In case you’re wondering what’s going on at VBL Towers here’s a little update:
Thw Grimney wizards and elves are still beavering away at updating our virtual theatre and we are now on track for an Autumn launch. Our new team members, K and James R Hahn are also heavily involved with the process and are very excited to be part of it.
Melodie Melia will also be returning later in the year with a brand new series of ‘Hidden Gems’ which – she tells me – will be a monthly feature. She is currently ‘scouting’ for new artistes to interview so stand by your beds!
Don’t forget you can always catch up with us by visiting our website: thelamaison.co.uk There are links in there to all our various ventures as well as information about the team, there is also lots to entertain you from poetry and art to music – including a page dedicated to all our ‘Hidden Gems’ from series one.
Gongle is recruiting!…………. I am looking for two or three bloggers who would like a regular slot on the above website. There is NO PAY…..before you start asking, just the Kudos of working for a great Megastar:-) If you are interested please send your ideas to Gongleshanks@hotmail.co.uk
Please note there will be no Steve Luff show for the next two weeks but ‘The Luff’ will be back on the 12th August with lots of great music and banter!
Can I respectfully request that people stop gathering round my car and taking photographs? It is most annoying when I’m trying to quietly go about my daily business incognito!
Love Gongle x
After meetings with Grimnien I am pleased to tell you that James R. Hahn and K Hahn are joining the Grimnien team. They have seen our new site working and were so impressed that they were keen to get onboard and support our venture! They are working with our technical director to make some changes to the site which will hopefully be ready to launch later this summer.
For those who haven’t seen it, below is a Press release which has been put out by James and K.
We are delighted to welcome James and K into our little family. More news soon!
Love Gongle x
I have just read a blog post written by@
It was an interesting read and it got me thinking………….
Kirsten manages Robb Murphy, a lovely lad and a great songwriter who is featured in our ‘Hidden Gems’ series. She was prompted to write the blog after receiving a comment from someone advising her that:
“…you have the wrong understanding of how the music business works”
Some of the points Kirsten made in her blog resonated with me. I will put a link to her blog at the end of this one so that you can read it in full but it got me thinking that much of what she said in her post applies to what we Grimniens do on Twitter.
I think it’s fair to say that none of our team are ‘experts’ at what we do but we are learning as we go along. The main thing is that we do what we do because we have a vision and a passion for the arts and artistic people and as Kirsten says:
“The only thing that really matters is to do what you love, do what brings you energy, do what makes you feel good, do what you’re good at and become better. (This counts for anyone, regardless if you’re a musician/artist or not.) Don’t take any of the negative things happening personal. Just move on and surround yourself with people who motivate you, work with like-minded people and stay true to yourself.
Keep doing your own thing, do what feels right. Try new things and always keep in mind with everything you do that it’s always better to try and fail than a couple of years later thinking ‘What if…’ Believe in yourself, trust your instincts and never give up on what you love doing.”
That sums up (quite eloquently) our ethos. We are all like minded people, we believe in ourselves and we will never give up because we love what we are doing!
Yes, I’m sure we’ve made mistakes along the way and I, being a ‘very cheeky imp’ have also received ‘advice’ from a few folk but in general our followers tend to stay with us and also have faith in what we are trying to do.
One problem I find with having so many followers is that I tend to lose touch with people unless they actively keep in touch with me. I have just been chatting to a member of the team who commented that there is “so much talent out there” I have been astounded by just how many talented folk there are ‘out there’ since I arrived on this planet but I firmly believe that all creative people deserve a chance to be seen and heard and that is why we are here!
We try to highlight as many people as possible and will always retweet our followers’ tweets so if you have something you want retweeted don’t be shy! Send your tweets to one – or all of our team and pop in and have a chat whenever we are around. Remember we are here for YOU.
If you still aren’t sure who the team members are we are all listed on our website:thelamaison.co.uk
If you would like to read Kirsten’s blog you can find it here:writtenbehindthescenes.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/music-business/ …
Thank you Kirsten for prompting me to write a post and by the way we think you are doing a FINE job for Robb!
As always, thank you for continuing to follow and support us, we couldn’t do what we do without you!
Love Gongle x
I just wanted to share some very exciting news with you from our friend – and a previous hidden gem – Caitlin Grey. I am going to copy her newsletter here for you to read, I hope you will all get behind the lovely lady and support her new venture:-)
There has been lots going on at Grimney Towers so for those of you who may have missed our tweets here is a litle catchup so that you don’t miss anything.
Our book site is proving to be very popular and Ursula and Book attic are running a very interesting competition.All the details can be found on the site: mineeye.co.uk/ If you scroll down to the bottom of the ‘Home’ page you will find the competitions there.
There is a ton of information on our website about all of our various ventures and it is updated regularly so you should keep the link and visit often:thelamaison.co.uk
There’s lots on there to keep you entertained including poetry readings from our very own Grimnien: http://www.thelamaison.co.uk/grimnien-s-poetry-readings … … … …a page where you can listen to songs and watch videos from our hidden gems: http://www.thelamaison.co.uk/hidden-gems and some poems that have been written by the Grimniens including our official poet laureate: @
in Poetry corner: http://www.thelamaison.co.uk/poetry-corner:
Don’t forget you can catch up with all the Celebrity gossip at: Celebrity VoiceBox – ‘News, reviews, interviews & gossip … and read music reviews from:@and articles and interviews from @ @, @ and Melodie Melia.
Kara’s newspaper: The VoiceBoxLive Chronicle – Paper.li is now a weekly newspaper which is published every Sunday and jam packed full of interesting stories from the previous week. You should subscribe to the paper and you will receive an email when it’s published. You will never miss an issue!
And of course if you are still not familiar with the Grimniens and what we do (Where HAVE you been!) you can read all about who we are at thelamaison.co.uk
Thank you for all your support:-)
Love Gongle x
I thought I’d better have a little catch up with all the latest news. It’s been a busy year for us Grimniens so far. MineEye is taking off in spectacular fashion thanks to the magnanimous efforts of@@@
The delightful @has joined the writers at Celebrity VoiceBoxLive. We are very pleased to have Annie on the team! If you haven’t read it you can see her interview with @here: hotvipnews.com/hidden-gems/whitehall-parade/ … … …
If you haven’t visited our website yet you can find links to all our various ventures and we now have an art gallery and a photography studio on there where all you budding artists and photographers can display your work, for free of course! If you would like to send photos or artwork to be shown in the galleries please email a link to:
The website can be found here: thelamaison.co.uk
We are now on facebook (Due to poular demand) Please come and ‘like’ our page:
Please continue to support us so that we can continue to support you!
in there to fetch them out, muwahahaha! so stay tuned for more news to come shortly.
As s always, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for your continued support!
Love Megastar Gongle x
Yes I know it’s belated but A very Happy new year to all our followers, I can’t believe we’re still in January as so much has happened since Christmas!
Firstly our MineEye manager, Ursula has been busy, not only has she created a newspaper which focuses mainly on book related matters but she has also set up a ‘promotional blog’ which links in directly to MineEye and helps to promote the authors’ books.
She might act daft on Twitter that Ursula but she’s actually quite compus mentus when it comes to promoting books!
Our unsung hero wizard, Rob is also doing a tremendous job under the weight of all the new books that keep arriving for him to work his magic on.
In case you haven’t seen it we also have a website now which links to all our various sites: http://www.thelamaison.co.uk/
On top of all that the ‘Grimnien’ team continues to tweet for all our creatives and are soon going to be promoting our venture outside of Twitter.
Kara has changed The VoiceBoxLive Chronicle – Paper.li to a weekly paper now in order to dedicate more time working ‘behind the scenes’
Oh when will the beautiful Kara agree to marry me!
We have lots of ‘best laid plans’ for 2016 so stay tuned! As always your continued support is very much appreciated!
Love Gongle x
Hello all and a very happy new year:-)
I have received the following from Ursula regarding our recent competition:
Just wanted to wish all our followers a Very Happy Christmas from all the VBL team:-)
Thank you for all your support in 2015 and we have more in store for you in 2016 so stick with us!
Love Gongleshanks, Grimnien, Morton, AnMarie, Kara, Steve, Peace the poet, Ursula, Astrid, Lochy, Book Attic, Garlan, Garli, Rob, Wendel, Killgin, Meadow, Talos, Sian, Shona and Caroline:-)