Beau Young >>
The name conjures up a gorgeous image which inspires me! It’s one of my favourite Aussie surfer, poised on the nose of his 9.4 surfboard, five toes over, left leg bent behind him from the knee with foot raised behind him, arms outstretched – ‘crucifix five.‘
How is it that I was the spoiled model who, just this morning, managed to catch a wave and speak a few words with someone that cool. In 2004 he won the world longboarding championships for his strong yet finesse surfing.
These days, Beau is pretty much a singer and songwriter full time, and – as I found out – the most passionate of animal lovers!
To refresh my memory, I played Beau’s first CD ‘Waves of Change’ on the drive to meet him. I wanted to get a feel for his style, his emphasis on life through the words of the songs. His voice is ‘Bob Dylan-ish’, it’s raspy tones likeable with his unpredictable emphasis, you can sure sure hear ‘soul‘. I played my favourite song on the disc, ‘Peace Be With You’ twice. It’s catchy, it’s kind of surfy, it’s fun… ‘As the last wave of summer, rolls on, along… don’t waste a second, coz when it’s gone it’s gone… Let your future, break on down the line… Peace be with you, in your time…’
Of course I brought chocolate. I found out his favourite flavour (Beau loves white chocolate!) the day previously, and made a natural variation which I’ll share the recipe for in another post soon. Chilled bottles of freshly made almond milk went down well before the surf, and we enjoyed blueberries, organic apples and my cinnamon tahini cream.
We chatted like old friends. Beau’s dogs name is D-Dawgitty. He is a Yogi. He has a spot right between the ears, and loves my chocolate. Beau is so crazy mad about animals, and
lately he’s written over 80 kids songs with different animalistic impersonations! I was intrigued.
So apparently lots had happened since ‘Waves of Change’! As well as working on a few mainstream music albums, Beau now has a music dimension just devoted to children. His band is called ANIMALS ROCK. He played me a few new songs he’d been working on from his Iphone as well as surprising me with a gift of two childrens CD’s, ‘Farm Animals’, and ‘Wild Animalz’… he sure can impersonate some wild noises with that voice! He dresses up in animal suits too. Wow, nothing could have prepared me for this. This guy is seriously amazing.
I began by asking him what it was about kids & animals that motivated him, a world champion longboard surfer to reach out to them?
“Kids are our future and they are so so intelligent from such a young age these days. Instilling a love of the natural world, our environment and our fantastic, remarkable extended family – that is the animal kingdom – on the youngest of generation gives me more pleasure than I could have ever imagined!”
I wondered how Beau envisaged his work for the future? What it was that he dreamed of, and what, he would change if he could, today?
“There are so many things I would change today if I had the chance. For a start I would be playing music to millions of kids and instilling the importance of love and understanding and all the proceeds would go to great causes. Today if I had my way (the government already knows this is possible) I would have only air and water powered cars, wind and solar would be the only method of obtaining energy and everyone on any income could have there needs met. People with too much would be encouraged to give to those in need. This is a very broad question but for a start there would not be one more hole put in our earth via the coal seam gas fracking process. One more hole they would say and I would scream “No fracking way my friends.”
Beau had a few words to say on the phrase ‘Organice Your Life, World’ ~ His mind runs so expressively…
“To me to OYW sounds like a universal understanding that together we are one. No segregation due to skin colour, race, religion or monetary income. Everyone together. The world as we know it has a very small voice and the voice should not only sit with the few. They say charity starts at home and with the family. Well this world is our home and and we are all in this together. The one thing we truly need is to look inside ourselves and from there our environment, how fortunate we are and deep down understand that it may begin at how but I swear this planet feels like it has less than 6 degree’s of separation and you know what everyone I happen to talk to these days ultimately feel the same way. So just when you thought this world was spinning faster and crazier than ever, it turns out – we’re all grounded and believing in the same positive vibe.” As he spoke I could hear the lyrics from ‘Peace Be With You’ playing in my head, ‘Doin’ it ain’t so difficult, couse we’ll all be honding hands… Doin’ it ain’t so difficult, but we only got this one chance…’
Any health tips from Beau Young?… OYL readers might like to know?…
“For me and how I like to feel, it’s all about yoga, exercising once a day and eating well. I like to try and stay strong and positive in mind and body as much as possible. I think it tends to keep everything on an even keel. It ain’t easy but just like love, there really is no other solution than the positive. Hiccups occur and things happen all the time, the bright side of life definitely is the way and I can breathe it all in through a slow Hatha yoga and meditation session at any time of the day; and just like surfing I can take that emotion and empowerment with me.”
Checkout Beau’s website for info on his music, surfing and tours (you can check out the Peace Be With You video there too!).
Beau dedicates monies from his work to charities for endangered animals, and for children who are deaf and hearing impaired. It seems if he can’t touch them with his music, he’ll touch them – with his heart.