We've been overwhelmed with the response by singers and performers who have recorded "Sometimes A Friend",
A little while ago, after the world began to realise that "staying at home" was the best thing to do while the Covid-19 virus was having such a big effect, Stephen and I thought it would be a nice gesture to have our friends and colleagues record their own version of our award-winning song, and upload it to the Busy Izzy and Friends Facebook page.
It's our way of sharing the message that friends are so important, especially in this difficult time.
Our first singer to upload a video was Zara, followed by Skye Clementine, who sang on the original recording.
Since then, we've had so many beautiful versions that we feel quite humble to think that so many people would take the time and trouble to video themselves singing it and then uploading to the Facebook page.
If you're on Facebook you can see all the uploaded videos, as well as heaps more stuff here: https://www.facebook.com/BusyIzzyandFriends/
We hope you enjoy all the different vocal and instrumental versions, and you're welcome to add your own version to the collection by simply posting your video to the "Posts" section of the page.
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Stay safe and well - Stephen Kiely.
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It was a very exciting day when Stephen Kiely and I, along with, Busy Izzy and Friends, visited Abbey Road in London. September 2018. There were many excited "Beatles" fans lined up to walk across that 'famous' crossing.
Innovating Music Since 1931. Abbey Road Studios is the most famous recording studio in the world and a global music icon. Originally a nine-bedroom house built in 1829, it was purchased by the Gramophone Company in 1928 who went on to build the world's first purpose-built recording studio.
The Beatles released their album entitled, 'Abbey Road' on the 26th of September 1969. It was recorded between 22nd February and the 20th of August 1969.
Its popularity is probably due in part to the album's success. The album debuted straight to number one in 1969, and is considered one of the greatest albums ever made by the Beatles. The recording studio EMI changed its name to Abbey Road, possibly as a direct result of its popularity.
I guess there are many authors like me, who sit in their studios playing solitaire. Surrounded in thought and ideas and writing away the day.
I don't usually join groups, but the Alliance of Independent Authors has features that suit me. I am looking forward to becoming more involved.
There are many member benefits, including support for:
1. Editorial 2. Design, including cover and interior 3. Formatting and other production issues, 4. Distribution, 5. Marketing 6. Promotion 7. Licensing and publishing rights
I was excited to upload my three picture books as all three books and songs in the series are "great gift ideas for Christmas and birthdays".
Stephen and I have been writing songs together for many years and we enjoy collaborating on the Busy Izzy songs. Our writing and recording sessions are always lots of fun. We bounce off each other very well. Sometimes I will come up with a melody or a lyric or both, and we’ll flesh it out together, or Stephen will present me with a variation which we’ll then combine. Sometimes it works the other way, with Stephen playing me a tune with a basic lyric, and I’ll have that in my head for a day or so before it sparks yet another idea. It’s an exciting process and we’re really happy with all the catchy songs we have written for Busy Izzy and Friends.
Have a listen to some of them:
Here: on our website, or
Here: on YouTube.