Days in the life of a songwriter 7

completely forgot to mention “very important Royals” at the Hyde Park Calling festival on Friday. 2 Princesses (Eugenie and Beatrice) turned up, easily spotted (but not recognised by Yours Truly) because of all the minders around them. A little later our server (waitress) informed us that she had been moved to the other side as Prince Harry now resided in her former section…..and there he was (cue more minders). Then, it had to be pointed out to me, some cast members from Glee appeared……(one looked vaguely familiar to me, the rest well, that phrase with the ‘bar of soap’ in it, applied).

See, I was so excited, I completely forgot to mention these people in the last blog post. Well yesterday we went to a small and sweet Christening ceremony out near Eton. The church was old, small, beautiful and nice and cool inside!!! Afterwards, Pimm’s and beers under a Gazebo in a lovely garden 15 times the size of our own back garden. While I was preparing dinner (pasta and lovely tomato sauce) I was pulling out all the stops, some people were suffering from heatstroke (not naming any names at all).

Right, got to get back to the cello score, almost finished, laters.

Days in the life of a songwriter 6

saw the film about Ayrton Senna’s life and death simply called Senna last Monday. It was beautifully made and that’s coming from someone who isn’t interested in Formula 1. I see the odd 3 laps once in a while because someone else is following it intently. Anyway, I didn’t realise what a talent and generally nice chap he was. Obviously they had to rely on old footage but there must have been a ton of it.

On Thursday I met up with Hakon again and we went through 5 songs for the next gig (on piano) where he mainly played what I had scored with a few embellishments of his own. He also combined a couple of parts that I had on different tracks because of volume and sound (and ability) constrictions. It sounded PHAT 🙂 Which is why I am really looking forward to the first gig where we’ll have a proper piano player on stage. July 4th at 93 Feet East since you asked. All the brass players can make it, Joe Carter, Oli Hickie and Phil Dewhurst who is playing instead of Zeb Tonkin. Imogen Burman on cello and Jenny Wilkinson on viola. Still looking for a violin player though!!!

Last night we had some VIP tickets to see James, the Kaiser Chiefs and the KILLERS who were magnificent!!! Mr Flowers was pretty much unstoppable with his enthusiasm and energy. We saw James outside but then relented and became armchair-festival-VIP-slouches, seeing the Kaiser Chiefs from inside and also the Killers. We had a server from the Hard Rock Cafe in Munich and I felt especially sorry for the people behind the bar who had to respond to a constant onslaught of VIP drinks demands. They did feed us too, Nachos and King Prawns (we only had a couple of starters). Anyway, need to sort out the cello scores for one song now. See Ya!

Days in the life of a songwriter 5

damn, didn’t intend to be away this long but things just sort of took off on the work front over the past weeks. Good for my finances anyway.

I met up with my mate Hakon and we tried my recorded and printed out piano parts (him on piano and me on guitar) a couple of weeks ago. We just jammed at his place using some electric Yamaha jobbie and I borrowed one of his acoustics. Need to give him a shout tomorrow to see whether he fancies playing at our next gig in July.  A couple of rehearsals should do the trick and in case he can’t make it; Nick who played the cello at last week’s gig at the Regal Room at the Distiller’s Arms in Hammersmith does play the piano too!!

Nick did well on cello, especially since he had to put up with some very friendly heckling from a small group of Irish guys on his side of the stage. We were joined by Nadine Galea on violin and Piotr Grudzien on violin as well. I had met Piotr 2 days prior (after making contact on the old gumtree) and met Nadine on the night but it all came together beautifully.

I played my old Seagull acoustic and have finally ordered an under saddle piezo pickup for it, as the Fishman soundhole pickup isn’t quite the ticket. So more on that later.

Saw two films as well last week, The Beaver with Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster who also directed. I found it was a bit of an odd film but i still enjoyed it. The longer I watched the more I got into it. It straddles a fine line between a comedy and a serious movie. And I wasn’t always sure which side it would come down on. Walter suffers from depression and seems to find a miracle cure when he finds a Beaver puppet, as he is able to express himself through the fluffy thing. The fact that we don’t really know how this depression came about was a problem for me. There are echoes of Mel Gibson’s own life in this story which made it more palatable for me, but it might be the very thing to put you off. You might have to see for yourself.

The other film was ‘Senna’. More later as I’ve gone on for long enough now. Nite nite.