Country music song ‘Mother Flower’, released earlier this week, is the handiwork of a collective of singer-songwriters who were moved by the plight of patients struggling to access affordable medical cannabis.
Campaigner Lucy Haslam said she has been working on the creation of an anthem for the cause since 2014 when she approached late country music band manager, David Woodward.
Haslam said Woodward recommended she get in touch with John Krsulja, owner of The Dag Sheep Station in Nundle. Krsulja runs the annual Songwriter Festival and leapt at the chance to support Haslam’s cause.
Haslam said: “John was happy to get the participants in the singer-songwriter workshops at the festival involved. He said it would be good to mix things up a bit.”
During the festival Haslam and scientist Justin Sinclair visited the group of budding performers at The Dag and screened the medical cannabis documentary ‘High as Mike’.
Haslam said that by the end of the film, and the subsequent Q&A with Sinclair (who was there to explain how medical cannabis works), the group was very engaged and keen to write a song.
Haslam, who is a former resident and business owner in Tamworth, said country music was the obvious choice because the people of Tamworth had been so supportive of her when she was campaigning for Dan’s Law in support of her late son.
Alongside up-and-coming stars, established performers Jen Mize, Shane Nicholson, Kevin Bennett, Lyn Bowtell, Felicity Urquhart, Jeff Gibson, John Krsulja and Jeremy Edwards wrote the words and melody to Mother Flower.
Haslam said: “I am so grateful to these wonderful artists who really got behind the cause for no personal gain. They tapped into their own feelings in a way that is hard to describe. The emotion of the patients they saw in the film, the double standards imposed by the politicians, the unnecessary suffering, the fear, the anger and the pain are in the words and strip bare the issues that we are up against.
“Mother Flower is more than just another country music song. It is the anthem for a movement based on love and the dignity that comes with relief of suffering,” she said.
The song has been entered in the 2020 Australian Country Music Awards and will be the anthem of the Australian Medical Cannabis Symposium that is planned to go ahead in 2021.
Haslam said she hopes the song will motivate people and give patients who are suffering a sense that there are people working for them.
“We’re playing the long game. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. It’s very hard when you’re sick or battling pain to have the energy to fight. We want those people to know that we are fighting for them” she added.