Graf’s on super song high

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A finalist in Queens-town’s upcoming original songwriting contest says she amazed herself by writing one in a day.
Arrowtowner Charlotte Graf, one of 10 finalists for Songstars 2013, says she’s already on a high having completed her first original tune. 

The singer in local covers band The Jack says guitarist Matt Anthony came up with a riff for the band that he wanted her to base a song around. 

Graf says she realised Songstars’ entry deadline loomed and had a burst of inspiration. 

“I went for a big walk, thought of fun ideas I could get inspired with and started rhyming some lyrics. By the end of the two-hour walk I had the melody in my head, I had the chorus, all the verses and sat at my computer and wrote them out. 

“And that was it – I’d written a song in a day.” 

Graf says it’s got a big sound and is a bit of a rock anthem “because I’m quite a rock chick”. 

Graf will perform her song in public for the first time across the Songstars’ three-night showing next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Queens-town Memorial Centre. 

The audience judges best song each night, with the overall winner getting $1000 and the chance to record. 

Tickets are $40. Other finalists include Arrowtown Primary teacher Paul Winders, formerly of Dunedin’s The Verlaines.