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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Flowers and Swedish Clogs

Well, not every outfit works on camera. I really wanted to wear my new Swedish Hasbeens but I think they belong on a walk next to the canals in Holland! It was very hot last week so I pulled out an old Fleur Wood dress that is always good for hot weather so I ended up looking like I left the goats outside. Never mind. The song is just lovely. Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory originally sung by the marvelous Gene Wilder.
Oh, and the necklace was a vintage find on Ebay.
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Billy Boy

 Here we are in our 43 week at Capital Kitchen here in Melbourne Australia. It's a busy and groovy cafe as you can see by people walking through the camera shot constantly.
My piano player , Tom Hanssen, who I just think is fabulous, loves Bill Evens, so I have been doing my best to learn as many of his tunes as I can. It's really important that your band  likes the material you pick, (as well as each other). The boys in my quartet get to do a fair amount of instrumentals too. I'm hoping that keeps them happy. So this week I'm posting "Waltz for Debbie" which is a gorgeous song that I love doing.
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It was in between hot and cool so I wore a silver sequined trapeze top I found on sale at Saba http://www.saba.com.au/ with a cute take on the boyfriend jacket, (although I'm not wearing the jacket in this clip) by The Edge-Supertrash (doesn't that say it all!) The sleeves are very intricate and a great piece to bring down the bling just a little. This was from THE OUTNET   http://www.theoutnet.com/
The shoes are Robert Robert from Myers. I don't know why I can always find them in my size and on sale. (I really am going to start my Ebay store soon!)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I Used to Be...

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It took me a very long time to learn to write charts for the band especially a jazz lead sheet for my original stuff. But, I'm getting better at it and since we've had no time to rehearse I thought I would throw the band this song I wrote and see how they did. When I record it, I'd like to add flute into it but after hearing the boys and what they did with it I'm pretty happy with it. Here are the lyrics and I've posted another jazz classic (Everything happens to Me)  below. Oh, and I'm wearing a cute little Armand Basi rust colored ruffled dress with a little bolero and a pair of adorable Sam Edelman platforms. I promise that I will open my Ebay store soon!


I USED TO BE © 2010
Written by Connie Lansberg

I USED TO BE YOUR GIRL
YOU USED TO BE MY WORLD
MY WORLD HAS COME APART      
I HAVE A BROKEN HEART


MAYBE IF I SIT STILL
AND KEEP MY EYES CLOSED TIGHT
AND I DON’T TAKE THOSE PILLS        
THEY GIVE TO US AT NIGHT
THEN MAYBE I’LL SEE YOU   
LIKE I DID TODAY
LOOKIN’ BEAUTIFUL      
AS THE DAY YOU WENT AWAY

I USED TO BE YOUR GIRL
YOU USED TO BE MY WORLD
MY WORLD HAS COME APART      
I HAVE A BROKEN HEART


 I WHISPER IN YOU EAR  
YOU DON’T SEEM TO HEAR
THERE’S SOMETHING IN MY HEAD     
BUT NOTHING IN MY BED
I WANT TO GO OUTSIDE     
I NEED TO FEEL THE SUN
BUT I SHOULD RUN AND HIDE
MY HEART’S COME UNDONE

I USED TO BE YOUR GIRL
YOU USED TO BE MY WORLD
MY WORLD HAS COME APART      
I HAVE A BROKEN HEART

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Hitting the High Notes

I don't have any film from NYE because it was just Tom Hanssen and myself playing for a captive audience at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. I got to sing every ballad I know. It is a bit harder though without bass to keep us in time. We did all right though.  I know that sometimes I do get very lazy about actually practicing my scales and exercises so to motivate myself I bought Cari Cole's warm up exercises. I found them to be very worthwhile as they brought back things I knew but had forgotten.  I highly recommend them if you want to quickly improve your tone and control. Here's the link: http://www.caricole.com/
I was hoping that APRA, our collection body in Australia would bring her out here for a workshop.

Now, I wanted to take a close up of the fabulous, well I can only call it a bib, that I got from one of my favorite on line shops, Shopbop.com, but  I dropped my camera and broke it! Very upsetting. I shall just have to describe it and you can see it in this weeks' video.

It is a oblong shaped bib covered in amber and brown beads that ties around your neck to create a front piece for any plan top or dress you might be wearing. I did a little alteration on it though. I sewed the cloth tape ties together so they were at a certain level and I took the excess and sewed them on either side to turn it into more of a string vest. I think you can see it in vid. Made it much more comfortable to wear since it's rather heavy. The piece is from a designer called Haute Hippie which you'll find at Shopbop and Polyvore. I teamed with my Basikke (pronounced basic) harem pants and a silky little top from Aus label Basque. It was extremely hot that day and it's always hard to dress up when it's hot.
Here's Both Sides Now with my A team band. Once again, this is a very busy and popular cafe so it's always noisy!

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