THE SHoeless...

Well actually, they did not, all the gear was packed up after a nearly 4 hour end of week concert. All the goodbyes last night got a bit emotional for me,  gulp ..quite normal for me to have a little blub and then not be able to stop….can’t keep it in…7 days of being with all these lovely staff and students for 12 hours a day and then messing up my verse in the last  big piece didn’t help ( Possibly only SS and DC noticed). So cried all the way home on the tube, but as it was nearly midnight on a friday night and most people were  a bit past their best (putting it politely) and as  I kept all snorting  and wheezing  inside, no-one noticed, I just looked a bit allergic or gin ridden, so blended in quite nicely. So this morning  I am missing them all and will be until the next new thing kicks in, which is in about 10 minutes.

I hold  special place in my heart for  my  Guildhall chums,  right next to all my singers and wish them well for the year to come, and hope that maybe I shall see some of them sooner. Now where is that train ticket?


practising for the end of course song


Nothing to do with the last week. I heard it really late when I got home and it hit a chord of nostalgia. Blimey she sings a top C in this…tried it ..but a bit too early in the morning. Love the video!

Today, I shall be singing and recording and directing and conducting and stuff for about 14 hours. I am so lucky…By the end of the longest concert ( 35 groups 10 minutes each…I’ll leave you to do the maths) I shall be very sad to leave all my lovely  musician friends who I will probably not see until this time next year. Boo hoo.  Thank goodness for facebook…sometimes it does fill in the void…a bit.


I am dedicating this song to all  my Guildhall Mates, something to keep your spirits up…ha ha!  See you all next year.

SONG OF THE DAY – Scaffold – Lily the Pink

 ” I hate it when these no-talent groups rely only on their striking good looks to become famous.”

Last night it had tahini and miso and butter as condiments, tonight it is sardines, ( take note, DV) lemon, butter and tamari and it is way past supper time too.  I am too busy to cook. it is my day five, teaching at the Guildhall Rock and Jazz Summer school . Too many charts to write out, song books to sort…etc etc….having a gas. Tuesday Night’s gig was the most fun I have  ever had on stage with a loud drummer ( ha ha ).

Here is a constant craving snippet of me  singing with DC on AV’s (what does this all mean?) and the luscious band ..there that was short and sweet!

2 more long long fun filled days of bands and singers and choirs and recording and concerts. The end of week concert has 35 acts and they are supposed to be limited to 6 minutes each ….ha ha…that will never happen with so many Jazzers…One year the end of week concert lasted 4 hours. So there will be siege mentality on Friday…extra kendal mint cake all round….

So hopefully I shall get something a bit more substantial than porridge or Sweetcorn tommorrow.

SONG OF THE DAY -Rikki Lee Jones-Last Chance

The Band did this last night with DC on vocals and I was reminded what a great song it was. And what a marathon sing it is. YOu have to have a finely crafted voice to do this one justice…and DC most serpantly did!