Friday, 25 August 2017

Spotlight on LG

Word on the street is that Lilygun's new album Strength & Grace Rocks! 💜

The response to my second band album has been nothing short of amazing and I am still in shock that it sold out as fast as it did! We are currently talking about a re-issue but as we have other things scheduled in the next few months, it will have to wait...

In the meantime, check out some of the reviews we've had here: www.lilygun.com/reviews.
In particular a detailed track by track review by Graham Letchford which is fantastic!

I was also delighted when Belgium's Rock Your Underground made Inside their 'Video of the Week'. Hugues Bernard also interviewed me about Lilygun's new album, influences and my best live memory which you can read here: Rock Your Underground.

One more bit of Lilygun news...

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This song is taken from my solo acoustic EP. It's called What Goes Around. It's featured on the new Lilygun album, but in a heavy rock version. I thought it would be cool for you to hear the original recording of the song before the album single version comes out. For more info on Lilygun and to get this song, visit my band's website here: www.lilygun.com

Anna-Christina 


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Friday, 11 August 2017

My Favourite Children's Books

I think it's extremely important to read books with your children. Not only is it a wonderful bonding experience but there's so much to be learned from the diverse collection of children's stories and picture books. Since we (Music Audio Stories) are currently working on our first book, I thought it would be a nice idea to tell you which books were my favourite when I was growing up!

I unpacked one of my archive draws full of my childhood memorabilia. I was so happy to discover I had kept some of my favourite books from when I was little! I picked out a few of the books I remember I loved the most...

Tales of Mrs Hedgehog

(Purnell and Sons Limited)
Stories by Susannah Bradly
Illustrations by Kate Lloyd-Jones


I absolutely loved this book! My mum used to read me the stories and I remember looking at the pictures and wishing that I could live in Henrietta's Hobbit style house! I would imagine I was in the story, in the pages themselves and I would have such adventures!

Hamlyn Wonderful Fairy Stories in Colour

(Hamlyn)
Re-told by Lornie Leete-Hodge
Illustrated by Beverlie Manson
  • The Emperor's New Clothes
  • Snow White and Rose Red
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • The Ugly Ducking
  • The Three Bears
  • The Little Fir Tree
  • The Sleeping Beauty
  • Cinderella
  • The Golden Goose
  • Jack and the Beanstalk


This was the book, chosen by my sister, as our regular Bedtime story book. As you can see from the list of chapters above, it featured all the classic fairy tales of old. The fine lined detailed illustrations made it look magical to me but I also remember feeling a little frightened by some of the pictures, the three bears were scary to me at the time!

Enid Blyton's Story Book Treasury

(Hamlyn)
  • Including: The Unkind Children
  • The Invisible Gnome
  • Brer Rabbit is So Cunning
  • The Little Singing Kettle
  • Old Bufo the Toad
  • and Pipkin Plays a Trick


This book features 29 of Enid Blyton's best short stories. Another good book to read before bedtime!

Stories From The Ballet

Cathay Books
By various writers and illustrators
  • Coppelia
  • The Sleeping Beauty
  • The Nutcracker
  • Swan Lake
  • The Firebird
  • Petrushka
  • Cinderella



Every Ballet dancer, at some point in their young life, will have a book with stories from the Ballet in. I was no different! My mum brought me this book, and for some time, it was a treasure of mine. I would read it under my covers with a torch at night in my dormitory at school. One of the horrible girls in my class tried to steal it from me so I'm very glad I still have it today! The style of the artwork in this book influenced my GCSE artwork.

It's funny, because writing this particular Blog post has been a real flash back in time for me. We should all try to remember the child within us by doing something childlike and reading a children's book every now and then. I am suddenly compelled to read these books all over again!

Anna-Christina 

www.musicaudiostories.com 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Fun Things/News Update

Here's a little news update and a couple of fun things I have going on at the moment...

Band Stuff

After the success of my second Lilygun album selling out in 6 days, things have been pretty busy on the band front. We knew there were people out there who had been waiting for this album. We knew that the response to our Inside music video had been amazing. But we didn't know, copies of this album would be gone by Saturday morning on the week of its release! People are demanding a re-issue. We'll see...


Music Audio Stories

This month Music Audio Stories are introducing new Fun Pages for children! As part of our Story Time, we decided to do something a little different! Children from the age of three upwards are learning at a rapid rate and most of them are beginning to colour in their drawings. We thought it would be a nice idea if we could offer them one of our characters to colour in. Since butterflies are extremely popular, we chose Chris from our audio book Chris the Caterpillar!

We also decided to create a question tree. Children learn best when they are having fun. What better way to teach them about caterpillars, butterflies and flowers than with a captivating audio book! Children are out in the garden and in nature at this time of year and this Music Audio Story is a great summer time story.

Get involved and get your free downloads here: www.musicaudiostories.com


Other News

I have posted a new video today! These days I am mostly composing music for other people, but here's a little something that's mine!


There's a couple of other things I have in the pipeline but more about them later...

♥Anna-Christina