Fallen Angel’s Delight (Venice Beach, LA)

Funny how I feel at ease down here at Venice Beach huh?

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Beach, Sunsets, Skaters, Yoga, colorful characters, strong sense of community and a genuine feel of love down in these parts. Oh and dispensaries all over the damn place, not my vibe at the moment but still interesting to see how the new capitalist business of weed is booming.

I’ve stumbled on tons of curbside photo-shoots, a commercial being filmed at the skate park starring the skaters I had watched the day before. There is definitely chat of upping their insta games to get these commercials, Big Bucks!

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It seems that everywhere I look the divide between money and broke is becoming more aggressive. Big developers are monopolizing homes on this coast too! All too familiar. London has the same, as does New York. We are all living on this planet so we can’t we just Be? Instead of always trying to make more more more. These same developers are working alongside the police to help ‘clean up the community’ i.e exterminate the homeless population and folks who don’t have a whole lot.2015-06-02 03.34.22

If we just keep moving these people on where do we expect them to go?! Why can’t they live down here by the beach with pleasant surroundings?

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Rant over. For now!

#25happyhealthydaysinNYC – Days 17-24 PT.1

Final days and words for my NYC Spring Visit!

This week was mental.

Everyone knew I was leaving NY so we took ample opportunity to do as much as possible. This included Burlesque at Macao – I didn’t win musical chairs this time, but came second! This time was so funny because the guy I was up against was super into ‘letting me win’ until he was super into winning himself! Males just can’t help their competitive natures sometimes, but that was AOK because I still got a free drink anyways from my favourite bartender in China Town! 😀

We continued our mini traditions by attending Karaoke at Branded Saloon the following evening. It was rather a last minute decision as we were all pretty hangin from the night before at Burlesque, but we still gave a bloody good craic and, of course, The Spice Girls got queued up and everything after that was good times!

I tried Brisket for the first time too, and have to say I am not a massive fan of heavy meat so such a rich serving of it was a bit too much for me. Another first out of the way though, so good job, Branded!

Then came my day at Coney Island. This included stellar company, really great food, and a major fulfillment with being back by the sea. Being from Brighton, a traditional English seaside town, I realized how much I took having fresh air and open space for granted whilst living in Brooklyn. My skin has noticed the difference since being back in Brighton, gone are the random breakouts and patchy skin and back is the lovely sea air glow 😀

For my final Thursday in the states, it wouldn’t have been right if it weren’t ridiculously rushed and busy! Thursdays always seemed to be the day when I would be late for everything and rushing around like a blue arse fly, as my dad would say.

I had my final singing lesson with the ridiculously talented Angel Lea, and also my final Jazz class with the New York Jazz academy. Both of these lessons were incredibly insightful, and allowed me to leave NY with a refreshed sense of drive and determination. The first of the 2 lessons very much reminded me that you can never stop improving the foundations of singing, and the latter gave me a shock to the system in the form of theory based singing. It has been a while since I have worked out chord types, and clapped out rhythms. Back to the Music Theory drawing board for Alex then!

To relieve the stress of the day, the only thing to do was… have a party! So that evening was full of music, beer pong, dancing and madness the only way 74 Cornelia knows how! Another member of the crew was going back to Spain so this was his night. Bushwick really does know how to throw it down and shake it out!

In Part 2 of my last week I will be talking about the music video filming, getting my nose pierced, and my farewell weekend/dinner madness!

#25HappyHealthyDaysinNYC – Day6

The weird energy was at it’s peak today!

My mood was very up in the morning and then I got all the way to the Gym and realized I had forgotten my pass, and my purse so couldn’t get a coffee. I really needed that coffee after such a disrupted sleep the night before. There was a crazy loud and big storm that actually scared me a bit, but when I asked my housemates about it in the morning, no one else had heard it.

That is the second time that has happened to me since living in the mansion, I can’t work out if it is because I am a light sleeper, or my dreams are being crazy!

Needless to say to anyone that knows me, along with being a bit tired, and annoyed at my terrible memory this sent my mood plummeting. I skyped my mum and stepdad about some EBP related stuff and mum instantly enquired why I looked so glum. I really appreciated her subtly trying to poke me back into happiness by asking about D’angelo, and it did work a little bit. However, I was still a little worried at how this would affect my day unfolding, as I had a very musical day where I needed my confidence and brain to be on top form!

Remembering an article that I had read previously stating that eggs are great for boosting serotonin levels, I concluded that I would find some wifi, green tea and an omelette and do something productive to boost my inner happy alex.Image

I am so happy to say that it worked, along with reading reviews written about my fabulous evening prior to my muddy day, I was on my way to my first singing lesson with a new teacher in excellent spirits! Albeit a tiny bit behind schedule but it didn’t matter, I had positivity on my side and I arrived only 2 minutes past the start time. Hallelujah!

The lesson with Angel Lea was phenemonenal and I am so lucky to have stumbled across an Instagram post from a songwriter that I happen to follow because of his collaborations with Jessie J.

Angel Lea has worked with so many artists that I look up to including Anthony Hamilton and Ledisi, I really am blessed to have been accepted for tuition with her. She nailed my problem areas (Neck, Shoulder, and Core tension inhibiting stronger breath control affecting my intonation and expansion of tone at the top end of my mixed range) and is confident that if I practice the exercises she specified that I would be on top form upon returning to the UK.

I only wish found her at the beginning of my stint so that I could have soaked up some songwriting tips, and maybe picked her brain about her wonderful career.

After an hour of working on my tense areas and focusing the direction of my breath, I go onto my Jazz vocal lesson with Aubrey.

I was a tiny bit tardy to this class, but I had a small time frame to get from one class to the next and a 50 block subway ride at rush hour to do it in, all in all only being 10 minutes late is a win in my eyes!

As soon as I walk in I am handed a sheet with chord types, among other theory based exercise sheets. Yikes! It has been a while since identifying chord types, let alone singing the jazz variations with inversions and improvisation round the scales! My brain got a good workout in that hour and really reminded me how important theory is for a vocalist hoping to progress.

Then I got lost in central park for an hour and a half and it was like a ghost town! Perfect time to do that I imagine, as the weather was so grey and overcast it felt like it could rain at any moment.Image

So really, I don’t know what I was thinking with my laptop and all aimlessly walking around at the threat of big time rain at any minute. But luck was on my side again and I did not get rained on at all!Image

My luck ran out however when I thought I was walking in the downtown direction but turned out I was walking exactly the way I was trying not to go. I have to agree with my brother at how terrible my sense of direction is!Image

Somehow I ended up at Bowery from w 86th, but all was not lost as I found whole foods, got some healthy and not – so healthy food treats and trekked on home.

Sorry this turned into another longish post, but my days are so busy with such crazy fun things!

Peace Kings and Queens – Stay Frosty as my stepdad would say…

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MUSICAL ENDEAVORS UPDATE

Something else I was very excited to start last week was my Jazz vocal workshop course with the New York Jazz Academy. Although I have studied vocal technique for a number of years and been lucky enough to perform at some great events both in the UK and internationally, as well as teach some fantastic students along the way, Jazz has always been intimidating to me. My first class was a perfect introduction and the scatting bug has most definitely bitten!

This brings me to my song of the week.

The dynamic duo Ella and Louis perform ‘Can’t we be friends?’

This will be the first track that I will perform for my peers on Thursday, so wish me luck ☺