Member Highlight: Lizanne Richards

Here is one of our many members who have brought life to our community. We are grateful to see the process and progress our members share with us, and we are honored to give them the spotlight! Their story is our story. Read on to be inspired by our latest Member Highlight interview…

Meet Lizanne Richards

Lizanne is from Romsey, Victoria, Australia

What do you do during the day?
I am a full time mother of four. I have 3 in primary school and 1 still in pre-school kindergarten next year. I get the kids up and breakfasted, pack lunches, do the dishes, assist my 9 year old with her piano practice and my 8 year old with her violin practice, then drive them to school or 3 year old kinder. On three days I hang out with my 4 year old Oscar. We go swimming and grocery shopping one day. I play basketball and he does Mini Maestros (a pre-school music program) one day. And Oscar has a dance class and library story time session on another day. There are two mornings that I have that are kid-free. This year is the first year in nearly 10 years that I have had kid-free time during the day. I have tried to dedicate this time to music stuff, as this is what I longed for throughout the last 10 years.

Share a song you wrote during the last 100 DOS challenge:
I wrote the lyrics in March, re-worked them and then recorded it in early November. I was away for the launch of the 100 day challenge so unfortunately felt like I missed the boat. My deadline was to record the song for my friend, who is in hospital, battling cancer. He's heard it and has informed that he intends to hang in there and keep waiting.


Waiting Room by Lizanne Richards

Sitting a waiting room
Looking at the trash TV
Waitin’ for my number
Who knows when it’ll be?

I heard that you’ve been called
You’re too young but you say
I’ve had a good life
No regrets
Now you’re sitting in a waiting room
Waiting for a place to go
If waiting is the thing we do
I want to wait it out with you


Your mother has the hardest road
To watch her grown up baby boy
Be the first to leave
Depart this waiting room

(And I want her to know) Every moment mattered

We’d do it all again
You’re sitting with us
In this waiting room


If waiting’s all that’s left to do
Then I’m gonna wait it out with you
Cos’ it’s you that matters most
In this waiting room

There’s waiting and there’s being free
Free from all constraints
No more smashed egos
No small complaints
Sitting in a waiting room
Waiting for a place to go
If waiting is the thing we do
I want to wait it out with you

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Is there anything surprising about your musical taste?
My husband is a Tool fan and I have seen the light. I haven't naturally gravitated towards this style of music, but I have broken through into the realm of appreciating going to live performances of heavy styles of rock music. Concrete Blonde, Queens of the Stone Age and Stephen Wilson are a few artists that I have thoroughly enjoyed being exposed to.

What does your songwriting habit look like?
In the depths of this winter just gone, I started a new routine of getting up half an hour earlier and completing 20 or so minutes of song writing exercises. I followed Pat Pattison's Sonwriting Without Boundaries book. I also joined up with 100 Days of Songwriting online community which has provided me with deadlines and extremely helpful tutorials.

Who are your influences? How have they shaped you?
Gillian Welch. I discovered her when I was a teacher in London in my early 20's. Her voice is not trying to be anything it isn't. Her lyrics are intelligent and highly crafted. She has something to say. Her instrumentation is sparse and musical. Her sense of rhythm is impeccable. I can think of no other songwriter who has floored me with their craft more than her.

What challenge are you facing with songwriting?
Finding and making the time to slot songwriting in is challenging. Working out a new way to work alongside parenthood is challenging. It's all pushing me towards a desk home music studio set up and approach where I work when I can and save the work that I do, to be continued when the next session arises. It is requiring me to step up to the plate of learning software, completing online tuturials and stepping into the role of producer for my own music. It's slow going but it's all actually good stuff.

Tell us an early memory about a song that woke something up inside you.
Roads by Portishead, Dummy album.
I remember being in the Bluetrain Cafe on Southbank in Melbourne. I was with my fiance who would soon become my ex. The song transported me into a beautiful space of longing and loss. It's a timeless recording. Beth Gibbon's vocals sit perfectly atop ethereal sounds, strings and beats. It's sparseness and space makes it.

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