Marjorie Cardwell creates beautiful animated iPad music video for her song “Hole In My Head”

There’s a brand new video for Marjorie‘s beautiful song “Hole In My Head!”

iPad Animation

And she’s made the most gorgeous animation on her iPad to illustrate the song.

Some of you will know that the song was inspired by her experience last year of being diagnosed with a brain tumour. (Don’t worry – she’s fine now. The tumour was benign and even though she had very major brain surgery she has recovered very well.) She actually wrote most of the song while she was in the MRI machine getting her pre-op scan. We recorded it quickly right before her operation and I (almost) finished it off with some overdubs.

But I couldn’t figure out a good solo to put over the instrumental section. In the car one day, on the way to one of her appointments, I asked Marjorie for ideas. She said, “How about a euphonium?”

And, to our everlasting delight, one of our musical heroes, Don McGlashan (of legendary New Zealand band The Mutton Birds) agreed to play a sublime euphonium solo on it, as only he can do! (I think Marjorie secretly had this in mind.) He recorded the solo in the boatshed on the New Zealand coast that he uses to write his own songs, and sent it to us by email. It’s everything we hoped for and more.

If you enjoy it, please leave a comment underneath the video on Youtube (or here!) and PLEASE share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter etc. 🙂

 

Marjorie’s progress after brain surgery

In my last newsletter I mentioned that my wife Marjorie was home from her surgery for a benign brain tumour (meningioma) and that she was doing well. I just thought I should let you know that it’s been just over 3 weeks from the operation and she has recovered remarkably well indeed – yeah!

And with a very clever new hairdo you wouldn’t even know she’d had 36 staples removed from an 8-inch scar going from the centre of her forehead to below her right ear. I posted a photo on Facebook of her at various stages from day one, however I can assure you she already looks as cute as ever (see photo below)!

We were really stunned by the amount of love, prayers and concern that so many people offered and we’re very thankful that by God’s grace Marjie is well on the way to full recovery (and her own new soon-to-be-released album!)

Marjorie Cardwell's progress after brain surgery
Marjorie Cardwell’s progress (and new hairdo) after brain surgery!

Marjorie Cardwell home from brain surgery! [Newsletter 12th Mar 2012]

Marjorie Cardwell's bandaged head after her brain surgery
Marjorie’s bandaged head after her surgery

In my last newsletter I mentioned that my wife Marjorie had been diagnosed with a brain tumourand was going to have surgery to remove it. Well, she went into hospital last Thursday and it was a very long and difficult operation but the surgeon was pleased to report that he is pretty sure the tumour was benign and he managed to remove all of it.

Amazingly, Marjorie came home today, only four days after the operation, and she’s doing very well indeed. Thanks to everyone who prayed for her safety during and after the surgery.

She had been planning to release an EP of 5 songs she’s written and recorded recently, but after the diagnosis she decided to make it a full-length album, and the Saturday before her surgery she recorded guitar and vocals for five extra songs!

This is one she wrote while she was in the MRI machine for her pre-op scan. It’s called “Hole In My Head” and there’s also a hole where the solo should be as we haven’t had time to finish it yet.

Let us know what you think! [EDIT: This is the finished video from later, featuring Don McGlashan of the Mutton Birds!]

~ DC

I know it’s uncool, but I also do covers! PLUS Marjorie’s health.

Paul McCartney cover by DC Cardwell - still from video

When I was young it was considered pretty naff to do cover versions, and even now I feel a little guilty about it. Especially covers of songs by old dinosaur rock stars. But that’s what really got me into singing to begin with. As our two boys started to grow up and play various instruments, they started to jam with me, and their teenage friends would come over and join in. But like a lot of teenage boys the jams tended to consist of endless 12-bar guitar noodling or one-chord funky workouts. Or sometimes it was the Sunshine Of Your Love riff. Just the riff.

Which is why I started to sing – just to give us a bit of direction. Beatles, Neil Young, Zeppelin, old blues songs – the kind of things teenage guitarists always seem to develop a fondness for no matter what decade it is. I used to feel bashful croaking tunelessly even in front of the kids, but really, without that impetus I would never have developed either the voice or the confidence to sing in public.

Anyway, this is all by way of drawing attention to the fact that I have a channel on YouTube (youtube.com/DCCardwellsCovers) devoted entirely to cover versions. I planned to do one a week, but, of course, things get in the way and I haven’t kept up that pace.

Here’s my latest, a Paul McCartney song I recorded on the spur of the moment for my wife Marjorie on the eve of Valentine’s Day, and with me having just quit my day job and started music 100% full-time, the words seemed roughly appropriate!

And speaking of Marjorie, this may not be the place to go into personal details but I’d like to mention that just a few days ago she was diagnosed with a brain tumour and has to have emergency surgery, which should happen within the next two weeks at the latest. The good news is that it’s almost certainly benign and the outlook is very good, but we’d still value your prayers as brain surgery is no walk in the park.

~ DC