Life of a Creative Mum

Mothering Sunday
May 9, 2010, 8:44 pm
Filed under: Harvey's Mum

I am a mother, I don’t feel lately that I’m much of a creative one. But I did persuade my family of two (three including me) to go for a walk to Minnewaska Lake in the very cold wind.

Harvey traveled on Dad’s back, while I was able to watch his face take in all the sites of the mountains, the trees, the moss, the birds singing (he told me that he heard the birds singing). I picked up a little baby pinecone, and two hours later, when we pulled up at the sushi restaurant for dinner, he declared “all done baby pinecone” and gave it to dad.

It was a great day to be a mother. I can’t always be creative too.


From New York to Memphis
January 12, 2010, 10:06 pm
Filed under: Gustafer's Mum, Harvey's Mum

We left today for our upcoming series of Gustafer shows which will take us through Mississippi, Tennessee and North Carolina. It’s hard to run our business from the road – but it’s possible. Harvey did well on the first day in the car, he had a great long three hour nap, then enjoyed avocado rolls and listening to Rubber Soul. I think this tour is going to be fun!

Harder Days
January 9, 2010, 9:12 pm
Filed under: Gustafer's Mum, Harvey's Mum

We went to the city yesterday, driving to the Bronx where Morgan dropped me off at a 2 train station with Harvey. He and I went down to Manhattan while Morgan continued on to perform at a library.

Harvey and I got off the train at 34th Street to drop off copies of our possible book-to-be, then getting back on the subway to Brooklyn, visiting a friend then staying at another friend’s place so that we could be close to the city for getting up this morning at 6 a.m. to be at Irving Plaza at 7 a.m. in time to load-in and soundcheck and do a show. Needless to say that we didn’t sleep well, or rather not much at all – air beds create a cushion of cold in the wintertime! I have to remember that…

Friends helped us so much at the show, with Harvey especially, and it all went well – but this is HARD! We are TIRED!

Now we are COLD too… but we somehow still love each other, all three of us.

Getting help – admitting we need it!
November 11, 2009, 2:09 am
Filed under: Harvey's Mum

We both work from home, when we’re not touring, but as Harvey has gone from a baby to a little boy, we have had to split our days and each work half as much as we want to in order to be moving forward in all the ways we need to.

So finally today we took Harvey to a home day care, to see if it was somewhere we could take him one or two days a week, so that we could each get a whole days work done. We were both VERY dubious, and each felt on a roller-coaster emotionally the rest of the day at the thought of having Harvey be with someone else all day long – how could we trust anyone with our baby!?

Harvey made it pretty clear what his feelings were – he sobbed when we had to leave, not wanting to part with the toy vacuum. As we got in the car and drove away, it was as if his tears were telling us that he LIKED it there, and wanted to stay, and that we were the ones who must let go and let him start to explore the world without us.

Hopefully we’ll be able to deal with that – and will soon have a few days a week where we can fully consume ourselves with all our creative goals for our business… and we’ll both look forward so much to seeing him again at the end of the day!