Saturday, 3 December 2011

I Leave This Time...

Howdy peoples! How is everyone? I hope you're well. :) I come bearing gifts!...Kinda. Lol. I come bearing a song!

Another trance collaboration with the excellent Darren Smith. :)

~ Ooh ~ and just to let you know - if you'd like to keep track of Darren and Holly's collaborations, we're now working under the name 'XenonRose'.

Here are some links to our pages...

http://twitter.com/xenonrose
http://www.soundcloud.com/xenonrose
http://www.youtube.com/xenonrosemusic
http://www.facebook.com/XenonRose

And we should have an actual homepage up very soon. :)

Oky doke - so here is the new track! :)

 I Leave This Time by XenonRose

What do you reckon? :)

Also - the Holly Album 2 team is back to work in the studio tomorrow night! Hopefully with a string quartet this time! Exciting. :D

TTFN xxxxxxx

P.S - Happy Birthday Mum! ;) xxx

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

VLog1 - and so it begins...

Here's the VLog as promised! I'm such a goofball...

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

ALBUM NUMBER 2 - let the recording commence!

HELLO everyone. :)

I come with rather exciting news.

The recording of album number two beginneth TONIGHT!!!

I'll be recording it over the course of a few months, with a producer (the lovely Mr. Iain Berryman) and a variety of very cool engineers and live musicians, which I am very excited about.

I'll also be documenting the journey with a series of video blogs and blog posts here - so keep your eyes peeled. ;) (If all goes according to plan, the first video should appear tomorrow.)

- Also - over the next few months I will be posting photos and potential artwork/album designs here and on YouTube to see what you guys think. :)

I hope you are all well! :)

TTFN

Holly xxxxx

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Bit of a whinge.

Hello everyone. :)

How are we all?

I'm sorry it has been a while. To be honest, I've been struggling a little with things. (This next bit is going to be one mega whiny explanation/rant - you have been warned! ;))

(*Takes a deep breath*) Weeeell...lots of little annoying things kept making me feel bad, and then I started feeling bad all the time and then my back started really hurting and I sprained my ankle about a month and a half ago and it hasn't gone away and I went to the doctors and I have an 'non-healing ligament' and I have to have physiotherapy for my 'back' which is actually my coccyx. I have a thing called 'coccydynia' which is a pain in the bum (Literally. *Chortle*.). And during visits to the docs etc. my hard drive decided that it didn't want to work anymore. So I had to get a new one of them. Not cool. Because I was a hopeless with my backups I lost a lot of stuff...and then my computer wouldn't go back to the most recent backup, so now I'm back at March which is highly uncool. (I am now backing up every day.) I'm also struggling a ridiculous amount with my Uni work. I feel really behind and I don't have a clue what I'm doing. So I'm quite down in the dumps at the moment.
Whiny rant over!

I always feel bad for feeling bad over such silly little things when there are people who are putting up with much worse.

I'd better go and crack on with this work...whining isn't going to sort things out.

To continue the slightly miserable theme, I shall leave you with this slightly miserable song that I wrote. - Recorded by the lovely Iain Berryman at Uni.

 Waiting For Time by hollykirby

TTFN xxxx

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Adventures! Oooooh!

Howdy peoples!

So...I'm back at Uni, we have lots of work already, and I have two rather cool adventures to tell you about. :)

The first one is a London adventure...and so is the second! It's actually the first time that I've been to London in ages. I thought I'd go quite a bit last year seeing as I'm so close now, but I didn't. This year that appears to have changed, having gone twice in a matter of days. I'm actually trying to build a little ticket display thingy across my wall, I'm a quarter of the way across with all the train/boat tickets from last year and this year. Like so...


I know a slight curve/blatantly wavy line will take longer, but my OCD tendencies couldn't handle a straight line. I'd be standing there adjusting wonky tickets all day. ;)

Ok...so...

Adventure No. 1:

The other day my lovely friends (Christine and Arjun) and I went to London to look around the musical instrument shops in Denmark Street and others...Hobgoblin too...such a great shop. I had actually been looking online at a couple of guitars in a shop called Angel Music in Denmark Street - they looked great - so I wanted to check those out in real life. I had been searching for/thinking about getting another guitar for ages. In my mind I knew exactly what I wanted my guitar to be like, how much I was prepared to pay, the age...etc....hence it taking ages! But when we went into Angel Music, I spotted THE guitar. :) And luckily the cost was the price I had in mind. As soon as I tried it I knew it was THE one for me...it just felt so great to play...it sounds rich and lovely and it has a fairly small, neat body. It's a 1975 Martin 000-28. You can tell that it has been loved and there are a few signs of its age...the pickguard is curling up (weirdly) at the edge and there are a few places where the varnish on the purfling has come off, but nothing significant...and I think it adds character. ;)

Here she is in all her glory (definitely a girl)...







What a beaut. :) Next I need to find a pick-up to insert so I can easily play her live. I think I've found one actually. And it's only a temporary one too, so I can take it out after the gig without damaging the guitar. Nice. :)

Anyhow - as well as me buying a beautifully lovely guitar, we went and ate sushi and visited The British Museum, which was rather fun. :) We saw Ancient Egyptian mummies and stuff, and also clocks through the ages. I love clocks and watches so that was very cool. Here is a picture that I took of my friends outside the British Museum. It's just a fun one...and everything about it makes me giggle...


I especially love the lady walking past with the ice cream. Lol.

We also went in a very cool music shop called Hobgoblin. I highly recommend it - it's a great shop with a huge variety of instruments from different cultures. I also got this rather weird plectrum there...they actually gave it to me for free because they can't sell them...hmmm...wonder why?!


So that was a rather cool day. :) Then yesterday evening we had...

Adventure No. 2:

Arjun and I went to see Tanita Tikaram live!!! SO incredibly exciting. :D :D :D And she was awesome. And guess what?...Totally met her afterwards...she's incredibly lovely and friendly. (And she was wearing some really good shoes!) (And we have matching guitar straps!) We had a little chat with her and I got my ticket signed...(note the number! Lol)

YAY! :D

I also bought a t-shirt...her t-shirts are really cool...and you can get them online over at her official website.

Here I am looking equally awkward and strange, modelling mine for you...



YAY! New t-shirt!

I also had my picture taken with her - thanks muchly to the lovely Glenn ('twas great to see you again!) - and the result is priceless. (In a "that is a very funny photo" way.) I'll ask Glenn if I can put one up here. :)

I hope you are all well!

TTFN and lots of love
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Also, I totally love this song/video at the moment. I think Imogen Heap is awesome...so clever...and this is such a different, but brilliant song. (Love the video too.) (And the song.) (I already said that.) (Do you think I like it?)




Monday, 26 September 2011

Hello Mainland!

Hello everyone!

How are we all? I hope you're well. :)

So I'm back at University now - I've settled into my new room...put my posters up etc. and I'm getting ready for the semester to start again.

You may have noticed that I've been having a little fiddle around with the designs on my website/YouTube etc. - I thought it was time for an update. That's what you get when you drastically change your hairstyle...your photos are instantly out of date. ;)

Anyhow - I have just realised that it is quite late and I should probably go to sleep.

I will keep you posted with videos, bits of news and coursework and things. :)

I still have album two plans going through my head - but now it's a bit of a waiting game until we find out when it's time to go into the studio! :) Very excited about it all...I'll be sure to document it - with vlogs and the like. :)

Lots of love
xxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Photos!

I come bearing photos! Here are few of the ones that I received back from the lovely Rob Longford. :)

What do you reckon? Luckily I managed to not look terrified or pull ridiculous faces for most of the pictures. I wasn't terrified - Rob's a lovely chap, but I seem to have a habit of looking scared in photos.

Anyways, here be a small selection...

1.


2.


3.

4.


5.


6. Sometimes I just can't help it.



Tuesday, 13 September 2011

A wally's wallet


Hi everyone :)

Over the weekend the Kirby family had a kind of non-computer weekend...well...not a completely non-computer weekend...but computer usage was restricted to the evenings...

It seems that I spend most of my life on the computer at the moment, doing various bits and pieces. I don't mind; I enjoy it, and the internet is a fantabulous thing.

When I'm not online I'm listening to music, writing music, playing badminton, eating or sleeping...but there are so many other things that I enjoy and that I miss out on because there aren't enough hours in the day.

But over the weekend, minus my laptop on my lap, I didn't know what to do with myself. Generally at weekends I try not to do music stuff so I have time for other things, but this weekend I was totally stumped.

Should I paint? Ok...but what? I don't know. Ok, don't do that then. Read? Nah, not in the mood. Walk? It's raining. And then it struck me!

I'll make a wallet out of an empty Salt & Vinegar Chipsticks packet.

Er. Alright then.

Please note: I'm truly TERRIBLE at making things with my hands. It is something that interests me, and something that I'd like to get good at one day, but for now, I'm really, really not good.

I actually had it all planned that I was going to build my own guitar over the 4 month holiday that now seems to have vanished. I bort and red a book about it and evryfink.

So, wallet. For anyone who is not familiar with the glorious creation that is the Chipstick, the definition is "a salt and vinegar flavour maize and potato snack"...and they are my weakness. Along with bourbons, but let's not go there.

So a lot of sellotape, cutting and sticking later, I arrived at this "wallet". I use the term "wallet" very loosely, but I do plan on trying to use it as a wallet. Yes, I may lose a lot of money in the process, but I'm pretty stubborn.

And this is it:

(No sniggering at the back please.)



How cool am I? 

That was rhetorical.

Yes well, that was a highly productive exercise, but I genuinely couldn't think of anything else that simultaneously fitted the weekend category and floated my boat.

Back to the music! ;)

TTFN
xxxxx

P.S - Expecting the photo shoot photos soon - you'll be the first to know when I have them. :)

P.P.S - Really loving this at the moment. Makes me go all fuzzy. Such a beautiful sound.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Skillzzz...

Hi everyone! :)


How be we all?


So yesterday I had the pictures taken. Hopefully they'll turn out ok. Despite the subject, I have faith - Rob's a great photographer. I should be receiving them back about Tuesday-ish, so it'll be fun to see them. - I'll let you know when I've got them back and will put some up here and on my Facebook page too.


Yesterday I got shown this by the lovely Darren Smith - it's from a really cool music magazine called 'Future Music'. A track that we did together called 'Breath That Lights The Fire' made it into the featured section. - Demo Of The Month! - And what a lovely write-up!




And here's the track...


 Breath That Lights The Fire (2010) by NewAgedTravellers


Exceedingly exciting! :)


Also, the other day I was given a book by my old primary school teacher. It was a book made up of my work from when I was 6. All the work was based around the subject of buildings...what they're made of, different kinds etc....I actually looked through it with Brooke, and it gave her a good giggle.


Especially this...


(6 year old Holly discusses the importance of 'windowws')




(...and...er...no comment! Lol.)




Brooke especially liked the 'donceys' bit. The black pen is my teacher trying to guess what I meant to say.


I think I was away with the fairies. 


For a change! Lol. ;)


TTFN
xxxxx

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

What To Wear...

So...tomorrow I'm going to have some promo photos taken for the website and album number two...and I'm struggling to know what to wear.


Clothes are something I don't really get. No, hang on...I get that we need them and that they help to categorise us as people (and keep us warm/decent!). But I don't really like the whole categorisation thing. And I find it hard to understand how music and clothing go together. No wait, I get that someone dancing round a stage in cowboy boots and hat is likely to be a country musician...and someone in a long gown with pristine hair, make-up etc. is unlikely to be singing country. Or rap. Singing rap? Saying rap. Rapping.


What I find hard to work out is how I should dress to make people think that I'm going to be singing/making the music that I'm making. Hmmm...tricky.


xxxxx



Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Independence

I know I've said this before, but from now, I'm going to try to write a little bit in this blog a few times a week. It won't always be a crazy weird rant like this one here - maybe just a picture or a little video of my thoughts/something random that I like and want to share to see if you like it too. I feel a bit like I've got out of the swing of sharing thoughts (HAHA! "thoughts" just autocorrected itself to "thrust"!!! Let's not go there.) on my blog, and I'd like to change that.

And the topic of this blog…

Independence

Independence is something that, until recently, I've not truly grasped. There has always been the comfort of home, having my family around me to reassure my thoughts, comfort me when things aren't going well…and to be honest, when it comes to home comforts I think I've been pretty spoilt. I'm not saying that in a bad way…and I'm not saying that my parents stuff me with junk food and pander to me all day every day - though the cups of tea are always flowing! I mean it in the most positive way possible. I'm very lucky to be part of a household that is very close. I feel like I can tell my parents anything, and I do. So when it came to going to University I wasn't mega sure how I'd get on.. I knew that I'd miss home, but with things like the internet and mobiles, I knew that my family was just a phone call away.

But even with this very strong connection with my family, I found that I was quite strong when it came to living on my own. I didn't find it hard to make my own decisions and be satisfied with my own judgements. I didn't feel scared and I just got on with things. When you have someone there to help you with things all the time it's easy to become lazy, but in the end it's a lot more satisfying to do things for yourself. Before I went to University I felt like a bit of a prude. Well…I didn't consciously feel like one, I just knew that I wasn't the most fun/adventurous person in the world, and I wondered how University life would suit me. Naturally I was nervous, but I never thought that I wouldn't be able to cope. I was lucky enough to be put in a house with some truly lovely people, who I now feel very privileged to call my friends. And I feel that around these friends I can be fun…and it has brought out a side of my personality that I was never sure existed. I'm not saying that I'm a mega rebel who does lots of dodgy stuff and gets into trouble now, but I have realised how important it actually is to not take yourself too seriously. Not that I took myself very seriously before, but I've now realised it's a lot more fulfilling to be a little braver and more confident in who you are…that way you know that your friends really are your friends, and if people don't like you then that's up to them.

When I came back home I found it really hard to adjust. I know it's all in my brain, but when I went away I felt like I grew up a lot over a relatively short period of time and picked up a lot of new of information that I'm now squishing back into my 'at home' brain.

I'm not sure what the point of this little rant is…but I felt that I needed to write something down to work things out in my head.

It's not that I don't like being at home. - I love it, but it feels odd because now I feel like I have another home in Surrey too, and I miss it. Just as I miss here when I'm there.

I guess it's good that I feel this way really. Otherwise I'd be sat on the sofa at home forever, not wanting to leave. I think perhaps that it's just becoming apparent that now is the time when it is completely up to me where I want to go and how I want to be. I need to follow what makes me happy and go with my gut instinct.

As the end of a slightly more 'emotionally eventful' (boyfriend/not/uni/above stuff etc.) year approaches, I'm becoming aware that I need to learn to listen to my gut instinct more and trust what I feel deep down. I realise that there's no point in being lazy and going with the flow, feeling things and not acting on them. Those feelings are kind of precious and rare so should be acted upon whilst they exist.

Thinking about it slightly more clearly now…I think it's a kind of guilt thing. I feel unsettled and odd because I feel like I'm being disloyal to my love for home and family, because I'm enjoying University and the company of my new friends. Which is silly. If I let that stop me then I really would be sat on the sofa forever. What a plonker.

I just need to go with the flow and chill out a bit more I guess.

Ever so slightly confusing and pointless rant over. ;)

P.S - Whenever I feel like I'm whinging about something that's not all that important (like this) I always feel a tad bad about it. It's just me thinking aloud really. I'm not trying to make a specific point…I just think that maybe one day someone might read the thinkety things and think…oh yeah I know that feeling, and now I don't feel silly for feeling it…anyhow. :)

TTFN peoples!

Lots of love xxxxx

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The wheels are in motion!

Hello everyone :)

How are we all?

I hope you are good. :)

So lately...I have been thinking a lot about the album...how I should approach it, what should the instrumentation be like? Should I try to use all acoustic instruments this time? What should I do differently based on the last one?

I've been thinking about this a lot...and I now think that I have been worrying too much about the end product, and how I want it to be better than the last one. Not because there was anything wrong with the last one, but it's always good to improve!...So in worrying about it I had kind of forgotten the fun involved in the process. I just need to find a way of doing it that feels right, and is enjoyable.

And I think I've found a way...and I'm quite excited about it. Nothing has been finalised yet, but I shall let you know when it has. The songs I'm hoping to get on there are as follows:

(In no particular order.) - that's a favourite. :P Such a comedian...
  1. Crazy Rolling Train
  2. Forever Bound To Fairytales
  3. Queen Of Hearts
  4. Riddles & Rhymes
  5. Sublime
  6. Gone For Good
  7. The Tallest Tree
  8. The Lady & The Past
  9. Warmer In May
  10. Go Figure
  11. Smooth Talking
  12. Hearts & Roses
  13. A New Heart
A few that you may not recognise there.

I'm rather excited actually. I have quite a clear idea of what I'd like it to sound like, and I think the person who I may be working with will be able to bring some very cool acousticy sounds to the tracks.

Anyhow - I'd better go and do some more planning! :)

- Ooh - and I'm meeting with a photographer again tomorrow - just to finalise what I'd like my new set of photos to be like. :)

Speak soon!

Lots of love xxxxx

P.S - Recently I got very excited about the fact k.d. lang said nice things about my Adele cover. :D She's most definitely my favourite singer and I think her musical interpretations are spot on, so it's not mega surprising that her comment puts a big grin on my face!
"I think it's great. I love your narrative read on the lyrics!!! Good job."
WOOOO! :D Haha. And if you're not familiar with her/her music, here's the music video of her most famous song: Constant Craving...


And possibly the second most famous from the same album "Ingenue."


Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Someone Like You - Holly's version

Hi everyone - here's my latest video - a cover of Adele's 'Someone Like You'...


I hope you are well - I'll write a proper blog post soon.

Take care,

Lots of loves xoxoxox

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Go Figure by Holly Kirby

Oky doke. So here it is...the angry breaky uppy song that has been brewing for a while. This one is not so much about the break up...but the mean stuff that comes afterwards...doh. :-S



Well at least it's out of my system now. ;)

Monday, 27 June 2011

Album. Number. Two?

Hi everyone!

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my latest video! I'm very pleased that you like it. :) ...Despite the not-so-great sound quality and the singing goofball!

So now comes the time when I am thinking about my next album. :) I'm currently in the process of working out how I'm going to do things this time...should I try to get the artwork done professionally? Or make it homemade again...?

The thing is - when I do things myself I am never TRULY happy with the result. It's really difficult to think - yes - that's exactly how I'd like it - when you know that it's not up to a professional standard - because you're not a professional!

*Goes to make a cup of tea for extra brainpower*

...and she's back.

Also...production. Last time I produced the songs myself. I composed the backing tracks before I went to the studio for all the tracks - apart from "Impossible", and "Tripping Through Violets". These two were produced with Gareth and Olli in the studio. This time, I was thinking of finding someone to help me out on all the tracks and make sure there's a good balance of continuity and variation running through the album. But I really don't know. AAAAH!

The thing is that I know what I like...and so I get worried when I sort of, hand over the responsibility to someone else. It's not like I don't trust the other person to do a good job! But if I do it then I know it's going to be 'me' and there's a greater chance of it being what I want to convey.

Anyhow - I'm going to go and have some photos taken for a website update/promo/possibly album art soon. I need to think about the album theme and what kind of thing I want in the meantime. Tricky when I haven't recorded the tracks! Doh...

I'd better get doing some BIG thinking...

I hope you're all well and groovy!

Lots of love xxxxx

P.S - I'm really getting into photography at the mo. 'Ere's a picture what I took yesterrrday. (That was my Isle of Wight accent creepin' in there.)

(If you click on the pic it takes you to my Flickr account. I have a funny/different username on there because I was going to keep it secret. But I'm not sure why. So it's not a secret now.)

Boats at the Luck

I also have a deviantArt profile if you'd like to join me on there...same funny username applies.

Friday, 24 June 2011

The Tallest Tree

Hello peoples :)

How be you all? So I did a video! It's a simple, straight through the camera microphone one, so the audio quality is not great...but I thought I'd just put it up anyhow...


I never realised I was so goofy. Oh dear oh dear! :-S

Lots of love,

Holly xxxxxx

Monday, 13 June 2011

Here

Hi everyone

So here I am - and here they are - the holidays! The first year of Uni is over. It feels like it has gone really quickly, and I've learnt so much...more on the 'life experience' side of things I think...not that I haven't learnt musicy stuff! I've definitely been learning that too, but I guess the lifey stuff is more apparent.

I'm feeling weird at the moment. I'm in a 'feeling sorry for myself' kind of mood and I hate that. It's such a wasteful state to be in. (Note to self: get out of it then!) I think it's because of the change of scenery. I find it hard to switch between Uni life and home life and right now, I've been struggling with my songs. Every time I try to write something I just get stuck...or with the production side of things...I guess it's a kind of writer's block. The harder I try to make something work, the more frustrated I get, and the less it seems to work.

Today I sat down and tried to record a song for YouTube, but failed a bit. Then I decided to just play the piano and record what happened when I did. The following clip is what happened. It's a bit rough, and I'm not a very good pianist, but I think it's what I feel in piano form...well it must be...since it's what came out. After I'd recorded it I added a few strings underneath to make it sound a little fuller.

Here by hollykirby

I'll really try to get something on YouTube soon...even if it's just an old style, straight to the camera/through the camera microphone video. Hopefully it'll be a little easier now that I've written something, even though it is an instrumental.

I hope you're all well. :)

xxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 22 May 2011

CMC Coursework Tracks

Hi everyone :)

I hope you are all well.

I bring you a couple of tracks that I have been working on for my coursework.

I have so very very much to learn still! Lol. We were given a lot of freedom with this task...I decided to write two pieces based around the theme "Dreams"...as the titles suggest! And I tried to do two pieces in a style that I wasn't too familiar with...Dreams I is based around drifting off to sleep, dreaming, and waking and Dreams II is based around your dreams being broken.



So they're both quite different! Lol.

TTFN xxxxx

Sunday, 15 May 2011

A little wondering.

In trying to be more like 'you', 'yourself'...could you be less like yourself? In trying to find a state in which you are completely comfortable, could you actually be moving further away from your identity...?

I've just been thinking a lot about image recently - not in a vain way - just pondering the thought. I guess I've been doing the stereotypical 'finding yourself at University'/'just broke up with your boyfriend' thing.

The more I live, the more questions I ask, and the more I realise that I'll never know the answers...because there aren't any! Life is so fluid.

I'm playing at a gig tonight - two songs - Suzanne Vega's 'Luka' - and Fisher's 'I Will Love You'. I'm playing with a guitarist and string players on 'Luka' and just with a pianist on 'I Will Love You.' I'm just holding the mic and singing. I'm rather looking forward to it. It'll be a new experience...and one where I'll be more open to expressing myself...no hiding behind Lady this time. I wonder how I'll go...feeling quite strange at the moment.

Mood = floaty/intense. They don't quite go.

Friday, 6 May 2011

If You Should Go

Howdy :)

Here's a track that I've been working on for my Pop Harmony Coursework. - I was just wondering what you thought of it?...A kind of jazzy song...

This is actually my second (and final!) attempt at a piece for this coursework. My first attempt was slightly rubbish. I may try to polish it a tad and post it at some point so you can hear its rubbish-ness.

Anyhow - any comments would be muchly appreciated. (Good or otherwise. ;))

Lots of love xxxxx

If You Should Go by hollykirby

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Thinkings. Thoughts. That's the one.

The end of my holidays are nearing and after putting the video on it's now back to the coursework! I'm loving being home and am already looking forward to the summer holidays! It won't be long before I'm back really...I have some exams/deadlines at Uni...but my first year at Uni should end on June 2nd. :)

I have really enjoyed my first year at Uni...I'm glad I chose to go, although I do miss the Isle of Wight and the people on it very much. I guess it sounds a bit cheesy, but I've learnt a lot about myself and life in general, as well as other people. Even though I love the Island, I sort of feel that I've been a bit sheltered from a lot of things...and I know that I'm quite naive. But now I feel like my naivety is more of a choice. I prefer to enjoy the simple things and ignore the pessimism. It doesn't mean that I wander round with my head in the clouds, ignorant to reality...it just means that I'd rather look to be inspired and enchanted than to seek out and exacerbate things to moan about.

Anyhow...I'd better go and get some breakfast!

Speak to you soon. xxxxx

Forever Bound To Fairytales - an original song by Holly Kirby

See - I said I hadn't forgotten the April video! ;) (See the upload date...)

I hope you like it xxxx

Friday, 22 April 2011

Hellooo :)

Hello everyone :)

I thought I'd just do a quick update. :)

I'm playing my first gig in a while on Sunday at the Gosport & Fareham Easter Festival which I'm very excited about! - I'll try to post some piccies when I get back.

- I'm currently on my Easter holidays from Uni...got lots of coursework to do! - I'll be sure to post in online once it's done/submitted. :)

- Ooh - also - I haven't forgotten about this month's video. :)

I hope you are all well. xxxxxx

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Independence

Hi everyone :)

I thought I'd just do a little hello/thinky update thing. :) I'm really pleased that you liked my latest video. - It took me a rather long time to make. Lol. - But not as long as you might think. I have a very good piece of software which allows me to set how often my camera takes a picture. - I set it to 2 seconds for most of the video creating process, and did all of the 'magic' things in between captures.

Should I have told you that? I mean...er...JOKE! It was all magic of course... :P

I've been in thinky mode recently...not that I don't normally think...but...anyway...

I think it has just dawned on me how much independence I now have. I think it has only just dawned on me because I have now settled down into this idea of independence.

And also, it has been accentuated by the fact that I find myself 'on my own' for the first time in six years. It hurts me to say - but I'm no longer with Ben. When you come out of quite a long and intense relationship you're bound to feel a tad lonely I guess. It's strange, but since the break up I've found it harder to write songs. All the songs that I've written about the subject seem like lies. - They're not - but in my mind, I know that because of the hurt/jealousy I feel, I may have a tendency to blow things out of proportion, and I don't want the songs to seem unreasonable. I don't know...

However, I will continue to write and see what happens. :)

I'm trying to treat this independence as a new beginning...I think that's the best way to treat it.

So here we go, new Holly. :) Well...not new...just braver and stuff. :)

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P.S - I'm currently starting to think about my next release, so more updates will be made from now on. :)

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Mrs Moonlight - an original song by Holly Kirby (stop motion)

Hi everyone :)

Here's my latest video! :)

A fun summery song.

I hope you like it!

Lots of love,

Holly xxxxxxx

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Quick update ~ Harmony Coursework mark

You may remember the three pieces of music I posted on here which made up my second piece of harmony coursework.

I got my grade back...

I got a First! Yaaaay! :D 76% which I'm rather pleased with. :D

Wooooo!

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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Spontaneity

On Sunday I did something very un-Holly-ish.

- I woke up...quite late...(it was Sunday ;))...got something to eat...and recorded some music...then I remembered that I had been invited down to Brighton.

I thought about it in my Hollyish way - it went something like this...

You have a test tomorrow...ok, a small one, but you don't want to get back late and be tired...you should revise too...and it's quite far...and you could just stay here...and you would have to change trains, which is quite scary...and it will be late and dark...and you don't know your way around...

In my mind I had validated my decision not to go.

And so I replied to the inviter and said thank you very much for inviting me, (it was to a gig), but I won't be able to come - I hope you have a lovely time...

And then I thought again.

And an hour later I found myself on a train with one of my lovely friends from Uni. - We were on our way to Brighton. We were quite excited about our spontaneity - it was like a little adventure. :)

So we arrived in Brighton, got something to eat, got something else to eat (we had been travelling! ;)) went to the gig and watched the very talented Ronit perform... (here is her website) - then to the pub to celebrate the inviter's birthday, and then back on the train to Guildford. It was a really great evening - and we met some lovely people.

So my first experience of spontaneity was a very positive one! Here's to more in the future! (Well thought out, rational spontaneity of course. ;)) It's more about being brave and not always doing what's easiest I guess.

I hope that you are all well. :)
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Friday, 11 March 2011

Howdy :)

Hello everyone :)

I just thought I'd do a little blog to say hello! :)

I've been quite busy with composing and lectures recently. - We've got some deadlines coming up in the not too distant future which I'm working towards.

I've also got another gig in Chancellors on March 27th, which should be fun. :)

- There's another video to come this month too. :) - I haven't forgotten my one a month thing!

It's not long until the Easter break now. - 4 weeks off! - on the lovely Isle of Wight. :) - OOH! Also, I'm playing at the Gosport and Fareham Easter Festival! which should be very fun. :) It's organised by the same people who do Wickham Festival. :) - Another lovely one.

Aside from the work, (which is actually quite fun) Uni is good. :) We've had lovely weather recently, which makes everything that much better. My room is slightly messy (sorry Mum!) and I really need to go to the laundrette, but I haven't had to cook bean on crumb yet! :P I'm a posh student, I have herb plants on my window sill and everything! Though I think I might've drowned them...

Anyway - messy room = creative mode!...Which can't be a bad thing. I've spent the past few days doing recording. - I wrote a little song about the sunshine for my coursework. - I haven't finished it yet, but I was planning on putting it on Soundcloud/YouTube for you to hear/see...but I haven't submitted it yet, so I'd better not as our lecturers are online...unless I specifically ask this particular lecturer...

Anyhow. I'd better get back to it! ;)

TTFN,

Holly xxxxxxxx

P.S - I'm really loving Tanita Tikaram at the mo so I'll leave you with one of her songs. :)
P.P.S - She was only 19 here. :-O




...and then this. *Please note* - I think Tanita is thoroughly brilliant - but I think that this is rather funny...



...and what she's really like!...

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

More coursework!

Hello everyone! :)

How are we all? :) Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my latest video - I'm really pleased that you like it.

I've been really busy with coursework lately, but I've just finished a few of my pieces, so I thought I'd show you what I've been up to. :) - They're not great, but hey...I'm still learning...

Here we have one piece in dorian mode, one in mixolydian mode, and one diatonic piece - made for my harmony coursework. Please let me know what you think...I think they're a bit 'interesting.' ;) (Please see below the tracks for lyrics. :))



Dreamings by hollykirby


Air of Mystery by hollykirby

Dreamings

A bronzy bower caped in gold
Between the autumn leaves she roamed
Twisting through the nettle bed
Where moths and flies were bound in web
Dewdrops on an open path
Fireflies to dry her daytime tears

Crimson clouds that floated by
Carry her sorrow through the night
Let her wake to smiling eyes
To nature's call, a new sunrise
Tie her hopes and bind them tight
Bringing all her dreamings into sight

Slumber mind and slumber eyes
Close to a new sun, burning bright
Take your time to start again
And wait for love 'til who knows when
Find reflections, find your soul
Become the one that you'd be proud to know

Air of Mystery

The pieces of your puzzle aren't as small as I surmised
I spent my time admiring all your intellectual lines
But now I see that time was wasted and I could've just stepped back
To find behind the intellect another broken track

Tell me your opinions and I'll listen carefully
But don't expect that I will necessarily agree
You can threaten my securities and criticise my claims
But keep your disenchantment, all your judgement, your disdain

Does it get lonely when someone dares to disagree?
Stop looking for the answers in everything you see
And give a little time to the air of mystery

I don't like your attitude, your derogating ways
It's harsh to laugh into a face that hears what you have to say
If you scorn my speculations, inclinations and my thoughts,
I take it that cold-shouldering is what you're asking for...

Does it get lonely when someone dares to disagree?
Stop looking for the answers in everything you see
And give a little time to the air of mystery

Does it get lonely when someone dares to disagree?
Stop looking for the answers in everything you see
And give a little time to the air of mystery
The air of mystery

Friday, 11 February 2011

Crazy Rolling Train - an original song by Holly Kirby

Hello everyone. :)

Here is an original song. :) I recorded it yesterday with the help of one of my lovely Uni friends. - Just a simple video from my room.



I hope you are all well. :)

Lots of love xxxxx

Monday, 31 January 2011

Rain on the Avenue

Hello everyone :)

I know that I haven't given you much music recently, so here's a song that I wrote and performed for my harmony coursework...

The requirements were to write a piece of diatonic music, whilst trying to fit in some of these features...

7th chords
Secondary dominants
Tritone Substitutions (didn't manage this one)

It's called 'Rain on the Avenue'...please let me know what you think! :)


TTFN
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P.S - There are some more originals in the pipeline, but I have a cold at the moment so can't record them. :( Doh.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

From the moving train...

I'm currently having a little break from Uni.

Examinations week...well...fortnight, is happening at the mo...and I've done my one exam! So I've decided to pop home for a few days.

The past few weeks have been a bit tough and I felt like I needed to get away for a bit. I think I'm going to go for a walk tomorrow.

I've been writing beginnings of songs and then not being able to finish them because my feelings have changed halfway through.

I took the train and then the boat back to the Island. Even though I get nervous about travelling alone, I enjoy the thinking time that I get.

I think about the people at the station, I think about the things that we pass as I look out the window...

Today, after we had left the station I looked out the train window and saw some interesting things.

I saw a little cottage. - Derelict - the roof had collapsed, and it was about the size of a room. It sat neatly within the hillside, surrounded by trees with broken branches, and their silhouettes were emphasised by a very grey, wintery sky.

It was a sorry sight, and I only saw it for about a second, but the image was so enchanting that my mind couldn't help but fill it with colour.

I wondered who had lived in the little house and whether children played in the branches of the trees, or just one person lived there to escape from existence. It must have been a very secluded place to be...and I guess the seclusion would have been emphasised by the constant passing of trains...

The trains keep going, but you're not on board.

Looking at this cottage from the train I felt quite peaceful...I was picturing this scene, but I was moving. I was not a part of it. I was travelling...moving forward...and I felt good about this.

Even though the past few weeks have been tough, they have been necessary. I have learnt from them, and I know which direction I am going in. Forward. I will be Holly - and I will keep discovering who she is.

As someone said to me recently: Life is a journey, you can't be static.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Do you have to feel?

I'm really enjoying my course at University. However...

A lot of the composing tasks entail composing Electronic Music.

Creative Music Technology.

The course title kind of suggests it really.

The thing is that I've never really listened to much electronic music. There are elements of it in the music that I do listen to, but it's very rarely a piece set within the Electronic Music genre. - So needless to say, I'm finding composing in that genre quite difficult.

I haven't yet found an Electronic piece of music which really makes me feel something...I enjoy Brian Eno's ambient music, but it's not a style that I'd like to compose in.

Last night I decided that I'd look around some Electronic Music forums, trying out recommended artists to find some inspiration. Whilst browsing I came across a thread with the title 'most emotional piece of electronic music ever?' - which appealed to me...so I clicked to enter.

A few people had posted suggestions which I listened to, and then I scrolled down a little more to find this...

'I don't really think of music as being emotional, but I like this piece...'

...and it made me think a bit. I've never thought of music as being separate from emotion. I like a piece because it makes me feel something. I don't have to identify that emotion to be able to like the piece. It's just a little something inside you that is ignited by a certain sound.

(I was wondering what people think about this...emotion not playing a part in defining your listening choices...)

So far, that little something inside of me hasn't been ignited by any piece of Electronic Music...and I think that's why I'm finding it difficult. Because I haven't been able to connect with any piece emotionally, I feel like I'm walking around without any sense of direction.

The fact that I'm pretty much a beginner with the equipment and compositional technologies doesn't help me much.

I guess that all I need to do is practise and keep listening...

I've been thinking of doing my more creative electronic stuff under a different name...and I was wondering - please would it be ok for you to help me find one?

Just as an idea, here are few electronic artist names are...

Chicane
ATB
Aphex Twin
Deadmau5

I don't know...what do you think?

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