Journal update: My week in music (17–23 March) which included: My first session musician job at Bonafide Studios, attending the production of Pilgrim’s Progress, Hiccups band reunion, & attending a dinner/lecture event about creativity & success at Christ Church, Mayfair.
Session Musician Job, Bonafide Studio (Sunday 17th March)
On Sunday, I set off with my two ukuleles (concert & soprano) for my first session musician job. I felt a mixture of excitement & nerves. Excitement – as I was really looking forward to the recording session. But also nerves – as I didn’t really know what to expect as I’d never been hired for session work before. I have a lot of recording experience, but previously had only worked on my own songs.
The session was so much fun to do. Music producer Francis Sevier put me at ease immediately and was very calm and encouraging. The song Go and Shine is a very cheerful, bouncy song, and I think we definitely captured the upbeat vibe. I can’t wait to hear the track once it is complete, and I hope I’ll work with Bonafide Studios again. It was a great opportunity & a fantastic experience. 🙂
Lecture by Simon Ward of the British Fashion Council, Christ Church, Mayfair (Wednesday 20th March)
I had a lot to think about following a fascinating lecture on ‘the success that comes through failure’ at Christ Church in Mayfair. My table was full of artists, musicians and actresses, so I think between us we all had plenty of experiences of failure & knock-backs to share!
Simon Ward, the Chief Operating Officer of the British Fashion Council, discussed some of his personal experiences, and addressed key themes that are relevant to many industries, but particularly creative fields. Also the question of priorities and what really brings contentment was addressed. Fantastic evening, so nice to catch up again with singer-songwriter Rachel Elliot, and actress Kate Steel who invited us to the event. Plus the wine flowed, and the food was amazing, including the most delicious chocolate brownie for pudding!
Hiccups Reunion, Soho (Thursday 21st March)
It’s nearly 2 years since the Hiccups played their last gig at the Spice of the Life in the West End, but the energy & fun vibe of the band still lives on. 🙂 Clare Brown (guitarist & bassist) now lives in Brighton, so rehearsing regularly is sadly not an option at the moment, but we had a great reunion at Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant in Soho. Where, in addition to much reminiscing, we also discussed some new Hiccup adventures! We hope to perform at some acoustic shows in Brighton this summer. Personally I’m very excited by the prospect of rehearsing on a sunny beach during the day & playing live in the evening!
Pilgrim’s Progress, St James Church, Muswell Hill (Saturday 23rd March)
Lets hope that St James’s production of Pilgrim’s Progress tours throughout London & beyond, as it is utterly fantastic. It would be a real shame if more people did not to get the opportunity to see such a captivating and original interpretation of John Bunyan’s narrative. Everything from the acting, live music, to the lighting and the costumes, etc, is truly impressive.
I took my camera with me with the intention of taking lots of live photos for my photography blog, but I was so enchanted by the drama that I hardly took any images at all! Oops! I enjoyed it so much I’m heading back again this eve to take some decent photographs of the production & I can’t wait. An amazing show, which not only illustrates the depth of talent that can be enjoyed locally, but is also a testament to the way hard work & focus can turn an initial artistic idea into a solid reality that has the power to affect many.
Please check this link from Thursday 28th March when my photoblog about the Pilgrim’s Progress will be online: http://www.besidetheseeside.blogspot.co.uk/