Well good morning me and a Happy Birthday to me.. I made it! Another year on the planet..I am right now tucked up in my cave in London eating chocolate for breakfast, preparing for first choir session of the term which is this evening..Such a good thing to be doing on your birthday.. Just had a couple of weeks,  ‘so called’ off and realised as usual I was not idle. I wrote and recorded the song above, sent it off for two pitches, which it was rejected as not being commercial enough..I cried the first time. That’s ok, still have work to do with rejection, having lots of practise at the moment.

I wrote 2 -2 minute multi layered ‘ Hans Zimmer, Eric Whittaker ( my husband -ha ha)’ pieces, which I have sent off to another pitch. I arranged Perfect Day and 3 Northumbrian folk songs (as well as arranging ‘it’s all I got’ for my choir) for acapella. Me and Andy recorded extra vocals on a couple of tracks which I pitched for a duet request and we got Melting passed on to the next stage of a potential movie pitch. 

3 Bucket Jones also got a support gig in London on the 2nd June with The Skyline Drivers ( more information later)  which you can all come  and it looks like I shall be piloting a new lunchtime staff choir at UCL for the summer term. I also sat on a on  cottage  on a mountain in Wales for 36 hours and read a funny and  inspirational book  by Anne Lamott called Bird by Bird about writing and saw some real stars.. So all in all, a good time was had and the Summer and a New Year starts today. Have a good day everyone.

I left choir last night and there was a bit of a fog in the air…you can feel the temperature has changed over the last week. If you wear glasses they suddenly start steaming up when you get indoors, because of the rapid temperature change ( that is, if it is warm inside)

I quite often leave the Bishopsgate Institute, Spitalfields, opposite Liverpool Street Station on a Monday night and still am in awe of the buildings in the city, several which have been erected since I started the choir 6 or 7 years ago.

The Institute itself is a listed building, that you can walk right by and miss it, as it is  tucked away in between a  Pizza Express and another shop, but it goes back from the street a long long way. It has a public library and a lovely cafe, a Great Hall and an Upper Hall where they have public concerts and big  choral groups rehearse, lots of other spaces, evening classes and all sorts.

The mix of old and new buildings in the city is wonderful. We rehearsed in St. Botolphs, Bishopsgate a couple of years ago, and I have an ancestor who was married there in the 18th century. Here are a few photos I took as I walked from Liverpool Street to Moorgate Underground. When it is a bit foggy you cannot see the top of the tall buildings. The gherkin is cloaked as are the taller buildings too. Wow, well it still works for me, so I am not ready to leave London yet……

SONG OF THE DAY – What Have I Done to Deserve This -Pet Shop Boys, Dusty Springfield

Rumour has it Pet Shop Boy Neil  might live in Spitalfields, so I thought I would post this, to pay my respect to a  local boy, plus to continue to show constant love for the wonderful wonderful Dusty. May you be singing with the angels.