Rupert Guenther


Aimee is song about a young Michigan mum who gave up her son for adoption at birth, and was reunited with him 16 years later. What started out as a wonderful homecoming dream soon all went wrong for them both. She is currently doing 9 years in jail for their sexual union, and there was a lot of upset, alienation and shame about it for them. It is however a pretty typical textbook case of many such reunions, with people trying to come to terms with very complex and intense feelings for each other. I remember I was playing an unplugged lunchtime gig in a Fremantle cafe in 2010. Most of the world had read about Aimee Sword that day, sensationalised in the papers. But I felt quite moved by her story,, that her good intentions had ended up so confused, and that despite the vast amount of professional literature about intensity of such a reunion, she received no professional support which might have helped her find another way to handle her feelings. I just improvised the song words and all straight off,  in front of the lunch crowd. It will be on an upcoming album of odds and ends I have from that year. For further reading look up GSA in most psychological journals LINK

another improvisation by Rupert Guenther


Tiny Blues was the opener my rock band Banana Theory played at their debut gig at Ellington's jazz club in Perth January 2012. It is a short blues...well, tiny! Electric violin, drums and bass.