Thursday, 5 April 2018

Rock'n'Rollin'

It was such an honor for me to be added to the Women & Bass community this year! They have shared a few of my photos playing Bass from my band Lilygun's Inside music video. I always wanted to be a Bass player and thanks to my friend asking me to join his band Sister Witch on Bass, I find I have become one!

Speaking of Sister Witch... Catch me live on The Big Bad Bass:

Saturday 12th May at The Windmill Brixton

22 Blenheim Gardens
London

SW2 5BZ
Doors 7.30-11.30pm
(Sister Witch on stage at 10.15pm)
Entrance £5
Advanced tickets available now from WeGotTickets


Other dates announced on Lilygun's website

Between rehearsals and gigs with Sister Witch and planning the next Lilygun music video (did you see the latest Lilygun video clip on YouTube posted over the weekend?), I am about to begin an exciting new project this month! As always, I can't say too much about it right now but it's going to be great!

So I'm spending much of my time over the next few weeks composing and being a musician! I have also been doing a lot of piano practice lately too. Sometimes, when you start composing music for other people, you stop composing music for yourself. There doesn't seem to be enough time! I forget how much I enjoy playing the piano and I've realised, it's important to make time to practice. A lot of ideas pop into my head when I'm just playing around and it's fun. Sometimes I get carried away and end up playing for hours! Then I panic because I'm behind in my daily schedule! 😄 Being a composer/musician and a business owner is definitely a balancing act!

Composer/musician Anna-Christina - www.annachristinamusic.com

I'm longing for the warmer weather arriving with Spring...
I hope!!!

Anna-Christina  

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Get one of my Audiobooks for free!

This month my company, Music Audio Stories, has launched a children's drawing challenge! This is your chance to download one of my stories for free and submit a drawing of it, which will then be published on our website. I really love this idea. It's a great way to get kids involved. When I have visited nurseries and schools with my Story Time, they have been so excited to see their drawings online the next day. I would have loved something like this when I was a kid!

Sound like fun? Here's what to do...

Music Audio Stories - March Drawing Challenge
  1. Subscribe to get your free Audiobook here.
  2. Listen to the story with your child. Join in by marching to the music. Trust me, they'll love this!
  3. Encourage your child to create a drawing of the story. They can draw Sid the ant and/or any of the scenes in the story.
  4. Label the drawing with your child's first name and their age.
  5. Send us the drawing via Facebook, Google+ or Tweet us @musicaudiostory and we'll add the drawing to our Kids Corner making it part of our creative world forever!

Book Details here: March of The Ants

If there are any "big kids" out there who want to join in, please do! We welcome everyone's drawings.

Kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren... everyone's invited to join in!

On Radio

This week my band was featured on radio and today, another one of my Audiobooks is being aired! I'm so happy to be part of Active Kids Radio. This will be the first time my story, Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure will be featured on radio!

North Carolina based Radio Active Kids is a radio program for kids. But not just for kids - for everyone! They play intelligent kid's music for the young and the young at heart. Join host Sagan and the gang from 8-10am Saturday 10th March in an interactive show that explores all things kids. The show will feature cool kid-friendly tunes, storytelling and comedy! Requests and call-ins are a must! If you can't catch the show live, an archive will be available for 1 week after the broadcast date, starting on Sunday.

I am currently mixing and mastering my new story which will be revealed very soon. I'll keep you posted on news of it's release...

Keep warm,

Anna-Christina 

Thursday, 1 March 2018

A to Zen of Life

March plan...

Avoid negative sources, people, places and habits.
Believe in yourself.
Consider things from every angle.
Don't give up and don't give in.
Everything you're looking for lies behind the mask you wear.
Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches.
Give more than you planned to.
Hang onto your dreams.
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
Keep trying no matter how hard it seems.
Love yourself.
Make it happen.
Never lie, steal or cheat.
Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
Practice makes perfect.
Quality not quantity in anything you do.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Stop procrastinating.
Take control of your own destiny.
Understand yourself in order to better understand others.
Visualize it.
When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
Xcellence in all your efforts.
You are unique, nothing can replace you.
Zero in on your target, and go for it.


Anna-Christina  

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Passion Never Retires

Exciting news this month... I was interviewed by Peter de Kuster for his online Passion Never Retires guide. It's part of a worldwide project to have stories of people who have created a life and work they love and never want to retire from. I talk about work, my greatest extravagance, favourite writers and authors and trivia in this fun interview - Passion Never Retires

Anna-Christina - Passion Never Retires interview

It's a privilege to be part of such an inspiring project.

Music Audio Stories

I am thrilled to announce that my audiobook March of The Ants has been featured on BlackBerry Kids Radio! BlackBerry Kids Radio teach children through music and games 24/7. Visit their website to hear songs for kids from ages 12 months to 12 years and participate in their community events and online giveaways here: http://www.blackberryradio.com/kids.html

There's so much going on in the land of Music Audio Stories right now, it's actually quite overwhelming! As I mentioned before, I have decided to drastically change my book idea and now I am focusing on creating a series of books packaged together! There's so much to think about, consider and learn and I am trying to do things one step at a time but I do feel a bit like I am climbing a mountain right now! 😮

Composing

I was back in the studio finishing off a new project which I have been involved in. It's such a pleasure to work on music I really enjoy creating. At times, I'm doing so much business stuff, I forget I am a musician! Nothing a long studio session can't fix though. I'll be posting more details about this project soon.

Movin' & Groovin'...

Anna-Christina 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Back On Stage

As some of you know, I caught a horrendous flu towards the end of last year which seemed to linger on forever! So my start to this year has been a slow one. I did however have plenty of time to review my Music Audio Stories book and I have decided to make some drastic changes to it!

This will be my first entrance into the publishing world and it's a big step for me. I've come so far and achieved so much with Music Audio Stories, it's important I don't rush the process so I can make sure I get it right. What I'm trying to create is unusual, so there isn't a standard formula I can follow which makes things a lot harder. I'm on quite a journey!

Follow my amazing adventure and get a free gift here: www.musicaudiostories.com




This week I am back on stage with Sister Witch! Here are all the details:

Thursday 8th February - 9.30pm

New Cross Inn

323 New Cross Road
London
SE14 6AS
£3 adv / £5 door (or £3 NUS)
Happy Hour 6-7pm £2.30 on selected pints / half price spirits!

I am also doing a really fun interview at the moment, so look out for that...

I brought myself a little treat! I searched high and low for the perfect 2018 Planner and finally found one I love. I highly recommend the Deluxe Law of Attraction Life Planner. I've enjoyed filling in all the goal setting sections and it's great for helping you to clarify and structure everything you wish to achieve.


Stay healthy...

Anna-Christina

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Agent of Change Campaign

Agent of Change Campaign: write to your local MP and Government Ministers to protect music venues.
I am passing this on to all of my followers as it's a topic I feel passionate about...



Alarmingly, around 35% of music venues across the country have closed in the past decade. Music venues play a vital role in supporting the industry’s ecosystem and ensuring a healthy music industry. They also play a key role in nurturing the talent of tomorrow.

A growth in demand for property in city and town centres has led to increasing rents and landlords deciding to sell property and land to developers. This has placed rising financial burdens on pre-existing operators of grassroots music venues, who are often situated in areas that are popular for redevelopment. It has made them vulnerable to a more liberalised planning system.

Former Government minister John Spellar MP is promoting new legislation in Parliament to protect music venues in the wake of this. The Planning (Agent of Change) Bill would place the agent of change principle to planning law on a statutory basis. “Agent of Change” means those bringing about a change take responsibility for its impact. The Bill has political momentum and has secured cross-party support. There is a very real prospect of that this proposal could become law, providing much-needed support to music venues in the process.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has committed to the principle in his London Plan. The Welsh Government are delivering on it. The Scottish Government are also looking into it. It is time for the UK Government to get behind the Bill and back the Planning (Agent of Change) Bill.

• Please write to your MP in support of these proposals and ask them to call on the Government to adopt the Planning (Agent of Change) Bill. To find out who your local MP is, click here.

• Please write to the following Government ministers and ask them to support the Planning (Agent of Change) Bill:

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Secretary of State
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
100 Parliament Street
London
SW1A 2NH

Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
Secretary of State
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF

• Alternatively, you can send a tweet to @sajidjavid @DominicRaab @JakeBerry @MattHancock @mhclg @margot_james_mp now & ask them to support the @spellar Bill on 10th January.

UK Music Members

Anna-Christina