So what’s The Soup been up to then?
Well, we’ve been busy taking over Indian restaurants (Abdul’s in Boscombe we love you!), singing at the top of our voices over curry and naan bread.
And we’ve booked CHICKEN STOCK 2018, where we camp for two nights in a field making lots of noise sitting round a campfire, playing silly games and having a lot of fun (hands together please for Head of Events, Mr Mike Marks).
But there’s more.
It’s about our imminent recording with the fabulous Jason Cox.
Recognise his name? OK. What about these?
Bobby Womack, Lou Reed, Chaka Khan...
I was in a band with Jason many years ago - in fact he's an old school friend - and he got his break when he met Damon Albarn (yeah - the Blur and Gorillaz Damon Albarn) in a studio in Hackney when we were just teenagers.
Loving his work, Blur offered Jason a job as a roadie but soon he became their sound engineer and producer, touring the world with them for the next fifteen years.
He currently owns his own studio in glorious Oxfordshire and has agreed to record a CD for the choir.
OK, so we haven’t signed to a major label yet. No, we’re doing this for love. And for the joy of listening to those warm, delicious harmonies in the car, over dinner or while laying in a hot bath (preferably with a friend).
We always have a few different things going on during the year - concerts, raising money for charity at Christmas, auctions at Flirt in Bournemouth, loads of social and private shindigs…
And we filmed a Bowie tribute gig at The Solent Film Studios shortly after Bowie died…
But we haven't actually done a recording since the choir was created nearly 9 (I know!) years ago - so it’s about time.
And by the sound of it, The Soupers agree!
‘It’s a really exciting opportunity to hear just how great we sound, and then to share that with my friends and family when I get the CD!’
‘Be great to hear how we sound as a whole, not just the voices that surround me, and of course to share the CD with family who have never heard us.'
'I think this is what we’ve all been waiting for. We do our concerts and get a total buzz - people say we sound great but we never get to hear - so now we’ll know! Xxx and thank you x.'
‘Time to hear the love…’
Val, the fours
So there you go.
That’s my newsflash for today and remember - if you’re reading this and you’ve never experienced the Chicken Soup flavour - come and join us for a guaranteed warm and fuzzy Tuesday feeling.
P.S. My recipe tip...
ALWAYS fill your bowl with soup.
But just make sure it’s chicken.