Swallow Your Pride

I miss the Ice Rink

Its January and as the ads come on to showcase “Dancing On Ice”, I have to say I truly miss being able to skate-the-blues-away (if you have not checked out Anne Miller dance in the “Easter Parade” starring my other mum Judy Garland, then you must).  THE WOMAN IS WHAT I CALL A “DANCING DIVA” (Goddess) If you knew how many times that video went back when I tried to learn the dance to “Shakin’ The Blues Away” many many moons ago, its must have been #BASF (re-record not fade away) …I digress.

So anyway, at an event that I attended last year, @JuneSarpong was sharing how story of how she was physically challenge in your younger years “disabled”and now she is at a more abled stage, well this is how I view my progression.  I know that we cannot put time scales on these things as everyone is different and when I thought ‘two weeks’ I believed it; here I am five years down the line.

So I never threw them away and although someone has their eye on them the sentimental value is too much to bare, I have to keep them and live in #HOPE.  When I created “Dream Song” the ice dance to @scottmatthewsuk back in 2006, I was so proud of my weeks of grabbing every free moment to grab my stability on ice.  If I had to do it again, it would be so much bigger and better, yeah? :-/

THE MESSAGE IN THIS BLOG:  Hang onto your dreams for they are what make you and break you (literally – if you fail to land properly on ice (tee hee)  :-0 ).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Miller

Ann Miller in the “Easter Parade”  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvhJUE_XNWs

When I find my Dream Song dance – I will post it 🙂

 

Dulcet Deliveries @ Christmas

So I have to say that that Gospel Concert for Christmas was really something!  The night was filled with endless performance and I even left before it was over.

Magic moments - 21.12.18 a great achievement and I actually left the buffet with food on – now that’s not normal – I could eat for the gold medal in the Olympics!

Well done to Manny and the Church/ Centre staff for all their effort  – Merry Christmas to all the talent and my two little helpers who Kieron should be so proud of… they shook the rice grains and played the bells. “My Wretched Heart” funked up.

I will record it and get it on social – I did try a live recording last week – unfortunately the camera angle was exposing more than just my vocal talent so had to scrap it :-))  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

LISTEN TO “MY WRETCHED HEART” ON SOUNDCLOUD

When Work Wastes You Away

As some of you will know, I have spent over a decade (and the rest) playing ambassador for women in music and setting up wonderful ventures to inspire and encourage others to do the same.  My dedication to the cause has been a journey of no-spoken-words and although many may be able to relate, its only when you take that step to truly be active in the role that you get the pressure that comes with it.

As I took a moment to reflect at my unequivocal sacrifices on this mission, some of the other ladies that I met along the way come to mind and I recall them boxing their projects and putting them on the shelf.  I have certainly been lucky enough to see the crossover of generations of activists that are now flying their flag; good for you, kids!

When you have submitted all you own…  and get to a stage in life when you want for a wee change, even if only for a short while – do it.  I have kinda reach that point, where I won’t let it sit in the driving seat anymore.  I am fortunate enough to still have a bit of youth on my side and simply want to enjoy some of the energy that I put behind hosting WIM platforms to recharging.  Now remember that these creations never received major funding, so you can imagine the sacrifice.   Those powers that be have disappeared over the years.  I am proud to say I supported this cause, wholehearted and am sure that some of those who passed through our doors will have gone on to greater things.  A legacy imprint has been recorded, however with me please note mind, that the engine is always running, even if the vehicle is not yet in first gear.  😜

So ladies, as I mentioned in a tweet, don’t forget who you are or what becomes of your natural beauty as a female being.  Give it time-frame and take the breather when you need it, for it is truly a #OneShotGlory life, so don’t let your efforts become a bottomless pit – same for the #men who strive for success.

Love from those in the know!  “LifeIsForLiving

 

 

Finishing my Christmas Vid…

You know when you get to a stage when you just can’t wait for it to be finished… well after a two week endurance battle to learn new software and get my head around the dragging system, I made it to the end; thank The Lord.  Well its done and if I could share with you the work that went into it… for as simple as something may appear, its takes much.

So I did a few simple shoots this Christmas to help me to get back on my feet.  The progress needed to happen as it enabled a switch of capability for those like me who have struggled with a return to work.  When I review the last three years of extension on the years that passed, I have to be most grateful for those opportunities that arose. I’ve pushed and pushed from 2016-2018 and glad I stuck with it.  Looking back on 2018, I can only be grateful for the occasions of performance and the love felt for the achievements that I aimed for.  Thank you to all those supporters!!!

So please go along and enjoy my Christmas vid;  remember I am songwriter so enjoy it for what it is.   Not long to go now – yeaaay!  CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!!

The Christmas Scorn

my name's not in it

 

My Beautiful artistic Blog Buddies…  What a week its been.. and here we are again another Monday night / Tuesday morning.

As I try and create my Xmas contributions to 2018, I have managed to do a mini photoshoot, record video and actually create a couple too… now this is on top of the trying to fit in all the appointments and pleasing others along the way.  The joy I take is all roads lead to the same bright star.

Now you and I know that as artists of any kind, its so easy to get locked away into isolation as we build our ‘time machines’ of glory to take us to a place of self-satisfaction and triumph for our efforts.  Nonetheless, we must look for light… DAYLIGHT external of our four walls and our ‘Docking Bays’ – venture out even if only for fresh air.  Venture out  for if you are anything like me it burns to have to leave my paradise of chaos and step out to what is often interpretated as an unsafe zone… now trust me this is not as crazy as it may appear – if you’re a feeler, you’re a realer.

Now we know what is due up in about 20 days and sure enough its coming whether we like it or not, so I invite you to simple enjoy the journey the best you can.  Of course we all face a challenge of some kind of reminder as to why we don’t want to be bothered, nonetheless the only person we are depriving is ourselves, right?

So my lovelies – keep that blogging going, if only if offer a first opening to let the air in.  As my blogging buddy, I want to introduce you to my friend “GericoUK” who invites you to Open Your Window… and let in the sunshine xx

 

 

Technology Made Easy?

Well, we all know that every time a new program gets introduced it pushes some of us to the edge when we just can’t get our head around certain things.  Are you the ‘I don’t like reading manuals’ type?  If I did a search, I wonder if I could find statistics…  the truth is they were designed to make life easier – hmmm?

So here I am having spent most of the day (sitting) recouperating on the physical side from the marathon of a shoot from yesterday and the endless attempts days prior.  Worse when you are limited with time as you wear yourself out from the 101 attempts to try and get the best with the tools you have.   In my times of striving beyond belief (over the years and pulling hats-from-rabbits)  I have learned to become very practical at doing things, however when the body doesn’t move as fast as it used to, you soon become a prisoner in your own mass.

So anyway, the follow up from starting shooting at 5am in the morning, just to ensure I can get it all in by day end – because as we know after two or three days, you are exhausted; worse when the items you are hoping for, don’t seem to turn out right… but is that not how we get better Mum?   Is it heck – this is the time when you want to ‘dash-the-darn-thing’ out the flippin’ window.  😦 ARGGGHHHHHHHH).  #PeopleOfTheWorld, I know you hear me.

So believe it or not, its taken all this time for me to sort out an upgrade on the system so obviously any previous attempts to get better results for my projects have been futile.  Not much has changed as its gonna take a lifetime to get around the amazing widgets.   I know you can’t possibly imagine what archaic period I’ve been living in… my new is your old, “truss me”, nonetheless, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is this magnificence that you see forming before you even if in a lesser capacity and at a pace that many would not appreciate… hey get back in your own lane, this is my journey… IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE FEELING ME? :-))

So anyway, let us thank the world for the #internet and #YouTube, for text books stuff is becoming extinct…HOW WRONG – can you imaging what its doing to our literacy?

So manual – we thank you but I think I would take a You Tube video any day (tee hee).

‘ISNT THAT CUTE…BUT ITS WRONG’ 

taken from “Two Stupid Dogs”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yqUpypQwGs

#LifeIsForLiving – not reading a manual :-))  #TGIFridays @TGIFridays

Minelli loves cocktails
many moons ago Cocktails @ TGI’s