Nerd of the Herd is my debut singer/songwriter EP featuring four original songs and two covers of classic Australian hits. You can listen to each of the songs at the bottom of this page!

1. Relational Facilitation

As an IT nerd and a musician, I’m often asked by family to fix computers and perform at family functions, though not usually at the same time! Then there are the family members I call for help, whether it’s medical, legal or for my kids. Thankfully, none of those have been at the same time. Yet!

2. Coming Soon

This song was written before my first child was born while my body was coursing with all manner of clucky emotions! I’m now expecting my third and I can categorically say the enthusiasm and energy this song was written with has dwindled. Like the fading of a sunset, the sheer brilliance that was the birth of our daughter has been consumed by the darkness of sleepless nights, toilet training and school drop-offs. (It’s all still pretty bloody magical though).

3. Sun Shines Through

My brother Jamie passed away in 2011 after a long battle with diabetic health issues. While not specifically about him, the inspiration for this song came from the hours I have since spent thinking about the great times we had and all of the things we will never have the chance to do. I dedicate this song to anyone who is missing someone special.

4. Change

After three hours dealing with my mobile phone provider, I sat and pondered some of the bigger issues in the world, like who’s winning the cricket and could I make it past the panhandlers outside my office without being cornered for the hundredth time.

5. Better Be Home Soon
6. Touch of Paradise

Both of these classic Australian songs were released when I was a young kid and I have memories of hearing them with my family. Both are love songs but focus on very different emotions. I feel a connection with each and have re-imagined them in my own style.

Tracks 1, 2, 3 and 4 © Richard Thornton 2017
Track 5 © KOBALT MUSIC PUB AMERICA I OBO ROUNDHEAD MUSIC 1988
Track 6 © CHRYSALIS MUSIC GROUP OBO MUSHROOM MUSIC PTY LTD 1986