I met my 5 year old nephew, Jackson, for the first time this weekend. I had seen him once before but that was in a crowded family gathering ages ago. Him and his dad, my oldest brother, came to stay from a long way away.
Jackson is a thinker. A gentle, clever little bloke as well. It was after a long walk checking out the single donkey and Shetland ponies in the field on the edge of the forest up the road from where I live, when I showed him my guitars. Impressed, I could see he’d like to try them out. The only problem being they’re all bigger than he is. Having done a bit of thinking myself I remembered my first mandolin. I hadn’t played that one for years. Jackson, who’d never played musical instruments before, took to it the best way a 5 year can. He wanted to show his dad he’d got a basic handle on playing the mandolin – see the pic above. I did the chords, he the strings. Between us ‘sound as melody’ – just. Jackson had done well on his first lesson.
I asked him if he wanted to put a song together that I would record for him for keeps. So that is what we did. Our ad-lib session worked well enough and the recording became very special to little Jackson. When it came to the title he decided on ‘White Donkey’, “like the one I fed loads of grass”. I didn’t want to ruin it by pointing out that the white one was a Shetland Pony. It never mattered anyway, music is music, titles are whatever you want them to be.
When it came to the recording, Jackson is on percussion – I had him practice beforehand – and vocals. He did ever so well for a first timer. It’s only a short piece, just 30 seconds tops. Here it is. Well done Jackson;
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