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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas!

Well what a year it’s been! Loads going on behind the scenes for me, even if it was a bit quiet on the music front – sad face. But I had a blast singing at Bristol’s first #MetalMass in October, as well as a few acoustic slots here and there.

Christmas is the season to give and share, so I’m sharing my music – old school style – with a CD give-away!

If you have a UK postal address, you’re eligible! Woohoo! All you need to do is tweet me @janeysummer with the hashtag #lovecamedown before December 31st to be sent free copy of my first album, “Along the Way”.

Plus I’ll pop in one extra – for you to share with a friend. Enjoy!

Peace and love to you and yours for 2017.

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Video – Sometimes

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I’m so excited to finally be able to post up a video for my favourite track off my album ‘Along the way’.

The song is set to some awesome time-lapse footage of a sunset from from Haleakala summit in Maui, Hawaii.

I think it works amazingly well with the melody, the rhythm and the lyrics. Hope you enjoy it too.

The footage is courtesy of Mike McCabe, under community commons. https://archive.org/details/HaleakalaSunset

A first time for everything….. here we go

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OK so I’m not normally one to share demos of songs, but it seems to be ‘the thing’ to do.

So I figure maybe it’s time I get brave and take the plunge to post my very first ‘draft’ song! GULP!

I’ve been working on some new songs for a while, but life’s been throwing all sorts in my direction so it’s taken ages longer than I hoped! But I’m finally enjoying making some progress and I’m now getting the demos ready to go into a proper studio around Easter time.

This one is called ‘Without you’ and it was one of the songs I put in my acoustic gigs I did at the end of 2013. I would love to have your comments!

My inspirations – Paul Rodgers

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paul rodgersI first discovered the delights of Paul Rodgers’ voice in the late 80s when my friend decided to clear out his old album collection; like a magpie I swooped in for some shiny gems and there in the midst was a couple diamonds:

  • Free: Fire and Water
  • Bad Company: Bad Company

Stunning stuff. I lost count of the number of hours and plays those records got, whilst I sang along with my hairbrush in the mirror, completely lost in the music.

I raved to my friend about how awesome Free were, and scrawled the band name over my jeans in cheap biro just to assert how much I loved them. And of course a big part of that was Paul Rodgers. The voice, the hair and the tight cords all came together into the perfect rock frontman bundle.

Someone once described Paul Rodgers’ voice as ‘gravel and honey’, which I think’s a pretty much perfect description! He has got the smoothest gritty voice I’ve ever heard and I had the great pleasure of seeing him live for the first time only a couple years ago at Bournemouth. Vocally his performance didn’t disappoint; literally didn’t miss a note.

Bad Company Performing Live On Stage At Wembley Arena In London, 2010

Although I don’t listen too often to the old stuff any more, as soon as ‘My Brother Jake’ comes on, I suddenly realise my brain has retained all that conditioning from years ago and I find myself still recalling all the words. Mr Big, Fire and water, Moving on, Ready for love, The hunter, I’ll be creeping; are all still filed away in my mental music library.

freeI still have huge respect and admiration for his passion and achievements, and without a doubt Paul Rodgers was one of my earliest and strongest vocal influences from a very young age.

http://www.paulrodgers.com/

Lyrics – Time Will Tell

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I often get asked about my lyrics – what they mean, or what a certain song is a about.

So I thought I’d start a little series and post up some of my favourite lyrics over the next couple months. To start the ball rolling these are from my most recent single, Time Will Tell. I was inspired by the writing style of Ronnie James Dio on this song. Maybe you can tell!? Would love to hear your comments.  Are you surprised by what the lyrics actually are? Especially if you’ve been singing along something completely different! 😉

Lyrics for Time Will Tell (c) Janey Summer 2009
Lyrics for Time Will Tell
(c) Janey Summer 2009

New directions and new songs

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Lately I’ve been working on lots of new songs, and a recent change in my circumstances has meant if all goes to plan, I should be able to get into the studio by the end of the year to record and release a new EP.  I’m very excited and happy about that at long last!

And I’m loving the new material! I have to warn you tho, my lovely people, that it is a bit of departure from the ‘straight’ rock you might all be expecting from me.  It still shows my passion and heart, but its a little more pensive, thought provoking and got a definite ‘alt’ edge to it. Hopefully you will like it too.

‘Live’-wise, the ultimate aim is still to get a band line up established, but so far my efforts in that department haven’t proved fruitful. It’s frustrating at times, but I have too much of a drive and passion to just sit and wait around for other people! So meantime, I’ve decided to strip things back for a while and put together an acoustic set!

Could be interesting – it’s already having a positive impact and and opening up potential avenues for performances in places I wouldn’t be able to get into with a band – including the local prison!

All the while, it’s awesome and humbling to still have new people discovering the music, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the new stuff shapes up – both live and in the studio.

Much love x