A Song For Stephanie Rose

Stephanie Rose is my sister’s youngest daughter.  She was born in August 2006 while I was living in the Australian bush so I didn’t get to meet her for 6 months.  I wrote this lullaby just after she was born and sent it to my sister, recorded with just acoustic guitar and a vocal.  Last year, back once again in Australia, I composed this arrangement for it.

Today it rained here in the Obi Obi valley.  My veggie garden is loving the cooler autumn weather.  I’ve been busy constantly writing new songs and arranging old ones, songs that got left by the wayside and now given new life.  I’m playing my cello again, inspired by listening to Yo Yo Ma playing the Bach unaccompanied suites.  I played some of them when I was a kid and am trying to learn them again.

I talk to my family and friends in the UK and feel like I am on another planet. Here in Australia we are coming out of lockdown as infections are very few now.  I wish the same could be said of the northern hemisphere.  My heart goes out to all those who have lost loved ones, including the family and friends of Al Crawford who died recently from Coronavirus.  Al had been a great supporter of my music for many years and I felt very moved that his wife Saeko wanted to play my song ‘About Everything’ at his funeral last week.

I hope you are all keeping safe and well.