Photoshoot

Things were not feeling on the up that day. I almost cancelled the shoot, which had been booked with Fashion Rox two months before through Living Social. Turns out, however, that feeling vulnerable and despondent is actually a good thing on the day of a shoot with a bunch of professionals. Makeup by Jerry, Styling by Andrea, Photos by Enzo. Bless you, Enzo, you made me feel so at ease and the speed at which you worked did not give me time for capsizing too far into my head. It was fun and I got to say, I have never much looked forward to shoots if truth be known.

Only downside was that I had to choose the shots so quickly from the collection, because they do not keep them on their hard drive. Wish I had taken someone along with me to help me sort through them, in case I missed some goodies.

Hopefully the main head shot will be the shot I end up using on the back of my novel…yes…back to work now.

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Wonder of Life

Yes it is true, fellow soul divers. I have been under a spell this last year. It is a long time since I appeared on stage. I guess you could say, life took some rather unpredictable turns, as it does, but that would be putting it mildly.

The road to healing is long but sure. Much of the path leads me under the ocean…a dark, tumultuous place riddled with beauty too. Drawing off its deep stillness I discover that the wonder of creativity abides there.

My courage to sing is returning…all those FREYjA songs are still alive in me….and in the meantime, as many of you know, I am running several choirs in London, which keep the ripples of joy nourishing me.

In the meantime, however, I am incarnating my creativity by a different flame – no longer lighting the piano keys – I have moved the candelabra – it sits alongside the ink-pot for a time.

Some of you are already familiar with my poetry and my prose…I have two novels on the run and the one I am focused on completing is called Sirens of the Seine. It is about many things but mostly about the power of creativity to heal. Centuries of war, betrayal, loss….the sirens are determined to sing…not to lure sailors to their deaths, as the false myth-makers would have us believe, but to blow the breath of peace throughout the ages…to share the wonder of life and grace with mankind.

That he mishears their song and fights on despite her efforts to love him through the muses, is no fault of the siren.

Follow her on twitter Siren of the Seine – @sirenoftheseine

You can continue to support the artist’s journey by buying FREYjA CDs at CD Baby and all the tracks are on iTunes. Leave comments. Retweet. Follow/like on Facebook. All the links are here.

Blessings from this siren, still on her odyssey within and without
FREYjA (aka Rebecca Hickey Rennie)

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Farewell You Mean Lean ’15

It has been a terrible year. Creatively, personally, unhealthily. I have no more to say about this year. Except to Farewell Dad – the Magician of all Magicians.

We wrote our song, the Magician, together for my second album The Siren’s Odyssey. He was no musician, my Dad, but he sure was a poet. I will never forget the moment in the vocal booth at Sony Studios in Darlinghurst Sydney, all those years ago…I still hadn’t completed the final verse and chorus…I wanted the final chorus to change, to evolve somehow, but I had no ideas. Then our engineer (Ross Ahern) held something up, a bunch of pages his assistant had just retrieved from the fax machine (yes fax machines!)…it was from my father, Michael John Hickey…he had written the final verse and chorus for me…exactly at the moment we were recording. You always come through, Dad. Even from up there you are now sending me little miracles…your eternity faxes.

We played The Magician at his funeral. The sky whirled, a storm caved us in, but the music soared at full volume through the Norfolk Pines and as if his very voice was reverberating beneath the sea to meet his song on the wind, a fierce white-wash of waves tumbled into Lennox Head, reminding us all of the Surfing Champion of Europe, as he once was in 1963.

He says it all here…and I am listening…

Come some strange apparition
To tell you what’s so
You listen, just listen
Magic you’ll know

Life can take you over
Love can set you free
We’re all just reckless rivers
Headed for the sea.

Take it all on
Love can send you wild
You can have it all and more
If you just believe in it, child
You can have it all and more
If you just believe in me, child

Except from FREYjA Song “The Magician”
RIP Michael J Hickey September 2015

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Spring brings promises

Dear Season,
Thank you for bearing with me. I knew you would come, though things almost looked bleak, I was aware that u were there, somewhere, waiting to turn.

Songs are being licensed, royalties are being reaped. Other songs are being pitched.

One of my novels, Tilting the Doll, is being looked at by the right people and the most perfect feedback has come my way…feedback which is guiding me directly toward publication because the due changes are being made.

The first of seven Paris Bear children’s books will be an E Book soon and the songs will make it to stage yet. The musical animation is a dream I am ever reaching towards it. An important meeting is on its way, which could find our bear taking his next steps toward that dream.

The creative, tumultuous process is agonising at times, but it is all part of the endless healing necessary to learn and grow. So grateful to be catapulted back upon my true path.

x FREYjA x Ever blessed

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Dear Melting Pot…

A little girl asked me recently what I think God is. “A big melting pot of all our souls,” I said. It just slipped out. And I kinda like it….so…

Dear Melting Pot of All Our Souls,

I am looking forward to finding that beautiful new home you have found for me. I am looking forward to that amazing healthy self I’m being somewhere soon. I can’t wait to meet that publisher who is going to exploit my songs (especially The Magician) and the agent who is going to love my writing as much as I love writing it…
Amen

Soulsurfer

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Keeping up with Technology – eeeeek

Yes, I know, I have been a very unbloggy blogger. And yes, FREYjA CD sales have waned because of it. Even though I am not performing live at the moment, I never stop working – so fear not – I am still in the land of creativity. It is just that my star is orbiting a little further from its usual stratosphere.

Keeping up with technology whilst simultaneously living on the ground is a challenge. CD Baby is always doing me favours…I realised recently that I had not collected payment on about a year worth of sales! So that was a coup…like finding cash in the pocket of those old jeans…

…Seem to be getting airplay all over the world on Jango Radio which is fun – in countries I have certainly never been to and some I have – like Egypt – where I have certainly never performed live, though I have certainly sung there in the market, a little out of it with my mother.

It’s a funny thought – my music being heard in the remotest of outposts. I love technology on that score, but I do wish it would bring in some more revenue! Reverbnation seems to attract fans as well.

More on its way. I promise to blog a little more regularly. There is lots going on at ground level for me and I do want to share it with you so please stay-tuned.

Forever blessed.
FREYjA

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Life With My Choirs

So! Many of you wondering where I have been recently…I run an annual choir camp in Provence and it is now over for the summer. It was exhausting…it was hard work….and it was utterly wonderful…surpassed everyone’s expectations, even mine. We ended up doing 13 songs at the concert, eight of which I arranged in the simplest harmonies I could…the choir did me proud! After our daily workshops, some of the French had trouble getting their tongues around the lyrics but that’s what they were there for after all, to improve their English. The mayor came to the final concert and it is all go ahead for next year again.

I also sang as a duo with Peter Peter Piano Eater, a couple of little gigs in a friend’s 800 year old home and several times in the Place du Palais which was like heaven under the Provencial blue sky with the most gushing audiences ever. I am always very moved by the way the French respond to artists. I forget how much I miss their warmth until I come back and sing for them.

My work now done, I am officially on holidays. Drove 7 hours across the south of France. Was so happy to relax, I could not help myself, I burst into song at a table in the square. Most unexpectedly, the entire square, bar, restaurant went silent, and I realised that they were all listening to me and people had started clicking. I continued singing till the 800 year old walls and cobble-stones seemed to reverberate my voice back through the chasms of time. Could have heard a pin drop…or as the Frenchman said at the next table “One could have heard a fly fall” ….a magic memory for me in a town which has meant so much to me over the years.

Blessed, well and truly loving my life. Thank you…x

Keep buying those albums people! Every little helps.

ps. apparently I am being flown back in two weeks to sing for 80 guests in Provence at an architect friend’s 50th birthday…I am his birthday present, it would seem. Ahhhhhhhhh….

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Update

Ok people…it’s up to you! CD Baby is overstocked on albums…particularly The Siren’s Odyssey. That is the album with The Magician on it. If you don’t already have the hard copy of the album in your collection then buy it now. Not only will you feel all warm and fuzzy supporting your independent artists but you might soon have a collector’s item on your shelves since we are not planning a repress of this album any time soon.

Keep in touch on the Facebook page and twitter of course.

See you live in London soon! Ever-blessed FREYjA

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Happy New Year Everyone – This year is starting with some great news….

Every Woman Organization EWO has chosen to put Not That Girl on their compilation album for the Every Woman Festival in Canada & International Women’s Day – which is very exciting – such an honour. I was very flattered to have been asked.

If you don’t already know my song Not That Girl – well here is your chance

Check it Out here.

I guess that means that you haven’t bought the album yet!? Well you know where to do that – on my Listen and Buy Page or just search for it on itunes to buy digitally.

Blessings all round for the New Year. Mine started magically in Vietnam. Now I am taking some of my inspirations from Phu Quoc island to finish my novel The Paris Sirens (or A Mermaid in Paris working title and twitter name)…nearly there….

FREYjA x

 

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Guestbook Feedback from September’s Pizza Express Dean St Concert

The Dean St Concert: I had to share these incredible messages which have come in since my concert. I am so touched, so moved by the feedback that I am close to tears. Fending them off…so overwhelmed. Please read below for just a few…it may seem peculiar to some for me to share them but I just had to….I feel so blessed to sing my songs, and have the opportunity to share my stories to so manyopen hearts. Whatsmore, to touch those open hearts, what a privilege…

“Hey FREYjA, Just a little message to say that we were both blown away by your gig last night. It was a privilege to see you perform. Such a true, honest and passionate evening. You are a great artist. Lots of love, John”

“Absolutely brilliant last night, really bears out the notion that seeing people live is the measure of a true performer. Very impresed with the whole rock chick bit as well shows great versatility. Clive x”

From the parents of the children for whom I played piano at their production of Peter Pan. They had a table of 10 and all of them drove from Kent (1.5 hours) especially for the concert:
“Rebecca wow what amazing music last night, the country bumpkins from Lamberhurst Panto had a ball. Can’t wait to see you all again and please invite the trumpeter back! xxx”

“To the girl in the attic! Awesome, beautiful and honest, oh so much passion. Loved the show. Great to see your talent at last. Lots of Love John and Tiago”

“FREYjA, You’re an amazing girl!!! You make me want to pursue a career in jazz singing. Keep singing and make new records. My inspiration!!! Adam”

“You touched us in Peter Pan and now you have captured my heart with your music. Greatest fans from Lamberhurst, Sam, Pete and Captain Hook

“You deserve a much bigger stage” Love Bob

“Congratulations! Wonderful show…wonderful singer. We are from Sao Paolo – Brasil and we loved! Juliana and Andrei

“Perfect way to spend our tenth wedding anniversary!” Helen and Richard

“Such passion. I loved it.”

“You know I came here not knowing what to expect. It ended up being an amazing orgasm of sound. Loved it! Rupert

“You and your band are really fantastic. We’re having such a good evening. Thank you so much. You’re having 2 very happy frenchies in the audience tonight.

“Mademoiselle, J’adore voter voix et votre musique. Quel charisme”

“Thank you so much for a fantastic evening. I have loved every moment. Carlos Rodriguez”

“I would marry you right now. Love your work. Carlos”

“Well done FREYjA. Amazing. Specially the part where you sang Brazilian songs. Love”

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