Andrew Thomas on Scat Singing

In May 2015, in the first week of our trip across the US, we had a chance to meet one extraordinary man. His name is Andrew Thomas and he is a jazz trumpet player. We met him through his brother Matthew, who Michal went to college with. Matt told us that Andrew is an interesting character, but we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Andrew charmed us, lured us into his beautiful mind and let us have a glimpse of what he calls his beautiful frustration.

We previously posted an interview with Andrew, but recently we started looking through some files we gathered during our four months journey and came across this video.

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February ’16 – Snapshot of life in the Philippines

We recently came back from the Philippines where we were visiting families of the new kids that joined the ICM Choir. We had the chance to visit new communities and take a look at this beautiful country and beautiful people with fresh eyes.

It’s important to remember to stop from time to time, to look up from our mobile phones and take a look at the world around us. Here is a snapshot of life in the Philippines.

You and Me Together

Part Two of the Smithfield Sessions is here!

And, as always, there is a journey to the story behind the music, which I want to take you on.

Think about the most significant person in your life. It may be your spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, a dear friend, a sibling or parent…

Imagine you had never met… and imagine if you met them again today, what would happen.

Strange idea, right? It’s an interesting scenario to think about, and it really makes you think what strikes you about your dearest. What was it that drew you to them? What were your first conversations about?

Would you do it differently?

Today, if you met them again, would your paths still cross in the ways that they did?

My relationship with my husband started in such a chance encounter; I from England, he from Poland, and yet we managed to bump into each other in Hong Kong airport, and pretty much fell in love on the spot. If it hadn’t have been there, and it hadn’t have been then, it would have been almost impossible for us ever to meet again.

So, the idea of us meeting somewhere else at some other time in our life is so unlikely that it is fun to to explore those ‘what if’ questions…

I’m not sure that I believe in the idea of there being one person in the entire world that each of us is destined for. But I do know that the things I prayed for as a young girl are exactly the traits that are found in my husband.

And I would like to think that, under whatever circumstances we met, there always would have been that spark, that chemistry that hit me right in the part of the stomach where the butterflies live, and that we would have ended up together. 

That spark grows. Yes, the butterflies have settled down. And yes, I don’t think and talk about the love of my life every waking moment… but the spark has grown into a steady flame. A flame that is fierce and will fight to protect the one I love. A flame that needs intentional fuel. But a flame that will be sustained as long as we both shall live.

So, thanks for reading this far. Here’s your reward… This is “You and Me Together.”

Enjoy!

Louise

Hold Him Again

This is a song that had been “cooking” for a very long time. It’s one that I wanted to get right.

How do you deal with the death of a loved one? My father-in-law died extremely suddenly almost two years ago. I loved him dearly, but it was clear to me that there were those who loved him so much more than I did.

It caused deep unrest within my spirit. How does a wife deal with the passing of a husband? How would I ever deal with my husband’s passing away, if that tragedy ever fell upon me? Would I ever be able to love again? Would there be guilt? Would there be peace?

This song by no means sums up these emotions. How could they ever?

But this is my look at grief, hope and how it muddies the waters of love.

Louise

Sail On/Fly Off – live from Hong Kong

Hong Kong; our home for over two years. The weather has been just beautiful as we have been packing up. It was say saying goodbye to our tiny flat – although we are travellers, we have loved having a beautiful little home.

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It’s amazing how much stuff we accumulated over the past few years. As we packed, it was wonderful to look back over our time in Hong Kong. But it was also wonderful to do a bit of a cleanse; to throw away the excess, and have to decide what is actually important to have with us as we journey forward.

As we probably should have anticipated, it has been a hectic few weeks. We’ve been finishing up projects at work, organising the house, trying to finalise the car import and plans for when we land, getting the album finished and throwing a launch party.
But we pulled it off somehow – we had an amazing night on Thursday celebrating our time in Hong Kong, launching Louise’s album and reminiscing with friends. It was amazing that so many of you were able to come and give us an amazing farewell.
IMG_4869So, the albums are packed, the piano is packed, cameras are packed, the hard drives are packed… I think we have too much luggage! We are pretty exhausted and are gonna go and fall asleep on a long flight, and hopefully we will wake up refreshed in New York.
Louise is going to play a couple of open mic nights on Monday and Tuesday to get initiated into the NY music scene. Let us know where else we should go to check out some great live music.

Sail On: The Recording

I, for many years, have known that I should have much more presence online. I should have music available for people when they ask to listen to it. I should have ways for people to stay in touch, to share their feedback and to inspire me to create more.

And so for a long time, I was planning on recording “The Traveller” album – I had the songs ready to go. I thought I knew what I wanted in terms of arrangements. But when it came down to it, we were just running out of time. I wasn’t going to be able to complete something that I was proud of, with the budget I had, in the time we had left before we went to the USA.

_MG_0359I knew that I had to have something to share while we were on our trip. So we decided to do a live album. With some new songs; the ones that were in some ways still a little too fresh and raw for me to know where they belonged, we planned to rehearse, record, mix, master and release in under two months.
Last night, we recorded! It was a really fun evening, with some of our closest friends able to witness the intimate setting of recording. We had some funny sound issues… for several of the songs, there was what sounded like a phantom screaming child that we would hear whenever I played certain frequencies! But once we had figured that out (it was just a digital syncing issue, no haunted-house scenarios…), we played some great music and are looking forward to hearing how it comes out.

“Sail On: Live in Hong Kong” will be released mid-April. For more, see my website at www.louisewrightmusic.com