August 2017

#voiceactorinthemaking

So … for the past 6 weeks I’ve been doing a voice over course at King Sound Studios in conjunction with the Voice Booth. Having just a little taste test of the ins and outs of voice over land, I’m feeling super empowered and feel as though a fire’s been lit to get me hustling again. Create. Sing. Play. Write. Inspire. Hustle. 👊

A massive thanks to Joe, Tim and Rory from King Sound Studios, the Voice Booth and all our guest lecturers.

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Happy First Birthday Monday Ditties!

Today marks 12 months worth of #mondayditties =p woohoo! It was a little project initially started to justify buying an iPhone outright (it wasn’t the latest iPhone, however it was still a substantial outlay of funds!) but it has now become just part of my working week. It’s been interesting the many conversations I’ve had with people who have caught it on social media, some who even hang out for Monday just to see what I’m going to post next (does that mean I have an actual following???) … from creative peers, to parents of students, to students themselves (which is a little disconcerting when I have primary school aged students mentioning my #mondayditties to me – they may have liked my outfit, song or makeup or hated all choices featured in the video … =p) people seem to be enjoying my little ditties. YAY! So Happy Birthday #MondayDitties here’s to more #musicmaking and a big thank you to all for your comments, likes, dislikes, suggestions and generally for hitting play when you see a little Monday video posted. If you want to get in on the fun follow me on Instagram or FB =)

Here’s a selection of screen shots from my ditties #IpullfunnylookswhenIsing =p

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Picking the brains of these extraordinaires: Pat Pattison and Bonnie Hayes workshop

Pat Pattison and Bonnie Hayes. Two of Berkley’s (School of Music) finest professors, royalty in songwriting, two people who genuinely care about the art of writing songs and equipping their students with the tools to produce better music, sigh!

This last weekend I got to spend time picking the brains of both Pat and Bonnie at their recent songwriting workshop. To simply be in the presence of these two was awe-inspiring with their knowledge, experience and line-up of phenomenal musicians/ songwriters they have taught/ worked with (Pat taught John Mayer and Gillian Welch to write songs and had recently spent a week teaching the writers at Disney, that’s write DISNEY, to write better songs for their movies, just to name a few, and Bonnie played for Billy Idol back in the day and wrote songs for Bonnie Raitt – BONNIE RAITT!!! Not that name dropping matters =p ) but to top off the delightful weekend I was fortunate enough to have my song “Someday” appraised by them. Of course they were ruthless (in a good way of course) and everything they had to say about my song was totally right; the melody and the setting of the lyric were disjointed at times… giving emphasis to inconsequential words like “of” and “the” detracted from the emotional response of the listener … the content in the 2nd verse plateaued so there was no reason to sing the chorus again … oh such gold! Of course none of this was negative feedback, in fact I was so thankful for their honesty – how else am I going to get better as a songwriter? What I was thoroughly taken back by was how encouraging both Pat and Bonnie were. Bonnie dealt with the music and Pat dealt with the lyrics #dreamteam. They loved the chords and the melody, the bridge was “very Bacharach” (as in Burt!), the chorus was beautiful “remarkable” even, and the “will you think of me someday” catch line was “so cool” but the setting of the lyrics had to be perfect, no just kinda good or just a little lumpy or clumsy.

Ok Pat and Bonnie, yep you totally schooled me with my own song. Thank you for the kick up the bum and the reminder to never settle for just KINDA good … perfection here I come!

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