Cover Songs

Thu 3rd May

It’s very difficult to stick to a blog when it isn’t second nature! This week I’ve had a bit of a sore throat, which is always really not cool. But I used my time well by visiting family… hopefully not spreading my germs! I’ve been singing a lot of children song’s lately, along with radio voiceovers and I’ve recently written a jingle for a kids website that promotes saving the earth. I uploaded my new EP to Bandcamp (www.shiftypop.bandcamp.com) and got my first two sales! I won’t be able to see if I’ve had sales on Amazon or iTunes for a while… Today I’ve had a lot of time on my hands, so I covered George Ezra’s Paradise.

I hope you will have a listen and maybe leave a comment on it or even a like!

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Diary Entry

Tue 6th Feb

Hey everyone! Feeling good today especially as I’m up to date on all my projects. Last Friday I got all my projects done and managed to write another track called “Take Your Prize”. I’m so excited to share it with you all, so here it is!

After I finished the track, I had another order in for a television toy commercial jingle! It was great timing because nothing was going to pull me out of my musical zone on this new track when I was half way through. Aha! Today I had to re-write the jingle which was ordered on Friday, I think I was too tired by the time they ordered to give it my serious “all”! But today they’re happy with the final delivery. I also had to work on the toy commercial jingle which was ordered the Friday previous. They had the clients feedback, and it resulted in another re-write! But it was okay, it doesn’t happy too often so I took it in my stride and did it again! I finished by 1pm. I’ve spent the afternoon tidying the house and doing washing.

Diary Entry

A Rollercoaster Week

It is crazy how much a jingle writers world can fall apart when their iMac fails. Especially when nothing is backed up! Seriously, the question of did you back it all up. No I did not. Why? Because I just think my external hard drive could pack up if its all on there… The time it takes to save something in two places… who else does it? My external hard-drive, a beautiful orange LaCie, makes such a buzz when plugged in I have to take it out every time I record any vocals or the whole tracks buzzes.

So there’s good news (my favourite) and bad news. The cable came to try and turn my dead iMac into an external hard drive but it wasn’t recognised by my 2009 MacBook Pro. So this led me to wipe the whole PC and try the re-installation of the Sierra software for the 4th time… with an empty hard drive. This time it worked. I’ve lost my whole 7 track album, my tax chart (which everything is in my emails I just need to link it all together again), my wedding savings and spending chart… and all the logic files from the past year, and photos of my beautiful nephews and holidays. April 2017 I backed it all up. So I’ll live my life knowing a year is now missing. But will I make that mistake again? No I will not. Will I look at those files anyway? Probably not.

I spent so many frustrating hours writing a jingle for a toy commercial, on my 9 year old MacBook Pro. She held out well bless her and I don’t know what I would have done without her. I also tried to save an order on Fiverr… which didn’t work but they were so understanding and still paid me for the time I spent doing their track which just didn’t work on the MacBook Pro because Logic Pro 9 just isn’t as great as Logic Pro X. Jeezzz, can’t you tell the difference in versions. It is unbelievable.

So anyway this evening I had someone come to me asking for 15 tracks. This has most certainly lifted my spirits as I re-write my whole tax year for the year whilst saving all evidence in folders. I can’t believe it. I raise a glass to you all and I do hope that your next week will be better than my week this week… at the end of the day, however much we love our careers, our family and partners make life a better place in bad times.

I just remembered… one of my album tracks… it was the most amazing thing id ever written and it’s gone 😥

Diary Entry

Tue 16th Jan

This morning I had to choose to do my orders first or go food shopping. I feel that i’ve fallen a little behind since being unable to work as hard yesterday as I usually do. But thankfully, today I feel great! But a little nervous i’ll be catching a cold sometime soon. My buyers are usually good waiting for me when i’m poorly though, which is really nice. Always love my buyers and the way they just want me to get better ^_^

I went food shopping which took up the whole morning. Came home, had lunch and got started on my work! I sent my lovely buyers from Brazil their revisions and instrumental versions, got 4 more nursery rhymes completed so that’s now 5/9 complete for my buyer from the United States and I recorded a voiceover which was ordered last night by a new buyer!

This evening i’m working in the cinema. My last shift was before Christmas and there is a live show tonight so i’m needed. Looking forward to an of socialisation!

Diary Entry

Tues 9th Jan

I’ve just recorded a voiceover for someone in Belfast, Ireland. Currently my only order of the day. Then I thought, I haven’t written in my blog since last Friday!

It’s day 9 of the diet, and it’s going great! The secret? We’ve been eating breakfast every day, having a small lunch and a bigger evening meal before 6pm. No snacking on rubbish, no processed freezer food… i’ve lost 5lb’s already! Shifting that weight for the year of the wedding 🙂 When you’re self-employed, it’s difficult not to just keep eating all day when you’re sat inside all day with food surrounding you. All of a sudden you’ve piled on the pounds and you just keep eating biscuits, crisps… everything you shouldn’t!

On Saturday, Gareth and I went wedding ring shopping. We picked some really beautiful rings and I can’t wait ’til they’re ready! It’s exciting how time is flying so fast now we’ve hit 2018. Nearly everything is ready… Just outfits and the cake to sort!

Anyway, last week I didn’t think I was going to make enough money for my weekly goal.  Which can be a little worrying when you have bills to pay and a wedding to save for. But on Sunday night I had a premium jingle order in on Fiverr from someone based in Jersey, which covered me for the week! So I hit that goal, but last minute. It’s a money rollercoaster in this job. You can feel poor one day and next everything can correct itself. So I was very pleased. I told my buyer i’d get it sent to them today (Tuesday) as I was visiting my great friend Isabel yesterday. However, I came home and got working on it and finished it too! They loved it first time too. So not only did I deliver earlier than I said, I got it perfect first time! My favourite type of orders. They gave me a 5 star review and said they’d certainly be back in the near future. Hurrah!!

 

 

Jingles, Theme Songs

The Jelly Belly Schmelly Show!

 

This is one of my favourite children’s entertainer jingles written especially for The Jelly Bell Schmelly Show! Totally love her show, it’s so Bright and FUN! The theme song really fits the package i’m so glad she found me and chose me to write and produce her jingle. Check her out!

Nursery Rhyme Projects

Kids Learning Videos

I produced these two songs for Kids Learning Videos on Youtube. Always love working with them and seeing the song’s i’ve made with their beautiful creative videos!

This is Baby Shark. A very well known kid’s song!

This is What Animal Am I? I wrote lyrics, composed the music and produced this one using their brief which was a list of animals along with the song title. Listen out for the surprise on the end!