I'm in a band called MOSS. MOSS is a five (5) piece original Rock & Blues Band, writing social / political songs aimed to get messages important to us out there while you rock.
We grew up in an era where songs were very much media commentary. The stage was the podium, the lyrics the speeches, as this was our principal platform to express our political and social voice in our early years. We still think there is much yet to be said so we say it through our songs. Songs with a social message continue to resonate with us.
Personal Website: marksimpkin.com.au
MOSS Website: mossmusic.com.au
Phone: 0409 826 480
- Screen name:
- Mark Simpkin
- Member since:
- Apr 03 2014
- Active within 2 weeks
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, George Harrison, John Lennon, Buddy Guy just about any other rock or blues guitarist.
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Rock God Track number: 5 Year: 2018 Album: Ruby Slippers Genre: Rock
ROCK GOD - © Copyright 2017 Lyrics: Suzie Craig Music: Mark Simpkin, Clive Pollard, Graham Knowles & Peter Cornthwaite. Website: www.mossmusic.com.au ROCK GOD has a foundation based on the fact that all MOSS members not only played their part in the creation of this song musically, but we all shared the same experience and emotion relating to the subject matter. As with all the sentiments in our songs, MOSS band members are on the same page, but ROCK GOD goes that little bit further in connecting us to a shared experience. One that we’ll never forget and should never forget! We’ll let the lyrics speak for themselves:
Pippi's SongWe saw the parallel between Greta Thunberg and Astrid Lindgren’s character; Pippi Longstocking as we witnessed global leaders unable to debate Greta on the issue she presented, rather they lowered themselves to bully her by focusing their inept rebuke on her physical appearance and personal attributes. Like Pippi, Greta very ably put the bullies in the trees.
You're My World
You're My WorldWe are all scrambling to make good, make up and put things right, because we have all made our own individual contribution toward harming the very thing that we should love, nurture and cherish, our world. “You’re my world” is a love song. It’s about the love we have for our world, facing our mistakes and the promise to put things right, just like when we hurt someone we love. The lyrics speak to the world as if it were human with understanding. How often do we tell a loved one, “You mean the world to me.” “You’re my world.” Meaning they are exceptional, valued, important and loved. When you view the world that way, it becomes very emotional. “To transform our relationship with the Earth, we need to begin from a place of love, writes Zen master, poet, and peace and human rights activist Thích Nhất Hạnh in his small but profound book, Love Letter to the Earth. In this excerpt, he gently urges us not to see the Earth as the “environment,” but rather as a great bodhisattva. In his words, “The Earth is not just the environment. The Earth is us.”
Dust And Dreams
Dust And DreamsDust and Dreams Warraitya tangkuinyanthiis a song written and produced by Adelaide band MOSS, in collaboration with Mr. Jack Buckskin, a linguist and teacher of Kaurna language at the Tauondi Aboriginal College. The motivation to write Dust and Dreams came after Susan and Mark spent a month in the Australian outback last year, where they saw the devastation of many Aboriginal communities who were struggling to survive and felt compelled to become involved and help. Dust and Dreams is a song that mixes hard social comment with hope. Symbolic, yet practical and real, fostering a sense of unity between Aboriginal and non Aboriginal Australians. From the outset the song had to include and make visible Aboriginal culture, speak about truth and fuse ancestral sounds with contemporary rock.
Bankster BluesA song Inspired by Australia’s Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry and of course us having some fun with it. You have to laugh sometimes at these things or they'd make you cry. We hope you like it.
I'd rather wear a hat than wear a halo
I'd rather wear a hat than wear a haloInspiration for a song can come from the most unusual places and when you least expect it. This song was inspired from a painting by Ken Brayford who painted all the dogs in their family past and present. Those who had passed are wearing halos, those who are still alive and barking are wearing hats! My immediate reaction when I saw this wonderful painting was . . . "Glad I'm wearing a hat and not a halo!" Then shortly after Mark and I went on a road trip to the Kimberley and the lyrics followed based on the amazing feeling of freedom and being totally alive in outback Australia. Sometimes it's hard to be happy when there're so many aweful things going on in the world that make you sad. But we shouldn't apologies for the sand in our shoes or the wind in our hair, because we will all cop bad times and in the meantime do the best we can for others less fortunate and get on with enjoying life! Tori Dewar Love Life, Peace & Love #MOSS
Mr HYDEMr HYDE © © Copyright Lyrics: Suzie Craig Music: Mark Simpkin And Clive Pollard Website: www.mossmusic.com.au The latest DUMA report shows 37 per cent of adult detainees tested positive to amphetamines — the highest in DUMA's history, and a 13 per cent jump since 2011–12. Showing record levels of amphetamine use among people in police custody is proof that ice is driving crime rates higher, the Australian Institute of Criminology says. (DUMA – Drug Use Monitoring in Australia). WRITERS COMMENTS Like many people in Australia, I am devastated to hear the gut wrenching news of so many families being torn apart by drugs and alcohol. Fathers dying at the hands of their sons . . . children dying at the hands of their parents. These crimes would never have been committed, but for the influence of drugs and alcohol and in particular the drug ICE. The process of “methylating" amphetamines introduces new and dangerous components with the drug that makes it particularly harmful, very addictive and creates in its users hallucinations, unusual and violent behaviour. To me, this is reminiscent of the story from my youth, about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scottish novelist and writer wrote the story, a Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll was a good man with a dual personality displaying and enacting the evil Edward Hyde, who eventually consumed his mind and commanded his body to commit terrible crimes. The story is a metaphor for good and evil. However, after digging deeper, I learned that Dr. Jekyll, in a clandestine manner, would brew his “own potion”, believing it would purge himself of Mr. Hyde. But the more he took “the potion” the more Mr. Hyde would appear. It was at this point I saw the very distinct parallels with Jekyll/Hyde and ICE and concluded that Dr Jekyll may indeed have been a drug addict – which inspired the phrase . . . “The more you take, he will lock the gate and you will live with Mr. Hyde.” The last line in the song is a quote from Stevenson’s book – “Like staring at a stone . . . you ask why.” This is how I feel, when I see the devastation cause by drugs and alcohol and more poignantly; the evil committed by people who without the influence of drugs and alcohol wouldn’t entertain such an act. It leaves you numb and shaking your head . . . and asking why.
Belle - (Will you still love me when I change)
Belle - (Will you still love me when I change)Published on 13 Mar 2017 Belle (Will you still love me when I change) – © Copyright Lyrics & Music: Susan Craig. “Belle, will you still love me when I change”; Was inspired by an amazing woman, Isabelle Lake. Isabelle entered the world as Nicholas, but sadly, left far too soon aged 21, as Isabelle. At 19, Belle recognized and understood the gender dysphoria that had plagued her life and formally identified as a woman. She was passionate and very driven to ensure that society treated fairly those who had been negatively impacted by the hand that life had dealt them. Just as Belle was fully embracing her new found self she was struck with an incredible blow, Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. She made an enormous contribution to the transgender community in the minimal time she had available after diagnosis. The West Australian community recognized her efforts and Belle was inducted into Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame in March 2015. We hope this song continues the legacy of Belle and raises awareness of the challenges transgender people face and indeed acceptance. © Copyright 2015 Susan Craig, Mark Simpkin
In excess of life
In excess of lifeIN EXCESS OF LIFE © Copyright 2015 Lyrics: Susan Craig. Music: Mark Simpkin and Clive Pollard. Website: www.mossmusic.com.au MOSS began as a cover band and has covered many INXS songs. Michal Hutchens was one of our most talented and successful musicians and songsters in Australia, if not the world. He had the world at his feet, and one of the lyrics in our song: “you drank the juices of life.” acknowledges this. He was often quoted as saying “elegantly wasted” a term used for having a good time. Life is no doubt meant to be lived, but some people at some point, push the boundary of what their bodies can take and live to excess with drugs and alcohol, resulting in their darkest hours or extinction. This is not only reserved for the famous and rich in our world, but everyday people who also push the boundaries and end what was a successful and healthy life. I know another Michael, my friend’s son, who also pushed those boundaries and tragically, unnecessarily ended what was a healthy, successful life.
EmilyEmily – © Copyright Lyrics: Suzie Craig Music: Mark Simpkin And Clive Pollard Website: www.mossmusic.com.au Emily Wilding Davison (11 October 1872 – 8 June 1913) was a militant suffragette who fought for women's suffrage in Britain. She was jailed on nine occasions and force-fed 49 times. She stepped in front of King George V's horse Anmer at the Epsom Derby on 4 June 1913, suffering fatal injuries. Her funeral on 14 June 1913 was organised by the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). Thousands of suffragettes accompanied the coffin and tens of thousands of people lined the streets of London. I knew of the Suffragette story vaguely, however, after seeing the movie Suffragette recently, it motivated me to learn more about this women’s movement and I couldn’t help but feel compelled to write a song as tribute to this amazing woman. Emily gave up her life, not just for the women of her time, but for women like us today and for the women of our future. She “gave it all she had”, as was written on her grave stone, she endured countless terms of incarceration, 46 episodes of barbaric force feeding, beatings by the London police and finally she stood before The Kings horse galloping head on at over 45kms an hour; her last act of defiance, that finally took her life. She was more than just a political activist, she was a soldier in a civil war, a war waged by the women of her time and a revolutionary. If Emily were alive today, I would thank her profusely. This song is about recognising her existence and making sure that Emily Pankhurst continues to resonate among women of today and into the future. Music and lyrics are more powerful than speeches, as the story in song is then chanted to rhythm and rhyme for decades or even centuries to come.
Days like these
Days like theseDAYS LIKE THESE © Copyright 2015 Lyrics: Susan Craig. Music: Mark Simpkin and Clive Pollard. Website: www.mossmusic.com.au Many people are lucky enough to be born into a good life and for many years lead a life free of difficult times. Those days are carefree; wonderful and there’s a naïve’ belief that “bad things only happen to other people, not me, not us. We just hear about and read about these things.” But not too many people escape difficult times and at some point we all have to deal with sadness and experience grief and hardships beyond our wildest imagination. You don’t learn about this, nobody prepares you. One day you’re on top of the world and the next it all comes crushing down and we are quite surprized when this happens, it’s as if a terrible mistake had been made - . . . “nobody told me there’d be days like these”. As I move through this stage of my life, I’ve come to learn that everyone has a story . . . sadly. There’s some of my story in this song. But what I’ve also learned is that whilst we struggle to make sense of tragedy, we can use those experiences to be grateful and when happiness and love stand before us, reach out with unbridled embrace. Don’t squander the good times, it’s offensive to the bad times, so . . . “now I dare to breathe deeper than I did then. I see, I hear, I feel, I touch, I breathe today”.
You're braver than you believe
You're braver than you believeYOU’RE BRAVER THAN YOU BELIEVE © Copyright 2015 Lyrics: Susan Craig Music: Mark Simpkin and Clive Pollard Website: www.mossmusic.com.au Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence. The majority of women experience physical violence by someone know to them – usually an intimate partner or a family member, rather than a stranger. When writing Braver, I didn’t want to dwell on the sadness and terror of domestic violence, but rather empower women with the knowledge they are braver than they believe themselves to be. That there is no shame for them and they can reach out and make a change. The lyrics – a superman standing tall, they don’t see him when you fall to the ground, is designed to highlight that perpetrators of domestic violence, may often appear to be very fine “gentle” men in our communities and not show any signs of being capable of aggression and abuse. . . until it’s behind closed doors. SOME QUICK FACTS: • Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence. • A woman is most likely to be killed by her male partner in her home, rather than a stranger. • Domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children. • Intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill health in Australian women aged 15-44. • One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them. • One in four children are exposed to domestic violence, which is a recognised form of child abuse. • The cost of violence against women to the Australian economy is estimated to rise to $15.6 billion per annum.
Children in the Crossfire
Children in the CrossfireChildren in the Crossfire - © Copyright 2017 Music: Mark Simpkin Lyrics: Suzie Craig Arrangement: Suzie Craig, Mark Simpkin, Clive Pollard, Graham Knowles, Peter Cornthwaite) Demo Audio Production: Graham Knowles Initially inspired by those haunting images of the Aleppo boy but then our thoughts went to all the children who suffer the horror of war. The whole band got right behind this one and the arrangement is the product of their passion for the song. Children in the Crossfire (Lyrics) INTRO: VERSE 1: Too hard to see, close your eyes, turn it off, just look away Still they come in the night, wake me up, their lives are dark and grey Because their home is a war All their streets are on fire The wolves, they’re at the door CHORUS Through filtered lens, I cry and I share the pain you feel, Oh what must it be like, when the pain is real. Oh what must it be like, when the pain is real. VERSE 2: No school, no fun, in the rubble you’re scared, you’re on the run You’ve seen too much, you just stare at the fire, the smoke and guns Because your home is war I can’t be silent anymore The wolves they’re at your door. CHORUS Through filtered lens I cry and I share the pain you feel, Oh what must it be like, when the pain is real. God what must it be like, when the pain is real. BRIDGE: How many times must a missile fly? Before they are forever banned Oh and, how many times can we imagine? That we can give peace a chance. That we can give peace a chance. SOLO : VERSE 3: You cry no more, nothing left, just a child you’re on your own, It can’t go on, if I could I would bring you to my home, My home, with no war you wont be scared anymore Your childhood waiting at your door. CHORUS Through filtered lens I cry and I share the pain you feel, Oh what must it be like, when the pain is real. Oh what must it be like, when the pain is real. OUTRO: How many times must a missile fly? Before they are forever banned How many times can we imagine? That we can, give peace a chance… © Copyright 2017
Ode to the 70's
Ode to the 70'sOde to the 70’s - © Copyright 2016 Music: Mark Simpkin Lyrics: Suzie Craig When Mark composed the melody to this song, it automatically had a flavour of the 70’s to me. There were some great moments in the 70’s both political and social. • End of the white Australia policy. • End to conscription. • Start of recognising land right for the first Australians • And of course, some great sounds from amazing iconic bands during that decade. It was a passionate era for music hanging on the coat tails of the 60’s revolution and music went on to voice the times of the 70’s. People in those days who spoke out socially and politically were silenced and considered trouble makers, so musicians used the stage as their podium and lyrics as their speeches,” in order to make social comment. Ode to the 70’s is a fun song and our tribute to those times. For me and the other MOSS members; I started the 70’s as a child (12 years) and ended them as an adult (21) and like many of us, our life experiences during that time were so diverse and intense they brand deeply and we have a great affinity and personal relationship with those 70’s songs!
Start ThinkingOur government is putting forward the proposed plan for Australian and in deed South Australia to become the dumping ground for the worlds spent uranium. This is a decision that once made is irrevocable and any adverse consequence of such a project would be catastrophic and literally with us to the end of time. Start thinking is designed to create the awareness in our community, start discussion and make the point that we can change our future, today. The song has been written from “a person in the future”, looking back at us asking us what were you thinking, giving us the opportunity to change the course of events, now. When considering how to communicate this, our national anthem came into mind. ‘Advance Australia Fair.” My take on this is that whatever plans we make as a nation, must advance our country in the best way possible. So, I’ve manipulated the words in the first verse of the anthem, in the bridge of the song: “You had golden soil and natures gifts not to spoil. With beauty so rich and life so rare. In history’s stag, did you blot the page. Or did you advance Australia fair?” “Click your ruby slippers now, take me home and I’ll show you how to start thinking, start thinking of me.” Refers to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, where she clicks here ruby slippers and wants to go home. In doing this it helps us to identify that people in the future are real. We have seen Dorothy on the screen, we can visualize her. We speak of future generations, but we really need to see somebody in the flesh, someone like Dorothy - who just wanted to go back, go home and lucky for her she could. Australia has so much to offer the world. We are fast becoming the ‘food bowl of the world”. Wouldn’t we rather make our living from our rural industry with clean, healthy food, using clean energy resources, rather than become a uranium dumping ground, making Australia “a dirty and dangerous place.” © Copyright Susan Craig, Clive Pollard & Mark Simpkin