Eve Duncan and I have been friends since teenagers and in the late 70’s we became a flute and guitar duo who played on the Mornington Peninsula at weddings, in restaurants and at private events.
Life changes and Eve moved a distance away with her daughters. While we remained in contact, meeting up to play became impossible and we both moved on in our creative lives. Eve studied composition and became an internationally awarded composer while teaching a new generation of musicians. I concentrated on my other creative bent of visual arts, mainly in textiles and my flute eventually disappeared to the back of the cupboard.
Serious injuries to my left shoulder and right wrist in a car accident at the end of 2014 required extensive rehabilitation. A chance comment to my hand therapist and then to my physio led to some thought about how I could play my flute and I left my physio’s room with the instructions “Heat, heat, heat, play the flute, no ice”. Neither realized I hadn’t played for 20 years, but my flute was liberated from the cupboard, and I began to play again. Both my artwork, in the new way I worked, and music became an important part of both my rehab and mental well being.