Our album Ashes & Dust was released in March 2016 and it takes it’s title from the author Jack London (Call of the Wild, White Fang). “I’d rather be ashes than dust” is a part of his response to a friend who wrote to him expressing their concerns about his lifestyle back in the early 1900s.
We were in Sydney meeting up with Kip’s old friend and neighbour Debbie and her daughter (Kip’s goddaughter) Sara. We were heading for the Opera House when we saw the plaque in the photo above set in the pathway. It’s on Writers’ Walk and every night on this tour we’ve told the story of Jack London and sung the song inspired by his quote. We’ve also been singing Common Form (from Cutting Free) which takes its title and chorus from the poem of the same name by Rudyard Kipling. Look what else we found:-
It’s a shame that John Steinbeck wasn’t honoured on writers walk, we’d have had a hat trick.
Not that that’s a complaint; the day was brilliant. Debbie emigrated here with her late husband Graham and daughter Sara several years ago, so it was great to catch up with them and have them show us the sights. They’d flown down from Brisbane just to meet up. We were proper tourists. Taking photos of the famous Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
We took a ride on a ferry to Watson’s Bay and paddled in the sea.
At night we walked through Chinatown down to Darling Harbour.