Archive for the ‘Jewelia’ Category

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

December 25, 2014

Christmas Greetings!

Enjoy a wonderful performance of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from Jewelia.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas sung by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis. Frank Sinatra later recorded a version with modified lyrics.

This rendition by Jewelia is vastly superior to the Judy Garland classic.

In August, Jewelia released her début album Monsters.

Anna

December 10, 2014
Anna - Jewelia

Anna – Jewelia

Anna, from forthcoming album.

Uh, did we know that we were incomplete?

Sorry I keep forgetting that you and me, we’re not the same
I’ve got a thousand reasons why, and half of them you share
Whenever I try to drag you with me in my own misery
Tell me, would you rather listen to the stormy sea?

Oh Anna, Anna
Are these fresh love marks on your skin?
Is this it? Is this it?
Or was it just a teenage dream?

Sun and rain, they’re still the same
My baby, are you going to leave?
Tomorrow’s still unwritten but I wish I could know everything
If I get distracted and sometimes forget, please don’t hold a grudge

I can’t go wrong with this one
There’s no one here to judge

Oh Anna, Anna
Are these fresh love marks on your skin?
Is this it? Is this it?
Or was it just a teenage dream?
Oh Anna, Anna
It still feels like we’re seventeen,
Is this it? Is this it?
Or was it just a teenage dream?

Tell me, would you rather listen to the howling wind?
Oh, he’ll break you even if you love him more than anything..

Oh Anna,
It still feels like we’re seventeen
Is this it? Is this it?
Or was it just a teenage dream

Did we know that we were incomplete?

Music and lyrics by Jewelia

Piano, Vocals, Synths – Jewelia (Iulia Tache)
Drums – Andy Denyer
Bass – Owen Ralph
Guitar – Glen Brown

Recorded at the Institute of Sound Recording, University of Surrey.

Début album Monsters, released August 2014.

Copilul ratacit

December 4, 2014

A beautiful haunting folk song from singer-songwriter Jewelia.

Lumea întreagă stă în loc
Nu mai crezi în noroc
Totul pare o glumă proastă
Până la final
Nu mai ştii drumul spre casă
Şi nu mai ai nici o întrebare
Nu aştepţi nici un răspuns
Soarele nu mai răsare
Se tot duce spre apus

Dar hei, hei, hei, nu uita
Lumea întreagă te vrea
Tu eşti copilul rătăcit
Şi hei, hei, hei, dac-ai vrea
Lumea ar fi a ta
Şi-ai fi copilul fericit

„Oare unde am greşit?”
Te întrebi la nesfârşit
Dorul tău de zări albastre
Nu s-a stins de tot
Flacăra mocneşte încă
S-o dezgropi nu-i prea târziu
Şi s-o iei de la început
Şi dac-ai greşit ceva e doar că
N-ai crezut puţin mai mult

Dar hei, hei, hei, nu uita
Lumea întreagă te vrea
Tu eşti copilul rătăcit
Şi hei, hei, hei, dac-ai vrea
Lumea ar fi a ta
Şi-ai fi copilul fericit

Lasă-ti gândul să zboare spre tot ce-ai visat
Şi fereastra din tine deschide-o treptat
Cu lumina ta
Vei încălzi pe cineva

Hei, hei, hei, nu uita
Lumea întreagă te vrea
Tu eşti copilul rătăcit
Şi hei, hei, hei, dac-ai vrea
Lumea ar fi a ta
Şi-ai fi copilul fericit

Lumea întreagă stă în loc
În ea s-a mai aprins un foc..

Mid-August Jewelia released her début album Monsters.

Yesterday

November 22, 2014

Singer-songwriter Jewelia accompanied by Andy, live studio recording of the Paul McCartney/Beatles classic Yesterday.

InSession recorded at InSound Studios in Woking.

InSession is similar to The Crypt Cover Project, once a month invites musicians down into the crypt and within a day they record a song and get it on-line the next day.

The Crypt is located beneath a 19th century church which earns a mention in the Bronte novels and has bells made from cannons from the Napoleonic War.

Jewelia released her début album Monsters in August.

Dead Leaves

November 17, 2014

Dead Leaves, live studio recording, Jewelia on keyboard and vocals, accompanied by Andy on guitar.

InSession recorded at InSound Studios in Woking.

InSession is similar to The Crypt Cover Project, once a month invites musicians down into the crypt and within a day they record a song and get it on-line the next day.

The Crypt is located beneath a 19th century church which earns a mention in the Bronte novels and has bells made from cannons from the Napoleonic War.

Jewelia released her début album Monsters in August.

Monsters signed

October 10, 2014
Monsters signed

Monsters signed

Just sent off through Royal Mail my first signed CD, all the way to Tenerife. If you want a copy of your own, let me know and I’m happy to send you one. xx — Jewelia

Limited edition of 50 signed copies.

Monsters is début album from Jewelia, released mid-August 2014.

Downloading and playing music on Google Nexus 7

October 8, 2014

You cannot download Monsters the début album from Jewelia, or so I was told.

I knew this not to be true, as I had never had any problems downloading from bandcamp.

To check, I downloaded Monsters to a computer, then as I wished to play on Google Nexus 7, dragged my download across to a folder marked music.

What now, how was I to play Monsters?

Google Play Music did nothing, other than try to access the net.

In the absence of a music player, I downloaded and installed a music player from Google Play. I cannot recall what it was, but nothing happened, and so I deleted it.

The other problem, Google Nexus 7 has no means to explore folders or file content.

I can explore the Google Nexus 7 by connecting to laptop or computer, but this is ridiculous, and defeats having a tablet if need a laptop too.

It then occurred to me, maybe I am going abut this the wrong way, maybe I need to use bandcamp app to download and play Monsters.

I downloaded and installed bandcamp app, then used it to download Monsters.

I actually succeeded in downloading more than one copy as I thought nothing was happening.

I only learnt this when I tapped and slid down the status and saw several copies downloaded.

Although I still could not see where the albums were stored, maybe in downloads, maybe in music, at least the downloads showed.

Tap, and everything should be automatic, that is what usually happens, the appropriate app takes over.

Er no, I get an error message, can’t open file.

I guessed it was because the albums were zip files. But should not the bandcamp app download files in a format it can use?

I also noted the albums downloaded had meaningless names

  • album-1.zip
  • album-2.zip …

When I downloaded to the computer and transferred across to the music folder, at least the file had a meaningful name.

It was time to visit TechStart, where they know more about Android than I.

Very much as I suspected, need to install a file explorer (which can also unzip files) and a music player.

Following their suggestions, downloaded and installed

  • File Manager
  • N7 Player

File Manager used to unzip Monster files and placed in a folder

  • Jewelia Monsters EP

within the music folder.

As more than one copy of album downloaded as mp3 and FLAC, allowed comparison between mp3 and FLAC.

mp3 320 is high quality. Quite impressive. Then FLAC, a noticeable difference. [see mp3 v FLAC]

Monsters is not only excellent musically, it is also high audio quality.

A curious thing. I tapped on Google Music Play, and there was Monsters already loaded and waiting to play. I had done nothing. That is other than making Monsters available as an album in a folder in the music folder.

Monsters now also in Google Music Play Library.

Which means I had no need to download and install a music player.

And now for books …

Note: Google Nexus 7 an Android device. Discussion thus applies to all Android devices.

Note: Bandcamp allows live streaming if you purchase and download an album. Cannot see what this offers, as can live stream albums on-line as often as you wish.

Sirena Bay

October 3, 2014
Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay, an unspoilt bay on the coast.

Lana Del Ray playing. I should not have resisted the temptation asked that Jewelia be played instead.

Sirena Bay would be ideal location for Jewelia to play a concert.

A Tiny Ring (I remember once again)

September 15, 2014

Another beautiful haunting song from Jewelia, moving words too.

If I remember correctly, A Tiny Ring (I remember once again) was part of Jewelia’s acoustic set at Staycation Live. She gave the background to the song.

Last month, Jewelia released her début EP Monsters.

Jewelia has been asked why not on iTunes?

A reasonable question, but not a reasonable suggestion.

A reasonable suggestion to anyone on iTunes or Amazon, is why not on bandcamp?

iTunes and Amazon, bad for artists, bad for music lovers.

On iTunes and Amazon, artists get a raw deal. But so do music lovers, a few seconds lofi sample.

On bandcamp, reasonable quality mp3 128, listen as often as you like, and if you choose to download, higher quality mp3 320 or studio quality FLAC and the artist gets a better cut. And bandcamp encourages sharing.

Downloads on bandcamp are often free or low price, but you can support the artist and pay more, many choose to pay more.

In response to the suggestion of iTunes, Jewelia wisely directed to bandcamp.

The more people support bandcamp, the better known it will become, and everyone will benefit.

Monsters

September 11, 2014

Two versions of Monsters, title track from Monsters, debut EP from incredibly talented singer-songwriter Jewelia.