As I know all of you will have been, this week I was shocked and saddened by the Manchester Terrorist Attack. My heart goes out to the families and friends of all those who were killed and injured and to everyone who was attending the Ariana Grande Concert. I truly hope that none of you have been directly affected.
It seems very difficult to write about normal things and tell you my news when something like this happens, but I know that by not doing so I would be doing exactly what the perpetrators hope to achieve – to cause as much disruption, chaos and fear as they can – so I will write this post, even though it feels a little strange to be doing so.
So, to kick off my news I’d like to share with you an interview that I did last week with Zapatero Music. It was a really enjoyable experience and I feel very honoured to have been asked. You can read the full transcript here:
I’ve also had a very productive week working with Mike Raine on our cover series. I really love working on covers – they help me to test my voice in different styles and they teach me more techniques to add to my singing toolbox. Plus, it’s nice to see how far we can stretch an existing song and make it our own without losing the essence of the original. Mike’s particularly good at thinking ‘outside of the box’.
We’ve almost finished first recordings of the 12 songs we’ve chosen. One or two I’m not quite happy with yet vocally, so I’ll go back and re-record those. There’s only one song that we haven’t yet made a start on, but we’ll be doing that this next week. I’m really looking forward to start sharing the tracks with you – not long now! For those of you who have not yet heard or seen our cover of ‘Roads’ by Portishead, then here is the music video.
And, to finish off today, I think we need to have a laugh. We’ve been talking in the Beach Shack facebook group this week about mis-heard lyric lines. For years I thought Macy Gray’s “I Try” lyric was “I blow bubbles when you are not here” instead of “My world crumbles when you are not hear”. Anyway, one of the beach shack members shared this very funny video by British Comedian Peter Kay, on this very subject. I hope you enjoy it!
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Until next week, take care