I love it when things just fall into place. I have been roughly putting together set lists for all of the Hearties shows until the end of the year, but I have been a little stuck with the general theme for the event at St. Mildred’s Church. I like a loose theme. While working on American Pie and in particular, the line about the book of love, I was reminded of the song of the same name. I am not talking about the old 50’s (?) song by The Monotones, but the version written by Magnetic Fields. Now, that version is dirgy and overly folky, BUT thank goodness, Peter Gabriel did a beautiful cover of it many years ago. His version is the one I wanted to use, but it’s tempo is too fluid for the choir to neatly navigate, so I have made a track using bits of Gabriels version and played bits on the keyboards too. It’s a musical soup, haha. The St. Mildred’s event will have this name – The Book of Love. It suits the set of songs I have been putting together. Uplifting, inspiring, emotional songs to stir up the soul. Well that’s my general plan, haha. Today I have been doing Rockits work and finished a really simple, but rather effective medley from The Greatest Showman – this is where the elephants come in! We will start this on Thursday. Even more exciting is that Beth hopes to return to teaching with me – woohoo! Dynamic Duo!
I watched a brilliant interview with Mark Laita. He is an award winning photographer and works at the very top, for the likes of Adidas, BMW, Sony and Apple Mac. He must earn a fortune – still, he felt unfulfilled and began a self funded project, Soft White Underbelly, a couple of years ago. He interviews people, photographs and videos them and puts these short films on YouTube and that is where I found them a long time ago. Laita doesn’t judge, he just talks, he tries to understand and shows real compassion to those he films. He posts these videos every day. He asks his ‘subjects’ (Hells Angels, ballerinas, crack addicts, pedophiles, prostitutes, pimps, gangsters etc.) to talk about their lives and always ends with, “what’s the most important thing you’ve learned in your life?” What would I say? Hhmmm, I should have stopped hopping off school and then my grammar would be much better, haha. Really, I think everything we do is either an act of love or an act of fear. All the things we reject in our lives are because of fear, when really we just need a little courage to take the smallest of risks. People are locked in ‘safe’ unhappy marriages, or won’t even try new things for fear of failure! The safe life was never the one for me – I’m a risk taker. If I was an actress (no chance, I hate being the centre of attention), I’d take on the roles no-one else wanted and I’d refuse to have plastic surgery and be in any way superficial. I also try to not judge anyone.
Those dying from Covid are now much younger and usually unvaccinated. Last week, 800,000 people had the virus – those vaccinated are dealing with it much better. I am still sick of hearing the ranting against vaccinations on social media. Such rubbish about all manner of things which does scare people, who may die if not vaccinated. We all have opinions and they are just that and its irresponsible to sway anyone’s decision either way. Yes, there are risks with the jab, there are also risks with the virus. Personal choice. It’s said we are faced with a “pingdemic.” The ping is the NHS Covid App alerting you that you’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Then you’re stuck and need to self isolate. Everyone is getting pinged!