(that's Tims's mom on the right with jazz great Lionel Hampton in the middle)
Tim's mom was an amazing jazz singer...amazing! When she was really young (from about age 18-22) she lived in New York for some time...This was the twenties...Harlem was experiencing a cultural revolution ...a creativity explosion...that's her in the pic above with jazz legend Lionel Hampton. She met Duke Ellington...yeah...the Duke Ellington! Now there are tons of unanswered questions...did she sing at the Cotton Club? , did she ever meet Billie Holiday? sing with her??? what was her stage name? ...Oh! I wish I wish I wish...we had the answers. But she met Tim's dad, fell in love, gave up on her dreams and had 4 children (Tim being the last...she gave birth to him in her 40's)...she never really talked much about her early life to Tim so we can only guess. I have never met her...she passed a while back. But this is all part of Tara's history...I want her to know it.
Oh! And little Tara has been busy busy busy...painting and coloring up a storm! She wants to say hi!