Thursday, 6 July 2017

Does It Rhyme? Music Video

I knew as soon as “Does It Rhyme?” became the title track for my new album that I would make a music video for this song.

Does It Rhyme? began life while I was idly doodling with my guitar and I started to sing “Does it snow in Tokyo? Does it rhyme on Disney time?” For the love of rhyming, these two phrases seemed like so much fun to me, and over the next few weeks I continued to enjoy playing with the lyrics. I watched the song grow into a collection of my life questions, some nonsense, some full of love and hope for this wonderful world we live in, and some full of fear of where we are going and what might happen next.

I discussed at length with my friend and award winning film maker, Howard Moses, the story I wished to tell with this music video. Over many a beer we bounced around ideas on the footage and images that would tell the tale. Then began the long task of searching for stock footage and photographs to satisfy the songs list of whimsical and thought provoking life questions.

I used my home studio to shoot six versions of me singing the song ~ some with my guitar, some with "the hat" and some up close and personal. I used Windows Movie Maker to create the video and I found this app easy and intuitive to work with.

Thanks a million to Howard for mentoring me during the creation of my Does It Rhyme? music video. Howard’s creative suggestions regarding the content for this song, and for his tips and techniques on film making, have been invaluable.

I would love to know what you think of “Does It Rhyme?”




Does it Rhyme?

Does it snow in Tokyo?
Does it rhyme on Disney time?
Does it rain when you fall in love on the desert train?

Do you hope for inner peace?
Do you pray all wars will cease?
Do you hide from the struggles of a starving child?

Do they queue in Timbuktu?
Do you glow when you start to show?
Do you smile when your spirit comes alive?

Do you feel the world might end?
Do you try our love defend?
Do you cry when you hear a child’s lullaby?

Is it time to close your eyes?
Is it mine to fantasise?
Can you feel the difference between make believe and real?

Does it snow in Tokyo?
Does it rhyme on Disney time?
Does it? Do you? Can you? Is it? Does it rhyme?
Does it? Do you? Can you? Is it? Does it rhyme?
Does it? Do you? Can you? Is it? Does it rhyme?

Copyright   Jane Laws 2017
Unauthorised copying, public performance, broadcasting, hiring or rental of this song prohibited.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Fairbridge Festival 2017


Three and a half days of full on music and song means you need to pace yourself if you want to still be rockin' come Monday night. No panic to see all your favourite musos on the first day, it's a festival where you can just kick back, relax, and let the music wash over you.

Just some of the many market stalls

My top four Fairbridge Festival favourites were:

Jarlath Henderson
Jack Harris, contemporary singer/songwriter from the UK, took my attention early in the festival and I was lucky to attend Jack's song writing workshop on Sunday night. On guitar tunings, Jack said "I use DADGAD a lot." My guitar now sits patiently in this tuning, waiting for me to learn how to use the wonderful colour and texture of this sound in my next song.

Jarlath Henderson (UK) took my breath away. I could honestly say that I have never seen anyone deliver a folk song with more stage presence and meaning; truly memorable.

Bluegrass band, Flats and Sharps, rocked up some bluegrass tunes beyond what I ever thought possible. Although bluegrass isn't high on my list of favourite genres, Flats and Sharps could be just what's needed to convert folks to the bluegrass twang.

Miss Eileen & King Lear

I completely fell in love with Australian duo, Miss Eileen & King Lear. Although they were noted in the program as "contemporary folk," their sound was "country" to me. I couldn't get enough of their harmonies, like only a brother and sister can; these guys are going a long way.


One of the food areas

I noticed on the last day, while I was relaxing in The Manja venue, enjoying a few tunes from Harry Hookey, I said to myself "I'm safe here." This is how it feels at Fairbridge Festival. It is as if, for a moment in time, you have transcended into a world of music and art, where all generations co-exist, in harmony, and it is a pleasure and a privilege to attend this festival.

Lots of camping