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Sunday Girl/Sweet Dreams (my version!)

October 29, 2017

I love to experiment with covers.  Figuring out new chords to work with an existing melody or covering a tune in a different style is fun!  Here is an example – Sunday Girl (Blondie) mashed with Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics).

I asked my good friend and singer Tyler Walton-Zeller to join me …

Halloween songs and room tour …

October 28, 2017

I posted a fun video of my favorite songs to sing at Halloween.  Very few of these tunes were written specifically for Halloween, maybe none, but my singers do enjoy them.  I asked a few of my singers to sing a few snippets … (stay tuned for bloopers!) …

I try to introduce a new song each year but so far our repertoire includes …

  • Crazy In The Night – Kim Carnes
  • Come Little Children – from Hocus Pocus
  • Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
  • Thriller – Michael Jackson
  • Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
  • Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jnr.
  • Dem Bones – spiritual song written by James Weldon Johnson
  • Don’t Fear The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

To be added …

  • Double Trouble – from Harry Potter
  • Love Potion # 9 – The Clovers or The Searchers
  • Phantom Of The Opera – from Phantom of the Opera
  • Hubble Bubble – The Witches Spell from Shakespeare’s Macbeth
  • Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett

 

 

Leroy Anderson’s Forgotten Dreams …

October 3, 2017

A few years ago one of my singers and I wrote a melody over the top of Leroy Anderson’s Forgotten Dreams.  I LOVE this piece of music and never tire of it.

We decided to keep it dream-like and wrote some pretty lyrics as if we were in a dream.

I love how it turned out …

FORGOTTEN DREAMS

© 2012 Lyrics & Melody by Joanna Finnis/Eliza Migdal

When I close my eyes

And the stars are in the sky

The moon beckons the Sandman

Who takes me off to dreamland

Upon a cloud I fly

As the moon gently floats by

A wonderful sight greets me

 

I see a rainbow fountain

Upon a glitter mountain

Diamond trees with ruby leaves

Sparkling gently in the breeze

Flowers dance me down

A secret winding trail

To a clear as crystal boat

With a blowing silver sail

Swiftly as I glide through the

Starry nighttime sky

A wonderful sight greets me

 

I see a rainbow fountain

Upon a glitter mountain

Diamond trees with ruby leaves

Sparkling gently in the breeze

 

I hear the nighttime sky

Gently sing its lullaby

To those who are asleep

But the light begins to creep

Stars begin to fade

The moon it drifts away

Far from Forgotten Dreams

 

And when the sun does rise

And its rays open my open eyes

A smile upon my face

With adventures I re-trace

My heart it starts to yearn

With a longing to return

To the land of Forgotten Dreams.

Material Girl (my version!) …

September 18, 2017

Joanna preforming a live demo, I Need You …

September 17, 2017

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Farewell Miss Jacqueline …

August 23, 2017

The worst thing about my job is having to say ‘farewell’ to singers who have been with me for years!  Here is a little dedication to one singer who has been with me for over 6 years, who has struggled with stage fright, has an infectious giggle, wrote her own song and who performed at numerous shows and recitals.  She is going to be greatly missed by all the singers and their families.  Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Jacqueline …

 

 

 

No Good music video …

August 12, 2017

My band Ession created a music video for our released song No Good.  There were lots of laughs 😂 .  To hear and see more of Ession’s music and videos please visit our youtube channel

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