Book Review: Doodletopia Fairies, by Christopher Hart

Doodletopia: Fairies: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Magical and Beautiful FairiesDoodletopia: Fairies: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Magical and Beautiful Fairies by Christopher Hart

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (October 4, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607746956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607746959
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Evening of Live Music: Featuring Boone Alley Band

    Tonight I was invited to an evening of live music with the Drummer and his wife.  We arrived at Waterfront Grille and Gathering in Winchester, Kentucky around 7:00 and watched the band set up and get ready for the show.

     

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    The band was scheduled to play at 8:00 so they arrived in time to set up the equipment and get the sound equipment perfected.  Many mic checks late they were ready to start the show.

     

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    The band finished setting up and the show started at about  8:15. There were some soundboard issues and one massive feedback that almost made us clear out. They brought over the professional sound board guy and corrected that problem before show time.  It was fine!  They got on with the show after that and the mic’s and the sound was utter perfection.

    The first song they sang was the classic Bonnie Tyler song It’s a Heartache and it was wonderful.  The lead female singer, Gwen Neal Spencer really did it justice.  Then they moved on to a Stevie Nicks song which was sung by Treva Payne, who is the keyboard player and singer. Here is a portion of that song.

     

    Then they got into some  Eddie Money, John Cougar Mellencamp and then they sang some Tracey Chapman. Some of these songs were sung by Dale Spencer and he did a great job. He has a sweet voice that is perfect for those Eddie Money and John Mellencamp songs. When they sang Shaky Ground it was so bluesy and so delicious.   It was such a mix, I loved it all.

    One of the best moments was when Gwen sang, Blue Moon of Kentucky. If I ever missed a perfect video, that would have been it.  She held those notes and unbelievable amount of time. It gave me chills.

     

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    Then after the first  break they did a few requests and a few country songs.  Here is a bit of one of the songs they sang.  I did not video the entire song.  Just enough to get the feel for the singers vibe and talent. I am not the best videographer.

     

     

    After this song, Gwen sang Girl Crush and oh my goodness, she killed it.  This girl has some pipes!  A video of A Girl Crush that I did not take is on their  Boone Alley Band Facebook page . Check it out, it is great.

    The last song I heard them play before the second break was Exile’s Kiss you All Over and they sang it so phenomenally. Since we had to get up

     

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    Best part is, I have been invited back to a girls night at their next show the 22 or 23rd of July.  I am so there!  Girl’s night out are amazing. Thanks for asking me Amy and Phil! I had a blast with my Diet Coke and burger.

    The band members playing tonight Randy Reed, Dale Spencer, Phillip Marmo,  Gwen Neal Spencer, Marty Muse, andTreva Payne. So if you are ever in Kentucky and see them playing, pull up a chair, they are going to give you an unbelievable show.

     

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    This is an amazing Band. I love each of their original songs and even their few covers. Take a listen! I’ll bet you enjoy it as much as I do. I am a fan!

    Junior Chills

    The Abyss – An Original Garage Band Creation

    When I started recording my original songs, whether it was solo or with Junior Chills, I recorded using the voice record feature on my tablet and phone. Not realising (pretty stupid of me) that I would still be using the same microphone of my device, I downloaded Garage Band in the hope that I would be able to make my songs sound better by editing and mixing them up a bit. Although the recording quality itself for vocals wasn’t great, the different instruments and the effects you could use was, for a novice, excellent.

    I remember faffin’ about with the app for ages and I made a few instrumental tunes (such as Head of a Weasel and others which I will put on the blog at some stage). However I inadvertently decided to put together a song using only the instruments available…

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