Tag Archives: Kirsten

Inspired to write a blog!

I have just read a blog post written by@Kirsten124 I

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:

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





Still awesome after all these years

Hello folks

Just wanted to give you a little update on the wedding plans:-) If you are Grimnien you will understand how I got confused by thinking we would sign a six month renewable contract which is normal  – and sensible – practice in Grimney. Obviously it is up to the male of the species to decide if the contract is renewed but my earth fiancee is now insisting that SHE signs the contract!

I am still reeling from the shock of her suggestion as you can imagine.  As far as I know the wedding is still going ahead but obviously there are going to be some cultural differences which will need to be addressed before the big day.

I am very fond of the lady, Kirsten too, again all perfectly normal for a red blooded Grimnien but this seems to have ruffled a few feathers too. I did offer to marry them both but even Kirsten got irate at the suggestion so I quickly tried to resolve the situation by suggesting we all just live together and forget the wedding. It seems that this is also unacceptable on this planet ! It is difficult to know how to solve these problems at times, it seems earth rules are quite strict on these matters. It may be that I will have to marry my Ann then sneak out occasionally to visit Kirsty….erm sorry, Kirsten!

Anyway don’t concern yourselves I’m sure everything will be ok by October 18th:-)

I would just like to share a tweet with you which I received from a new fan who plays loud music and is aiming to be a megastar like yours truly. The tweet – I feel – sums up how everyone feels about me, I’m sure you will agree:-)


You have impeccable tastes…in EVERYTHING. People either want to be you or be with you. How am I doing?

Love Gongle x

A poem about Grimney

Hi everybody

I just wanted to share a lovely poem which was sent to me by Kirsten:

Thank you for sharing this with us Kirsten. If anyone else has anything ‘Grimnian’ to share send it to Gongleshanks@hotmail.co.uk

Gongle x

In this world full of turmoil
There’s a beautiful land to find
As soon as you cross that border
You’ll find a place to relax and unwind

It’s beautiful out there
A land full of art and creativity
A colorfull place
It’s called the Land of Grimney

In the Land of Grimney the music never stops
Poetry, books, stories you will find
Art in abundance
Art of all kind

Grimney has many strange inhabitants
Yes they’re a bit odd
They’re called the Grimnians
They might be strange, but they’re a lovely lot!

The Grimnians only have one goal
Make the world aware
Aware of the unknown talent
Unknown art is what they share

Artists, don’t hesitate!
Start your journey!
Let your dreams take flight
Go to the Land of Grimney!

by Kirsten van den Bogard