From all the shows I have played, and all the audiences I have sung for, one thing seems common to them all - the one song that resonates more than any other is Jeannie's Song. I wrote this song in 2007 as a gift for my Gran's 80th birthday and every time I sing it, I get the same goosebumps and lump in my throat as I did the very first time, when I sang it to her at her birthday party. She is a kind and inspirational woman and her influence over me rings out in every line.
Listen to Jeannie's Song...
I hear so regularly how this song resonates for people - we all have a mum, gran, auntie, sister or other woman in our lives who has shaped us, and you have been so kind to share with me your stories along the way. So, to honour these amazing women, I'd like to put together a video to accompany the song and I'd like you to help me!
The aim is to create a montage of photographs and short video clips sent in by friends and fans of the special women in their lives, the women who, like my own wee Gran, have made us who we are today. Jeannie herself will of course feature (although she doesn't know it yet! :) ), alongside your own Grans, Mums, Aunties, Sisters, Teachers, Mothers in Law... Whoever you want to be part of it!
The aim is to get the film put together and available online before Christmas, so you can even share this with your special lady as a special Christmas surprise. All contributors, and the great women featured in the video, will be credited in the video itself, so they will see their picture and their name on there.
To take part, please message me via the website Contact page in the first instance and I will let you know how to send me over your pictures and video clips.
Finally, but by no means least, to coincide with Project Jeannie, I will also donate £2 from the sale of every album during December to Age Concern in the names of everyone who has contributed to the project.
So, get involved!! I can't wait to see your contributions and to meet all those Jeannies out there!
How goes it? It's been a wee while since my last blog - apologies! The last thrilling installment of my recording diaries sadly got lost before I got a chance to hit "Post", presenting me with the options of a) chucking a tantrum and throwing my Macbook across the room; b) starting again, having forgotten most of what I'd written already; or c) taking a breath, walking away and getting my case packed for my holidays... So, I opted for the latter! Having had 10 lovely days in inland Spain, followed by a cheeky wee weekend in Blackpool (what can I say, I love the tack!), I'm feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work.
So! What's in store for November? First up, I have live show coming up which I am very excited about. I'll be sharing a bill with the lovely Kat Healy (Edinburgh) and Rebecca Loebe (USA) in Glasgow at The Griffin on Bath Street - an all female night of top notch acoustic music in the heart of the city. If I do say so myself! Tickets are available here, please do come if you are around as it's one not to be missed.
I'll be back in the studio from 16th November to finish off recording for the new album, still as yet unnamed (suggestions on a postcard?). In the meantime, it's all about the business side of things. I've got to organise photos and artwork, get replication and distribution lined up, as well as PR, plugging... the list goes on! Oh, the life of a one-woman operation, eh?
But, I will have some exciting news about new music coming up before the end of the month, so watch this space!
Look at the time! I'd better get my lunch eaten and back to the grind... Speak again soon :)
Enjoy your hump day! Love, A x