I started writing songs on Mac and Lyn Adams veranda on Norfolk Island in 1987.
There I was for the first time on Norfolk Island. Here I met a lot of Norfolk Islanders who took me into their homes and made a real fuss over me. I was totally over whelmed at being a part of them.
We would often get together for social gatherings and many times we ended up singing songs from all over. Some of the Norfolk Islanders would sing about their Island and culture. Often they would ask for me to sing a Pitcairn song. Slightly ashamed that we didnt have any songs written by Pitcairn Islanders apart from the songs we sang to the cruise ships or local gatherings which consist of The Goodbye song written by Roselind Young, Sweet bye and bye and other hymns, secular music mainly country music and a song written by a Pastor and Melva Evans as a fare well song,"We from Pitcairn Island", set to the tune of Royal telephone.
The first song I wrote was called "In the blood" in 1987 followed by Bounty's gone" "These were written on Norfolk Island. After I return home to PI, I got inspired and wrote " Wishing" although I left that one half done and it wasn't until 1996 that I wrote all the words to that one. "Unsuccessful day" came to me from out of the blue.
Away orn Pitcairn and Pitcairn Island I wrote in the 1996-1998 not really finalizing the words of Away orn Pitcairn till 2009 when I had another go at it and changed the whole words to the song. Pitcairn Island song have been performed by myself many times and is on the 1st Album. Pitcairn Songs 1999
1999 I was again on Norfolk Island and started singing again to my friends over there. I was singing also in a couple of shows as well.
Inspired to sing more songs I wrote "The Cause" and "Mussa es the same" almost back to back. It became a hit on Norfolk and people would request them when I started singing.
My Norfolk family and especially Jennette Buffett, organized for me a surprise Birthday party for my 40th on the 28th June.
It was an awesome night. One I will never ever forget. The friends and atmosphere was just so great. The band They were the best.
Trent Christian called me up to sing a song with him. He handed me a guitar to play and it felt good. We had done a couple of songs when he asked me if I liked the guitar I was playing. I looked at it and said yes. He then said well it is yours. Just then Jennette walked in from the back carrying the case with a Hugh yellow bow and a Hugh birthday card. wow. I was in tears and almost speechless. "Thank you Norfolk Thank you for being kind" was written days after.
(I have recorded that song on the 18th December 2005 with Marius.)
Phil Hayward was on Norfolk Island when we were there in 1999 and after much persuasion he convinced me that he will record my songs.
True to his word he recorded me on Norfolk Island and worked on it in Macquarie university in Sydney, he with Joshua Cameron produced my CD. They had help from Kristine Pymont who did the mixing, David Hackett for Technical Assistant. a
Thank you to these people who have made my dream come true. For Norfolk Island and her beautiful people and especially my Norfolk families for the inspirations.
Continuing to write songs, There was several more I wrote in 2001, 2002. one of them was a big it in Japan in 2003. "With Love Maimiti"
December 2005, I was encouraged to record the second album.
Marius who was on Pitcairn making a Documentary, talked me into recording the album named "With Love Maimiti.
Marius and I worked hard and within 2 nights have nailed the songs and are happy with the results.
A song I have been muddling around with since 2000. "Will we survive" became a heartfelt song as we went through the difficult times between 2000-2009 as we were uncertain of Pitcairns future.
Life goes on and I have been writing more songs and will share how this came about in another posting on this website.