Bush ballad and homegrown lyrics to form new anthem
FOR 46 years Andergrove resident Valerie Christensen has been composing her own version of the national anthem, and now she is ready for the world to hear it.
Ms Christensen said it was a song she was "born to write".
Surrounded by music her entire life, Ms Christensen said songwriting came naturally to her.
"My dad always played piano and the piano accordion all my life," she said.
While in the kitchen one morning in 1974, Ms Christensen said, the lyrics suddenly come to her.
Singing to the tune of Click go the Shears she said "the words just seemed to be there".
The simple melody to the traditional bush ballad formed the perfect national anthem, she said.
"With the current anthem you can only remember the first verse and then, boom it's gone.
"But these are easy words to remember and it goes straight to your heart.
"It just feels part of us."
But, for too long her revised anthem had gone unsung, Ms Christensen said.
"I wondered after all that time, what on earth am I going to do about it.
"I felt I had a duty to share it."
While in lockdown the 76-year-old set up a camera and jumped on her piano to sing her version of the national anthem, Wimalong Australia, before uploading the video to YouTube.
"My voice wasn't too bad," she joked.
"(But) I needed a lot of perseverance to get this far."