Stay at Home - A Choral Experiment in Lockdown

Taylor has come together with a few other singers to try singing together in (almost) real time. Taylor is a choral conductor, and of course due to the coronavirus she cannot meet with her choirs. However, being apart doesn't mean you can't sing together. Taylor writes:

I was missing my choirs, and they were missing singing. Fortunately, we live in amazing times, and video conferencing technology can bring us together. But, as the audio is only 'one-way', it's tricky to sing together. One way around this is to record separate videos and then glue them all together, which is being done all over the world - with beautiful results. But I think that it's just as important to have the feeling that you're coming together, and to feel as though you're singing with each other. I wanted to recreate the rehearsal/performance process as close to real life as possible. So, we held a rehearsal for a little over an hour, singing all the way through my silly Stay at Home rewrite to the Row Your Boat tune. I sang and they sang along. And, as usual, the rehearsal wasn't all singing - there was a bit of banter as well :) I gave each of the singers a track to sing along with so that they could sing in time, and then one at a time I recorded the audio, mixed it very quickly, and then played it back so they could sing along. The voices they heard were the voices of each other, from only moments ago, and so it was very nearly like singing in a choir. We held another short rehearsal and made the final recordings, and then a recording of our experience, singing along in real time to the track I'd mixed, all in just over an hour. The video is just one take, and it's the best I could do to capture the experience of all of us singing together, though we're apart.

Taylor plans to do lots more of these in the next few weeks!

Shows On Hold

Taylor GiacomaTaylor's shows are on hold for the moment due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Taylor will be doing shows online, but for now you can see previous performances on YouTube and Facebook.

 

Oak Tree Music

Oak Tree MusicTaylor is delighted to announce that she has been added to the roster at Oak Tree Music.

'Oak Tree Music specialises in providing hand-picked songwriters, bands and musicians for live performances and recording sessions. Our sound is earthy and rootsy, mixed with other folk and acoustic elements. It is always genuine, organic and real.'

View Taylor's profile here: https://oaktreemusic.co.uk/taylor-giacoma/

Stockport Plus LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month 2020Taylor will be appearing on Thursday 27 February at a musical evening of celebration at the close of of LGBT History Month presented by Stockport Plus. The event runs from 7pm-9pm and will include light refreshments, friendly chat, and of course music - you might even find yourself singing along!

"LGBT+ PLUS is a grass roots social group which was founded under the original name 'People Like Us Stockport' in March 2004 by local members of Stockport's LGBT+ community. We remain a very popular and growing social group as we work to continually develop our programme offering. In 2019 on our 15th Anniversary we proudly re-launched ourselves with an entirely brand new look as the newly evolved 'LGBT+ PLUS'.

Our main aims are to provide support and to increase general wellbeing by bringing the LGBT+ community together to socialise and inform each other, whilst also actively remaining interconnected with the wider LGBT+ network nationally and beyond both online and offline."

Stockport Mind

A recent fundraiser at Semitone Studios organised by Taylor Giacoma has raised both money and awareness for Stockport Mind.

'Stockport Mind is a local, independent adult mental health charity, supporting people in the Stockport area.' Though affiliated to National Mind, the work of Stockport Mind is made possible largely due to the generosity of volunteers and independent fundraisers. 

Taylor wanted the release of her latest single, Lucy, to reach out to those who need mental health help.

Lucy is a story about the journey from darkness to light. I began to write Lucy whilst walking along the Ta' Cenc cliffs in Gozo, Malta, or rather I should say she came to me. I had been doing some reading about Lucia of Syracuse, perhaps better known as Saint Lucy, following a visit to the Citadel in the capital where I encountered the remains of Saint Lucida. As ever with a journey, you never know where you'll end up, and though I started by trying to find out about Saint Lucida, I ended up finding out about Saint Lucia/Saint Lucy. She was ultimately murdered for being unwilling to live her life according to what society expected of her, one of many Christians martyred in the Diocletianic Persecution at the end of the third/beginning of the fourth century. She was very much on my mind that afternoon walking in Ta Cenc, and what would later become the chorus of the song came to me almost in one piece. I wrote other bits and pieces as they came to me, but none of it quite made sense. It wasn't until months later when I woke from a vivid dream which was certainly inspired by the cliffs that I knew the song was meant to be about more than Lucy. It was a nightmare, now alluded to in the bridge of Lucy, and I realised that Lucy inspired me because she followed her own light to the end, even facing the darkness of death. I went on a run - one of the many things I do to improve my sometimes challenging mental health - and suddenly the little bits that I'd written up until that point suddenly made sense: The story I needed to tell was my own, as well as hers. I looked next for how to put into musical terms the darkness I have faced in dealing with depression and anxiety. At times (and still) I feel a bit exposed; it is not easy describing my own battles with mental illness and the darkest of the dark. But art, like life, isn't always easy, and I wrote it as best I could. I asked Patrick McKenzie to record the song at Semitone Studios, and we worked tirelessly to capture not just the notes but the meaning, the heart of the song. I chose 13 December to release the song because it is Saint Lucy Day, and I chose Stockport Mind to benefit from the first couple weeks of its release because it's a fantastic local charity that is there for people in the darkest of the dark. Particularly at Christmas time, when everything around us seems glittery and light, the dark can be overwhelming. Though it was just £155 collected on two consecutive Friday nights at Semitone, that's 31 people at risk of suicide who Stockport Mind can help at the other end of the phone (at £5 each, info via Stockport Mind). So for two weeks, I sang for those 31 people.

New Song! Lucy

Lucy by Taylor GiacomaTaylor is releasing her new song, Lucy, on Friday 13 December.

'A journey through the darkest of dark towards the hope of light. Inspired by the life of Lucy of Syracuse, who bravely walked the earth in the fourth century'.'

Lucy is now available on major digital platforms - listen to it on Spotify or iTunes now!

Taylor will play Lucy at Semitone Studios at the live music event on Friday 13 December, where she will also have download cards available in exchange for donations to Stockport Mind.

Stockport Mind is a local, independent adult mental health charity, supporting people in the Stockport area.