Strumbling in: music and friendship

Strumbling in: music and friendship

On Saturday afternoons, you’ll find me making music with my friends. Our group is collectively known as the Strumbles. The group has been going for more than ten years. Most of us play ukulele and sing, with the addition of various other instruments: double bass,...
One magic day

One magic day

  It’s a weird time of year, here in Aotearoa-NZ. The last days of October and the beginning of November. In the Southern Hemisphere it’s simultaneously spring and Hallowe’en. We have kids dressed as ghosts and goblins, walking the streets in the evening sun,...
Name dropping

Name dropping

Names hold power. Our personal names are vectors, co-ordinates by which we locate ourselves in time and space, relationships, culture and more. I’m still bearing the names I was given at birth: Alice Mary Bulmer. It’s not a very harmonious collection of names. For...
Songcatching

Songcatching

How to write a song: “I’d like to write songs, but I don’t know how to start. How do I choose a good songwriting course?” I have a family full of songwriters. My husband, Matthew, has been writing songs constantly since he was 18 years old. My mother, Sue, wrote...