Yesterday, 16 years ago, I gave birth to my first child. I crossed a bridge I would never be able to uncross. My daughter made me a Mama. I thought my job was to lead and guide her towards her best most expressed self, but as I reflect on the last 16 years I see that she has grown me and shaped me and inspired me in ways I could never have expected. I have learnt more about myself through parenting you that through any other experience. I love deeper, laugh longer, dance more freely, sing more bravely, walk lighter and see more beauty everywhere.... because... you! Lala... you are a force. A force of humor, kindness, dagginess, love, bravery, empathy, groove and loyalty. This photo sums up how I feel about sharing this life with you. Happy birthday you freakin legend. You bring so much golden joy to so many people. Come home now. I need to hear you sing while I make breakfast while pretending that it’s no big deal but quietly freaking out inside about how amazing you are, but staying totally cool, and being all like yeah whatever, but throwing deep shade at anyone who might dare speak while you’re singing. So yeah. Love you. 📸 Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore for Her Sound, Her Story of us singing Not Pretty Enough by Kasey Chambers (barely keeping my shit together black and white shot by Jessica H. M. Tremp other photos I don’t know who took them but THANKS!!!
Yesterday, 16 years ago, I gave birth to my first child. I crossed a bridge I would never be able to uncross. My daughter made me a Mama. I thought my job was to lead and guide her towards her best most expressed self, but as I reflect on the last 16 years I see that she has grown me and shaped me and inspired me in ways I could never have expected. I have learnt more about myself through parenting you that through any other experience. I love deeper, laugh longer, dance more freely, sing more bravely, walk lighter and see more beauty everywhere.... because... you! Lala... you are a force. A force of humor, kindness, dagginess, love, empathy, groove and loyalty. This photo sums up how I feel about sharing this life with you. Happy birthday you freakin legend. You bring so much golden joy to so many people. Come home now. I need to hear you sing while I make breakfast while pretending that it’s no big deal but quietly freaking out inside about how amazing you are, but staying totally cool, and being all like yeah whatever, but throwing deep shade at anyone who might dare speak while you’re singing. So yeah. Love you. 📸 Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore for Her Sound, Her Story of us singing Not Pretty Enough by Kasey Chambers (barely keeping my shit together)
So inspired by this video and this song and this message. The power, clarity, sheer beauty and vulnerability in this delivery moves me deeply. Nai Palm I send much healing energy and loving light your way as you rise like a true warrior through this trial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eC9MHadZt0 Here is the message from Nai Palm regarding this video: "A note from Nai. This video was taken the day after my surgery to remove my right breast in an attempt to save my life from breast cancer. It is a life experience I will carry with me always. I wanted to capture something from the most vulnerable place live and direct from my hospital bed to help others feel strong in the same position. Also the sunset was perfect. I don’t even really know the words without singing along with Curtis but they just filled my heart and were soo on point in the moment. Paul Bender worked the chords out in like two seconds like a boss. It was filmed by my beautiful gem of a friend and manager Scott Barkham. “The Makings of You” has been such a savior to my diagnosis sanity and the first thing I wanted to sing as soon as my body could handle it. Please check the original by the great Curtis Mayfield and it’s orchestral beauty, elegance and grace. 🔥🌹"
Last week Spender Virginia Bott and Uma Spender Yoga and I went to the ARIA Awards.... because GOLDEN MAGNETIC was nominated for BEST BLUES AND ROOTS RELEASE! We were nominated in a category of friends and fkn legends including Ruby Boots Emily Wurramara Tash Sultana (who took out the Gong CONGRATS) and Angus and Julia Stone.... I mean WHATTA LINE UP??!!!!! Far as I’m concerned a TOTAL PACK O WINNERS!!! . . So here is my little photo album from the night featuring Fanny Lumsden Mojo Juju Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore (why do I always end up trying to put my vagina on your shoulder in every photo op we have REH???) Katie Rynne and Casey (from Select Music) Shari Hindmarsh (our amazing publicist from Secret Service Public Relations) and our crew!!! . . I am wearing a golden and magnetic suit made in Melbourne and designed by musician and mother of 5 DAUGHTERS fkn powerhouse creative geyser Anna Cordell Clothing check out her music vibe at Anna Cordell. THANKS ANNA! . . To the whole team including those not in the pics... (BMG Australia ABC Music and Clara Iaccarino) thanks for all of your hard work and love and dedication. . . See ya later 2018. You were a fkn dooooozie! (Anyone know the etymology of this word???) next stop 2019... first gig next year JAN 13 SummerSalt on Rotto with The Waifs, Pete Murray Busby Marou and Carla Geneve. Bring it on 2019.
Sitting on the plane. Waiting to take off enroute to the ARIA awards where we have been nominated for an award amongst an INCREDIBLE list of our peers for BEST BLUES AND ROOTS album. I am reflecting. Reflecting about a conversation with a friend... it went something like “let’s just write some songs together and see what happens....” and then another convo that went “wouldn’t it be great to work with local choirs...” and then.... 2018 looked like this. This is the list of shows we have done and choirs we have had the honor of singing with since the release of GOLDEN MAGNETIC earlier this year. As I buckle my seat belt and pretend to listen to the safety demonstration I’m thinking back to all of your smiling faces and your voices and your loving embraces after the shows... choirs and audiences alike... from west coast australia to west coast Ireland, Canada, USA and beyond thanks for the love you all showed us. You are all the reward and award I’ll ever need. Feeling like a winner when I look at this list. Spender it’s not for the faint hearted. . . Let us know if you were at one of these shows or sang with us in one of these choirs! Where were you??? Big love to you all.
Been HANGING to share this news with you!!!! 2019 will see us crossing the ditch and heading to NZ for some shows with AMAZING local choirs!!! Here is the first bit of news!! Coastella festival in Paraparaumu we will be joining Trinity Roots C.W. Stoneking and MANY MORE! See you there. #coastella2019
#ausmusictshirtday is in 2 sleeps. Oh hai Zan Rowe I spot some mama kin Spender pinky promise in there! . . Who will you all be wearing on Friday?? I really don’t have much band merch but I have some seriously old school John Butler Trio a very old The Waifs which is thread bare, and some San Cisco merch which I might try and squeeze into... oh and my fave old Dom Miller!
Monique La Fontaine Pinky Promise... the spiritual center of Golden Magnetic has now been immortalized in the humble tea towel. Or is it a flag? Or is it a massive kerchief? You can decide for yourself at our show at Port Beach Garden Barwhich is the garden venue at The Railway Hotel . . There has been some time confusion so here it is::: 4pm:::DOORS 5:15pm::: Jacob Diamond 6:30pm:::: Spender and I with the incredz that are WAAPA Gospel Choirand then a very special freo love in choir mash up with St Pars Starlight Hotel Choir. See you in the sunshine Freo.
I may have woken up in Bridgetown, and outside my door there may be a mini MINI mini golf course and a Shetland pony.... BUT!!!! I WILL PULL MYSELF AWAY FROM THIS ADVENTURE WONDERLAND! BECAUSE TODAY IS Our final gig of the year with WAAPA Gospel Choir at The Railway Hotel at the Port Beach Garden Bar. This is a shot of us launching our album Golden Magnetic with them at Perth Festival earlier this year... and I love me a FULL CIRCLE OF LYF!!!! Supported my our nu folk friend Jacob Diamond. Doors at 4. SEE YOU THERE FREEEEEEOOOOOOOO!!!!
DRUM FACE AND COWBOY TAMBOURINE WORKSHOP!!! EXCLUSIVELY IN FREO! This Sunday arvo!!! Port Beach Garden Bar . . Spring has been truly Golden as we have hauled our wares around the country and for our final show of 2018 we are rolling out all the super stops!!! . . This Sunday Port Beach Garden Bar at The Railway Hotel we will he joined by WAAPA Gospel Choir gospelchoir and very special choir mash up guests St Pats Homeless Shelter STARLIGHT HOTEL CHOIR. Sure to be a super spesh arvo sesh! Doors at 4! Be there early to catch Jacob Diamond as he refracts brilliant sound all over garden!!! #seewhatididthere . . Tickets selling fast. Get on it!!!! Link in comments. Feel free to caption my drum face or Tommy’s tambo Rambo.
I don’t want the Kimberley to end up looking the mine fields of Texas, so I have signed this letter… add your signature to mine at the online petition and let Mark McGowan know that we want a total ban on fracking in WA. . . Fracking is a volatile industry which now is PROVEN to be incredibly damaging to the environment and particularly our water systems. Premier McGowan, I call on you to be a true LEADER. A PROTECTOR AND A VISIONARY. Your legacy will be truly great when you make a stand for people and country and ban fracking in WA. . . Let’s join our voices together on this. Please sign the petition via the link in the comments below. The time is NOW!!!! Please share this out to your networks!! . . Thank you.
Last week we won a WAM award from Best Blues and Roots Act presented by Blues at Bridgetown (where we will be playing this saturday!) We weren't able to be there in person but we were in spirit (and video link)... here is the big moment! . . This Sunday at Port Beach Garden Bar The Railway Hotel Fremantle... we get to celebrate for REALZ! Doors are at 4.. see you for a fine Sunday afternoon Sesh.... support by Jacob Diamond, who will also be celebrating his Best Guitarist, and Best Folk act wins! Choral embellishments by @WAAPA Gospel Choir and St Pats Homeless Shelter Starlight Hotel Choir. Get! On! It!
Last night’s show at the Theatre Royal Castlemaine with our 16 piece beauties First Chorus Band Of Singers joined by 27 of Castlemaine’s very own MaCapella Singers (yep 43 VOICES IN A THEATRE) was SO MANY KINDS OF CHILL INSPIRING FKN AMAZING!!! . . Can’t believe our Spring Is Golden tour is drawing to a close!! Only 2 shows left!!!!! . . WEST COAST........ Blues at Bridgetown you’re next with margaret River Choir led by Michelle Spriggs Music - THE CHORALE SEA.... . . Then our last show of 2018 in FREO!!! Sunday Arvo session. This Sunday. Doors at 4. Jacob Diamond (who is actually now stitched into my heart fibers) then Spender and I with our divine WA GOSPEL WOW WOWS WAAPA Gospel Choir and another choir mash up when they are joined by St. Pats Homeless shelter's STARLIGHT HOTEL CHOIR! This is going to be a REAL SPECIAL ONE!!! And we get to celebrate our WAMaward on home ground!!!! See you there my beautiful WA peeps. Xxxxxxxxx Port Beach Garden Bar (garden bar of the The Railway Hotel)
Last night singing with these 4 wonder hearts at Anglesea The Sound Doctor Presents was my kind of magical dream. Spender was also pretty awesome! Tonight!!! Our last show for our Victorian leg of our Spring is Golden tour we will be at Theatre Royal Castlemaine with Melbourne choir First Chorus Band Of Singers and Castlemaine’s very own MaCapella Singers will be joining us for a choir mash up!!! We will 45 voices on stage together!!! Don’t miss it.
This weekend VICTORIA on the road again with this stooge and Jacob Diamond. Looking forward to asking him a lot more pressing and profound questions... much like this one! FRIDAY RED HILL SOLD OUT SATURDAY ANGLESEA The Sound Doctor Presents SUNDAY CASTLEMAINE with @firstchorusbandofsingers and MaCapella Singers at Theatre Royal Castlemaine Tickets via www.mamakinspender.love
Many moons ago I lived on the great ocean road in a train carriage. I would drive my car round those winding bends wailing along with Aretha Franklin whose tape was stuck in the deck of my Ford Falcon sedan. I worked at a restaurant in Lorne and had a brillllllo summer. So this gig is pretty much a home coming gig.... if I’d told my 23 year old self that this would be my life now she would have high fived me and suggested we burn one down to celebrate! THIS WEEEEEKEND VICTORIAAAAAAAA! ANGLESEA!!! Spender and I will be joined for this gig with a branding 4 piece backing vocal section!!!#currentlysittinginmyparentsdriveway #promoonthegogo #iusedtoliveonthesurfcoastsoitsprettymuchahomecominggig The Sound Doctor Presents for ticket queries or head over to www.mamakinspender.love
I am in Melbourne to spend some time with my family, and for our VIC gigs next weekend. John and I are currently a month into 2.5 months apart. I have several tactics and strategies in place to manage this kind of life of being together and away from my partner so often. Some of my previous strategies were really shit (bearing down/shutting off/gritting teeth/withdrawal/resentment) this time I am staying with the LOVE and SUPPORT and Independence that I love about being in a relationship with him! This is a scary strategy for me because it means staying OPEN in the face of really missing/wanting/needing him. Anyway....So I turned up at my folks place, went to get something out of a book in my Dad’s office and this fell out of the book. I. Kid. You. Not. A snippet from one of Johns interviews, that my Dad has meticulously snipped and tucked away. I can’t begin to express the love wave I felt when I found this. If I start going into all of the layers that this reverberates through I will probably levitate and become transparent or something. It is actually too much love not to share. So here is some of it for you. . Oh and @johnbutlertrio Thanks for celebrating my Fathers daughter this way. For him this would have been a radical expression of celebrating a woman.
This morning 10am tune into Double J Radio while Spender and I join the ever wonderful Zan Rowe for Ties That Bind Take 5!!! . . And it turns out Tommy and both had a DEEP DEEP THANG for this album by Lenny Kravitz. Anyone else out there have a love for this album??? Did you wander slowly through the fields?? Slowly slowly through the fields??? Were you always on the run? Did you stand by your woman?? Tune in!!!
Good morrrrrrning!!! If you don’t have your tickets for our Spring is Golden tour you best get on it!!!! Next stop Victoria!!! RED HILL Music on the Hill SOLD OUT The Sound Doctor Presents Anglesea... DO IT! Theatre Royal Castlemaine with First Chorus Band Of Singersand now being joined for a song/love in by local choir MaCapella Singers!!! Very. Excite!!! . . oh and wait until you see our amazing support Jacob Diamond.. you're welcome!!!