In the last year it’s been head down and walking in circles mostly, watching the seasons change. In that time I have written and recorded a song every week. I have collaborated and co-written songs with 6 artists from the US, Canada, UK and Australia and reimagined 8 old songs into new cover versions – have runny weekly virtual choir for 9 months . We are mastering the 5th ‘3 Bucket Jones’ album – have almost finished an album with the marvellous Kirsty McGee – a project called ‘All the Bees’. I have eaten my body weight in dark chocolate and with the help of the most wondrous singers and film makers made 9 ( yes 9 ) virtual choir videos – have supported Andy through a heart attack from a clot 20 hours after his first jab, I continue to wail and weep about losing my mum, my choirs, my freedom to get on trains, my sanity, my friends but the birds keep singing and the rivers keep rolling. Please don’t ask me when we are going to sing again in person. I don’t know. I hope you are doing as well as is humanly possible and finding joy. Drop me a line sometime.
All at Sea is is a song I helped write and record that first appeared on 3 Bucket Jones first album. We wrote it in a night after supper when the fish lady Sarah who joined us for dinner was asked what should we write about and she said the sea. It took many more days to evolve and record..Writing is usually the easiest bit. In 2015 I arranged it for community choirs and choirs at the guildhall and my community choir The Tubthumping Chorus sung it. Ali Orbaum a wondrous singer and community choir leader who sung with 3 Bucket jones for a period in 2019 heard it and asked if they could sing it at Sing For Water West in the summer of 2016. 1200 singers sung it together outdoors back in the day when you could sing together. At the same time Andy and I organised a set of going to coincide with Sing for Water to raise funds for Sing for Water. Over 100 of the singers from the big day joined us on stage at St Georges Bristol to sing in July 2016.
Now the song is raising funds again for another incredible charity called Atlantic Pacific which is all about water but about drowning
Atlantic Pacific’s VISION
Atlantic Pacific International Rescue is an NGO with a simple vision; to combat global drowning.
“Drowning is a serious and neglected public health threat claiming the lives of 372,000 people a year worldwide. This death toll is almost two thirds that of malnutrition and well over half that of malaria – but unlike these public health challenges, there are no broad prevention efforts that target drowning.” (World Health Organisation, Global Report on Drowning: Preventing a Leading Killer, 2014). So we have a video and a just giving page
SO the song has served water in two very differing ways. Raising funds for people with no water and raising funds for an organisation who saves people from the power and danger of too much water. We are honoured to be supporting both organisations.
We are really enjoying the videos..It’s of course not like the real thing yada yada yada , but as a great thing to do when we can’t meet in person it is proving to be an absolute blast. if you think you might like to be in one of the videos it’s probably good to get in touch with me or get added to the mailing list…
I hope all are as well as…I am inviting you to join us for the new video by the new choir that is made up of folks who have sung my choirs’ and workshops.
It is a cracking version of Tainted Love ..a lot of hours of work and has come out beyond our wildest dreams.
thanks to Bob Karper, Matt Glasbey, and Eric James and the choir ..of course..
and you too can sing it with your choirs as the sheet music and audio are available HERE