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Here stages of my life are matched with songs I’ve written, & musical tastes & mien noted during each period. Subpages show lyrics if U R mustard keen…

‘Tiny Blue Flame’ (1970s) – The Wonder years

Dolly Parton, The Carpenters, Elton John, Anne Murray, the Eagles, Abba, Jackson 5, Kenny Rogers, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King

‘Heroine’ (1980-4) – The Friends years

Grease, Wham!, Spandau Ballet, Paul Young

‘La la la la’ (1985-8) – The Angst years

Bryan Adams, Jimmy Barnes, Hunters & Collectors, INXS, Kids in the Kitchen, Midnight Oil, Sting, Alison Moyet, Kate Cebrano

‘My Little Jail’ (1989-92) – The Doom years

Madonna, The Clouds, George Michael, Joe Jackson, Gary Moore

‘Kind of Green’ (1993-5) – The Romance years

Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Melissa Etheridge, Tina Arena, Sheryl Crowe

AB songs – Do U Dare, Kind of Green, Amazonian Lady, Ahmen, Robe Toast & Sitcoms, Matter, Ode 2 Charlotte, Standing There

‘When I Lived Alone’ (1996-9) – The Party years

Jewel, Alanis Morrisette, Indigo Girls, Dixie Chicks, Ben Folds, Dave Graney

AB songs – My Little Jail, If U were Mine, Lady Gay, Who Invited Guilt to Stay, Heroine, Just Like Rhett Butler, When I Lived Alone, Tiny Blue Flame, Stay, Dear Steve, That n This, B who I wanna B, Need U Near

‘Amazonian Lady’ (2000-03) – The Experiment years

Kasey Chambers, The Waifs, Norah Jones, Sarah McLachlan, Dido, Kylie Minogue

AB songs – La la la la, Babytawk, Pity & Disgrace, Material Things, Somewhere Else, Another Notch in my Belt, Laundromat, Madonna Wannabe, Loose Ends, U’ll do 4 me, Preferences, As they F*#$ing come

‘Loose Ends’ (2004-8) – The Balance Years

KT Tunstall, Sarah Blasko, Clare Bowditch, Martha Wainwright, Delta Goodrem

AB songs – Fire In My Mind, Payroll Patsy, 1 Man Woman, Angel on the Ground, Well of Love

‘Well of Love’ (2009-14) – The Family Years

Lyle Lovett, Sara Storer, Beccy Cole, Missy Higgins, Bic Runga, Rufus Wainwright

AB songs – Sins of Mine, Friday On My Mind 2, Enemy of the State, Mountains

‘Fire In My Mind’ (2015-20) – The Busking Years

Jen Cloher, Adalita, Deborah Conway, Gurrumul, Be Good Tanyas, Paul Kelly

AB songs – Autumn Child, Gem in the Mess, Better Life than Mine, My Song, Faith