A Piano Loop – Winter Wondering

There is something about the energy of January which makes me want to create strong rhythmic bright music. I feel the blue and violet of the light coming through the winter dimness.

Happy New Year – Saying it with Sound!

Hi everyone, My music always comes with a story and this is story of today’s track.

I created this loop back in December 2018. It was called ‘Happy Christmas’. But I was having a problem with the volume on my track. When I tried to put up the volume on Audacity, it didn’t translate to playing it at the right once volume when it was imported.

So some of my tracks sat unheard in a file! Until I worked out that I had a settings problem in Audacity.

And the motto of the story is that timing is everything. Sometimes we have a voice but no-one can hear it. Sometimes we have a voice and we are heard.

Happy New Year!

A Piano Loop – Frosty Day!

I have been getting into music tech in a big way. We have bought cables and boxes and more cables and boxes! And a midi controller. And I have been studying Ableton, a great DAW for composition.

But today – a frosty day in January, none of the kit was working for my ears or my soul! The kit couldn’t capture the sound of my keyboard in my dining-room on a frosty day. It kept changing it and containing it and perfecting it. And I wasn’t going to have any of it!

So . . . I recorded myself playing the accompaniment on my good old keyboard and I then recorded myself playing the tune over the top on my good old camera! And now you can hear me playing my keyboard in my dining-room on a frosty day!

Raw Acapella – ‘Dem Doctors Don’t Know Everything!’

Hi, sometimes it just good to sing something from your heart. As my son and I have colour sensitivity, our journey is a complicated one. I am not anti-doctors but lets just say that sometimes when you have a life to live, their opinions can get in the way!

Guitar Loop – Heart Opening May!

Hi, May is an amazing month for me. The light just feels a whole lot better than any other time of the year.  It is just bright enough for me to still be able to perceive some of the red and orange light from winter but not too bright so that the blue of mid summer dominates and drains the colours. And it makes me feel like opening my heart wide. I hope you enjoy my loop.

Voice Acapella – Priming the Well Pump

Finally my pre-amp has arrived so I am able to get some sound out of my microphone. I am just having fun playing with my voice and creating layers. This is called ‘Priming the Well Pump’. I hope you enjoy it.

Raw Blues Acapella – Don’t Rock the Boat!

Yesterday I met an 8 year old who sang from her heart. She had so little confidence in her voice that she would only sing to me standing with her back to me and singing to the wall. Then she sang this most beautiful song that she had created about love and friendship. It really touched me.

I create little songs too and often don’t have the confidence to sing them out. In fact I have collected my little songs in the hope that one day I will make them into proper compositions. When I feel a song coming on I just sing into my camera and then keep it in a folder on my computer.

Today exactly that happened. A song came out of nowhere. At first I thought it was nothing but then I thought ‘No this is definitely something.’ I started singing the words ‘Don’t rock the boat Jennie Wren, don’t rock the boat!’  Jennie Wren is the name my mother and my sister have  called me at times. I don’t use it or hear it any more very often at all but it takes me straight back to my childhood. An then the words developed, along with the tune and my strong feelings and before I knew where I was I had a song. And as usual I recorded it straight into my camera.

So . . . the recording isn’t the best, the song was never drafted or practiced. This is just an expression straight from my heart.  It was not born to be made into a composition. It was born to be heard in its raw state in this moment. I hope it touches you.

 

 

Guitar Loop – The Rice Porridge Blues!

What better thing to do on a cloudy day than take some pictures of your son cooking his favourite dish and set them to your own bluesy loop?!

I hope you enjoy!

Gratefulness! – A Deep Feeling Guitar Loop

Hi

I created this loop on a tough day when I was finding it hard to interact with colour. I am so grateful for having music in my life. When things feel impossible it can lift my soul!

So . . . my loop is called ‘Gratefulness.’

My Second Blues Loop – ‘Layers of Colour’

Being colour sensitive I can’t appreciate colour as I would like. If I try to paint, the colour of the paint may disturb me. It could be the colour of the paint in the tube, on the page or mixed with other colours. And even if I could navigate this, the sun may suddenly go in and my perception of the colour would change quite radically.

For this reason I  have decided to work with sound and using my looper my pedal, to my delight, I have discovered that I can layer up sounds as if I was layering paint. I can feel the colour and the texture of the sound and it gives me a feeling of creating something whole which makes me feel complete.

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