Robin Mann - Australian Christian Music Artist
I write songs.
I was going to be a minister, a preacher. Maybe I had the wrong kind of name. Perhaps my brain, or my personality didn’t fit the bill. Anyway, I liked songs, playing the guitar, singing harmonies to the radio.
So writing Australian Christian Songs is what I do.
(I also support the Adelaide Crows football team, drive a grey Ford Territory, and own a lurid pink electric guitar. But I’m not especially known for these things. Well, maybe the guitar!)
Christian Church Music | Christian Songbooks
I write Australian Christian Songs, perform them, lead people in singing, put song collections together — of my own songs, and lots of other people’s too — record songs, and try to spread them around. Especially songs that Christians can sing together.
My songs have been sung by lots of people for a long time. Mostly by people in churches and church schools. I’ve written a host of songs for Christians to sing. More than a hundred of these have been published in various collections. The biggest number have appeared in the 7 All Together Songbooks produced between 1980 and 2014. (1-5 by Openbook Publishers, 6 & 7 self-published - business name, Curly Music) 8 are in the current Australian Hymnbook, Together In Song. A lot more have appeared in the songbooks of the biennial NCYC (National Christian Youth Convention).
Making Australian Christian Songs
Born and bred in southern Australia, I’ve lived in Adelaide most of my life. Making music is my main occupation but I’ve also been a schoolteacher (briefly) and worked for churches.
Since 1969 I’ve been married to Dorothy. We’ve got 3 adult children: Kristin, Jon & Thom, son-in-law Shane, grandson Owen.
Dorothy’s a retired schoolteacher. Also a singer, musician, editor, critiquer and avid supporter of Robin’s song-making. Her voice has been ideal for leading singing and for many recordings. Her sparkling presence and great sense of humour complete many a picture.
2021 - Where do we go from here?
Breezin' along in my Japanese coupe, breezin' along with the windows down. The dog keeps sniffing the air - he's got an empty head but he's alright. We've got time to spare, time to get where, we don't know, and who cares?
And the days go fast and the nights go faster
Lord, where do we go from here?
Lord, where do you want me to be? (© Robin Mann 1972)
Some questions keep on coming, and this is one of them.
The pandemic has put a hold on so much, and while Australia is in a better position than many, uncertainty remains.
Two weeks ago I finished a song 'In the year that's coming'. It ends with:
May your love shine through us,
every day renew us,
keep on coming to us,
stay with us
in the coming year.