Ms Athena Pavlis-Goard

Ms Athena Pavlis-Goard

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My music has a country/folk/soft rock sound. You could classify them as highway songs with grief/loss and identltiy issues exlpored. Some songs have a spiritual depth exlporing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and what being a broken human being is all about.

Biography

I began writing songs at the age of thirteen. At that time I was significantly influenced by the likes of Neil Young, Ricki Lee Jones, Bob Dylan and Tom Waites and currently Shania Twain, Norah Jones, Troy Casa Daley, Lee Kernaghan and Melinda Schneider. Therefore my music has a country/highway sound with lyrics focusing on grief/loss and identity issues. My songs also reflect a spiritual depth that have been influenced by the likes of Keith Green, Amy Grant and David Meece to name a few.

I have recently performed my songs in local pubs and clubs around Sydney on my electric keyboard. Most songs When I write it starts with the lyrics first and then the melody. I rarely write down my music on paper as I can hear it all in my head!

I am a woman who has lived with Cerebral Palsy for 43 years and have also lived with a depressive and anxiety disorder most of my life. Writing songs therefore for me has really helped me to express all my emotions I have had to live with and still live with. '"This Girl" which I am most proud of is about me overcoming my anxiety disorder. When I haven't written for a while then I really feel the real me disapearing so its really important that I write!

When I don't writie songs I have worked as a lecture/supervisor of university students in disability studies. I thoroughly enjoy driving my wheelchair accessible modified van down the highway with the windows down and the music up loud! I also enjoy expressing myself through writing poetry, short stories and drawing and painting.

Lyrics

This Girl

Written By: Ms Athena Pavlis-Goard

This Girl

Verse 1:
For many years I had waited for my life to begin
Waited for the car to go into drive
But fear and doubt kept me on the edge of the highway
And all I could do was watch it all pass by…But now..

Chorus 1:
This girl’s takin’ her chances
This girl’s makin’ her choices
This girl’s clamin’ control
Because this girl’s gotta ride

From underneath her dark clouds
That hovers every hour
This girl commenced her journey
So she no longer has to hide!

Verse 2:
I have driven through dark windy storms
My journey has taken me to the highways
I have driven down overcast valleys of my mind
I have travelled down too many byways. But now...

Chorus 2:
This girl’s takin’ her chances
This girl’s makin’ her choices
This girl’s clamin’ control
Because this girl’s gotta ride

From underneath her dark clouds
That hovers every hour
This girl commenced her journey
So she no longer has to hide!

Bridge:
But now I’ve turned on the ignition
I’ve put the car in drive
With two hands on the wheel
This girl’s gotta ride

To live her dreams
To sing her song
This girl’s gotta ride
This girl’s gotta ride

Chorus 3:
This girl’s takin’ her chances
This girl’s makin’ her choices
This girl’s clamin’ control
Because this girl’s gotta ride

Outro:
This girl’s takin’ her chances
This girl’s makin’ her choices
This girl’s clamin’ control

Because this girl’s gotta ride
Because this girl’s gotta ride

Discography

Working on my first EP