Its been an absolute age since I posted a blog. The monthly newsletter has sort of taken over a bit. I only send it to people who subscribe, so it means ‘ bloggin cloggin’ is a thing of the past! ( when I was posting everyday in 2011!). The sun is beckoning through the window. The most exciting thing I am doing at the moment for myself at the moment is a weekly songwriting course…just for six weeks, but we have to write a song every week. I have just written my second song and am suffering from extreme over-excitedness! I had forgotten how much fun the songwriting process is…Will compile them all at the end for listens….

Back to the matter in hand, I am very happy to be running the occasional  local Saturday workshop that I can get to in the same day!   ( I have  run workshops in Cardiff, Lancaster, Lincolnshire and Hertfordshire in the last 4 weekends – all completely lovely days but some have been real treks of love)

SINGING IN HARMONY is  happening this Saturday if you fancy it, or know of anyone who wants to do a one off day of lovely  harmony singing, all learned by ear,  with yours truly, in a great district of London, very close to Liverpool Street Station. Here is the Link.

Right …back to the records x

It has been an extraordinary month…lots of stories to tell, but not all today. What with the theatre vocal coaching, jazz and rock summer schools, gigs, singing servicemen               ( Eh! Luigi! whereas my spaghetti), the glut of  trombone players in my life, Olympics I do not really know where to begin.  As a footnote and  complete diversion to any logical narrative flow I should warn any Mrs Worthingtons that If you want your daughter to make it in the music business, do not get her a trombone. Get her to learn the bass guitar, as that seems to be the missing instrument in the band these days.

But first of all, let us start with today. Needed a walk as spent too much time cooped up in a train yesterday so we did a circular walk to London Zoo and back,  about a five mile round trip. So had a quick look in Walden Books and the fabbiest arts and craft shop near the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm called Slanchogled which is Bulgarian for sunflower.

Noticed by chance that the Roundhouse has a BEACH! that’s me on the stool in the  red trollies) sand  deck chairs, a screen to watch the Olympics and table tennis. They also have a happy hour with double cocktails ( I only had ice-cream..honest!) at a later time in the day…we were there in the morning when it was mostly kids. Managed to get a quick game of ping pong in before kids started drooling over the table in an orderly queue for a game after us. All very  urban Brazilian, with the railway and the blocks of flats.

Quick pop into the zoo to check the pelicans were thriving, and then a cuppa and a large sugar free flapjack in le cafe du coin in Prince of Wales road before we walked back home. Right . Better do last minute preparation for a day of Singing in Harmony at the Bishopsgate Institue tomorrow….not too late to join us.

SONG OF THE DAY – The Love I Lost…Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.

If all goes well we might be singing this in 4 part acapella harmony tomorrow. Gamble and Huff…great songwriter…a real piece of musical history.