I recently received an email from my dear mother, Polly Perkins who lives in Spain. Here’s an extract:
“I know how busy you are doing a really fantastic job for Soho but I need to remind you not only do I not need or want Xmas pressy, we don’t have the postal box in Spain anymore so you can’t send me anything anyway. What I really would like is to put my demo of “This Xmas” on iTunes. This would be the best present ever. I know you will understand ?”
I do understand. My mum is 71 years old, I happen to know that she sometimes thinks she may not release a record again. She recorded her first single in a studio on Denmark Street in 1961 after she’d been working at The Windmill Theatre in Soho. There’s something about that generation which means they never, ever stop and they only get better, as can be heard on this song.
Whilst we still hope that someone with real vision can get her back on stage or screen here in the UK where she belongs, I have, in the meantime, granted her Christmas wish and released this song which I wrote for her back in 2011 when she was in EastEnders. She wasn’t permitted to do it back then, but the upside of being an artist ‘between engagements’ is that there are no longer any commercial restrictions. Happy Christmas Mum, I learnt everything I know from you (and thanks for the idea about writing to the mayor, it’s certainly started something…) Love you. Tim X
P.S Friends…she doesn’t know about this yet, so please #download and #share the single and make an original Soho girl a very happy lady indeed! Thanks to Ray Gelato for the equisite sax solo. Tx