Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Transformational Times

If you follow me on social media, you will know that I took some time out from it since May. My journey into inner reflection and solitude has rejuvenated my spirit and left me feeling inspired and ready for the next stage of my journey...


I used the time to dive deep into my studio and focus on some important projects I have not been able to get done!
I spent my days writing, composing, and recording. I also enjoyed yoga, exercising, reading, baking, and creating musical things!



These are transformational times and my business, Music Audio Stories, is also transforming. BIG time! I'm currently working on the release of my first Music Audio Stories EP as well as rebranding the company.  Its taken some time to bring all my ideas together but it's finally beginning to all take shape and I can't wait for the launch of my new website! I will keep you updated on all the new and exciting developments and releases...

I hope you are all finding ways of adapting and thriving in these strange days!

Anna-Christina

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Lockdown in London

Since my last blog post, the world has changed dramatically! One by one, countries went into Lockdown as the Coronavirus rapidly swept across the planet causing devastation and chaos. Lockdown in London has left the city, like most, looking like a ghost town. Our reality has changed and we are faced with adjusting to a very different way of life. Social distancing, face masks, and isolation have become the norm. I'm not going to highlight the pain here, we all know the horrible scenes we have witnessed taking place around the world. Yet through this time of crisis, moments of hope and joy as we see acts of kindness and love displayed all around us. From clapping for carers and the NHS, to messages of support and uplifting stories, all providing evidence that the human spirit is alive and kicking.

As for me, it has not been difficult to self-isolate. In fact, just before Lockdown, I had already decided to upgrade my studio and this has been my main focus for the last few weeks. It has taken me longer than I would have thought but I needed time to research everything from buying a new computer, interface, and orchestra library to repainting and reorganising my studio equipment and set-up. There were a few little hiccups along the way and I have learned a lot but it has been worth it. Next week, I'll be powering up my new studio for the first time and I can't wait to play with my new toys! :-)

As for my business Music Audio Stories, like many other businesses out there, we have had to get creative! We launched Kids Stay At Home at the end of March. I created fun freebies, including a free audiobook, to help parents entertain and teach their children at home. Unfortunately, all of my Storytime events have been cancelled but now that I have my studio up and running, I will be working on creating new fun stories again!

I have also been exercising a lot, practicing tennis on any wall I can find, and learning Qigong Tai Chi and other forms of Yoga. Isn't YouTube amazing!

Wherever you are, whoever you are with, or not with, find comfort in the fact that we are not alone. We are together in these strange days and we will get through this. Keep your chin up and keep smiling.

Anna-Christina

Listen to the silence
It has much to teach us
Alone and still
We can't bend water to our will
But we can remain in our power
Upon muddy water, like the lotus flower
And send out a ripple of love
Below, around, and above

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

March On

This month, I am back on stage playing Bass with the fabulous Mr David Ryder Prangley! I can't wait to play songs from his debut solo album 'Black Magic & True Love', which was released last month!

 
 See us live:

Wednesday 11th March   

Nambucca

596 Holloway Road
London
N7 6LB
Doors 7-11pm
Tickets: www.wegottickets.com

The album is available now on all the usual digital platforms, plus limited edition CD, and vinyl from here: Black Magic & True Love. Rehearsals have been fantastic and I have greatly enjoyed being back in the studio with the band playing the songs we recorded together last year.

In other news, and in case you missed it on my YouTube channel, I uploaded a new video featuring music created by Adie Hardy and I! I will be releasing more classical music later this year so if you haven't already, subscribe to my channel so you don't miss my new videos! :-) Enjoy...



As we enter into March and the promise of warmer weather, I have begun thinking about Storytime events! I'm thrilled to announce I have been invited back to this year's Brompton Annual Open Day! Last year, I had so much fun at this lovely community event and Storytime in the beautiful chapel with the children was magical! I am really looking forward to being back there again this year! This month, I am also remodelling and upgrading my studio which is super exciting!

Marching on in March...

Anna-Christina

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Into The Vortex

It has been a while since my last blog post and a lot has happened! I feel like this is a significant point in time, both in my career and in my personal life. Recently, I have been spending a lot of time in nature finding inspiration, writing, and gaining clarity. Mystification is simple; clarity is the hardest thing of all. It's a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. If you find you are searching for clarity in any situation, try going into nature and you may find the answers to the questions you seek.

From nature, we learn, that everything grows and flows. Nothing is still, it's ever-moving, ever transforming. Ever hopeful. It's important to stay connected with yourself and to understand that you too are always transforming. Change can be painful but it's part of life. I am learning to embrace it!


After several weeks in the wilderness, I returned to civilisation with fresh ideas and new stories! In fact, my first audiobook of the year is already in the making! This is my 17th Music Audio Story and one I have wanted to write for a long time. It's about bookworms and I am going to dedicate it to the wonderful libraries I visit with my Storytime! Being in nature is the perfect place to find inspiration for my animal characters and this new story is one of my best! With my pen, I'll take over the WORLD! Ugh! Has anyone seen my pen?


This month, I was back in the studio working on the production of my new audiobook and rehearsing with David Ryder Prangley, who has just released his solo album! I'm so proud to be part of such a fantastic record with so many other talented musicians. Working with these guys really is amazing! Check out the album here: Black Magic & True Love.


I have more news but for now, don't look down, don't look back.
Look forward, look up.

Anna-Christina

“To the girls, to the women, to the mothers, to the daughters, who hear music bubbling within, please speak up, we need to hear your voices.”
-Hildur Guðnadóttir