Message of hope in bushfire song

MUSOS: Members of the Whyalla Music Association led by Mentor Emily Rawlings (front, left) recently released
MUSOS: Members of the Whyalla Music Association led by Mentor Emily Rawlings (front, left) recently released "The Bushfire Song" to raise funds for the CFS Foundation Volunteer Support Fund.

"Instead of White Christmas we have ash instead of snow, and we wonder where did our leader go."

The lyrics from the Whyalla Music Association Incorporated's (WMAI) recent release "The Bushfire Song" paint a harrowing picture of what people all over Australia have come up against during the bushfire crisis.

The song was released in December, with the WMAI aiming to spread awareness about the bushfires and raise funds for the CFS Foundation Volunteer Support Fund.

It was inspired by the ordeal of Chloe Seeley, a member of the WMAI who encountered a bushfire while in the Adelaide Hills late last year.

Chloe stayed in contact with the other members of the WMAI via Snapchat during the incident, and her experience helped inform the lyrics of "The Bushfire Song".

Music Mentor Emily Rawlings said the day after Chloe escaped the fires in Adelaide the group got together to write the song.

"Everyone really contributed to the song, we had 15 kids throwing out different ideas," she said.

WMAI youth members Brittany Griffin and Danichel Jacobs said they were very happy with the how the song had turned out and were looking forward to performing it.

"Writing a song as a group was a good experience," Danichel said.

"Bringing a whole group of people together was great because we put our minds together to come up with something really special," Brittany said.

To hear the song, head to the WMAI Facebook page.