Hello again! 

Well I'm certainly in a chirpy mood despite the misty rain and the suspicious nag at the back of my nose that warns a cold might be coming. There's lots going on this month and lots more to come and already people have begun to ask me when the album will be out. It's coming but bear with me, we are still aiming for October. Stage one is complete but next there's mixing then mastering then album art then duplication then distribution, possibly license deals... the list kind of goes on and on so without snowballing a load of confusion on you all I'm just going to keep saying, it's coming :) and spare you the grizzly details.

So next up this month is Pilton Green Man Festival and I was immediately excited and flattered when I saw 621 (last I checked) people said they were going to see me on facebook. I then realised that mine was the only event page that came up for green man so it's pretty much just people saying they are going to the festival... haha oh well, it's a great excuse to wear my new green maxi dress - which I probably will wear come rain or shine - and I'm looking forward to trying out some new tunes as always. After Pilton I'm onto Warwick which is in 2 weeks.  Man that's crept up on me. I think it's only just begun to sink in that things are getting a bit serious and I'd better get my butt in gear and polish off some setlists, maybe oh I don't know even write some down! I'm mad I just keep it all in my head 'til the last minute and find myself scrawling them on scrap bits of paper at work in between the 'hello and welcome to's. Perhaps it's time I got a bit more organised...

Well I promised you more stories from the Convent so I shall tell you briefly of the control room (where the lovely Max resides) and the weird things that lie within. Bear in mind it is a converted convent, a very recently converted convent and so everything is stone, wood and wisdom but there in the corner of the room to the left of the ginormous mixer is a very curious cupboard. Max revealed that it opens on both sides of a wall  and has something of a turntable inside. It was in fact where orphans or unwanted children were delivered to the convent for the nuns to raise. People would place a child in the cupboard, turn the little plate inside to the other side of the wall where the nuns would be waiting and when they turned it back around the child would be gone. I found that so terribly sad when Max told us but he did put a good spin on it really, no pun intended, and did remind me that had the nuns not been there, the lives of the children would have been a fair bit bleaker. Good point; I stand corrected but inevitably remain saddened by this cupboard's existence. 

Maybe it'll emerge in a song somewhere down the line...

So I guess to sum up, there's much more to come and lots of exciting things happening :-) I'm very much looking forward to getting things confirmed so I can share them with you all and quit with the cryptic but until then...

 

Rose x ;)

 

Phew! What a week, and where to begin? Let's get the naff stuff out the way and end on the high. The cystitis is now a suspected kidney infection or kidney stones (on both sides) so you can imagine the pain I have been in. I am told it is close to child birth; way-to-go put me off...

It really has been a hard week of ploughing through my recording schedule then medicating at the appropriate times to keep the excruciating throbs from coming through. It was so bad Wednesday night though that I had to wake Ben up and ask him to drive me to the primary care unit at Gloucester Hospital at 3:30am in the morning. Thankfully they gave me painkillers and anti-biotics which meant I could actually sleep but still the pain remains and this is starting to sound like a proper lament!

That morning trip to the hospital did allow me to see not only a creamy moon but also some deer, bunnies and a ridiculous amount of magpies on the way back to the Convent when the light was up so that was silver lining. Deer are so rare when you live in a town and normally the magpies are so few I count them to the rhyme and get paranoid if I don't see two in the space of ten minutes. The pain also inspired a new song which I rather like - and will hopefully perform in the near future - and allowed me extra conviction when I recorded vocals.

Anyway I should tell you of the recording process! Max was my tracking engineer (I've learnt that's what you call the man behind the buttons) and did a wonderful job of not only recording every minute detail I wanted - particularly on the title track - but also of suggesting ideas that I had never thought of before. I learnt loads not only about the professional recording process but also about my music and how I want it to sound.

 

We did a lot of experiments on the Thursday (having finished the album by Wednesday) and a fair amount paid off. Without giving too much away there are instruments on this album that I have never recorded with before but they are all me, promise, with the exception of a guest vocal on two tracks.

 The more I think about it 'Time' [album title] is going to stand out a lot as being an unusual mix of instruments. I've really tried to give you the full display, even more so than Evergreen and not just girl-with-guitar like Spilling the Beans. I think we worked out that the titled track had 7 instrument tracks and 4 vocals (you can tell I'm pleased with that) and all in all there are around eight different instruments on the album. By comparison Geography had around three, which had sort of become my staple in the last two years. So I guess it's no wonder really that I started a take on a guitar straight after playing mandolin, opened with the wrong chord and said, 

"sorry my brain forgot what instrument it was playing a G on." What a dope but anyway I think it's pretty clear that I am very proud of what I've managed to achieve in the space of four days and it appears to already be opening doors for me, again without saying too much. Let's not count our chickens before they've hatched!

 

So all that's left to say is a huge thank you to everyone that backed me on kickstarter and made this possible. This is the process that your support facilitated and why I was so damn determined not to let you down when I got ill. Thank you thank you thank you, because you have no idea what this album will mean.

I'll check in again when I've calmed down a bit for more stories from The Convent! 

Rose x

We're here! Against all odds (my 2nd favourite Phil Collins song not counting his contributions through Genesis) we made it to the convent in Stroud and after four days of Cystitis, - that sounds like a song title for the worst song ever - two trips to the pharmacy and one two hour wait at A&E I think/hope/pray that I am finally on the mend. Admittedly a roll top bath and bubbles helped...

I guess I've been burning the candle at both ends and this is perhaps divine intervention? The Cystitis nearly made me miss a private function celebrating Canada day and a birthday but thankfully three paracetamols (don't do this on your own kids) took care of that and I had a lovely evening complete with campfire, s'mores and fireworks. It was lovely to pay homage to all the Canadian acts I grew up loving; Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan, Rita McNeil and you know what I might as well list a few more that although I didn't cover, had and continue to have a massive impact on my music. Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion, Loreena McKennitt. All top notch artists that bring something new to the table so naturally now I feel like I need to go to Canada and see "her green fields" for myself.

Back to the convent then and we're just settling in for the night after going through the first four tracks I hope to record tomorrow (nothing like a last minute cram of note taking and musical refreshment). Feeling a little jittery but I can't tell if it's because I've been ill all day or just nerves for the recording... then again it could be the fear of waking up to the spirit of a nun at the foot of my bed...

Only 'Time' will tell ;)

 

Rose x