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Good things happen s l o w l y… 7 September 2012

Hello,

I’d intended to start rolling these songs out one song at a time, starting from now, each with an accompanying film. But I’m afraid the plan changed…

As much as I can’t wait to give you these love songs, it’s not time yet, for plans are underway that are greater than the work of one girl.

Things are happening on the Good Ship.

Each precious day I work on these musical ideas in a million tiny details, and I work on the films, piecing together images and personal stories, prismatic through the crystalline lens of myth and essence. My focus remains sharp, and this hard work is producing excellent results!

But as every solo artist knows, there is no such thing as a solo artist! This bears my name, it’s guided by my hand and soothes this heart, but it’s a voyage made with many souls. My work is nothing without this band of friends, every one.

There are new crew members in many roles; creative, spiritual, and on the business side, too. Musicians, filmmakers, producers, artists, photographers, animators, actors, writers, a jeweller, and a painter, based in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, London, Edinburgh, and Torpantau…

Together, gathered by phone calls, objects, cups of tea, emails and tweets are many souls, each adding their own dreams and flourishes to the cauldron, with kindness and generosity of faith. Many exquisite minds dream of this.

Talking of which, last week I recorded a Lakota Spirit Keeper for one of these songs. He is a direct descendent of Chief Crazy Horse, and his name is Buck.

We recorded on the night of the Blue Moon, and after burning sage and blessing his flutes, he played and shared Lakota wisdom and stories into the small hours, after which we visited two beautiful mares, who we befriended under the moonlight. For this is the Wild West, and there really are cowboys and indians. Horses too, and snakes, wild deer, rabbits, frogs, crickets, lions and coyotes roaming the mountains of this ancient, beautiful land. They are a wider part of our community, adding their wildness, beauty and magic, sparkling in the enchanted oak forest.

‘Twas a magical night, yet more tinder to the knowledge that great spirits are stoking this fire. Not to mention the special fragments of audio beauty that were preserved for you to enjoy.

On the business side, it’s unusual. We’re working towards presenting these songs and their films in a radically new way, to reach like-minded sailors while actively doing good things. My machine is oiled with goodness, the counter spread with mindfulness. I’ll let you know more about this element when the first of these songs and films is launched, but for now, let’s just say that the release structure allows me to share a vision beyond love songs, and empowers others to do the same.

And I am delighted to have an old friend on board, another Londoner living in Los Angeles, who will be lifting this little story and gently placing it into the kind of places that people enjoy love song news. So all the strings lovers, the hopeless romantics, the amorous all at sea, the lovelorn adrift, and the rum coves at large will catch onto these morsels of hope and truth and draw tenderness, succor and comfort from the music and films that we shall cast.

If you want to clamber aboard, and have a skill you think may be handy on deck, feel free to shout “Ahoy, there!” Specifically, today I’m looking for people to help with these three things:

* A home in London to be borrowed by director Angus Cameron (My Bloody Valentine / Primal Scream) and his merry crew to shoot a video.

* A lighting designer in Los Angeles.

* A location sound recordist in Los Angeles.

‘Though you’ve yet to hear music, rest assured, you shall! Soon it will be ready, with films and fanfares, and with due care and attention to the method of sharing this medicine for the heart, with the assistance of this troupe of gypsies, this orchestra of soloists, this collective of artists…

Only then will this ship set sail, when we’re sea-worthy, smashing a bottle of champagne on the hull, the galley brimming with lusciousness, a trusty elder sign below deck, with bunting festooned above, and our course mapped, set and true!

Meanwhile, your patience, excitement and trust, dear cherubs, is very much appreciated.

Thank you for accompanying me on this voyage!
xxxxx Ysanne

P.S. Why not listen to my last three albums while you’re waiting?! All three CD’s available for $10 +P&P each! Details are on the ‘Records’ page of this website, and you can find two of them in the Store.


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