24 hour Song and Video Challenge!

I want you to try it. Write a song, record it, film the video, edit it and put it on youtube in 24 hours! Follow my example..It might be fun….The rules are

1. You can also only buy essentials such as tin foil, sellotape and string,

2. Everyone who  is involved in the ‘behind the scenes’ has to take part musically and be seen in the video.

Here is our finished article..I have to admit that the song is based on my ‘warm up of the week’..which I had already made up. But even so….it was not a song before. Someone asked me ‘why’ and my reply would be ‘why not?’. It is quite fun when being ‘creative’ ( if that what you call it) to put some rules and boundaries on yourself. I think the finished product is quite lovely, especially the rocket and the wigs.)

5 gold rings

And  here we are …why is that such a big deal? I mean we are not even half way there. All my favourites are near the end and hardly get a look in and the five gold rings get all the attention. Funny, because in the French versions it is 5 legs of mutton. Mr P. drew the five golden rings, thanks Mr P. and my photo of the rings is from St Pancras. The rings are 5 different colours, but from the back they are just metal, so in some lights they can appear to look golden . We shall be seeing a lot more of the 5 olympic rings this year so I suppose we ought to start singing along!

OH and a little link to a blog I read…a gift indeed 30 things you should stop doing  to yourself if you want to be happy and free 30-things-to-stop-doing-to-yourself

4 calling birds

On the fourth day of christmas……. it used to be 4 colly birds which are allegedly blackbirds but obviously in the midst of the community choral throng after a few cups of mulled wine and a bit of slurring, and the fact that we don’t know what a colly is, apart from a large shaggy dog, it got changed somewhere. I want you to stay strong, as the pictures get better and better as the days go on. And I know you are stressed and very busy, but it will, perhaps brighten up your day….IT IS ONLY 14 SECONDS LONG….go on…it might put you in the festive mood….PRESS PLAY  x x x

three french hens

Yup… it is already day three of the 12 days of christmas musical visual bonanza that is my contribution to  the festive season. I am rather fond of my 3 french hens,  drawn with coloured charcoal thanks to brother’s christmas present circa 1992 and big fat red board marker, the best one’s are berol by far, the only ones that last and last. A round of applause for the french hen’s!

In Praise of Halloumi

 I know, I know. The world is crashing down around us. Young people are being ‘made examples of’  because the crime they committed happened at a highly charged time and place. How come no bankers, (the first time I wrote this I put bakers..ha ha) or politicians were ‘made examples of’ in the same way. How come the Daily  ‘it is all the Liberal’s fault’)  Mail did not say they were a disgrace to their country. Perhaps the next time there is a riot, the rioters should arrive all wearing suits and ties and have their faces well and truly showing. No, I am not condoning rioting, looting and violence, in case you were asking, Mrs BBC presenter.

So I thought I would take this time, a-mid all this madness, and  as there is a full moon today, no, that has no relevance to anything either, to praise the wonderfully tasty Halloumi. ‘Now that is a bit random’, I hear you say. ‘Why ever not?’ I retort. My mate Polly has been a vegetarian since Adam was a lad and she had never had halloumi until we made some for the vegetarian barbecue. As a Metropolisian, ( new word made up for today) I have opportunities to eat halloumi in many local turkish kebab houses and cafes, but I suppose in the middle of the hinterlands of Ludlow, well it is not so common to be invited out for halloumi. It is actually quite hard to buy, but we found it in the mousetrap (yup, the name of the local cheese shop) and in the co-op!

If you read the link about  halloumi above, you will find that it was first made with unpasturised sheep and goat milk. It is used in cooking, as it can be fried or grilled until brown without melting due to its higher-than-normal melting point,  as an ingredient in salads, or fried and served with vegetables. Cypriots like eating halloumi with watermelon in the warm months, and as halloumi and lountza – a combination of halloumi cheese and either ( look away Polly) a slice of smoked pork, or a soft lamb sausage…yum yum .

SONG OF THE DAY Bittersweet – Gitika

I was thinking about halloumi and water melon, then had nothing better to do  than muck about with imovies and an old black and white public domain movie..so I finally put one of the tracks fom my one and only album on youtube. I sorted out alot of features of imovies tonight so think it will be easier to get my head round Final cut, a better film editing suite fairly soon now…what fun.

Temporary Solution to a Bad Hair Life – The Sequel

So after my post yesterday about bad hair.. My Friend Dennis Plaxton took 2 years to make this short film as it meant taking a picture of all his facial hair growing…everyday…the results! Well see for yourself!
and we have not even began to talk about Chris Rock’s really interesting film of the same name ‘bad hair’ which puts the caucasian hair dilemma into it’s true context when you see what society has done to the image  women’s afro hair-well worth a view.

This is a quote below ‘Rock has been slapped with the $5 million lawsuit by director Regina Kimbell, who accuses the star of ripping off her 2005 documentary Nappy Roots.Kimbell claims that she showed her film – which won the Pan African Film Festival’s best documentary award in 2007 – to Rock that same year.Kimbell’s film “takes an unparalleled look at how black hair is used as a prism through which to look at cultural, societal and political issues in the African-American community over time“,

But back to Mr Plaxton’s marvellous short film…give it 5 mins!

Rabbit In Your Rucksack

Well the day has come . The very popular song that I penned. A sort of dance track with a leaning towards the children in the house. The video that has had 45,000 hits on YOUTUBE is now a single! it is available on AMazon and in a few weeks in iTunes and I would like to start a campaign to get it in the charts…are you with me? that means sending this link to everyone ou know who like to dance, or is in touch with their mad child or who has some. SO…. at 79 pence I think it is well worth it. ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-music&field-keywords=rabbit+in+your+rucksack&x=0&y=0