal about the experience.”

Mr Robin said he puts his favourite life memories into song, and his guitar and harmonica have helped him through his toughest moments.

“Without music who knows where I would be,” he said.

“I was telling a bloke yesterday I was writing songs before I could play an instrument.

“I was told I had no musical talent by my mother, but I found the guitar by fluke about 26 years ago.”

The concert was an eventful day, bringing everyone together to help the community, Mr Robin said.

“We were staying at some cabins that night after the concert, and I actually got lost trying to get back there after everyone had left,” he said with a laugh.

“I couldn’t remember the name of where we were staying, but a bus driver knew where I had to go.

“I got back there and played pretty much all night.”

He said his friends and partner also inspire him to keep writing music.

“I just write what comes out,’ he said.

“The best form of anything is to exclude yourself.

“I become what I write about.

“I tell a story and I go from there.

“You don’t know if you’ve got tomorrow, or what’s around the corner.

“So stuff it.”

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