Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Am I a bit late for the cuppa? Lol.

Hello! I be here to write about the Open Mic night. :)

It was a lot of fun. :) I had a really good time and met some great people. I also got the chance to play with two other people there on two separate songs. :) - 'This Is The Life' and 'Run'. :)
Nick - the chap who was sort of organising it - is also a musician - a really good one at that. He did some songs first, and then I did a few (three)...I think I did...'Beautiful Deceit', 'Tripping Through Violets' and 'Big Yellow Taxi' first. :) I really love singing that last one - you may actually be able to see a video of it at some point - because someone was recording it for the pub's Facebook group. :)
People kept saying that I reminded them of Joni Mitchell last night too - which I was incredibly chuffed about. Not because I want to be like her - but...you know...because I admire/hero worship her a bit/a lot.
Maybe it's the fringe. Lol.

I think she's just brilliant. :) Well, not JUST brilliant. But anyway... :) I have decided that she's my all time favourite singer/songwriter/musical person. (She's even a tiny bit above Enya...eek!)

Anyway - there were a few people who did bits and bobs last night. Every so often Nick would invite me back up to do another set of three, and I went on a few times. I think this is how the sets of three went...

Beautiful Deceit
Tripping Through Violets
Big Yellow Taxi

The Show
Tea Leaves and Old Magazines
Gold and Blue

This is the Life (with another guitarist and Nick on the drums. :))
If You Could Read My Mind
Poetry

Streets of London
Topsy Turvy World
Cactus Tree

Run (with Nick and another guitarist - lovely chap - but I forgot to ask his name! :-S Numpty.)

After I'd finished, I was told that I'd be getting a solo gig at the pub within the next two weeks. :D Coooool! :)

Mum also took a pic. Glowing eyes! Lol...


That poster in the background doesn't JUST say 'KILL YOUR MATES' - it's actually a 'don't drink and drive' kind of poster from our local council. The whole thing says...
'Go out, get wrecked, drive your car, KILL YOUR MATES. Don't drink and drive.'

It's a bit scary really - I think the Island has the highest number of road accidents in the country. :-S And I'm just learning to drive at the mo. :-S Eek.

Anyway! Lol. Today Brooke is coming round for her music lesson. :) I'm teaching her the piano/guitar/singing. :) It's really enjoyable - a lot of giggling goes on! :) I've got a few pics from one of her lessons a few weeks ago...

Actually - that's the only sensible one - I spoil the rest...oh no, wait - I have another sensible one...There we go. :)

And also, I took this video of Violet - she was in her 'play with meeeee pleeeeeease' mood. :) She's getting bigger now! But she's still little. :)




Corr! - This is turning into an online scrapbook! Lol. :)

I'd better go now before I go on forever! :-P

TTFN xxxxx

P.S - Do you remember a while ago I did a post about a TV show called 'Waterloo Road'? Well it's back on telly! I'm so excited! :D It's on tonight - the second show in the series. :) Yay! All is good. ;)

52 comments:

Larry said...

Great post, Holly! Thanks for sharing. No, not too late for the cuppa, lol. There is a bit left. I thought Violet was going to jump right into it though! Ah, Violet flavored coffee, lol!

Glad you had good fun last night! I just knew you would. Little Brooke is so fortunate to have you for a music teacher. Music is so very important.

Scrapbook? Awesome! I love it! BTW, I got the auto-update notification for this page working proper (I think, lol). I will be away for much of today for a lady is coming here to help me select and purchase window treatments for the new window (see the Artist's thread).

Thanks again for sharing and may you have a wonderful blessed day!

D.N.H. said...

Glad you enjoyed the open mic, and congrats on the booking. Even though I was expecting it, I was still totally surprised when Violet pounced. :) Maybe you should submit her to Lolcats.

Larry said...

BTW, Holly, "if you don't talk to your cat about catnip, who will?"

[Modified from the anti-drug campaign slogan here in the States, "If you don't talk to your kids about drugs, who will?"] :)

Hey, that looks so cool the way Violet 'wags' her tail, lol!

wolfgang said...

The "Don't" is a real flop in addiction prevention. It works like "Don't think of a green elephant!!!"..."Don't think of a green elephant!!!"..."Don't think of a green elephant!!!...The result should be: "Don't make addiction prevention with the word "Don't!!!!!" Guess what will happen instead...
Sorry, I hate these campaigns, because they are as useful as a desk board against an atomic blast.

Larry said...

WG, I do not believe there is such a thing as addiction. It could be said that I *was* one for 50 years, so I do know what I am saying. Many doctors and others follow my way of thinking as well.

wolfgang said...

Interesting answer Larry, but a little bit cryptical. We should start a topic at the General Board. What would be the alternative for the term "addiction" or better the concept of addiction?

Holly, I'm so convinced that you will be successfull in your career. There is no doubt about it. The simple reason is: You possess the seldom ability to enchant people with your songs and lyrics. You did it right to use the internet for gaining popularity.
I will stop here, right before slipping into a declaration of love.

Uncle Tim said...

Glad you enjoyed yourself, and congrats on making such a good impression. You sound quite a bit like Joni Mitchell to me in some of your songs, e.g. 'Twisted Lines', but more like Holly Kirby!

xenonrush said...

Twisted Lines Uncle Tim? As they use to say in Bristol in the ole days "Where's that to then m'ole baby".

Anonymous said...

Hasn't anyone found 'it' yet then Uncle Tim???? ;)

Uncle Tim said...

It's not hidden! It is just audio though (no video).. I wonder if anyone will be able to recognise the instrument Holly used?!

Larry said...

Sounds like a guitar to me, lol.

Larry said...

Not 'Lady' though... don't tell me it is the uke, lol. Nah...

Larry said...

Hmmm... maybe it is?

Uncle Tim said...

Not a guitar or a ukelele...

Larry said...

Hmmm I can her fingers on the strings - like sliding. Can't be a harp??? or synth... I give up. Definitely, I am not a musician, lol.

Uncle Tim said...

I'll see if anyone else can guess, but I will say that Holly was experimenting with a new (old) instrument when she came up with that song...lol.

Larry said...

OTAY!

Holly said...

The instrument's origins are not too far away from you Larry. ;)

Larry said...

Ah, a riddle, lol. Lemme think...

Larry said...

A mandolin?

Larry said...

Or maybe a dobro?

Larry said...

Dobro!

me said...

Ssssh Larry don't tell I said anything ;) ~ AD ???????
Your real home ~ remember ??

Larry said...

Actually, the mandolin came from Italy and did not really sound right, but the dobro(s) could have filled the bill, lol. Yes, Bill Monroe, 'The Father of Bluegrass' used one for his main instrument beginning in the 20s or 30s. :)

xenonrush said...

Dulcimer?

Larry said...

Yep. An'Appalachian' one, lol.

Larry said...

Joni Mitchell, played a dulcimer on the 1971 album Blue, and included a dulcimer set in many of her live performances. She is credited with popularizing the instrument outside of US folk music circles in the 1970s. 'Now, I see', said the blind man, lol!

xenonrush said...

Twisted Lines has a similar sound in some places to Carey which is on the Blue album. If you like Dulcimer music there's a neat channel on YT by Bing Futch.

Larry said...

lol, This thing has launched me into a listening session with Jean Ritchie, a fellow Kentuckian from the southern Appalachian Mountains. Her name should be on that instrument! How cool to revive memories of the old music. I might post one of her and Doc Watson in our music thread shortly, lol.

xenonrush said...

Thanks Larry. Just watched a really neat vid of Jean Ritchie
who I hadn't heard of before your post. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDdw4_fVDgs&feature=related

Larry said...

She is called. 'The Mother Of Folk Music'. Guess that would be Bluegrass. Yes, I will put one of her and Doc Watson up on the Artists thread - game. Lots of people have never heard this type of music. That is, the real thing, lol.

Larry said...

Done! Actually, I posted three of them, from 1963. Games>Artists>last page (a/o right now). What a memory trip, lol!

xenonrush said...

Games>Artists>last page? I guess this isn't YT.? What's the URL?

Larry said...

xeno, on Holly's site, click 'E-Team and Forum' at the bottom of the main list:

Home
News
Listen and Shop
About Holly
Contact Holly and Guestbook
Tripping Through Violets
E-Team and Forum

Then scroll down to the list of forums and click on Games

It looks like this:

Announcements
Member Announcements
Sat Hello
Holly's Music
Any Music
General Board
Test
Games
Birthday Announcements

You will need to register (only takes a minute) to access these forums.

After you click on 'Games', at the top of the list of games, click on this:

"A - Z music groups and artists (page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, ... last page)"

Lat night, it was on the 'last page'. But once you get there, you can navigate the page numbers from older to newest.

Hope this helps!

Holly Kirby at Travellers Joy Video said...

I see that the Traveller's Joy open mic night video clip is up on facebook. Hope this link (or the one in the title) works -

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/video/video.php?v=1255421071825&ref=nf

Larry said...

Works great!!! Thanks!

xenonrush said...

Larry - Found your post on the E-Team etc. OMG the navigation stinks - I have to scroll down the page each time I click something new - very 90's. Enjoyed your uploads though.
Travellers Joy vid - Lovely to see you doing my 2nd favourite Joni track. And people were talking in the background. How dare they!

Larry said...

Easy xeno, the day will come when Holly will have the dedicated and captive audience she deserves. She must 'get discovered' though by whatever means are available right now. She shall have the last laugh, lol!

Yes, the navigation. Well, I nearly live there and am used to it now but I can remember the early days and know what you mean. Here again, first things first. Actually, for a first site that is less than a year old, well, it is coming along nicely. Feel free to join us in the 'music thread' as we call it if you like.

me said...

Thanks so much Larry :)
Xeno (love the nickname :)).... what is your first favourite Joni song then?
She also sang Cactus Tree at The Travellers, which went down well too :)

Larry said...

Who is the question above for? I am easily confused, lol!

xenonrush said...

To me (not myself)... xeno!! That's like Philip being called Pip or Derek being Del. Still nicknames are supposed to be a sign of love and affection so I guess I can live with it. I like lots of Joni tracks (and she's sure got a lot of them) but my all time favourite is Carey. I am a words and music person, which is why I like the Holly originals so much.
Carey is just such a great song (and has memories). As I said on an earlier post - have you heard Cindy Lauper sing it. Great version.

Larry said...

lol, xeno. Yes, for some strange reason, I have always hung nicknames on many people. Here are a few of them:

Wolfgang - WG
Terrorvogel - TV
spoggysmum (Susan) - Suz
David - Dave
jrk - Joe
PBD - Sis
xenonrush - xeno

Maybe it is a sign of my laziness to type, lol. Although, I once addressed as Holly as 'Hollypie', lol. But only once! Don't want to get smacked!

me said...

Larry ~ she has been called much stranger things than Hollypie ~ lol ~ and anyway that is kinda cute ;)

I think it is a sign of affection too xeno and as long as it is nothing rude/hurtful it's fine isn't it :)
Fluff :)
(my nephews and nieces couldn't pronounce my real name :))

Larry said...

Really, the nickname thing comes from my Appalachian roots. I can remember my Dad affectionate names such as, honeypie, sweetiepie, surgarpie etc., as everyone did back then, and I guess it is still stuck in my old brain cell, lol.

Larry said...

Ahhh, that is so cute, 'me', lol.

me said...

To Larry ~ What about Hulu? Where does that come from? ~ it's brill!

To Xeno ~ I'll have to get H onto that one!
Cindy Lauper is great ~ you're right ~ surprising too!

Larry said...

hulu? lol, That is a long story!

xenonrush said...

To Larry... TV is a lot less scary than terrorvogel or Phorusrhacidae to give it its proper name so it's a good nickname.

To me (not myself) alias Fluff... I'd like to hear H's take on Carey too. And she could do it with the dulcimer just like Joni. Then I'd be torn with 3 versions to which to listen.

Larry said...

lol, yes, TV is cool. And he is a cool dude. He just recently helped me out translating a Schubert Lied (poem) done in German, lol!

fluff ;) said...

He (TV) thinks he's a big scary tough guy with attitude ~ but he is a cuddly teddy really ~ hahaha! ~ aren't you TV? mwah x *big wink*

Larry said...

Anyone who loves Franz Schubert like TV does, is OK with me, lol!

xenonrush said...

His Trout Quintet was the first classical piece I remember hearing, Miss Hall the music teacher used to play it to us. Still listen to it.