The Story behind
‘I CAN ALMOST TASTE THE RAIN’
Sometimes in life we have to stand up and do the right thing for no other reason than because it needs to be done.
Nine years ago during the last drought, a family I’d looked after as their Chiropractor for many years arrived at my door. On the back of their ute was all they had left in the world of a farming property that had been in their family for generations. Crops were gone. Livestock had perished. Life savings were as dry as the paddocks. Never had I seen such pain as that etched into the streaked faces of these strong, proud people who, in a word, had reached the end. It is a story all to familiar to our farming brethren.
Something in the depths of my soul snapped that day, and with the help of some determined mates, we committed ourselves to the process of establishing our own national charity to do whatever we could to help good folks like these. Alas, the charity never got the traction it needed, the drought passed, and lives forever changed by nature’s moods moved on.
Those same feelings and passions from our first commitment however have now had a long time to ferment and intensify, and with the perspective born of experience have steeled our resolve even further, inspiring kindred artists and families to unite once again producing the anthem ‘I Can Almost Taste The Rain’ as our way of doing our part – because drought anywhere in Australia affects us all.
The song has been written as a call to action for TV, radio, media, politicians, corporations – a rallying cry – encouraging and reminding us all to continue to stand beside those whose presence and fortitude make up the very backbone of this great Nation, until the rivers again swell and green horizons flourish.
It is the dream and intention of my band Jac Dalton – Adrian, Raf, Richie, Tyson and me – to perform ‘I Can Almost Taste The Rain’ for Parliament at one of its sessions requesting that they band together as a collective, non-partisan entity reaching out through their influence facilitating through the song a coordinated effort to inspire as many constituents as possible to join together adding the verse of their own commitment to something that is good, right, and necessary.
Our pledge for the project – called ‘SANDI’ – South Australia Nip-the-Drought Initiative – is that 100% of monies collected by downloads of the song will be distributed nationally to worthwhile charities like Aussie Helpers, Drought Angels and Buy-A-Bail towards their missions while there’s still time to save livelihoods and lives during the present drought.
The sentiments of the song and video speak for themselves. With a population nearing 25 million people here in Australia, if we were each to download the song for a donation of even a single gold coin, imagine the far-reaching good we could achieve together as one heart, one land.
The trees of the mightiest forest all stemmed from but a single seed. The same change and progress can occur with the sentiments of the shared resolve of a Nation committed to do so. We just need to put it out there far and widely enough for enough hearts to be touched.