Now that the dust has started to settle a bit following my album release earlier this month, it’s been wonderful to be able to concentrate again on other things musical.  One of those things has been the song-writing collaboration with members of my facebook group – Laini’s Beach Shack.

This has been an absolute blast!  I have never, ever tried to co-ordinate a group song-writing collaboration over such a distance and I definitely had to  ‘wing’ the process as we went along.  I knew that most group members had never written a song in their lives, so working out the steps to guide total beginners also needed a bit of thought.

Anyway, first we needed an idea about what we would write the song about, so that had to be step one.

Quite a few members suggested possible titles or other more formed ideas we could write about, so we put it to the vote and the title “Butterfly Girl” was chosen.  So intriguing!!

None of us at that stage had any idea who Butterfly Girl was, but several brave members put their hands up to do a 10 minute individual free-write of who Butterfly Girl was to them.

Using elements from everyone’s free writing I produced a first lyrical draft of the song – 2 verses and a chorus – and then the group discussed possible lyrical changes.  In total the lyrics went through 3 re-writes . Here are the final lyrics:

BUTTERFLY GIRL

She sits beside a woodland stream
Clothed in silk and lace
She wanders slowly through our dreams
Like a tryst on a summer’s day
She’s the warmth of an early spring
She’s the hope on a gentle breeze
She’s the rainbow in a shaft of light
That spears between the trees

Oh, share in your secrets, share your joy
Dance as your wings unfurl
Heal our hearts and lead us home
Play in our shadows
Butterfly Girl

We try to cage her in our minds
Catch her happiness
We try to hang on to her smile
Touch her shimmering dress
But she laughs and off she flies
To light someone else’s life
And we’re left all alone in the dark
On a cold and moonless night

Oh, share in your secrets, share your joy
Dance as your wings unfurl
Heal our hearts and lead us home
Play in our shadows
Butterfly Girl

The lyrics immediately lent themselves to a folk style melody and production but we needed to work out exactly what these would be.

One brave member put their hand up to have a go, and sent me through a recording in which she sang a beautiful chorus melody.  I added a verse melody to suit and voila, we had our song!!

All that we needed now was our production and this is where Mike Raine’s skills once again came in as he worked his magic with our song.

So, just before I play you the song, a huge congratulations to all those in the Beach Shack who took part – about 12 people in total from the initial concept – but particularly to those who were brave enough to have a go at the actual lyric and melody writing – Vince Nicoll, Mike Richard Gould, Gerry Haugh Silcock, Luna Keller and Mike Raine.

I hope you enjoy the song!

 

And, don’t forget, if you still haven’t had chance to listen to my latest album you can stream it either on Spotify or on my website:

 

 

I’m flying out to England on Friday for 4 weeks to spend time with family, so you won’t hear from me for a little while, but I Iook forward to sharing with you a few photos from my trip when I get back, together with news about my next musical projects.

Until then, take care,

Laini xx

Yes, it truly is that close!  2 weeks and 4 days before my second album is released!

It really has been a long time coming.  I started recording in August 2017 for this album, but then life kept getting in the way – darned thing, life!  I could blame my Husband  Peter for much of that, but then, how would I have got the inspiration for the final song on my album 😂.  Not that I want him to go flying feet first into a cliff again, but it is true that creativity, whether it be songwriting, art, poetry etc. is often inspired by life experiences.

On release day I will share the links with you to all the online streaming channels so that you can listen to your hearts content.  Don’t forget though, that if you want a physical CD, these will only be available through my website and I am currently taking pre-orders.  As a bonus, if you do pre-order you can start listening to the whole album straight away, as I will send you immediately all 11 tracks as MP3 downloads.

So, once again, here is the link to pre-order a signed CD.  You’ll be able to convert the AU$ into the currency of your choice and see shipping costs before you place your final order.

‘Take A Breath’ pre-orders

Something that I am also very much looking forward to sharing with you soon is a song that members of my facebook group “Laini’s Beach Shack” have been writing collaboratively.This is the first time that I’ve ever been part of a collaborative songwriting process with so many people from all over the world and it’s been a really interesting and enjoyable experience.  The song is called “Butterfly Girl”.

So, watch this space!

And don’t forget that if you would like to join my facebook group, just click on the link below and then on the JOIN button and enter your best e-mail address to sign up for my newsletters.

Laini’s Beach Shack Facebook Group

Until next time, take care

Laini xx

YAY! At last – it’s release day for the second single, “I Breathe You In” from my upcoming Album (Take A Breath)!

I’m so excited to share this with you and I really hope you enjoy listening to the track and to watching the music video.

Here are all links:

MUSIC VIDEO ON YOUTUBE

SPOTIFY

ITUNES

DOWNLOAD

So, next up is the full album release, which is very exciting, and In my next post I’ll share more information with you about this, including details about how you can pre-order your own physical, signed copy, and receive an immediate pre-release download of the whole album!

Until then, take care,

Laini xx

PS – If you’d like to be the first to hear all my latest news, pre-release music, exclusive content and learn a bit more about me;  plus, receive some free downloads, then just pop in your best e-mail address here – Newsletter sign-up

In today’s post I’m really happy to announce that the release date for my single “I Breathe You In” is Friday 26th April.

This is probably the most singer/songwriter track on my upcoming album and it was voted as a single release by members of my facebook group “Laini’s Beach Shack”.  If you’d like to join the group (which is open to all my newsletter subscribers) then just head over here and post your best e-mail address in after clicking on the JOIN tab.  Laini’s Beach Shack facebook group

And, in my last post I promised you that I would share a sneak preview of the track and Music Video, so trra trra – here it is!

Sneak Preview “I breathe you in”

I’m really looking forward to sharing the full version with you now!

Until then, take care,

Laini xx

PS – If you’d like to be the first to hear all my latest news, pre-release music, exclusive content and learn a bit more about me;  plus, receive some free downloads, then just pop in your best e-mail address here – Newsletter sign-up