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Life, music

New Romantics

If you’ve ever heard me play, you’ll know I’m a fan of 80’s music. So, imagine my delight when shopping for food the other day when I found this! It’s on constantly in my car. My daughter might well phone child line at some point; I’m thinking of it more like payback for the endless Peppa Pig episodes and anyway it’s part of her education…..

I’ll be honest, I prefer the early stuff. To Cut A Long Story Short and Glow are particular favourites. I won’t be doing versions of them on the street … just singing along on my way to the street!

busking, street life

Busking is being criminalised.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea use a PSPO (Public Space Protection Order) to prohibit busking in much of their borough. In doing so they have criminalised busking with fines of up to £1000. They’re seeking to extend the areas it covers. Once a PSPO is in place you have just 6 weeks to launch an appeal and it gets renewed every 3 years without any further consultation.

Their initial consultation for the PSPO was based on 413 responses to an online survey – that’s less than 0.2% of the population of the Borough. They made no attempt to consult with the wider public e.g. the people who listen to and enjoy the performers, nor the performers themselves.

If you like listening to street music, please make your thoughts known.

https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/environment/environmental-health/noise-and-nuisance/busking-consultations?fbclid=IwAR0K61OOTHGgKZCWn7d6whMq02v9E_BKgUKGFb_6D7Vg8CR4nONFpe3Q1rM

learning, Life, music

Nearly there….

I’ve been quiet of late… partly because I’m pretty rubbish at this social media lark and partly because I’ve gone back to school!

Yes! I’m completing the final year of the degree I started many moons ago and didn’t get to finish on account of life getting in the way!

Every cloud has a silver lining and with university courses going online this year, I’m able to give it a go. I’m giving it my best shot, I’m hoping it’s enough.

I’d be lying if I said I was enjoying it. I’m enjoying parts of it and hating parts of it in equal measure! Feeling pretty proud of my accomplishments though, whatever the outcome.

There have been tears…. lots of tears. But also lots of learning and you know me…. I love learning. So go me! I think I might have just finished the conclusion of my dissertation….. yey for me 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏😥😥😇😳😱😱.

Now all I have to do is go through it ….. again…. and check the referencing. If I ever do this shit again, I’m honestly going to be more on top of my referencing and not leave it to the end….. *nose growing longer as I type*

Wish me luck!!

guitar, learning, Tutorial

Learn to play Death On Two Legs – Queen

My Dad had really good taste in music, Queen, Pink Floyd, Cream, loads of really good stuff. I remember the first time I heard A Night At The Opera, one of my all time favourite albums… it was on cassette, I had to keep rewinding it to listen to this song over and over again. I’ve always wanted to to do a version of this song but it felt too big. I would try and then put the guitar down and then try again a few months later. A few years passed and then Lockdown #1 came…. it felt kinda appropriate.

Now I’m no Brian May, and I don’t have a band, and I’m not Freddie… so if you’re a Queen purist then you probably want to look away right now… But I LOVE playing this and I think it’s a pretty good version. I don’t care that no one ever seems to know it on the street, or that when people do they want to stand and talk to you about Queen for half an hour (You know, I’d love to but I’ve got a living to earn and no one chucks money in the case for me standing around chatting) .

So,anyway, click below for the chords and lyric sheet and have I go. Enjoy!

guitar, Tutorial

Learn to play Only You – Yazoo

YouTube tutorial

This tutorial its great for beginners and more experienced guitarists alike. It’s such a great song and has been covered many time; this is my version. If you haven’t been playing long but have a few chords under your fingers then it’ll be perfect for you to have a go at and you’ll learn a descending bass line on the guitar too.

Click below for the lyrics and chord sheet. Enjoy

only you