Recap of Amanda and Martin’s Church Ceremony, Manly NSW

I had the pleasure of singing and playing piano for Amanda and Martin’s wedding ceremony at St. Mary’s in Manly on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. It was a traditional mass ceremony and so beautiful!

SONGS
Entry: This I Promise You by Ronan Keating
Signing: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis
Exit: Special Two by Missy Higgins

TESTIMONIAL FROM THE BRIDE AND GROOM
“Larissa is a amazing wedding singer. From the very start when I emailed her through to my church ceremony.. she has been helpful and made my ceremony so special”

 

 

Storyboarding

The ‘In The Clouds EP’ is being pressed as we speak. I’m flippin’ excited! All the beautiful people who donated to my Indiegogo campaign will receive their copy first and everyone will have to wait til it is released in October. In the meantime Boat, the first single is available to download at iTunes and Cdbaby. Boat has reached number one on the Pop Chart on Triplejunearthed so thank you everyone who rated and commented.

Pre-production for a music video for Boat has begun!! I’ve been busy scouting locations, moved a lovely but heavy  pianola (I didn’t move it. Matt, Lakey & Jakey did) and have a great cinematographer and director on board. Film days are set for the beginning September and fingers crossed it warms up. I’ve been developing the storyboard with my beautiful friend Gianna, and it’s so much fun. Takes me back to London and making the other videos with Greg.

I’m getting heavily into yoga. It seems like the perfect exercise for me and I’m definitely reaping the physical and mental benefits. After a few weeks of terrible headaches, I had another scan and it appears I still have severe sinusitis – WHY DID I HAVE THE SURGERY??? – Breaks my balls off. My doc told me I could be allergic to the cold. That seems about right. So with this depressing news I leave you with a few lovely quotes. “Just because you’re in pain, doesn’t mean you have to be a pain.” And below..

1 photo (25) photo (26) photo (27) photo (28) Just want to say a few big thanks to some radio stations that have played my music in the past few weeks.

– Macca at Joy FM in Melbourne – Download the app or you listen online here – http://joy.org.au/

– Rosie at Triple J Unearthed Digital Radio – Download the app or listen online here – http://www.triplejunearthed.com.au/

– Hauaki Radio in New Zealand – http://www.hauraki.co.nz/

– Larry at Fbi 94.5fm – http://fbiradio.com/

My next gig is at The Acoustic Picnic on Friday August 9th. It’s a new night in Brookvale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and I will be doing a duet or two, so it should be a great night. Here’s the Facebook event for more details and if you would like to book a table click here. Oh and did I mention I’m off to Splendour now.. roooooaaaaaddtttrrrriiippp! Larissa x

Sunny Serenades Me

I had a two hour meeting on Monday where I sat with my neck turned constantly to the left for two hours. As I got up and left it felt all pinchy and come Wednesday I’m googling last minute massage parlours to try ease the pinch. My regular doesn’t work nights and a recommended one doesn’t answer so I try a newie.
When the other end picks up, a weird automated voice says, “You have been entered into a group call”. That’s funny I think, and I hang up and try again. I end up booking a 7:30 with a man named Sunny.
I walk into the shop which is behind another shop and up some stairs and there is a little Chinese man in a white coat waiting. I say hello and tell him about my pinchy neck and he replies in very broken English. I have only $60 cash on me, so we agree to a half hour sesh.
I get Chinese massages fairly regularly but this was different, more a wholistic view on health and he begins to treat my whole body rather than just my neck.
“Ohhh so much gas in here” says Sunny as he points to my head, tummy and rib cage. Gas in my head? That’s funny I think.
Sunny continues to massage and tap my “gas” and at the half hour point he says he doesn’t want to make me sad so he will do an hour session for the same price. My body is a mess and he couldn’t let me leave without helping me more.
So it continues and he says he can do his best but I won’t be completely fixed, it may take more time. “That’s okay, you’re not a magician”, I say and we both laugh.
“I am not Jesus” says Sunny, “But I channel god”.
I am all for spirituality and mediation and I give him the benefit of the doubt.
“You have God?” He asks.
“No God”, I reply.
Sunny is shocked, I’m fairly uncomfortable, he stops massaging and starts to explain in very broken English how I need god and Jesus is number one. I think to myself, a normal person would leave now. I stay.
The awkward moment passes as I agree I now love God and Jesus. Sunny keeps massaging and tapping my “gas”.
We get chatting again and my occupation comes up. He can’t fathom that I have taught myself how to play piano so I agree when he says I am a teacher. He is very happy when I say I am a singer. “Ohhh I am singer too!” Exclaims Sunny. “You opera or pop?”
“Pop”, I reply.
“No, opera better, you must sing opera”.
I dislike opera a fair bit but I nod and smile, and he says, “I will put opera now”.
Sunny walks over to the CD player and puts on some Chinese opera. The woman’s voice has the squeakiest most awful tone I’ve ever heard but I nod and smile.
An hour and fifteen clocks over and Sunny is still ranting about opera and intermittently massaging and tapping gas. I’m starting to get a bit edgy and hungry. He says ten more minutes and I will be less sad and he will sing along with the male opera singer who is Pavaroti’s student.
For the last ten minutes I lay awkwardly on my back as he massages my stomach with oil, to get the gas out, and sings along to the Chinese opera very close to my head.
The following day I wake up and my neck pinch has gone. Sunny has asked me to book an appointment for next week.. I am undecided on whether or not to go back for more.

Larissa x

P.S: I hope I haven’t offended anyone. I aim to express my opinion, but it is all it is. To each their own.

Sort Your Sinus Out

Been a while. Sorry about that. I had probably the most horrific week of my life post sinus surgery. I won’t go into the details but I will mention a few things. Nose packing. Nose bleeds. Colon cleanse and throwing up in a plastic bag with a hole in it.

I am on the mend and although I still have a headache 24/7, hopefully I have a healthy, headache free life ahead if me.

I have acquired a new bassist, Oscar, who is the most beautiful soul and a killer bass player, so I am so happy to have him part of the team. We played Upstairs Beresford last week for our first gig together with guitarist David playing this one too. Was great fun and hopefully there’s plenty more to come. Mad venue, mad audience.

So I have been a crazy woman as of late trying to organise and plot recording the next EP. Wooooo. The EP will feature the band and new songs and I am lucky enough to be plotting this craziness with producer, Yanto Browning. What appealed to me about Yanto’s work is his use of dynamics and layers which I think is very important for the band’s sound at the moment. He knows how to convey emotion through recording which is so important. You gotta feel something or what’s the point?

I’m also booking some Brissie shows for March so stay tuned for confirmations.. And always playing in Sydney.

Chrissy and the holidays were lovely. Rode bikes, played music, went to the beach, rinsed scabs out of my sinuses and planted flowers. Life’s good my friends. I also fed a goat grass at my cousin’s place, went snorkelling and saw Two Door Cinema Club live.

I am forever grateful that I have a beautiful connection to music, for no matter how bleak things look or how empty I may feel about something in my life, I always find escape and joy through music and I can’t be thankful enough. Cheers for the genes Mr and Mrs McKay.

I have started doing yoga every morning and I really think it is making me more nimble and happy. I do a homemade version, but none the less I feel I’m compensating for the ridiculous workload, emotional load and late night boozing.

I hope you are enjoying 2013 and feeling as positive about what the year will bring as I do.

I listen to this song a couple of times a day at the moment. LOVE the clip, the band, the song.

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=kiqIush2nTA&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DkiqIush2nTA&gl=GB

Larissa x

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Guitarist Wanted

Sydney based singer/songwriter Larissa McKay is looking for a lead guitarist to add another dimension to the band’s current sound. Think Indie Missy Higgins, John Mayer etc.
Recording an EP at the end of the year with a producer, and gigs every few weeks. We want someone who has a good ear, has stage and recording experience, loves music and is pretty easy-going. We have all been playing together for four years and want to develop our image and sound – so someone with the same mindset is ideal.
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If you think you have the chops and the personality, have a listen to our songs and make sure we’re on the same page. If we are, please email larissamckaymusic@gmail.com with a little blurb on what you’ve done and an MP3 of your playing if possible.
Cheers,
Larissa