Each of my 4 albums have been done in studios, in slightly different ways, perhaps Little Treasures being the closest thing to a live album – live in the studio. But I’d really love to do an album, live and spontaneous in front of an audience. There’s something magical about live performances that just can’t be captured in the studio. Every audience is unique and every performance draws on different energies, emotions, charisma and interaction. While I’m super proud of the albums to date, they don’t quite capture my…. quirk. They don’t capture my eyebrows, stories, crowd interaction, improvisation, instrumental explorations, spontaneity and the rawness of being in the moment.
I’ve been preparing for some months (haha, some years!). And in listening to other live albums, watching performances, critiquing my performances, songs, albums, I realise there’s a whole new world of things to learn and consider when doing a live album. Like…
- If I encourage the drunkie at the front to dance and the audience has a giggle… the person listening to the CD version won’t GET it
- The banter I do mid song… do I really want that pressed onto a CD to be forever repeated for all to hear?
- Structure vs spontaneity
- Mic technique, singing in tune, playing in tune, keeping time, all at the same time, not bumping things, falling off the stage or farting, yet performing with passion!
- Creating VARIETY on the CD without a guitar, piano, voice, harmonica
I’m aching to put out a few NEW songs, but in particular, I’d like to do quite a few numbers from the layered/built up albums like Hero in Me and Chest of Drawers, and strip them back to how they were when I first wrote them, perhaps venture into a few solos here and there, see where it takes us. I’d also love to have some crowd sing alongs, cos you rock at that! But we’ll definitely wait till you’ve sat on a few wines; get those nerves out of the way! I know I love to rip out Billie Jean, but I won’t be doing any covers for this album, just Jen Stuff I might even pull out Kangaroo Poo for my early days……. Heaven forbid…
Hell… if it’s too awkward for CD I’ll cut it….
I’ll be doing TWO dates to record the live album in an intimate venue in outer Melbourne – Selby Folk Club. Two dates where I’ll pick the best songs from each. I love Selby Folk Club. Intimate. Perfect size. The wonderful David Miller, who has been working for 3MDR and at Selby Folk Club for yonks and supplies me with adequate chocolate supplies, is recording the evening. I have loved what he’s captured previously and I know you will too.
Any tips? Pet hates? Pet loves?
What is your favourite live album? Why?
What songs do you wanna hear?
- Freezing Time
- Chest of Drawers
- Village by the Sea
- Not into You
- Come & Go (this is where you sing!)
- Our Darkest Day
- Hero in Me
- Across the Nullarbor
- Running out of Lies
- Somebody to Love
- Big Bad World
- The Finish Line
- A Place in the Sky
- Winter Sun
- Sweet Tooth
- Comfort Zone
- Don’t Mind
- Down with your soul
- Tailwind [NEW]
- Years and Years [NEW]
- Wandiligong [NEW]
- With Me [NEW]
- Kangaroo Poo [Oldie…]
- Wearing the Me [Oldie]
Send me an email: [email protected] or reply on this post with your favs!
Be part of the audience for the making of this album! I’d love you to be there for this milestone, hooting and hollering! Singing and celebrating.
DATES: FRIDAY 12th & SATURDAY 13th DECEMBER 2014
VENUE: SELBY FOLK CLUB
(Selby Community House)
ADDRESS: Minak Reserve, Charles St, Selby.
Charles St is off Belgrave-Gembrook Rd at the side of Selby General Store.
TIME: Doors Open 7:30pm
Support Act 8:00pm
COST: $10 Entry
SUPPORT ACTS to warm you up:
FRIDAY NIGHT: Stewart Kohinga
SATURDAY NIGHT: Kevin O’Neill
SOUND ENGINEER: David Miller will be recording and mixing the evening.
PRE-SALE ALBUMS, Teashirts and all Jenny Biddle CDs will be available to fundraise for the making of the live album. Stock up for Christmas!