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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Music in my blood

Vintage cool Dad

I spent a lot of my childhood sitting around in recording studios, peering at my Dad through the glass separating the sound engineers and producers from the musicians. As my Dad and his band hefted amps and instruments out of vans and into venues, I’d carry big round coils of leads and cables, one over each arm. I had my own pair of earplugs that I’d wear as I sat in the wings at my Dad’s concerts, and a pair of earmuffs to wear over the top because it was still too loud.

vintage rock band photo

My toybox was full of maracas, castanets, tambourines and penny whistles – I had my own tiny tape recorder, and I’d make up songs and pretend radio shows which I’d then record onto cassettes. (which weren’t old-skool at the time, if that gives my age away at all…)

So even though I was never pushed, I think my parents were delighted when it transpired that I could hold a tune, and they were happy to scrape money together to pay for me to learn the violin when I asked for lessons at about seven years of age.

While it turned out that the violin was not for me, my background in music meant that I picked up the piano really quickly, and managed to achieve grade 8 in both classical singing and oboe by the time I left secondary school. I took part in youth orchestras, wind ensembles and choirs as well as writing and performing lots of music with my friends for fun during my teenage years.

Despite not being a Christian, I had a choral scholarship at university and sang with my college chapel choir several times a week. I was so immersed in the world of classical and contemporary music in my formative years that once I reached adulthood and was released into the world like a bewildered baby bird, thrust from the nest of rigorous education, I felt a huge sense of loss.

It was around this time that after a long break from the ‘music scene’, my Dad found his way back into music and started to approach people with whom he’d made music before, as well as new friends he’d met since he moved to France. Inspired by him, I sought out some new musical friends too, and found my incredibly talented friend Robin, with whom I’ve been singing ever since. My Dad and his friends have managed to create an album which I can only really describe as a shape-shifter. To those who haven’t heard his music since the early days of The Perfect Disaster (the band for which he is most known), this new album will seem delicate and understated, in contrast with the gritty rock riffs from ‘back in the day’. For people who are coming to his music for the first time, I imagine the album sounds brooding and eclectic, new and nostalgic all at once. When I listen to the album, I hear the culmination of a thousand melodies, plucked and perfected throughout my childhood; I hear the zip closing on the front of a tent and the soft sound of my Dad singing by the fire outside; I hear the rain beating down on the roof of the deserted and dilapidated mill where my Dad lives now… I can also hear my own voice, since I was lucky enough to sing backing vocals on a lot of the tracks. I am very proud of my Dad for coming back to music and for being brave enough to release another album after so long, and he constantly inspires me to be more creative and make more music myself.

dad and daughter musical duo
Let's just ignore how short my dress is in this photo... I know it probably wasn't completely appropriate for a father-daughter outing, but meh...

So I know it’s probably too early to be thinking about New Year’s resolutions, but next year, I’m going to be making a lot more music. It’s been decided. This year has been The Year of the Flat. Next year is a brand new chance to be more me. Which means more music! Saying it here means that you guys all have to hold me accountable!

If you want to listen to the music I make with my friend Robin, click here, and if you want to listen to my Dad’s new album, a beautiful, moody-folky album (including lots of wailing from me), then click here. It would make my Dad very, very happy indeed.

P.S. Here's a video of my Dad and his old band, in the olden days (the 80s) being very rock'n'roll...



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37 comments:

  1. Haha. Your dress is fine! You're sitting down anyway. It's cool to learn a little bit about YOU & what makes you tick. Music is a beautiful thing & it's especially nice that your dad is so well-versed in the subject. :] // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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    1. Haha, thanks! This is a really lovely comment. :)

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  2. I'm listening to this on my laptop and my husband is swaying and yowling a descant over the top of it, so he must like it!!! I like it too!!! Ah, SUCH a good resolution!! Yes, I make music every day at school and I play with my orchestra and at church but I want to do more! I want to do some more recitals; learn those concertos I have been meaning to for ages (Mercadante, Reinecke and more); learn 'Hatching aliens'; my old flute teacher's latest publication; take up the offer to play in a string quartet with some people who asked me recently; reform my Baroque trio; say yes to Mahler 8 at music camp!!!
    I love this post so much and I second it- YES,more music Candy! There's lots going on in Redbridge musically FYI!
    xx

    I sent you an e-mail a while back, totally sorry if it was so waffly and over-excited that a fellow blogger was going to be living near me!!

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    1. I replied to one of your emails! I hope it didn't get lost in the post. This month has been unfathomably busy and I can barely get internet at the moment!

      I am very excited for more music in my life, and I'm glad you and your husband like it! :)

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  3. Aw, I really loved reading this Candy! And I'm excited to hear more of your music next year, no turning back when it's in a blog post! I am the least musical person you will ever meet!]

    Heather x
    http://heatherrrrm.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I am really pleased that you enjoyed reading this blog post! I'll try not to let you down!
      <3

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  4. I'm not the most musically talented haha, but I do love singing. I really loved reading this post. I envy how you've grown up with 'music in your blood'. I checked out your dad's music, and I really do like it :) Your family seems so creatively talented!

    vvnightingale.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. :) Yay! Yeah, we're quite a creative family and I'd love to be doing something more creative for a living!

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  5. What a great resolution! I don't know how to play any instrument and I have a horrible voice... But I still love singing in the car and shower lol I can't wait to hear more of your music!

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Singing is supposed to be fun above all else. That's why people did it in the old days, and that's why we should be doing it now! So keep singing in the car and the shower! :)

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  6. Sounds like a great resolution! I enjoy music, the listening and the bopping along. I enjoy singing to it and going to the concerts. Anything else, is just not for me. I tried to play instruments when I was younger and I'm just kind of rubbish at it haha

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    1. As long as you enjoy the way you engage with music at the moment, it doesn't matter that you can't play an instrument!

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  7. So cool that your family is so musically talented! Can't wait to hear your music!

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  8. Amazing post! Very cool to know more about you and your family! I grow up playing the piano and singing too.. can't wait to listen to your music! =)

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    Jessica

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    1. Can you play the piano and sing at the same time? I hope so! :)

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  9. Oh wow this was so lovely to read Candy. Unfortunately I couldn't open up the first link of the music you make with your friend but I am currently listening to your dad's new album and holy crap my ears are melting into bliss. This stuff is so right up my street! It's so nice to have a talent like music as it brings so much joy to everyone and anyone - no one can say they don't like music! I'm glad you've already made your new years resolution and I am totally going to hold you accountable missy :)

    Cats In Crop Tops

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! :) I'm going to have to show all these lovely blog comments to my Dad too!

      The first link should be fixed now :)

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  10. I loved reading this! The link to the music with Robin didn't work but I've just been listening to your Dad's new stuff and he's great! I love moonbeams, is that you I can hear on the female vocal? I'd love to have a Dad that's in a band, it sounds cool, my Dad has no musical talents whatsoever although he has pretty good taste so I'm grateful for that at least!

    www.hayleyeszti.blogspot.com

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    1. I think I've managed to fix the link to Robin's music. I'm so glad you like moonbeams! It's meeeeeee! :)

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  11. Great post! How cool that you used to watch your dad in recording studios making music! That's awesome! I wish I was more musically inclined and could play an instrument, but the only way I interact with music is my listening to it and singing horribly in the car haha! Good luck with your resolutions!
    ~Sara

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    1. Listening to music is the best - I bet your car-singing sounds great! :)

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  12. So cool! I love the pictures you pulled!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  13. Nice!

    Maria
    http://stylelistbyme.blogspot.com/
    http://instagram.com/maria_tatarskaya/

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  14. Such a lovely post to read. Its amazing that music is in your genes and you were able to pick up on it so well xx

    Viva Epernay

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  16. I can't imagine what it must be like to grow up with a dad in a band but it must have been very cool and exciting and you are lucky that you received some of his genes in the music talent department as well as received his love of music. I hope you will post some of your own music here as well for us to hear :) I have never heard of the Perfect Disaster before, probably because I am from the US, but I watched the video and really liked the music!

    rae of love from berlin

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  17. Wow! Beautifully written post. You and your Dad are so talented. I watched the video and I'm currently listening to the songs from the the links that you posted. I love it. I like listening to this type of music. <3 imo, music from the 80s (and even 60s-90s) are so much better than what we have to today. Glad to hear the songs today. Have a great day!

    x, shekinahjoy.com

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  18. wow very nice...nice o meet you

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  19. how awesome! that's cool that music runs through your veins like that. love the first photo.

    christina
    www.cityloveee.blogspot.com

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  20. Great post! I'm listening to your father's song at the moment and I love it! x

    Sara Wallflower

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  21. Music is so powerful because it transcends boundaries! Last year I went busking with my friends in an art district, and it was one of the most transformative experiences I've had yet! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  22. No WAY - I cannot believe that is your dad! You literally have the coolest old man in the world! Mine likes to think he can sing..... he can't.
    Your dress looks stunning! Not too short at all.
    Good luck with your resolution! I look forward to hearing your music!! xx

    www.bohemianmuses.blogspot.com

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  23. You have such a beautiful voice !!! I would love to hear something solo from you in the new year :)

    I have a love for the piano, tho I have always wanted to learn the violin. :)

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  24. Oh wow that's an awesome resolve! I've been wanting to make my own music for years (I know how to sing, sang in bands before etc., but I never knew how to play an instrument so I really should!)

    Anyhoo, that's so cool to know about your dad! Great music!

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