I’ve made quite a few posts about my own kids on this blog for a number of reasons: I love them, I enjoy sharing their antics and they are a constant and major source of inspiration for the work I do songwriting and performing. But obviously they’re not my only inspiration; I read, I listen to music, I perform for many other children and adults and I have other wonderful family and friends. It all makes for a soulful soup of creative nourishment.
For example, I have a nephew who is awesome and sure can stomp!
Charlie’s a very active and lucky little boy. As well as having my wonderful big sister, Julia, for a mum he gets to play with crocodiles because his parents run the Ballarat Wildlife and Reptile Park (he does not actually play with the crocodiles. Yet).
Julia did ballet when she was younger and her boy has inherited the talent for dance, I think. Although he seems to prefer blues (and dinosaurs and wrestling). Him and Jasper grooved up a storm at a John Chamberlain gig one time and Jules brings him to my shows when she can. And she asked me to play at his second birthday.
It was a pretty big deal. I love playing birthdays, even though they’re often the most difficult gigs, and playing for family felt particularly gratifying. Especially since I can tell Charlie genuinely loves live music. Sure most kids do, I know that perhaps better than most, but I can sense that sharing music with Charlie – the feelings, the stories, the secret, great, lost and significant bands – is something we will do. Just like my Uncle Ian shares his appreciation of music with me.
As a nephew to an uncle and an uncle to a nephew, I thank them both.