Feb 10, 2023 | Music, Songs | 1 comment

  • if you find this song to be mysterious, simply put “Boxing Day Tsunami 2004” in Google.

This is the first new song I’ve written in over a year.  Over the last year I discovered recording.  It’s become my latest obsession.  It’s extremely time consuming and there is an impossible amount to learn.  So lack of available time is one of the reasons for no new songs.  I’ve got plenty of old ones to record.  They’ll keep me going for probably another year.

The other thing that’s happened is the idea that I’m writing for an audience.  I always wrote for myself.  Hardly anyone would hear my songs.  It didn’t occur to me that I should craft a song so that others might like it.  So few people would hear them that it hardly mattered.

Of course, now that I’m recording songs the number of listeners has not increased.  I feel lucky if 30 people play any given song.  If I get up to 50 it’s a hit.  But the songs are available on the internet and the possibility of lots of people hearing them never goes away.

Now I find myself thinking about what my theoretical audience might find interesting.  And when I think that way I discover that I have no idea.  I know that people seem to like “The Best” probably more than my other songs.  It’s more emotional.  So maybe I should try to write emotional songs.  Or funny.  Or political.  Or angry.  Who knows?  But thinking about it has gotten in the way of actually writing.

So here is a song about a woman I never really knew.  But I remember her name.  And no, it’s not the kind of song you might expect with that sort of description.  It’s different.


When I’d finished recorded the demo for this song I had to decide on a title.  Without giving it much though I used the spelling “Leone” when writing the song.  But when I was putting it up on this website, as well as on BandCamp and SoundCloud, I thought I’d better look up how the name is usually spelled.  I discovered the spelling “Leonie” was generally used.  Further research determined that Subaru had used the spelling “Leone” for their car.  I felt disappointed because the lyrics included the line “her name and her car’s were exactly the same”.  Which apparently they weren’t, quite.

However, once the song existed on the internet and I was able to share it, I sent a link to Mandy, the first wife mentioned in the song. After a listen she told me that, coincidentally, she had always used the spelling “Leone”. So the line in the song can stand.

The song is really about memory. I hardly knew Leone and the last time I saw her would have been nearly 40 years ago.  But I always remembered her introducing me to the car that shared her name.  That memory lives for me more strongly than hearing about her tragic death.  Funny what memories do.


Today I finally decided to look up Leone in Google.  Her name was Leone Cosens.  She worked in Sydney for many years but was originally from New Zealand.  She’d been living in Phuket, Thailand for 12 years at the time of the Tsunami.  She was the co-founder and general manager of the Phuket Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). She was 51 years old. There is more to learn but you can look it up for yourself.

Leone Cosens. Tragically died in Boxing Day Tsunami.


1 Comment

  1. Gillian Thomas

    That is such an amazing song and holds such special meaning to me.

    I am Leone’s sister and feel honoured that this has made about her

    She was the most amazing and special person and made such an impact in her short life.

    Would love to make contact with the songwriter.



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