'You took away the rain,' Murray sings in that honey-smooth vocal delivery that has helped make him one of Australia's best-loved songwriters. 'You lift me up to the greatest that I've been.'
That positive energy radiates through Summer At Eureka, Murray's first self-produced album. It was recorded during summer, naturally, at the studio Murray has built on his rural property. All the elements that people love about him are still there: the powerful vocals, the honest emotions, the sing-with-me melodies.
The sunny, back-to-the-country vibe of 'Saving Grace', with its acoustic guitar and harmonica, reflects the leafy surroundings where it was recorded. It's an injection of summery optimism that could brighten even the darkest winter day.
'Silver Cloud' is another intimate ballad, this time it's Murray who is doing the picking up for the subject of his song, with its rolling piano and shimmering strings, while the title tune soars on one of Murray's most unforgettable melodies. And the album's concluding 'Happy Ground' features the singalong sounds from friends and children who happened to call by as recording progressed.