Things that make you go 'hmm'…
And she shall have music wherever she goes…
Well, I arrived back in the UK after a very long flight yesterday and then had to drive down to Dorset which took me nearly three hours. I went to bed at 11pm last night and slept for 13 hours. I wish I could sleep on a plane, it would make travelling so much less exhausting. It is nice to be home but the holiday was so much fun and I was sorry to leave. One of the (many) highlights of my stay in Los Angeles was a 50th birthday party I attended. It was held outdoors and there was live music all afternoon. Colin, who is my friend Claire’s new husband is a very accomplished guitarist and plays in a band fronted by Doña Oxford, who is an astonishing keyboard player/singer/songwriter.
I saw the band play in Harvelles, a blues club, in Santa Monica and the place rocked. This is one of the slower songs they played which is written by Doña and is my favourite.
I have been charged with introducing Doña’s music to the UK and beyond so here is a link to her web site where you can listen to more of her music and download it too.
The band were no less impressive at the party and watching Doña play boogie woogie piano has to be one of the highlights of my trip. You would swear she has extra fingers on each hand she plays so well! Colin played some fantastic guitar solos and was joined at times by the birthday boy, John (on the right, below) and it was tremendous fun.
Julia Fordham also sang some of her songs accompanied by Jeff Young (who apparently plays keyboards for Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Bonnie Raitt amongst others) with sister, Claire on backing vocals (and I have to confess, me, for one song, ‘Falling Forward’.) It was a blast.
Claire and Julia have visited my house many times in the past and as a party piece for us all to perform together, Julia taught Claire and I the backing vocals for ‘Falling Forward’ – one of the tracks from her album of the same name. I think we made quite a good job at the party many moons ago but that was a long time ago and I had since forgotten most of it, but still got dragged up to sing. It was fun but highly, highly embarrassing. This is what it sounds like with proper backing singers!
But all good things come to an end and now I am back home and have spent the day unpacking and doing laundry – back to the real world! The best fun I have had today has been unpacking the paper I bought from Paper Source and adding it to the pile on my table. Tomorrow, I am going to make a book come what may. I have missed it