Wayne is loving it. Although this is his first time in a recording studio he’s completely relaxed. I popped in to say hello and wish him good luck and found him recording an original track written by Tim Riley, producer, song writer and music guru. The studio is at The Allen, in Kendal and Wayne is there to record his first album. He arrived with a clutch of his favourite songs, prepared to record an album of covers, but he’s enjoyed singing Tim’s composition so much that he’s asked for more of where that came from.
And to show just how much they are punching above their weight, of the 5,000 albums released this year, only 11% have been by female artists.
Female artists also do well in the best selling albums of this century, but the most remarkable feature is that the first ten are all British. The list is:
1. Back to Bedlam- James Blunt 3,239,713
2. Back to Black- Amy Winehouse 3,092,198
3. No Angel- Dido 3,062,777
4. Spirit- Leona Lewis 3,034,653
5. White Ladder- David Gray 2,940,575
6. 1- The Beatles 2,898,235
7. Life For Rent- Dido 2,866,350
8. Beautiful World- Take That 2,820,079
9. A Rush of Blood to the Head- Coldplay 2,768,947
10. Hopes and Fears- Keane 2,761,649.
Deservedly, Amy Winehouse is set to take over the top spot very soon, although it’s my bet that Adele, who is at No 12 with 21 will have overtaken her by the end of the year.
It’s many years since we’ve taken a summer holiday, partly because the summer is when we have the most work to do, but also because there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. It’s a real wrench to spend even a couple of days away from the garden. But this July I had to be away for ten whole days and whilst it was sad to be away, it was a joy to return to see the astonishing change which had taken place in such a brief period. The garden had burst into colour. I was greeted by banks of vivid vibrant primary colours- reds, yellows and oranges from cannas, gladioli, dahlias and crocosmia. It was wonderful to see the garden at its best again and almost worth being away to see the transformation.