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What if some of history’s greatest composers were alive and making music today? How would they blend their signature sounds with more modern vocals and performance and production techniques? How would they stay relevant and progressive, as they mostly were in their time? As a recovering classical purist, I’m exploring these questions, because people deserve to hear this music and this music deserves to be heard.  

I take the essence of historical masterpieces - the bits that make them so devastatingly beautiful - and reconstitute them with a modern flavour and feel to give new life and perspective to songs that have helped shape the evolution of music.  

The music as it was first written has inspired my love of this art and I want to make it more accessible to the modern listener while honouring the original, so a new generation may be as profoundly influenced and affected as I have.  

Listen below to a snippet of the 16th century lute song I’m currently working on called 'Now O Now I Needs Must Part’ by Renaissance composer John Dowland, sometimes referred to as the first singer/songwriter. Arranged by and featuring Jared Haschek on piano.

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A (very) late night singalong and a jingle for the guy who ate only potatoes for a year...  

At the end of last year (2017 been busy so far!) I had the funnest fun time catch up with my mate Alan French, a classical pianist/composer/producer from the NSW Central Coast. We don't get to hang out often but when we do we make it count. Here's a, let's call it 'tipsy', version of Mary Poppins' 'Spoonful of Sugar' and also a bit of 'Somewhere' from Westside. It was a big night of show tunes with Cindy along, that's her bag, and Alan can play anything he's ever heard, so that worked out nicely.



Also, my husband Andrew Taylor, who is a viral sensation from having eaten only potatoes for the entirety of 2016 (www.spudfit.com), launched his podcast. He realised at the last minute he didn't have a jingle, so I spent a few minutes in the (stinking hot) car outside the St Kilda library where we were working putting together this funny little jingle on Loopy HD and Garageband on my iPad. It was a bit of fun and it kind of catchy, so it might stick for a while...

Finally making progress - albeit extremely slowly - on my album of pop arrangements of French art songs, Aussie contemporary classical songs and a few instrumental bits and pieces. It's taken me a lot of time and effort to start to round out the concept of the sound I want in my head. I think I'm getting more. Still trying to decide if I'll share as I go along or wait until the finish product (which is at least six months away!). Either way I'll keep you posted. 

Keep singing!
Mandy
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  1. Spud Fit jingle