Singing for Len Cox!
I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to complete a blog for you all last week. I’ve been rushing around, squeezing as much as I can into 2021. It’s really scary when I stop to analogize how little time there is between now and 2022. I only have four clear days to get all my jobs done before this year comes to it’s close. I start my Halloween shows next week and of course it’s Trafalgar day on Thursday so much to do.
Last weekend I was down in Cornwall performing a special memorial concert for D-Day veteran Len Cox. I was thrilled to be invited by Len’s daughter Joanne as we all came together to remember this lovely man. The service took place at St Marnarch’s parish church and afterwards I was engaged to perform my ATS D-Day show at the village hall. Len use to love to join me on stage and sing along with my shows in Arromanches. He will be sadly missed and I felt very honored that Len’s family invited me to pay this special tribute to him in
Inside St Marnarch’s Church!
his home town of Lanreath.
Afterwards I drove along the cost and broke my journey with Paul in Portsmouth. Last Sunday was my birthday so Paul, Poppy and I decided to celebrate by going out for Sunday lunch at The Cormorant in Portchester. The Cormorant is a dog friendly pub and not far to walk to from Paul’s house. The 10th October was a lovely day and as Paul’s birthday also falls on the 7th so it was a great way for us to celebrate.
I drove back on Monday afternoon and after squeezing in a show on Tuesday I was in the hair
Meeting Up With Len’s Friends from the RBL!
dresses and beauty parlor all day on Wednesday getting ready to record my next set of show-reels on Thursday. This time I wanted to do something a little different so I decided to hire Saracen House photographic studios in Old Stratford. It’s full steam ahead with my Peaky Blinders come Chicago inspired showreel which I plan to launch late November. While I was in the studio we were also able to record the Cole Porter number “Let’s Do it (Let Fall in Love)” and two 60s songs “You’re my World” and “These Boots are Made for Walking”.
On Set Behind the Scenes at Saracen House!
I always try and plan for every eventuality bringing along more accessorizes than I need when working on a shot. On this occasion I was horrified to find that the surface dye off my black gloves had come off on my 1930s evening dress. A wet wipe can only do so much and in the end it was necessary for me to change my gloves to white. I’m keeping my fingers crossed the black marks wont show in the video but one never knows!
As yet I haven’t seen the rushes but I’m praying all is OK and we have some good footage from Thursday’s shoot. I’m now working every day
Going for that 1920s Chicago Look!
and on Friday I was in Brackley and then on Saturday I sang songs from the 1950s, 60s & 70s for the “So You” fashion show which took place at Brooklands Club in Leighton Buzzard. It was lovely to see the modern day fashions which just goes to prove, I really do live in a time-warp when it comes to clothes. Fortunately I choose not to wear a full skirt and went for something slimmer to fit in with the modern theme.
Tomorrow I’m back in the recording studio laying down my harmonies to my new backing track “Babies of the Blitz”. This song was written for the
You’re My World!
2005 film “Mrs Henderson presents” which tells the story of the Windmill theater in London. It’s a fabulous song and I can’t wait to sing it. I shall leave you with a few photos from this past week.
Keep Following Toodle Pip and Bye for Now! 😉
On Stage for the “So You” Fashion Show!
These Boots are Made for Walking!