My favourite song in the world is Don’t You Know It’s Magic. And while John Farnham made it a classic with his 1972 recording the man behind the song was Brian Cadd. He’ll be in Newcastle for the APIA Good Times Tour at Civic Theatre on 7 June.
I get a little overwhelmed everytime I interview Brian, but two minutes into the call I feel like I’m speaking to a friend. For such an accomplished artist with what can only be described as an impressive body of work, he’s really down to earth and extremely kind.
Last time we spoke he told me about writing Don’t You Know It’s Magic with a hangover just before the deadline for a Song Comp he was entering. This time we started out our chat talking about New York, where Brian is currently based.
“It’s the centre of the world,” he tells me when I ask him to describe it to someone (like me) who has never been there.
“Everyone’s got big ideas, and there’s no idea too big for New York let me tell you”.
And Brian would know, he’s had a few big ideas over the years. Beyond his own hits like A Little Ray of Sunshine, Ginger Man & Let Go, Brian has written songs for the likes of Joe Cocker, Ringo Starr, Bonnie Tyler, Glen Campbell and The Pointer Sisters.
These big ideas and his iconic status within the music industry was acknowledged a few years ago when Brian was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 2007. But for Brian it all comes down to sharing his songs with audiences, and that’s why he’s so excited to get on the road for this year’s APIA Good Times Tour.
“That’s what it’s all about. It’s one thing to have written songs but they’re nothing without an audience to share them with. When I look out at the crowd during a show I don’t see old people, I see 18-year-olds who are reminded of things like having their first child when they hear songs like A Little Ray of Sunshine. And that’s the way I like to experience the music of that era too – Though the eyes of the person I was when I first heard it”.
The APIA Good Times Tour featuring Brian Cadd, Marcia Hines, Russell Morris, Leo Sayer and John Paul Young hits the Civic Theatre in Newcastle on 7 June. Tickets are on sale now.