Amalia Fitzgerald “Mylee": Musician, Mother & gypsy Logger living in Byron Bay, Australia.
I met Mylee 16 years ago in the Northern Beaches Sydney, Mylee delivered me a faux rose that Marcus my husband now, had made sure I received before he went overseas, since It's been inspiring following Mylee's Journey, always a soulful sparkly smile that resonates in her music too.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
Most people call me Mylee but I was born with the name Amalia. I was named after my great aunt who was an Italian violinist in an orchestra that would perform on ships. My mum (Maria Stratton) also plays violin and like Aunt Amalia she has an adventurous spirit and a thirst to investigate her creativity. When I came along I looked up to my mum’s musical talents and self-discipline in learning to play her instruments well. I asked her to teach me some chords on the guitar when I was little and started drum lessons at the age of ten. I’ve always felt that my love for music has co-captained my ship. It is a big part of me whether I like it or not.
I now have two kids (10 and 4) with my partner Ozzy. Music is something we do together as a family unit. We call it ‘famjams’. When Ozzy and I get some rare spare time we also write music together. My Mum, Ozzy and friend Fiona are the backing band (the milkshakes) so there’s a strong connection and sense of history that radiates when we play together.
WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOUV’E EVER RECEIVED? Not to compare your self to anyone else.
AND DO YOU FOLLOW IT? I try my best!
FAVOURITE SWIM SPOT? The last beach we lived at on Sydney’s northern beaches was always quiet but rarely calm. It caught every swell. You couldn’t park your car there so you had to hike down to it. For the 6 years we lived there, this beach was always my favourite place to swim, as it was geographically magic with no one around. I taught my self to surf there and In doing so it got me out of the post baby blues funk I was in and it pretty much transformed me.
When we moved north and I said good-bye to the beach, I bawled my eyes out. I was so thankful to that place, like it was my saviour and healer.
Ironically we moved to “the country “ (that being Byron bay) and now it’s hard to find an empty beach! Still hard not to LOVE every swim you have here though.
BEST THING ABOUT SUMMER?
BEST THING ABOUT WINTER?
FAVOURITE SUMMERTIME FEAST?
.. We make tacos every Wednesday night at our place. “taco Wednesday“ !! We have a special tablecloth that we lay on our round table. We make yum pineapple salsa and always cook the sauces from scratch.
It used to be the kids favourite meal but now one child likes tacos and the other doesn’t so the night doesn’t quite have the same buzz as it used too.
MUSIC YOU WILL NEVER STOP LISTENING TO?
Bob Dylan and Lou reed
listen to Mylee's Cloud Over Paradise here
Special thanks to Sarah Christensen photography