So here’s to the end of a very different sort of a year… for a lot of us, a painful, scary, tough year. But also a year in which I for one, witnessed countless acts of kindness and love.
Having recently survived a bout of this dreaded virus the main thing I am feeling is thankful. Thankful to still be here, to the people that helped me, to still be making music and for all of you my listeners and friends…
Next year is going to be a special one… with something happening I can’t wait to share with you all. So here’s to the end of 2020 and to the beginning of 2021, hopefully full of healing, happiness and a return at some point in the not too distant future, to the freedoms we once took for granted, being part of our lives again.
It’s going to be a very different Christmas this year for most of us, but I hope that whereever you will be and whatever you are doing, you stay safe and well.
Sending love to each and every one of you to take into this New Year… come on 2021!
You have just returned from Rome, how does it feel to be back in the studio after the difficulties of this year?
It always feels good to be back in the studio – the studio has always been a special place for me, a sanctuary.And particularly so this year…
How easy/difficult has it been to record under Covid rules?
Mixing is tricky – having your nose and mouth covered does seem to affect a little bit how you hear. I don’t know if it’s psychosomatic or scientific but anyway we wore them all the time to be Covid compliant with the rules here in Italy – 10 hours a day every day – I was also happy to, I’m proudly pro-mask.
Have you added new songs as a result?
No but it’s weird how prophetic some of the songs seem now in retrospect.
How does this album differ from previous Bird albums?
Elements from each album are in this one – the main difference is that apart from one song they are all collaborations with one other artist/writer.
You have been collaborating with some fantastic people. Are you able to let us know a little more about them?
Worked with many old friends making this album which made it alot of fun – one was Grammy Award winning writer John Paul White (The Civil Wars). We actually met over a decade ago on an EMI Publishing song writing camp in Norway but didn’t get to write together then… It took ten years and a chance mutual friend, my producer, to get us together and it was worth the wait. John Paul is a massive talent and I wrote quite a few tracks with him that I’m very proud of… Another big contributer has been Hal Lindes (Dire Straits) another producer friend of mine Chris Kimsey (Rolling Stones) recommended we work together and it was another “we just clicked” moment for me. We’ve written alot of tracks together now, he’s also of course an awesome guitarist having been part of Dire Straits during their most successful period.
Finally, this has been a momentous year that has changed all our lives. You yourself have relocated to Tuscany, what are your hopes for next year? Do you remain optimistic?
Hope is the only thing we can have and we mustn’t lose it no matter how awful things seem. There is only one truth, nothing lasts forever. So yes I’m optimistic.
Bird is currently working on her 4th album with renowned Producer Mike Hedges (The Cure/Manic Street Preachers/Travis) due for release in 2021
Corona Virus Announcement:
At the beginning of last week I left the studio in London where we were recording vocals for the new album and jumped on the last plane I could to Italy to join the lockdown where half my family are based. It was one of the scariest and hardest decisions of my life. I did so because I strongly believe the only way to defeat this virus is to isolate. I felt the UK government was/is in massive denial and not doing what clearly needs to be done given the global circumstances.
I believe that we need to be socially responsible not just for ourselves, but to stop the spread of this virus so that weaker people, the elderly and health workers have a chance to survive. We need to accept life as we know it will go on hold for a short while as the numbers inevitably rise. This is our chance to (ironically) unify by isolation. It is our chance to rise up too in solidarity, with love and faith in each other, with belief in our ability to conquer this virus by staying isolated for as long as it takes…
I want to show my infinite gratitude to the doctors, nurses, cleaners, working in our hospitals all over the world, trying as best they can to deal with this and to all of you, wonderful people out there, who are choosing to put your lives on hold to help fight this virus.
Love Bird xxx