photo taken by Rachel Dwyer
Listen to Mike's audio blog to learn the story behind his vintage D-17 Martin guitar.
Here at Waltzing Matilda USA we use a Singer machine from 1906. It was originally made to be a leather sewing machine with the purpose of patching leather together. It has no motor but instead uses a treadle that is operated by using a foot peddle and is placed up on a cast iron stand. It was used most often for repairing boots and shoes and although we simply call it "The Singer", in the 1900's it was also know as the "Boot Patcher" or "The Cobbler".
With summer coming to an end and fall around the corner its had me reminiscing back to the times when I was younger. Thinking about how much I looked forward to trips to the beach at the end of the summer even if it was just for a week. It brought lyrics to my head and a melody to go along with it.
August angel by me
We got 7 days of freedom because dad put in for vacation-
We packed the pickup high
And topped her off at the filling station
He put us in the back seat with the dogs and the beer-
He set her on the highway and said "let's get on out of here!"
We crossed the back bay and chased a summer shower-
Took a left on the gravel road right beside the water tower-
A pauper or a prince, depends on your point of view-
He said "it could be a water tower or could be our water view”