Monday, 28 December 2009

Hellooo! :)

Hello everyone! :)

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. - Lucky you if you had snow...it actually got a bit warmer over here - no chance of a White Christmas. :-S Oh well. Perhaps we'll get some in February like we did this year. :)

I'm just going to do a little write up on the Boxing Day gig with Nick. :)

It was a really nice actually, I had a lot of fun. It's good playing with someone else for a change. - I don't know if I explained before, but I'm going to be playing some gigs with Nick - who is a great musician and part of a few musically things. He's part of an acoustic duo called 'Shoot the Moon' - and Becky, the lady who usually plays with him can't do some gigs in the future...so I'm kind of stepping in. - And this gig was one of those. :)

We tried to do a kind of varied set...we both played guitar on some songs and just Nick sang, then I just sang, then Nick would play and I sang, and we also used the dulcimer and Nick used his mandolin which was cool. :)

I've learnt a few new covers too...such as...

Rotterdam
Seven Days
Luka
A Case of You

(I'll put a video clip of each song at the bottom of the blog - just in case you don't know them and want to have a listen. :))

Here are a few photos...

Scary eyes!!! :-S
This could be Rotterdam...*or anywhere...Liverpool or Rome...* :P

I don't know why, but I really like that third picture...there's something really...vintage about it. Lol. :) Good work sis. :)

Anyhow, I'd best be off. :) - I plan on having a go at that software today, so hopefully I can show you some video soon.

TTFN everyone, I wish you a happy and healthy New Year. :)

Lots of love.xxxxx

P.S - In answer to Uncle Tim's question, I just used the Martin D-28. :)




Sunday, 20 December 2009

Technical stuff...

Hi everyone...this is just a quick message to say that I don't think I'm going to be able to get the video done tonight...Final Cut is a little more technical than I first thought. :-S xx

Studio: Days 4 & 5 :)

Hi everyone :)

I thought I'd do these two days together - hopefully to give you a bit more to read which is hopefully a bit more interesting. :)

Thursday:

Thursday was a veeery exciting day. :) It waaaas...drummer day! We paid for a real life, properly amazing drummer to come in and play on my songs.
He arrived at the studio earlier than we did to set the drums up and also because he had to leave earlier than normal. When we arrived he had already listened to a few of the songs and had written some notes on them.
We tried 'Topsy Turvy World' first, so he went into the live room (or the 'lonely room' as Olli called it!) and started playing straight away. - It was actually brilliant. He knew exactly what to do, and it was soooo good. Especially with all the fills etc. :) - and then we did the others too. He just had to listen to each song once, and then he could play it. He was brilliant - I think he was described as a 'machine with groove' a few times. :)
I could still say things like 'please could we change that fill there?' or 'please could you close the hi-hat for that bit?' and he was fine with that - well I didn't have to say it very often anyway. :)
He managed to get 9 songs done in the day! :) Well - from about 9am - 3.30pm, which is pretty impressive!
After that there was just a bit of editing going on. And I think we may have recorded the vocals for 'Impossible'...or maybe that was...

Friday:

:) We decided to wait until after the drums were done to record the vocals on 'Impossible' - (yes! It has drums :P) because we thought my singing style might be a little bit different due to the change in instrumentation.
Friday mainly consisted of finishing touches. - We added some electric guitar and bass to Impossible, Topsy Turvy, and a few bits of backing vocals to Tripping Through Violets, Impossible, A Woman You Don't Know, Poetry and Quite Blue...we'd already done My Little Ukulele Song. :)

And that was pretty much it for recording! :) I'll be back soon with some video clips - hopefully - as I've got some new editing software. :) My other stuff kept playing up and doing really weird random things. :-S

Anyhow, best be off. :)

TTFN xxxxx

P.S - Susan - Tea Leaves & Old Magazines still has the guitary bit in the middle. :) It's sort of emphasised because of the drums and strings. :) (I'm listening to it now just to make sure! ;))

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Studio: Day 3...

Hello! I'm back - sorry I left a bit of a gap...and now I have to remember what happened a week ago... :-S

Wednesday:

On Wednesday we recorded most of the vocals, which I enjoyed lots. :) We were also sorting out the instruments, making sure the vocals were in tune and everything was quantized as it should be before the drummer came in on Thursday... :)

It doesn't seem like a week ago that we were doing all that. - My time there felt like it went soooo quickly! I think one of main reasons I'm really going to try to promote this CD as much as possible is so that I can go back and make another one, hopefully for a bit longer - if they'll have me! :) And I'd better get writing some more songs. I've got a few that I could put on a newer one already...Who Are You?, Warmer in May, The Lady and the Past, Gone For Good...one more and I could make an EP...hmmmm... :)

Right now I'm starting to think about artwork etc. - I think Donna and I are going to go out and take some pics...and I've got a title now....reeeadyyy?......*drumrooooll....*

TEA LEAVES AND OLD MAGAZINES

Dada! I chose that because people may tend to think 'what's that all about then?' and be a bit more interested than if it was self titled or something.

Anyhow, I'd best be off. :)

TTFN xxxxx

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Track Listing

I haven't decided on the final order of the tracks yet, but here are all the tracks that are on the CD...
  1. Tripping Through Violets
  2. I Live Through the Song
  3. Tea Leaves and Old Magazines
  4. Beautiful Deceit
  5. Topsy Turvy World
  6. Gold and Blue
  7. Poetry
  8. A Woman You Don't Know
  9. Quite Blue
  10. Impossible
  11. My Little Ukulele Song

(I warn you now - Impossible is quite different, but I am now pleased with it. :P)

Studio - Day 2...

Tuesday:

Tuesday consisted of the same sort of thing as Monday. We were going through tracks and quantizing, recording guitar and also recording the vocals on a few songs. Before I started singing I was actually quite nervous, but when I got into the swing of it I was fine.

There's nothing much to report for Tuesday aside from that. :-S

Ooh - by the way - I did take a little bit of footage, but I'm having probs with my editing software. (Grrrr...) - I'll try to upload some little bits and bobs next week after we've finished. :)

TTFN xxxxx

Rest in Peace Ubi...

We learnt today that our very dear friend David 'UbiDuboi' passed away on Wednesday.

We'll never forget you David.

Watch out for cars.xoxoxox

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Studio Day 1...

Monday:

As you can imagine, on Monday morning I was very excited! We got up really early to leave (5:45am – VERY early for me!) and caught the 7.30am boat across to the mainland. The boat arrived at about 8.30am and we didn’t have to be there until 10, so we had a quick look round the shopping centre in Southampton before going to the studio later on.
The peeps in the studio, Gareth and Olli, are really nice and I felt comfortable really quickly – if that makes sense. The sofa was really comfy and so were the ‘Mastermind’ styley chairs…but that’s not really what I mean. When I was trying to choose a studio, I had to pick one where I’d feel able to express myself, and not afraid to say ‘I think it should go like this…’ – and I definitely picked the right place. I really valued their opinions and I think we had the same thoughts about which direction each of the songs should go in. I’m really pleased with how they sound so far – really looking forward to the mixing process on Monday. :)
Anyhow, back to last Monday…
Most of the day was spent recording guitar tracks for a few of the songs and quantizing the files that I had ‘prepared.’ – I say ‘prepared’ because they were very rough. I mean – they were the ones from YouTube, but I realise now that I should have learnt how to do that before I went, as it would have saved a lot of time. I didn’t know what quantizing was before I went to the studio, but now I do…see - I’m learning.
So – that was Monday really. I think it was just about quantizing and picking different instrument tracks etc. (they use Macs and Logic and have loads of brilliant sounds).

I’ll be back tomorrow with a bit about Tuesday and the track listing. :)

Holly xxxxx

Friday, 11 December 2009

Studioooo!

HELLO! :)

I be back. :) I'm so tired! Lol.

This week has been absolutely brilliant. I've really REALLY enjoyed it. We finished all the recording today and we've just got the mixing left to do.

Tomorrow I'm going to try to start the studio 'diary' thing... I'll try to do a blog for each of the days and I'll also try to put a little bit of video on. :)

Seriously, I've had such a great time. It has been incredible.

The story begins... :)

See you tomorrow! xxxxx

Thursday, 10 December 2009

WOOO!

HELLO!!!

I can't be long because I'm currently sat in the studio. 'I Live Through the Song' is currently being recorded with drums! We have a session drummer and he's incredible. I'm sitting here feeling very pleased/ecstatic. :)

Will do an update later on. :)

Got to go! xxxxxx

Friday, 4 December 2009

Carey!

Hello lovely people.

Here's a link...please let me know if it works OK.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_private?v=yyTZRVs7V3A&sharing_token=La5_MkE7Z5dBGpyxtRiyAg==

Lots of love.xxxxx

Carey?

Hi everyone - as you can probably tell from the post below - I uploaded the video and then took it off again. I may just make it a thing for you E-Teamers/Forumers/Bloggers. I know - I'll put a private link on the website. - And then if anyone would like to have a look at it, you have to go on to the forum (anyone can join!) - and click on the link - and then you will be taken to a private bit on YT. I may make it public later on...

I'll just go and save it.

TTFN xxxxx

Carey - Joni Mitchell cover (with Appalachian Dulcimer etc....)

Here it is! It got a bit squished. :-( I hope you like it.

TTFN xxxxxx

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Coverrrrr Grrrrrr...

Hello lovely people...

I'm really sorry I haven't got the cover uploaded yet. My software is playing up. :-/ I recorded the video today - but I've been trying to edit it and various things have been going wrong. Gaarr.

I'll have another go as soon as I can.

It's a cover of Joni's 'Carey' on the dulcimer etc. - It was only meant to be a simple video, but it's not working. :-(

Oh well, I'll persevere.

TTFN xxxxx

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Coverrr.

Hi peeps :)

I'm just about to have a go at doing a video of a cover. I may not get it on today though as I'm going to see Boo Hewerdine and Duncan Jones later. :) - And have choir before that.

I'll do my best though - best be getting on with it. :)

TTFN xxxxx