This was one of those tunes that fell out of my head and my fingers. I had collected my copy of The Messenger Bird from the post office that afternoon, to read in preparation for the launch. I had started reading it when I opened the parcel (I can't help myself around books) but didn't get very far before I had to stop to go about my day. Already though, the book had stirred memories of the Kapunda Celtic Festival and thoughts about Australian identity and how I wouldn't cope with losing a sibling. I walked past my violin case and the opening bars jumped into my mind. The tune came out so quickly that I could barely write it down fast enough! (I have to record my ideas, or else I lose them.)
Nathaniel is my favourite character in the book. As a violinist/Celtic fiddler and a first generation Australian, which I am on my mother's side, I related to him the most. I imagined this as a waltz he might play at one of his dances. The tune is for Nathaniel and Tamara, however I think of it as dedicated to all the people who have lost siblings.
Jeridene Foreman on 'Nathaniel's Waltz'
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