Janet Swain - Vanilla Monologues
Janet is an award-winning songwriter known for her ability to infuse her music with life and energy, captivating both audiences and fellow musicians. Her songs are filled with vibrant stories and a deep love for life, encompassing everything from heartstring-pulling ballads to catchy pop anthems that leave listeners exhilarated.
One of the highlights of her career is winning the first prize in the pop/uptempo category of the prestigious Unisong Songwriting competition for her song "Moan." The judges were unequivocal in their praise, calling it a "lights-out hit-sounding thing" that's incredibly attractive and infectious. She also won a Dolphin Award for her song 'Dinner for One' which she wrote for her band The Loveys. Other Loveys songs include Spinster Daughter, Daddy Joined the Circus, Walk Me Home and Beautiful Woman.
Janet's versatility shines through in her ability to effortlessly switch between different musical styles. She's known for her intuitive approach to songwriting, which allows her to work quickly and adapt to various projects. Her portfolio includes writing songs for children, commissions for festivals and events, and co-writing compositions for significant occasions like the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron at Sydney Olympic Park and the Bicentenary of the Battle of Vinegar Hill in western Sydney.
Janet has also made significant contributions to choral music, with her compositions being performed extensively across Australia, including the widely appreciated "Calling Song." In 2001, she added to her accolades by producing her solo CD, "Spine," which showcases her musical talent and dedication to her craft.
In the world of songwriting, Janet's awards and achievements speak volumes about her talent and her ability to connect with audiences through her music.
Featuring Rod Coe on double bass.
Somebody’s Gotta Take Care of the Building (written for Bruce Springsteen)
This is stunning. Gave me goosebumps.
So beautiful Janet. You’ve given voice to those left picking their way through the debris. Beautiful indeed, and sad and still very dignified.
The simple metaphor in your song, that maintenance of democracy and governing with decency can be expressed through the small act of fixing and bolstering rather than destroying....
Earthy, poetic, heartfelt.