Celebrating International Women’s Day with Judith Durham
Rating: 6/3/2012 Share
Judith Durham, the unforgettable Seekers girl with the glorious voice, remains as beautiful in her 60s as she was in the 60s, still with her lovely smile and trade-mark long brown hair. In her early Seekers days she was uncertain of herself and of the world, and there was an innocence and homeliness about her that charmed people everywhere. But she was unawakened.
On International Women’s Day, 8th March 2012, her new, self-penned CD, ‘Epiphany’ will come as a shock to many who may still think of her as that ingénue. For Judith Durham has been on a lifetime journey that since 1968 shook her into awareness of the world’s injustices: to the poor and oppressed, the environment, to animals, to the Aboriginal people, to spirituality – and to women. As she grew older and grew up, she met people who brought to her attention that the world was full of inequality and injustice. And with this dawning Judith began to use her talent as a composer and lyricist to express these new truths through her songs.
The Hand That Rocks The World – with its additional closing track affirmation - is an affirming anthem that seeks to inspire, inform and celebrate. Espousing the feelings of women from all walks of life across all cultures and nationalities, every feminist from Germaine Greer to the mother at the school gate – and every hand that rocks - will see that Judith Durham, through the medium of song, is bringing to the world’s attention their ongoing plight.
Judith says: “In my life’s journey I was given information along the way by others more wise than me which transformed my understanding and made me feel passionate about things I’d hardly thought about, but which I then realised were profoundly unjust. I didn’t even know I was a feminist until I was implored by Diana Abruzzi of the International Women’s Federation of Commerce and Industry (IWFCI) to compose and record a song to empower and inspire women. As my starting point, I took the famous phrase ‘the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world’, which Mum had quoted to me as a teenager, and that thought-provoking phrase led to my enlightenment all these decades later.”
The Hand That Rocks The World from Judith Durham’s new album ‘Epiphany’” produced by Musicoast and released by Universal Music on the Decca label.