Miriam Hyde. It was the 100th anniversary of her birth last month and I had read a lovely blog post about her by music writer Rosalind Appleby so Miriam had recently been in my thoughts. In the dusty pile of music I found a lovely little work called "Lullaby for Christine" with the dedication 'To my Baby Daughter'. As I played through the piece I couldn't help but reflect on the struggle it would have been for Miriam Hyde to compose anything at all when caring for a baby. I know I certainly struggled to compose anything very much for the first couple of years of our daughter's lives. What a focussed, determined, tenacious and hugely talented woman she was. Generations of Australian pianists (including me) grew up playing her pieces and I just took them for granted, not being aware of the circumstances in which they were written. My two babies are now at school (Hoorah) and I can see my creative world opening up again - which is tremendously exciting. All the more reason to appreciate and be inspired by the compositional efforts of all the composing mothers out there, past, present and future.