I couldn’t feel less enthusiastic about 2021 if I tried. That’s not to say I’m not going to give it my all but I’m not buying into the whole it’s gonna be my year BS. It’s going to be another strange year where we’ll learn things we didn’t know we needed to, find comfort in unexpected places and be forced into situations we didn’t ever imagine, and my wish us that we’re all ok, that our loved ones are safe and happy, have food on the table and a roof over their heads. That’s all.
Well this weekend we hoped to be playing at Glastonbury at Crooners Corner. That was before lockdown. So here are some clips of me, standing on the tail lift of our converted truck, singing some of the songs I would have sung….
Fingers crossed for next year and hoping there still is a ‘Creative industry’ following lockdown….. 😘
I’ve got to be honest, when ever I take on a version of a song like this, Doris from Gavin and Stacey comes to mind singing Girlfriend in a coma…🤣😂. I wonder if I’ll play this on the street, if we ever get to play on the street again!
I think I’ll enjoy performing it., even if I do look like some old lady singing with a guitar!
So anyway, this is my work in progress, recorded flat in our horse truck.
So, we’re in week whatever of the lockdown. It’s a blur. I feel honoured and lucky to have all this time to spend with my daughter, I’m also acutely aware primary school teaching is something I should NEVER consider once all this is done, unless it’s all sewing, art and music……
In between that I’ve been working on some new stuff. It’s an act of faith that one day us musicians will be able to earn a living again. So here I am, in our ‘secret getaway’ working on Rio by Duran Duran.
I love the energy of the original but am going for a more laid back approach. At school one of my friends loved Duran Duran… I pretended I didn’t as I liked Spandau Ballet…. We had some common ground with Japan…. thinking about doing a cover of Swing but that’s another story.
So, it’s a bit rough and the guitar needs its intonation looking at, oh and I need a hair cut, but don’t we all!!😂🤣
Growing up I loved Spandau Ballet. My friend liked Duran Duran and never the twain met (although Rio is one of my favourite albums of the 80’s). I love performing this, it feels so liberating.
I’ve recorded this tutorial which shows how I play it; it’s not particularly polished but it shows you all the shapes you’ll need. If you want a more faithful version I daresay that there are others. See below for the chord diagrams. As I say on the video, I’m using a capo and the chords can move up or down the neck depending on your vocal range.
I hope you enjoy playing it as much as I do.