puppets, rehearsing

Rehearsing

Funny ole day; I wanted to record with my binaural mics but the rain was too loud so I did some mixing until my ears got tired. I’ve not done a lot of mixing before so it been hard work!

Also I’m rehearsing this lovely lady … she’s going to be performing my song ‘Cars’ … a song that will speak to the soul of a toner who’s ever bought second hand cars…

And now…? Netflix and cocoa cos I know how to party 🎉

guitar, Life, music

Two of my favourite things

So, the rain has stopped; now it’s only the trains, biplane, and squirrels 🐿 running across the roof of my recording space that I have to contend with 😂😭😂 I’ve got the old lady out today – my #Takamine EN30C, I’ve had it for more than half my life and it’s a gorgeous full bodied sound. I traded a Yamaha jumbo for her plus a wad of cash I borrowed. Loved her from the first time I played her.

My other guitar is a Martin…. yes I’m lucky like that. It was another ‘I have to have this guitar’ moment … Smaller, brighter and lively and yet still rich toned but not what I was after today for the two laid back songs I’ve been recording today.

busking, music, street life

Rain stops play!

An interesting day in town today busking. There were lots of buskers out which is weird as Saturday and Sunday there was hardly anyone. Anyway, the buskers at Russell and Bromley and The Face were having a ‘who has the loudest amp’ competition…. look if one turns up to 11 so does everyone else and it’s just a big ear-splitting mush. Just Stop!

Anyway, I set up after my husband and decided to give it a go. Kept to my usual volume but the quiet, gentle songs I usually start with were no good on a day like today, so straight in with the upbeat stuff, the low songs were transposed up a tone (hurrah for the capo!) and the Christmas songs (I only have 3) came out for an airing. I had 3 year olds dancing with old men, people singing along quietly to themselves as they passed by, people crossing the street to listen, kids waving at me from passing buses, ladies complimenting my skirt (gets more attention that me somedays!) and lots of serendipitous connections between strangers.

That’s what busking is about, that’s why I love it. And then it rained, and did it rain but I was in the middle of ‘I will survive’ and it seemed rude to stop mid song. By the end I had the taste of hairspray and stinging eyes but no Alice Cooper eye – Hurrah for waterproof make up. So I packed up and came home, still smiling from ear to ear. I love what I do!

busking, music

Leap of faith

Well, I had better luck today, the last day with the hire car. It’s been nice, but I’ll be glad to get back in the van.

I was Cathedral Green on a lovely late summer day. It’s a strange feeling breaking the silence of such a lovely place and I’m never entirely sure which song I will play until I start. Today it was ‘it must be love’

It’s a leap of faith really standing there singing. I am grateful that I can do it. Grateful that people enjoy it.