Let's start with the demons... the new job sadly did not work out and I won't go into it but unemployment has at least given me loads of time and inspiration to lend to my demos so let's move swiftly on to them and talks of a new album...
I am uploading fairly regularly to sound cloud these days to keep you all up to date of my musical musings so if you've had enough of Geography already I suggest you pop on over there for a listen. The demos are helping me get an idea of where I want the next album to go and what I want it to sound like. I'm forever saying I have three (no wait four!) books of songs ready to go wherever necessary but I also never stop writing so I've been told I'll have to start thinking about 20 to record for the new album - which will then get minced down to about 12. The cruelty! So what about that new album, well it's going to cost a lot of money. A lot. The budget for the last 2 has been around £200 but this one is likely to break the bank at a whopping £3000 as I am attempting to step up and be a bit more
professional with licensing and distribution and what not. So I'm looking at crowd funding on kickstarter for a helping hand and I'm desperately looking for a new part-time job but hey it's all good stuff and it's part of the journey so I'm feeling positive about it. At least you know I'm not running out of material, just money!
So it feels a bit like a whirlwind of a time for my brain so Phil Beer is definitely going to calm me down. I'm predicting I'll be a ball of nerves on the first song of my support set then I'll be back to normal. I feel like there's a switch in my head that has three settings 'real world, creating, performing' and I've been stuck on creating for a while - or maybe halfway between the first two. Either way I'm looking forward to returning to the Queen's Theatre, it's going to be a good night so grab your tickets while you still can, I've heard a rumour it's about to sell out!
Happy 2015 everyone! I spent new years on a very small big wheel (maybe there's a song in that?), sipping southern comfort and singing along to Depeche Mode (definitely a song in that) and I hope you all had an equally merry time bringing in the new year!
So what have I been up to? Well Santa bought me a MIDI interface for christmas (thank you Ben) so I've been recording a few demos on logic in an attempt to polish some new songs ready for the northern tour this year. I've also been Dulcimer shopping but so far to no avail... this hasn't stopped me writing new songs for Dulcimer however...
So basically I've spent the Christmas period upping my game, writing and planning for the tour oh and I also helped out a friend with some backing vocals [see photo] oh his wonderfully cheesy Christmas song. Now I did write a christmas song a year or so ago but never bothered recording it. With my new found christmas spirit I'm thinking maybe next year I'll actually record it and make my own cheesy christmas song/vid/extraordinaire - what do you think?
I think it apt that I finish my first blog entry of 2015 with a lot of thank yous for the support given in 2014. I know I do this somewhat religiously but I do often remind myself that without all of you attending my gigs, listening to my demos, reading my blog, buying my music, re-tweeting my tweets none of this could happen and I'd still be that shy girl from Bude writing songs that no one ever heard. It means the world to me that I'm finally being given the opportunity to make a living doing what I love and I have you to thank so here's to you and here's to 2015!
Season's greetings to you all! I hope you've all been having as much fun as me, most of you now should be on holiday or at least approaching holiday so the time to relax and watch the infamous coke advert is nigh! I have had the nicest week meeting up with old friends, so much so it's inspired me to pick up the ol' dulcimer that Mr Purser has kindly fixed up and I've been writing loads.
I've been thinking I'm going to have to buy a thin guitar-like dulcimer for some of these numbers as I'm straining my index finger playing them on a traditional lap - Appalachian style. I kind of play them as I play mandolin on Geography "like a demon possessed" according to David Kidman [read the full review here http://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/2014/RoseannaBall.html] although I have to admit I never felt like I was channelling any such entities! I guess if you strum these kinds of traditional instruments you are instantly thought of as insane (I would argue that's my blink 182 influence coming out) but still I think it's a positive review? What do you think?
On other news I've been up to some secret, seasonal antics this weekend that we really can't talk about but I want to talk about but can't..... so let's just say there was a santa hat, me hollering and a lil bit of money raised for charity. I will divulge all next week.... with pictures!
So still loads on the horizon and a wonderful christmas to look forward to. I hope you all stay warm and don't hog the crackers!