Community spirit song celebrates 10 years strong

In the land of ‘buffel, brigalow and cattle’ sits a small community with a big heart and an even louder voice.

Steeped in agricultural history, the tiny town of Taroom is your quintessential Queensland country destination, with an equally proud community to match. This month, the vibrant community is celebrating a special milestone with the return of a much loved song producer.

A decade ago the students of Taroom State School teamed up with Small Town Culture owner, songwriter and producer, Josh Arnold to create a song that represented the Taroom community and school. That is the origin of Let’s Rise Together Taroom:

* This music video was filmed in a controlled situation. Australian farmers do not recommend activities such as riding on the back of the ute tray be done at home.

This catchy country tune features the voices of Taroom State School students, sharing their way of life in regional Australia. The song’s music video, accompanied by the backdrop of the kids at home, sport and school, showcases the sheer joy of growing up in the country.

It’s the very same themes that saw Josh Arnold make the trip back to central Queensland 10 years on and re-record the much played song and video, this time with a new cohort of talented singers.

Let’s Rise Together Taroom (2021) has many of the same features as the original, including the same lyrics and music. What has changed however, is the performers. The 2021 cover puts the spotlight on the new stars while following the same structure as before, with the children participating in the same activities as the original, including working on-farm, riding horses and being with friends at school.

It’s a sweet ode to being a part of a farming community, showing that while the years (and students) may have changed, what it means to live, learn and grow up in the country is very much the same.

Maddison Langley

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