April said ‘May I came in?’ June 2013

From Tarzan to 'A Day at the Races' with the mad Marxes to 'The Emperor's Candlesticks' has been the lot of Maureen O'Sullivan in the last year from Photoplay Magazine August 1937

From Tarzan to ‘A Day at the Races’ with the mad Marxes to ‘The Emperor’s Candlesticks’ has been the lot of Maureen O’Sullivan in the last year from Photoplay Magazine August 1937

I had the…..

 'The Loveliest Night of the Year' The Great Caruso' starring Mario Lanza and Ann Blyth published by Francis Day & Hunter 138-140 Charing Cross Road London WC2


‘The Loveliest Night of the Year’ The Great Caruso’ starring Mario Lanza and Ann Blyth published by Francis Day & Hunter 138-140 Charing Cross Road London WC2

The gig at the Hippodrome was fantastic.   It used to be a theatre, then a nightclub called ‘Talk of the Town’ and now it’s a 24/7 gambling den!  I bumped into my old next door neighbour Phil Kay going into the next show.

London Hippodrome Program 30th November1929

London Hippodrome Program 30th November1929

It was such an honour to perform with Reuben Richards and his wonderful band the Soul Train on a beautiful song he has written called ‘Missing You’.

Lettie performing with Reuben Richards at the London Hippodrome 19 April 2013

Lettie performing with Reuben Richards at the London Hippodrome 19 April 2013

It was also great to only have a harmonica as my only baggage.   It reaffirmed my love of performing. I was, therefore, thrilled to be in such company not only of Reuben and his fantastic band the Soul Train but also Otis Grand.  I am, therefore, very excited to be playing in Corsica in the Autumn and I’m rethinking my whole live set up.  I have an eye on a Roland keyboard and I have been talking to them.  I need something light.  I am so grateful for David Baron and all the work I have done up till now.  In fact an animator Rune Ness is editing some of his animation for two songs off ‘Everyman‘.  It’s testament to our work that songs form five years ago are continually being rediscovered and that people really like them!

Nancy Rice The Mill on Glossette Series No 73 postcard to Else Hawker dated 1915

Nancy Rice The Mill on Glossette Series No 73 postcard to Else Hawker dated 1915

In the Summer I have time coming up and I’m concentrating on new material.  The new song I have written with Mark Vernon is being mixed again on Wednesday and has been renamed ‘The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa’.

'Ecstasy of Saint Theresa'  (1647-52) in Cornaro Chapel, Rome by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini

‘Ecstasy of Saint Theresa’ (1647-52) in Cornaro Chapel, Rome by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini

I have created a video but nothing seems to work as much as a still image.  I have also completed two tracks with Anthony Phillips for Universal Music Production, under a completely different name.  It’s good to have two sides to my music as well as being able to have a day job that enables me to have such flexibility.

Mrs Jolly Will Typing It For You 'Theatre World' June 1954

Mrs Jolly Will Typing It For You ‘Theatre World’ June 1954

It has taken me years to find a job that can give me this.

Natalie Castle 5 Rollesby Way Lonodn SE28 0181 311 2369 printed by Woodgate-Loydor Ltd, Teddington, Middlesex

Natalie Castle 5 Rollesby Way Lonodn SE28 0181 311 2369 printed by Woodgate-Loydor Ltd, Teddington, Middlesex

On top of this I have managed three tracks with Jonny Taylor a very talented young songwriter.  It’s interesting hearing our voices together.

Cartolina Postale (Carte Postale) of Taormina unmarked

Cartolina Postale (Carte Postale) of Taormina unmarked

I haven’t been able to update for a while as I took another trip.  A project I have been thinking about that involves a camera.  Another island and never could I have imagined I would have travelled so much in the last couple of years.  It’s good to leave the attic.

Lettie at Lido Mediterranean Taormina Sicily (May 2013)

Lettie at Lido Mediterranean Taormina Sicily (May 2013)

I watched Fellini’s ‘Il Bidone’ (1955) in Betrand Russell’s room and looked at the sofa Greta Garbo had lain, when she announced at thirty five she was retiring announcing to the world ‘Let me alone’, the murals of Frank Brangwyn RA, the paintings and poems of Henry Faulkner, letters of Tennessee Williams, the spirit of Caitlin Thomas, the ghosts of Robert Kitson, Daphne Phelps and Concetta.  This house, a living museum, is called Casa Cuseni and is unique.  It lies in the shadow of Mount Etna in Sicily.

View from the top, Mount Etna to the right May 2013 (Photograph by Lettie)

View from the top, Mount Etna to the right May 2013 (Photograph by Lettie)

Unmarked postcard bought in Taormina

Unmarked postcard bought in Taormina

I saw my friend Erin Lang perform last week at the Slaughtered Lamb.  I adore her – not only is she a lovely person but a really great musician.  Her new material is very haunting.

Another friend Michael Seymour (who did my album cover for ‘Good Fortune, Bad Weather’) is showing his work in a group exhibition next week of Pauline Boty (6 March 1938-1 July 1966) at Mach Schau  1.2 Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, Soho W1B 5PW on Tuesday 4th June 6.30pm -8.30pm.  She died tragically young and was considered the star of the Royal Academy, and the only female pop artist.  She was also an actress and there is footage of her on youtube in Ken Russell’s hard to find now, ‘Pop Goes The Easel’.  Please do come down.

Pauline Boty at Battersea Fun Fair 1964 by Michael Seymour (Copyright Michael Seymour)

Pauline Boty at Battersea Fun Fair 1964 by Michael Seymour (Copyright Michael Seymour)

Here are some images that I have been collating together.  I am now a bona fide ephemerist collector having received my membership card (or am I just a hoarder!).  This I found at the Worlds End Bookshop.  Last time I went into the bookshop I didn’t leave till 2am.

 A Newcomer First Views Hollywood from Movie File January 1938


A Newcomer First Views Hollywood from Movie File January 1938

 A Newcomer First Views Hollywood from Movie Life January 1938


A Newcomer First Views Hollywood from Movie Life January 1938

I’m looking forward to the Summer when I will be writing again!  I think I have found the perfect place finally.

The Lido from Minehead Holiday Guide 29th Edition 1960s

The Lido from Minehead Holiday Guide 29th Edition 1960s

A game of miniature golf……

From Minehead Holiday Guide 1960s

From Minehead Holiday Guide 1960s

 'I Know' by Carl Stutz and Edith Lindeman Featured and Recorded by Perry Como B Feldman & Co, 64 Dean St London 1959


‘I Know’ by Carl Stutz and Edith Lindeman Featured and Recorded by Perry Como B Feldman & Co, 64 Dean St London 1959

 'Time Waits For No One' music and lyrics by Cliff Friend and Charlie Tobias published by B Feldman & Co Shaftesbury Avenue


‘Time Waits For No One’ music and lyrics by Cliff Friend and Charlie Tobias published by B Feldman & Co Shaftesbury Avenue

xxx

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Unknown Postcard Rotary Photograph Series.

Unknown Postcard Rotary Photograph Series.

About lettiemusic

Part time artist based in London
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