Happy Summer everyone! I say that with crinkly sun burnt cheeks - I fell asleep on an overcast beach... what can you do haha Okey dokey definitely time for an update. For those of you who don't know I'm getting married this year which has meant I haven't had much time to push my original stuff because prime-festival-time is completely taken up with wedding prep and then the actual event. Even so I do have three gigs coming up that I am super looking forward to, I have two booked for RHS Rosemoor (one is Friday 5th July 6pm and the other is 11am at the flower show) and the other is at Lapstock which avid readers will remember I had a fab time in the rain at several years ago and wore glitter on my face. So there's plenty to practice for!
I'm happy to say I've got some other weddings and garden parties coming up that I've been booked to play at which is just lovely so I'm really looking forward to travelling around playing them but now I shall tell you a good old fashioned love story... (not mine)... replacing all names with Buffy The Vampire Slayer Character's names just because...
I launched Dust Off last November at St Anne's Chapel and this is where I first met Buffy. She was so energetic and enthusiastic and I am so perpetually shy so she mostly just scared me haha but Buffy wanted guitar lessons. At the time I couldn't teach her but we stayed in touch and I saw her at local open mics and we became friends. Fast forward a bit and I could teach Buffy and I have to say teaching her has been the easiest thing ever. Buffy has a musical ear and is just the most wonderful company. Fast forward a month or so and she tells me her old flame Angel has been in touch and they're going to meet up. They haven't seen each other in 25 years and she is SO excited. I mean I have never seen anyone this excited and nervous and eager and terrified before. Fast forward, they meet up and the magic is there and it's weird how easily they click. Several meet ups, a yacht race and a Tom Jones Concert later Angel proposes! The whole world is just so happy for them and one day I just sit down and take all the things she's told me about him and put it into words. I write a song called Boomerang and forward it to Ben who then forwards it to Buffy. I panic that she might be totally creeped out by that but it turns out it's the opposite. The next day I record it properly and send it to her and I get a lovely email from both Buffy and Angel saying how it's brought them to tears and they love it. I'm gobsmacked and honoured!
And it's little moments like these that make my existence complete. Thank you universe x
So there you are, lots of Johnny Cash gigging going on, lots of musical endeavours and lots of love in the air. What more could you want :D haha
Breathe in...breathe out. Forward fold, halfway lift, breathe in, feel the stretch in the back body and breathe out. I think Yoga with Adriene is keeping a lot us sane in this difficult time, I learnt so much from her 30 day yoga challenge in January but now I feel she's even more vital to keeping my mental focus, and fitness, in check. So! I hope you join me in taking a slow, deep breath......and letting it all go :-)
Okay folks so we're not going to dwell on Covid-19, we're not going to worry about it, we're going to improvise, adapt and overcome - as my good friend says. Last week was particularly challenging and yes, at times, quite frightening. I was facing the unknown and losing work so fast it felt like someone was pulling the rug out from beneath me but then the sun came out, my camera AND the internet got fixed and suddenly there were options.
I took to instagram - realised I'd been using it wrong haha - and I learnt from my peers. There are so many musicians and tutors adapting to the situation and learning how to teach and survive through skype, I could not be more grateful to the developers of that life saving app! So here we are after a very sunny weekend of soaking up rays and inspiration and I have now taught two lessons online and am feeling hopeful that my business will survive. I feel creative and full of ideas on how to move forward and will absolutely be posting more videos to my long neglected Roseanna Ball youtube channel. I shared a video on there on Saturday of me covering Jim Reeves' Welcome to my world which seems to be raising the morale of my local community and I am so incredibly grateful for the donation I recieved through my paypal.me link on the video in appreciation. I don't make any money through youtube and it takes a lot of time to produce videos so this made my day! I update my Rhythm Ro Music Tutor channel regularly so I think I'll be adding the link as standard to all future videos. Improvise, adapt, overcome. Thank you Phil, thank you Jo.
I have learned a lot, I think we all have, and for an introvert (no really) I've truly learnt the value of conversation and company. I used to be terrified of picking up the phone - Ben says it's an actual phobia - but now I'm excited if I get a video call from a friend. This crisis has forced us all into new territory and although change is often uncomfortable it is often necessary and ultimately we endure and learn from it.
We can get through this, I love you all x
Stay healthy and I shall see you all again soon!
As of August 24th I am officially married to my lovely Ben - source of 'with you,' 'shoulder to shoulder' and pretty much every happy song post 2012 *awww*
It is quite surreal as in many ways nothing has changed, and yet everything has. The ceremony was beautiful and it truly made us both realise we are rich in friends. So many people pitched in by baking cakes, picking people up and dropping amazing things off, I am so grateful to them because it really made us all feel like one big family getting stuck in together - especially on the dance floor later!
So where has this left the music? Alive and kicking (does anyone remember live & kicking?) and ready to record! I spent a large amount of my honeymoon listening to the new album - in demo form - trying to figure out tracks that worked well with each other and I think I've got it boiled down now to 10. I think I had about 16-18 before but I'd rather they told a story than I just bombard you with a bunch of songs that don't sit together. I am hoping to channel, the goddess that is, Alanis Morissette with my next album, so it should sit nicely with my album 'Ghosts.' Anyway I haven't started recording it properly yet, it's going to take the bulk of winter to get people together, get rehearsing and then finally (likely sometime in march next year) get recording it but I wanted to let you know I'm on it.
In other news my tutoring has taken off this year and I've met so many lovely people as a result. It's been really interesting to see the sorts of things people want to learn, I'll find that 2-3 people will want the same song one week but it'll be on Ukulele for one, mandolin for the other and guitar on the next. It has certainly kept me sharp and on my toes! Although the wedding, and subsequent honeymoon, has kept me away from my computer I have been trying to build up my youtube account with regarding to tutoring also and it has been an incredible motivator in those dark times to see the lovely comments posted, thanking me and encouraging me to upload more. I have so many thanks to give to those people who have watched any of my tutorials and found them useful enough that they felt compelled to tell me. xxx
With regards to gigging I am very happy to be supporting Katy Hurt at The Beehive in Honiton on November 9th. I hear we are both country girls so it should be a great night with a warm atmosphere - perfect for November!
And that's about it for now folks but I'll keep you up to date as always. My instagram is my main point of call these days for everyday goings on so pop on over and give me a follow if you're curious what I get up to!
As always thank you a thousand times over for your continued support of my music and musical endeavours.
Iliterally couldn't do it without you x