True Story – Making It Happen

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True Story

I want to tell you a true story of how you can achieve whatever you want to achieve if you really put your mind to it – even if you have no experience at all in that field of interest.

The Beginning of Clarabelle Music

In March 2013 I purchased myself a second-hand keyboard because I wanted to create some instrumental music.  I couldn’t play the keyboard at the time but I wanted to learn – teach myself.  I created about nine instrumentals within about a two week period – I couldn’t read music, I just wrote numbers on the keys with pencil and “felt the music” and I also just memorised the keys I was playing.

Clarabelle's Keyboard
Clarabelle’s Keyboard
Tony…

I wanted to transfer each musical piece onto my laptop but I didn’t have the right connecting cables.  So I went into a shop in Glasgow City Centre, RS Sound & Light and got chatting to the owner of the shop, Tony.  Tony was a very warm and inviting man and he sold me the cables I needed.  Whilst chatting to Tony he asked me why I wanted the cables and I told him I was going to be making up my own songs – I said to him “eventually I will have my own CD Album”.  Tony said that this was great and that when the CD Album is ready, to bring it into him and he would play it in his shop and also pass the CD onto other DJs he knew so they would also play it for me.

RS Sound & Light
Tony’s Shop in Glasgow
So Inspiring

This was so inspiring for me because although I had very little music experience (practically none), Tony didn’t disregard my idea and aspirations – he encouraged and supported me with it.  That was it, I was on a mission……..a passionate, exciting, true to myself mission of giving Tony my CD Album – I could see that vision, I could feel it and I believed it.

At this point I hadn’t written any songs……but here’s what happened.

From May 2013 to September 2013 I wrote 25 songs…..from the heart, including the melodies.  Between October to December I chose four of my favourite songs which I had only recorded acapella style on Youtube and hired musicians in Ireland (Denis Kilty), Canada (Gary Stitt) and New York (Shako) to create a simple piano and guitar backing track based on my melodies.  In January 2014, I went to the Professional Recording Studio, Reeltime Music and recorded my very first EP, Hearts Apart, which contains these original four songs – I had never been to a recording studio before either!!

Clarabelle Heart's Apart

Across The Globe

Two weeks later I had released my first single, “Runaway Love” on iTunes and other music platforms across the globe and one month after that I was holding my newly created CD Album in my hands – I cried….my tears were of joy, love and pride in what I had accomplished.  One of the first things I thought of was, I can give Tony my CD now.

Runaway Love, Clarabelle

Tony Helped Me

Almost exactly a year later to the date when I first went into Tony’s shop, I very proudly handed him a copy of my CD Album and also a copy for his daughter.  Prior to that, Tony had also helped me choose my first PA system and is also supporting me as Professional Compere for my first ever public Gig on 3rd May this year in my home village of Carfin…….how exciting.

EP HJearts Apart by Clarabelle

So Grateful

I am so grateful for all the help from Tony at RS Sound & Light in Glasgow City Centre and everyone else who has been involved in helping me achieve what I have achieved so far…..I certainly could not have done it without them.  A massive thank you also goes out to my best friend Donna Marie Dick who has been amazing in helping me co-ordinate my first two live Gigs in May – she truly is a shining star.

Carrick Spa, Loch Lomond
Donna (L) and Clarabelle

Special thanks also goes out to my wonderful photographer who took some amazing shots of me for my music portfolio (he’s still a bit shy, so doesn’t want me to mention his name yet).  There are lots of people I need to thank personally and I will…..not sure if they all want to be mentioned here on this blog, so I will protect their identity for the moment, but I know they know I am so grateful for their contribution.

Clarabelle Photo Shoot

So Blessed

So there you have it, that’s a short summary of the truth from my musical journey, how amazing is that, I feel so blessed for everything.

I want YOU to believe in YOU, believe in your DREAMS, believe YOU can make them happen and have faith that the right people will cross your path to help you.

I had many barriers in the way…….far to many to mention but when I look at how far I have come I can only ever feel very VERY happy.

I wish you forever happiness, I truly do.  Thank you for being here.

Lots of love Clarabelle

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