Well as I'm typing this only 5 more sleeps!! Yes it's only a few days now until I go along with Rock Choir to record at the famous Abbey Road Studios.
Arrrrrrrrrrrrrggghhhhhhhhh I'm so excited! This is Music Mecca isn't it? The amount of famous musicians and producers who have made music here is just overwhelming and I'm going to pop my headphones on and try and follow such incredible talent. No pressure.....and none at all as this is a true chance of a lifetime to absorb this experience and enjoy it.
We are going to record two tracks.......Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' and Beyonce's 'Halo'. We have rehearsed and they are sounding fantastic already but they are going to sound even better in the magical surroundings of Abbey Road.
For me this is such a big deal, I may have a 'moment' but I'll try and remain professional. I love the Beatles. and this place is so iconic when you're a big fan but there are so many bands that have recorded here, film scores which have been produced such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark and finishing touches which have also been engineered here too. I mean Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd - woah!! Just one of the greatest albums ever.
I remember these studios when they were known as the EMI Recording Studios before the name changed to Abbey Road in 1985. The Beatles album of the same name made it so famous and the photograph for the cover of Abbey Road was taken on the pedestrian crossing just outside the studios. Now people come from all over the world to take photos on the crossing (which the locals adore) and to sign their names on the wall outside the studios.
I have loved being with Rock Choir and the experiences it has given me. I will give you a full run down of the whole day next Monday and I'll take a few photos too if I can. The recording will be available for us to share so I'm sure I will pop that on here in the future..
Eeeeek........watch this space......
Thanks for reading and letting me pour out my excitement. I will be back tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday but for now......
That's it! Nobody bother releasing any other music now because we have our summer hit. It comes from The Kingdom Choir who wowed us on Saturday at the Royal Wedding with a heartwarming rendition of 'Stand By Me'.
Oh my goodness I could have melted and not from the weather being so warm but by the amount of pure emotion that oozed from this beautiful choir. A choir which have been around for a good many years now and have played at many performances around the country, you may have even heard them on TV adverts too.
It was a perfect choice for the wedding and I felt all proud and happy when they sang. I do love a gospel choir, I love choirs in general as I'm also part of one but there is a certain warmth that comes from a gospel choir. Ask my Mum from the Brew, she will tell you I have always been a fan of gospel choir even when I was a lot younger.
This song is yet to be officially recorded and released but you can stream it as part of the The Royal Wedding Album which is available now. Go stream it, show the love and maybe they will release it and be the top hit of 2018.
A big shout out also goes out to Nottingham's Sheku Kanneh-Mason. He is just 19 years old and such a talented musician. He was the winner of BBC's Young Musician of the Year in 2016 and was asked personally by Meghan Markle to perform at the wedding. Imagine that phone call, what an honour and he was also such a perfect addition to the whole ceremony. Now I wasn't a fan of the cello before as I always found it a bit melancholy and sad but Sheku has brought me around to loving it. It's an emotional instrument and he brings it alive and makes it so cool. I can't believe how relaxed he looked......I'd have been so nervous my fingers would have got tangled up but hey he's a professional.
What a lovely day....full of love, pride, great music and we had sunshine!! I hope you loved it too.
Thanks for reading today.....please join me again tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday but for now.......
Well there was me thinking it was in the bag for the UK, I was convinced we had the winner this year but alas......another year towards the bottom of the results table. I think our girl Surie deserved some kind of award for carrying on through her performance after 'that' stage invasion.
Not sure what the guy was protesting about and frankly he doesn't deserve any publicity for ruining a perfectly good performance. Surie was offered a chance to perform again and declined. I think she made the right choice as there was nothing wrong with her performance and actually he fired her up even more to belt out 'hold your head up - don't give up' ......as if to say.....yeah go away I'm not gonna be brought down by you, the British way eh?
She did us proud and I do honestly think that it was better than the result it received. Never mind we carry on, or should we? Some say it's time to pull out and save our money but I think we should just stop expecting a win then it won't lead to disappointment. Surely we would just look like sad losers if we stormed off with our cash vowing never to perform again - now that isn't at all British.
There were some great songs in this competition. I watched the tv coverage with my son and he took a liking to AWS from Hungary with their totally cool rock entry.. It had everything.....a lead singer with no shoes or socks on and crowd surfing......brilliant!!! I found myself just saying.....'yeah I quite like that' to most of them. I did even say I like the winning song by Netta Barzilai from Israel.
It was a classic Eurovision song with it's chicken dance and quirkiness. She just owned that stage and what a voice. I know this was a very gimmicky cheesy song but blimey she can sing. I loved her.....thought she brought the fun back to the contest, I'm not one for a ballad and couples who are really together looking slushily into each others eyes while singing. No - pass me the bucket now! Give me Netta any day......she knows what she wants, she's not going to be treated like a toy by anyone and I believe her. I don't think anyone is going to mess with this girl after this.
I've become quite a fan of Eurovision in the last couple of years. Not sure whether the voting is completely fair but then we've been saying that for years. I don't think it will ever be right. Oh hey lets them sing, I just like watching it. I think the performances have become a bit tame though, I personally would like more eccentricity and wackiness please.......it's just funny.
Well done to the BBC coverage and Graham Norton was magnificent. He does make me giggle and although a hard act to follow from Terry Wogan I think he has managed to take on this role better than anyone else could have done.
Onto to next year and I think we should put another novelty act in......what have we got to lose, well absolutely nothing it seems.
Thanks for reading today, join me again tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday but for now take care.
Ahhh that's what it is now people....the ole Rock Choir thing, it's more than a feeling.....it's a way of life. It is also our new song that we have just finished learning, yes we are about to go into week three of a new term and we already have one song in the bag. We don't mess around.
Boston's 'More Than A Feeling' is good classic rock anthem released in 1976 would you believe? I was only a wee little girl but this song remains as fresh and current today as I approach middle age. My goodness there is nothing like a song to make you feel older, I didn't actually realise it was that old. For me everything seems to live in the eighties, you know...just a few years ago. Glad I've moved on from the perm and fluorescent leg warmers though.
So it's taken us Rockies just two weeks to learn this classic, it needs a bit of polishing but we'll get there. Great sounding harmonies if I do say so myself and it will be a favourite to perform I'm sure.
When we finish learning a song with fabulous tuition from our choir leader Jennie we then receive an audio download so that we can listen to our own harmony part and also a full harmony part to practice. These are so helpful to be able to listen to them over and over again and help the information sink in a little more. It does as well, after a lot of repetition it suddenly stays there and then you forget what the original sounds like. It's like Rock Choir brainwashing......'you will learn this song' (I actually just said that in a hypnotic voice as I was typing it).
You know yourself if you've listen to a song long enough on repeat you get to know the lyrics and probably feel you can karaoke it without looking at the screen. It's how we learn a lot of things, by repetition, I'm actually thinking about recording my shopping list so I remember what I want from the supermarket......always forget the one I write out.
So onto week three and another new song......what is it I hear you ask?
It is the fantastic 'Human' by Rag 'n' Bone Man eeeeeeeeek.....so excited as I love this song and I think it's going to be brilliant to sing. Will keep you posted anyway on how it goes.
Thanks for reading today. You nearly got another post about the tv as I totally forgot what day it was with it being a bank holiday. It is Monday isn't it? Phew.
Take care and come back tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday.
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