On a sunshiney day, at the Bavaria Statue in Munich…
People begin to appear dressed up, and start to paint each other’s faces. A tall lady arrives with light sabres and a yoda face mask. Another arrives in a zebra print and dons a day of the dead stormtrooper mask.
Then this happened.
You can be part of this, too!
Dress to impress the force, and join us in Wood Green on the 1st of May at 5.30pm –
as part of the national songwriting month challenge- a challenge to write a song a day for a month. The bonus is it’s supportive founder and community who actually spend time listening to each other’s daily offerings.
The song featured a lot of hastily recorded layering and since then the song has developed into a kind of group anthem with the audience providing backing vocals throughout.
As you might know, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with two fantastically talented musicians, David Naylor and flautist Maya Curry. For th
e recording I wanted to feature a group chant and backing vocals and invited a number of friends who had expressed interest in the project.
We had a joyous 2 hours at Tigersonic recording in groups, shouting “stop at the tops of our voices ” and some beautiful angelic harmony parts provided by Gilly Spencer, James, Christie and Annee Patrice.
I hope even more people will join us in a flash mob to celebrate staying in the moment and enjoying the blessings around us.
The results will be used in a music video for “smell the roses.
We will be holding flash mobs in April in Holborn during rush hour and in Oxford circus during shopping madness. Exact dates and times will be announce via email/text/pm
If you fancy sharing joy with passers by and featuring in a music video, you can email pandorasdiary.com or send an SMS to 07411982461
Diary Entry: 15/03/2014
Today I’m on the tube on the way to finish recording “smell the roses” with a group of amazing people at Tigersonic Studio.
Smart Women’s Recording Club
Well, if you’re a musician it’s time you get acquainted with this kick-ass producer, bassist and mentor.
I first found Felix through meetup- I was looking for a way to get back into music after and 6 year hiatus. I wanted get into songwriting and performing with an all-female band. I found the Smart Women’s Recording Club
– or maybe it find me- so curious, I attended a Networking Meetup.
I was a bit worried that I wasn’t really
a musician, I was just starting up- I mean id sang in bands but that was way back. But I went along anyway- and introduced myself to the other 8 women – as sort of a musician.
We spent the evening chatting over tea wine and biscuits and at the end of the evening, id met 9 new cool women, some professionals, and some starting or restarting and unsure of direction.
I came back the next month, and also joined the recording club, and another fantastic meetup called London Songwriters run by songwriter Murray Webster and began writing my own music, practicing on guitar.
The first breakthrough came when I joined Felix’s mastermind program with 7 other musicians.
The mastermind program is a 6 week programme with different music themes (image, marketing, music, planning road maps…) and is aimed at accelerating development. Using no-nonsense coaching and group accountability, we set ourselves tasks for the following week.
One thing that happened was that we ended up planning a group visit to an open mic as a good bye to one of the members, Josefine Wing. We ended up in the Horatio, excited and giggling, expecting crowds and packed pub, instead the pub owner pointed at a bar stool and a mic and said tell us when you want to start, well turn down the music.
That wasn’t quite what we’d expected, but we ran with it and ended up performing a very intimate private open mic.
After a few drinks, we suggested to the landlord that we could run an open mic for women once a month, and fearless females was born.
Another thing that came out of it was my living room gig concept, tour and documentary.
Felix is a very supportive person, but she had a no-nonsense approach to coaching/mentoring. She is not scared to kick your ass when it needs kicking.
The smart women’s recording club and mastermind program continues to run and now there is a mixed networking group
Smart musicians club.
I don’t think words can describe the amazing slushy feeling I had after this beautiful evening.
Imagine: a starlit living room, with a sparkling baby grand, 3 guitars, a cello and a violin in a living room filled with talented people. Some know each other, some don’t.
By the end of the evening, new friends have been made, music shared- and promises to meet again after the living room documentary is completed to share and view it.
Annee Patrice spell bound everyone with her modern blues she is also one of our crowdfunders
Daniel- surprised everyone with his beautiful classical piano
Yasmine Latkowski accompanyied Catherine
The legendary Jimmy James, producer of film and music, composer, pianist…
Rosie Shy, our first crowdfunder and rocking musician
Yasmine accompanied by Leahy on cello and Mina on violin
Kitchen vibe at Jimmy’s couch concert- this is what I love about the concerts- sharing of music, sharing of food of drink, of laughter, of friendship.
Send us a 30 second video of your living room antics- can be funny, shocking, sad, random… We will post your videos on pandorasdiary
The videos with the most likes on youtube will be included in the documentary. You can add a link to your website/ fb page/ blog etc.
Send your video to: firstname.lastname@example.org
As more and more people get to know about the living room tour, people ask me: Why Living Rooms? Why this tour? Why this project?
I was inspired to crowdfund and make a documentary by my CS (couchsurfing) friend, Armand TJ, from the Philippines who visited the UK last summer during their European Tour jamming across Europe playing various venues and promoting their album. He and his filmmaker, Jess Maddox, raised funds through Kickstarter.
As well as writing and performing, I’m a passionate couchsurfer and a traveller, which is where I meet a lot of wonderful, passionate, kind and interesting people. I have hosted about 20 people and surfed about 10 couches. That and the media got me interested in people’s living rooms- Felix Xfile, who runsSmart Women’s Recording Club, gave me the final push: to combine my passions- what about a tour of other people’s living rooms and couchsurfing?
So the project was born- a documentary of other people’s living rooms, jamming with the people we meet along the way, couchsurfing wherever possible.
I have been very lucky that some really brilliant, talented people have shown their interest in collaborating on this project without expecting payment, sharing my dream, my belief that this documentary has great potential. The project has attracted lots of support including 8 very fluffy pledgers or crowdfunders. This is The Team behind the project- it is growing everyday. We will also introduce our lovely hosts to you shortly.
Indeed this is a scaled-down version of my initial project idea (to do this all the way to Konya in Turkey)- it’s a trial to prove that the concept works.
The final footage will be edited and made into a documentary by Kosen Rufu Films.
We plan to have the premiere of the film in July- you can support the project by ordering with the following tiers:
£20 VIP Ticket (includes sexy glass of bubbly)
£35 VIP tickets for you and a loved one and sexy glasses of bubbly for the both of you
£50 Red Carpet VVIP (includes all above and good bag: EP, DVD, plus souvenir from our travels)
£95.00 Red Carpet VVIP for 2
Fearless females nights are just so wonderful and eclectic- everyone talks to everyone, people make new friends and many a night we end up with a lovely jam at the end.
We had an accordion player doing covers of Kate Bush (Emma Field), Alexia an impro-singer who got people up on stage doing harmonies within seconds and
Kelly Teh, an artist/producer/dj who mixes sound and music to produce soundscapes
Carmel Morrissey with The Chimp- a musical theatrical take on Richard III, just to mention a few.
This FF was a Fearless Females Fundraiser for Refuge, so there were brownies, scones, victoria sponge, tea cake… and you could even feel worthy about it by donating for Refuge! The reason we chose Refuge as our charity was because of our showcase, Flaming June, an artist who is passionate about educating people about emotional and physical abuse.
We raised £120.00 and had cake to take home to our loved ones <3
Just needed to sing praises to 2 great people I know who really gave their gifts to me on my birthday.
I celebrated with Gilly Spencer on the piano- she does a night called pianokaraoke
, where she plays any song you like and you can sing with her.. a lot of amazing singers turn up, and it is really fun. On this particular night we had all sorts of genres from jazz to reggae and ended up on a rather drunken Bohemian Rhapsody 😉
Adam Batki joined us, a photographer who took some amazing photos of the night.