Seasonal Collection

My Xmas seasonal collection is available to purchase. You can hear samples on my iTunes page.  

Rolling Road

You can download tracks from the Rolling Road Album here...  

Moving Shadows

You can download the Moving Shadows single here...  

Who Knows Where the Time Goes

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VALERYAN & THE BIRTH OF THE BEATLES

Valeryan & The Birth of The Beatles

Back in 1963 Dick Rowe of Decca  actually turned down the Fab 4  – a fact that possibly every Beatles fan in the world knows …

A lesser know fact is that two years later the same Dick Rowe signed school girl Valerie Anne Lawrence to Decca and My Love Loves Me was released as a single very soon after!

Similarly few would realise that the same schoolgirl of all those years ago is still releasing albums as VALERYAN ..

It all happened after I had appeared on Hughie Green’s TV talent show Opportunity Knocks in the summer of 1965 ….During the next two weeks after the show was broadcast nationally, my parent’s telephone hardly stopped ringing as they were bombarded by numerous talent scouts/agents/producers and the aforementioned Dick Rowe…. of Decca.

Luckily for me my parents’ did allow me to take up the contract but they both had their heads screwed on right so I wasn’t allowed to do live shows or tours …. it was contracted the way they wanted it…… and dictated!

I’d never have survived it all if I’d been thrust headlong into the music business at that time and I’m eternally grateful for my dad’s common sense decision. Mind you at the time I rebelled like hell as you’d imagine!!

While this is all absolutely true I didn’t expect to find my story included in a recent huge publicity campaign about The Birth of The Beatles………

I was sent the link below out of the blue just a few weeks ago …  while almost everything is accurate I wouldn’t have called it The Val Richards Story, and neither would I have included a video as  of my days as part of The Settlers which was made before my time and features Cindy Kent!

Perhaps click on the link and have a laugh … as I did!

http://www.mydadrocks247.com/music/better-than-the-beatles-the-val-richards-story/

COVENTRY CAROL CHRISTMAS VIDEO 2

COVENTRY CAROL (with Blackbird)

 

In the summer of 2013 we were  recording 12 pilot vocals for the White Christmas album which was released later that year.  As the day was hot and airless and the vocal tracks  would all be re recorded for real at a later date, we weren’t worried about sounds from outside, so we opened all the windows.  A little Blackbird was sitting in a tree just next to where we were working and the mic picks up his beautiful song during this take of Coventry Carol. If you listen very carefull you’ll hear him in the second verse!

This video, which is one of my favourites, was once again produced in USA by Gary Quinn who has created  so many others for my songs.

Watch and enjoy the magical story of that first Christmas of so long ago.

 


 

MASSA LUBRENSE SPIRIT MYSTERIOUS SONG

Massa Lubrense Spirit 

Massa Lubrense Spirit is a new video from Valeryan telling a deep mysterious love story from long ago which is based on  real events.

The Story

The story tells of two young students  from London University hitching down to Italy during the summer break . They just wanted to chill out and enjoy stressless time together. At the start of their journey they were blisfully in love and happy, and decided, amongst other places, to visit the beautiful fishing village of Massa Lubrense.


This photo of Massa Lubrense is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

The car the students had been travelling in pulled up near to the fishing village and they were left at the side of a dusty road to continue their journey on foot.  A short distance along the road there was a track which led down to the beautiful rocky bay itself.  One of them  had visited Massa Lubrense a few years earlier and he wanted to show his young fiancee this idealic place, so he led the way down the remembered track to the sea. 

The young couple spent several perfect days at Massa Lubrense, while  enjoying the ambience of the place and the gorgeous Italian weather. To this day neither has  ever forgotten that magical time, when they were both so young.

Mysteriously, soon after leaving Italy and returning to London, the two students  reassessed their lives and just went their separate ways splitting up forever. 

Across the years the  pair have been in touch occasionally and neither can explain quite why they parted as they did, agreeing it was still one of life’s little mysteries.  But not so according to the words spoken by the Spirit of Massa Lubrense in this song!

The lyrics as “spoken” by the Spirit are in both Italian and English. She  captures the imagination of the listener as she provides the reason behind  what prompted the students  to make such a sudden change in the course of their lives. 

The Italian chorus translated is very simple … “Young love is very beautiful but you are both too young. Tomorrow you will part for ever, so sieze the moment while you can!”

At the time of writing Massa Lubrense Spirit, both are still living in the UK many miles apart and are both  happily married.  They agree the Massa Lubrense memories will always be with them as long as they live and are part of the ever increasing rich tapestry of experiences which make them both the people who they are today.

The song is available for download on I-TUNES Groovy Reflection Album  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/groovy-reflections/1293196721

 

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