I am really excited to share a few of my new songs on Hush Now EP - a collection of songs documenting the adventures and challenges of becoming a parent.
"Live, raw, honest and intimate with cello, piano, acoustic guitars and blended vocals from Laura, plus percussive sounds from Jay Scott-Hamilton. This music will take you on a journey from ‘Misty Afternoon’ - the opening retrospective letter to the next songs exploring conception, birth, challenges, grief, relief and joy."
These songs were the birth place of my Associate Artist project at Exeter Phoenix called #4TheLove; a creativity and wellbeing music project. I collaborated with musicians and visual artists to write songs with no other purpose than ‘4TheLove’ of it, after a few years of challenging health. It was a very cathartic process and through it I realised I was actually practicing what I preached in the music projects I lead with young people; the power of music and it’s ability to soothe.
A few years ago I was struck by a TED Talks by Brene Brown called 'The Power of Vulnerablity’. This spoke about becoming vulnerable to the right people in order to live wholeheartedly. This talk challenged me as I like to deal with things privately or with people close to me in life, but this is sometimes the opposite of what I encourage in my music sessions with young people.
During these sessions they create music despite issues of confidence, self esteem and life circumstances. These young people are so brave sharing their stories, writing their songs and expressing themselves when given the opportunity and I have witnessed lots of great things from them making music.
So I have decided to share my honest and vulnerable songs about my journey, not for attention but just because sometimes it's nice to think 'oh, someone gets what I have been through' and then you feel like you are not walking alone. You never know when your struggle may come so let's sing, create, play and walk together.
A big thank you to my lovely husband for encouraging me to have fun and record; to my good friend and fab musician Jay Scott-Hamilton for his brilliant contribution and to Adam Copeman for having patience and smiles whilst recording/mixing/producing us.
It was all recorded within two half days as there was very little budget so I am very pleased with what was achieved.
Hope you like it. (Plus there is a cheeky extra of a live recording at St. Paul's Church of the title track Hush Now recorded by Christopher Dugmore).