Thami joined me to talk about his work as a mentor and coach for musicians and bands and he gives good examples of how he approaches helping them. A musician himself who has worked in many genres and locations he gives insight to the enrichment that can come from applying a music career in so many settings, music teacher, community musician, writer as well as gigging own material and building an authentic career. A delightful guest who has worked at all levels of the music industry as A&R for labels like Island, Thami understands the issues that surround making music and dealing with raising a family and paying the bills as well. He has offered to come in again and run clinics for musicians giving advice for free, it was lovely to meet someone as passionate and committed as Thami
We spoke about the importance of authenticity, humbleness and respect for others as part of the essential qualities that set artists apart and in sticking to the creative process that they believe in without worrying about what others are doing.
Also Cardboard Carousel and their music success, We Love Woking and all the work they do to promote a positive Woking and Moo Moo’s Art – beautiful slate art being sold to raise money for the York Road Project – which supports the homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless in Woking.
The Dog – Harry Johnson & The All Stars (cheeky little instrumental to get us going)
Get Ready For this 2 Unlimited – (What was I thinking?? Oh yeah it was for Zahir he likes this stuff)
I Spy (For The FBI) Jamo Thomas (Because A&R people are spying for the …oh that doesn’t scan quite as well)
Does Anybody Know? Cardboard Carousel (Because they’re a very talented band and it is a lovely song)
Hanging Around – The Stranglers (a band that have stuck to an authentic sound for them)
Feeling Good – Nina Simone (the inexplicable meeting of a writer and singer from completely different backgrounds making an iconic feel good song)
When I Saw You – The Ronettes (Phil Spector bringing in symphonies, and the first time you see your child)
The Night Sky – Keane (for the volunteers I know who are working hard to make good things happen)
Hark Hark – Subculture (a lovely track from a new unsigned band I love)
This Town Ain’t Big Enough For the Both of Us – Sparks….. 😉
Gypsy’s, Tramps & Thieves – Cher (what some people call us ol music people)
Things Are Going To Get Better – The Small Faces no explanation because it isnt a Fiery Bird Show without them
13. Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade For Mitchy Moo and great memories of a fantastic charity event she put on for Face The Future a Woking charity that supports families of children born with Treacher Collins Syndrome.
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