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Lady Amazon

  New song (work in progress only – still unmixed) for FREYjA’s new album “The Furnace Recordings”. Thanks to the incomparable Producer + Drummer Paul Robinson – this song has been through many incarnations. I first wrote it in the 90s. After I returned from living in Ecuador for six months. I was already upset […]
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Ode to Anniversaries

This new song makes eleven in as many months, after a ten year gap of no songwriting at all. I wrote it on the 11th August after two weeks of trying to track down someone close who went awol and also going through the anniversary of something else a little sad. I wonder what they conjure up […]
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FREYjA’s Song Showcase

FREYjA played live in London at long last in June. As many of you know, I had not been on stage with my original material since my darling Pa passed. Things sure can knock the wind out of your sails. Well, it had been too long! I sang just four songs at piano with a […]
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How to Write a Song

ONE WEEK AT A TIME. Day Two: How to Write a Song: This is the age, for my generation, of parents passing over to the other side. A sad time filled with heavy-hearts, long farewells and sudden traumatising news. I’m trying to get to Australia to see my mother but it’s just not that simple…nor […]
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Out of the Hearts of Babes

ONE WEEK AT A TIME. DAY ONE: A New song: she is nine years old and she sings me a song she wrote. there are no words to the tune yet but she sings a wonderful melody. at that same age (me at same age in photo) i recall playing a composition to my piano […]
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The Muse is Back: Songwriting Once More

  DAY SEVEN: A New song: I remember you You’re the one who lets the hem fall Leaves it fraying Despite what the Dress-police say about Kids in odd socks.   I remember you You’re my favourite pair of shoes Cracked and ragged With scuffed toes and wobbly heels. You’re that pair I won’t let […]
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What It Takes: On Stage with Original Songs

DAY SIX: I’ve had a couple of interesting conversations with three different people recently. Hence, this post. For it dawned on me that few people realise what it takes to get on stage in the first place, let alone, what it takes to get back up there after such a long break (over three years). Yes […]
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The Value of Down Time

DAY FIVE: We creatives work hard. Whether we run our Art as a business or no. Writers, painters, musicians…we are constantly practising our craft. I can truly vouch for this. No matter where I am, I constantly absorb details, my senses are receptive to everything. It is all fodder for a song, a story, a […]
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Why I Run Choir Clubs

DAY FOUR: These days I get more and more calls and emails asking me for private singing lessons. I used to teach singing one-on-one but I did not enjoy it so I stopped and now only teach groups. The X Factor culture has changed people’s perceptions of what singing is about. Namely instant stardom. There […]
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Stepping Up

DAY THREE: Stepping up toward the stage. It’s a daunting prospect for this siren who has not been on stage, as FREYjA for 3 years. Yes, I dipped my toe in the water when I performed at The Ritz with Jonny Gee and Luca Boscagin for the OBE Dinner for John Guthrie but that was […]
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