Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pop on the Rocks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pop on the Rocks

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It's Mother's Day on Sunday, and what are you gonna do for Mom this year? If you're like most people, you'll probably pack her up in the car and take her out for some brunch-like event. You know, the same thing you did for Mom last year, and the year before that, and the year before...well, you get the drift.

Are you getting bored with this Mother's Day ritual? Odds are, Mom probably is.

Local singer Denise Thimes would like to offer an alternative. When she plays the Sheldon on Sunday in a special Mother's Day Concert, she'd like to look out into the audience and see all the Moms in town smiling back, as well as all those grown kids who decided to celebrate a little differently this year. "We are so stuck in taking mother to brunch," laughs Thimes, "then taking her home and dropping her off. For once, I wanted to break the monotony, to have something really special to do with your mom." Thimes, 36, has been a leading light on the local scene for some time now. A gifted vocalist steeped in jazz, blues and gospel, she's also an accomplished stage actress whose credits include "For Colored Girls..." and "Blues In the Night." Thimes' musical inclinations run in the family -- she's the daughter of local radio legend Lou "Fatha" Thimes. But she's also quick to point out that her mother, Mildred, has been an equal inspiration. "A mother of seven and a wife, that's what my mother is," says Thimes. "I know in the `90s that might seem kind of mundane to some women." But Thimes realizes that motherhood is one of those underappreciated, 24/7 deals. When her own son, Jabril, 2, was born, Thimes came to understand fully just what sacrifices mothers make. "When I had my son, I saw the responsibilities that came with it," she says. "Hitting that floor at three in the morning for that early feeding. I saw how many times I had to bathe him and change his diaper. I thought, `my mother did this SEVEN TIMES!"' Struck with this maternal epiphany, Thimes says she promptly went downstairs, got on her knees, and bowed to her own mother, Mildred. "I said, `I don't know how you did it seven times -- keeping us clean, keeping things in place, giving out lunch money seven times. …

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