I thanked my Mum, Rhonda, in my CD notes for her insight and for singing to me.
She has a rich, expressive voice and a fine repertoire of standards, songs from the sixties and spirituals (her version of Mr. Deep Blue Sea us particularly impressive). Ever since I started writing songs as a child she has been my most valued critic – offering great and detailed advice on where a song needs improvement; what’s missing, what needs to be moved, expanded, changed, left out, emphasized… lyrically, rhythmically, melodically.
She’s also a great cook and gardener.
But I thought the one thing that I enjoyed doing that I needn’t seek her advice on was craft. I made my Mad Hatter’s hat and teapots and my cardboard ranger ute and crocodile just fine without her (although she did help with my Ladybug costume). But then Rach and I came to pick up Jasper from her place the other day and saw this…
It’s a racing-roller-monster-tractor the two if them made together.
I still have much to learn.