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BLUE SKIES PROJECT

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About the project

The Bluesberries are excited to announce Blue Skies Project. Musician and journalist Daniel Fallon has teamed up with English producer Paul Beard and Australian entrepreneur John McMurtrie AM to write and record Blue Skies, a song to promote peace, show solidarity with the people of Ukraine and raise funds for refugees displaced by the conflict via UNHCR.

 

In an extraordinary creative process, the Sydney soul band The Bluesberries, which features some of Australia’s finest musicians - has collaborated with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, which draws on the most talented young classical musicians from across Ukraine (aged 12-22) to record versions of the song. Led by violinist and arranger Illya Bondarenko - an emerging classical star in Europe - the 33-piece orchestra performed a symphonic arrangement of Blue Skies at a cathedral in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The song features outstanding Ukrainian opera singer Maryana Golovko, who contributed Ukrainian lyrics and her beautiful voice to versions of the song.

 

The renowned Shchedryk Kyiv Children’s Choir recorded a special arrangement for Blue Skies by Ukrainian composer Roman Surzha and Paul Beard. The ensemble brought together 22 Children’s voices to record the piece at a studio in Kyiv. (The studio they recorded in had been repaired from minor damage following Russian attacks earlier in the year.)

 

Different versions of the song will be released as an EP in late November in Sydney, Australia. Some 70 Australian and Ukrainian musicians have contributed to the recording.

 

All proceeds from sales of the song will go to UNHCR to support Ukrainian refugees.

 

The project is managed by Beard, Fallon, McMurtrie and Ukrainian manager Polina Velichko, who has been instrumental in bringing the teams together.

Blue Skies will be launched late in early December.

The lyrics

I looked into your troubled eyes and said goodbye
And nobody knows if this will be the last time
All we ever wanted was an ordinary life
Now we’re dreaming of a day that we can all lie

 

Under blue skies
I’ll hold you in my arms
Under blue skies
We are one
Don’t waste your whole life
Fighting another man’s war
Under blue skies
We are one


I put you on the last train that left tonight
No time for tears because all our fears came true
When there’s nothing left to divide us
And North and South can love East and West
Look towards the stars and you will find me

 

Under Blue Skies
I’ll hold you in my arms
Under blue skies
We are one
Don’t waste your whole life
Fighting another man’s war
Under blue skies
We are one
We are one