Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Tim Kill, a local guitar maker, had arranged to bring some of his handmade acoustic lap steel guitars for me to check out before our show at Ruby’s. He ended up generously offering for me to take this guitar on loan until next time I’m in Australia. Tim’s a soulful human and craftsman – on this guitar he used Tasmanian blackwood and Indian ebony, and the green inlays were made with malachite crystals that Tim crushed into powder with a mortar and pestle…it looks and sounds brilliant. Our conversation at dinner altered my musical and spiritual DNA. Major.

Before our show at Ruby’s in Belgrave, we explored the lush forest of the nearby Dandenong Ranges. The contents of the forest were alien to our senses…humid and fern-scented hills packed with massively tall trees full of screaming kookaburra birds…I got separated from the others and loved feeling lost here.