Our Suffolk Cottage Garden: 2019

A Troubling Start. Our cottage is centuries old. It is a ‘listed’ building; meaning that is has protected status and modifications cannot be made, externally. This ensures the building retains it’s historical appearance. It is timber framed and all of the original wood beams remained in place. That is, until we discovered that the cottage…

Duet: Summer Wine

My thanks to Ursula, who joined me for this song; most well known as being sung by Nancy Sinatra. I have to say that I was literally blown away by Ursula’s voice, when I first heard her. That she chose to sing with someone as unskilled in this art, as I, is beyond me. I…

Our Suffolk Cottage Garden: 2018

What an icey start to the year. this was! We started with snow and it went on for a couple of months. This was pretty deep and the snow drifted on the land around our cottage, here by the Suffolk coast. We had moments of seeming reprieve, when it seemed at last that the thaw…

Solo: Feeling Good

I was actually feeling very bad! Parkinson’s is bringing me the most extraordinary pain that I have today started a new medication, called Gabapentin, in addition to all the meds I take already. So, I needed a boost and what better than to sing ‘Feeling Good’ as a means to combat feeling bad? You know…

Solo: The Earth Song

Okay, let me offer a reminder that I am singing as voice and speech therapy; helping me to cope with symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease that affect my voice. I offer this reminder, for I am about to reveal me singing a song which is great therapy for me to sing but which you may no…

Duet: My Baby Just Cares for Me

Who doesn’t love this cheerful song, most famously sung by Nina Simone? Singing with Angela. My thanks to Angela, who joins me in the following music video. Angela has a stunning voice and she brings great contrast to my own, in this song. From a Parkinson’s perspective, I found this song easier but what was…

Solo: S.O.S. D’un Terrien en Détresse

This beautiful song, recently linked to the stunning performance of Dimash Kudaibergen, is a joy and a challenge, to sing. You will recognise the complexity of this song pretty soon into it. For any singer, this song takes practice and consideration. From a Parkinson’s perspective, breathing control, considered tone and vocal dexterity are required but…

Solo: Broken Wings

One of the iconic songs of the 1980’s was Broken Wings by Mr. Mister. I love this song and thought I would have a go at recording it at Smule.com; the karaoke site that I use to sing songs for my own vocal therapy. This helps me to stave off some of the impact that…

Duet: My Heart Will Go On

Singing with Rachan. My thanks to Rachan for joining me for this beautiful Celine Dion song. What can one say about one of the most iconic motion picture soundtracks of all time? Hmmmmm, well I think the obvious is just how technically challenging this song is, to sing. The range required is not for the…

Rainbow Pathway

I took these photos at beautiful Minsmere Nature Reserve, here in Suffolk. I then wanted to show a different version of them and so used digital art techniques to enhance them. You cannot beat the beauty of nature but it can be another way to experience the beauty of the natural world, to consider it…