I was doing my piano practise this morning, and when I looked up, (or rather, down and sideways!) there was Rocky, snuggled up to my violin case and a pile of books!
As we humans busy ourselves with our activities, we often forget that our loyal pets are watching and being influenced by what we are doing. Whenever I play music, Rocky is always watching and listening to me, like a trusty, loyal companion. He doesn’t like loud instruments, like church organs and trumpets! Even choirs make him run off if that is played on the radio! It’s a real pleasure for me to know that he enjoys my music and that he seems to find it peaceful! Rocky probably hears my music more than anyone! ??
I will be filming my next show on Thursday, and I’m working on a new video for Edna. I’m also working on recording a couple of piano tracks for my album too. Thanks to lockdown (I’m still locking down anyway as I’m caring for my 90 year old mom!) I have time to focus and create more! Lots of love and heartfelt thanks to you all ?X
Here’s a pretty picture from a recent walk! You can see the magical St Michael’s Mount in the photo. At least the sun is shining at the moment!
I have an exciting update for you all! I’m launching a new ‘Diary of a Coastal Composer’ show, which will be a regular event ( I’m aiming for every week! )
I’ll be demonstrating and talking about the new music I’m working on, showing my art work, reading inspirational poetry and sharing all my thoughts, hopes and dreams with you all!
This will be released to all you wonderful Patrons first, ahead of release to the public. You may also suggest anything you would like me to include too, please feel free to let me know what you would like me to play or talk about!
I’m currently working on two of my new compositions at the moment, so keep an eye and ear out for new videos too!
My Poetry Postcards are in production and will be posted out soon. Huge and heartfelt thanks to all of you for keeping me inspired. I’m so very grateful to you all, especially during this uncertain time xxx
I hope you are all well and staying safe during this continuing strange time. I do so appreciate the support you all give to me! I thought I would share something new I’m working on.
My Grandfather, on my Dad’s side of the family, wrote a few songs and I’m going to work on one of them and record it! I’m going to arrange the music, most likely for strings and piano, and voice. The words of the song are beautiful, ‘Just Another Dream of You’, and I feel as though I know the song well already as I’ve often played the music over the years.
My grandfather, Alf Fellows, died when he was 39, and so sadly I never met him. I was fortunate to be able to play his violin and to have the music he created, 4 songs in all, in various stages of development.
The song I’m working on was rejected by a music publisher as they apparently told him that they had enough of that style of song already! How sad! So I’m going to get it recorded for him! I’ll keep you updated with my progress! X
I’ve created a new reward for all Patrons who are able to pledge $10 and upwards. We can get together for a zoom meeting! Feel free to ask any questions and I’ll share my inspirations and updates with you! ?
If you would like to join me then please message me your email and we can set a suitable time! I’m embracing technology! ?
I’ve spent my time working on introductions to some compositions I’m working on! As usual, I’m juggling many musical projects at once, but focusing mainly on ‘Mizzling Marsh’, which will be ready for you to hear soon, and a piece of music for my mom!
I have always been inspired by spending time in the landscape, both natural and urban, but I’ve realised that I’m equally drawn to write music for people! After all, people who are special to us should be celebrated!
Since lockdown, I’ve been looking after my mom, who is 90 and who is staying safe indoors. I take her the shopping, then play the piano for her, then give her a piano lesson! Music has been all about making others happy! It really is a therapy! My mom has loved listening to my ‘Initial Bond’ piece, which I wrote using my dad’s initials, and I’m working on a piece which was inspired by her name, ‘Dorothy’. A lovely long name (also my middle name!) and it has created possibly the most cheerful melody I’ve ever written!
So, a day working on intros to these two pieces. Talking of intros, for Patrons who are able to pledge $10 and over, I am going to be putting together a Zoom chat, which will be recorded for anyone who can’t make it! Please let me know if you would like to join me (don’t be shy!) or send me some requests or questions you would like me to answer. Huge thanks to you all, you are all so very special to me ??X
Here’s my Solo Piano performance of ‘Initial Bond’, dedicated to my lovely Patron, Jenny!
I hope you all enjoy it. It took a lot of practising, but it’s improved my piano playing! I so enjoyed rising to the challenge of playing it myself, after previously asking the concert pianist, John Thomson to record it for me on the album, ‘Between Worlds’. I even managed to film it all in one take – woo hoo!
Thanks, as always, for your continued support. More new music on the way! X