29/8/2007 - Read on, budding performers...

So I should really tell you what I’ve been up to the last while. Well I just ate this brownie that was so thick and buttery, with the ground up coffee beans, that my heart is having to beat quite hard to deal with it all. So I might as well use the extra beats to tell you what I was thinking.

It’s been a fantastically cold summer in Glasgow so far. There has been no real delineation between the spring and the summer except for the leaves creeping out sheepishly. I don’t mind so much. I’ve been staying in and doing jigsaws a lot. Every now and again I reach over to the arm on the record player and put it back to the beginning of Sealed With A Kiss by Brian Hyland. “It’s going to be a cool lonely summer”, he sings. As long as Brian’s around to chum me I don’t mind it so much.

I don’t mind so much because I’m trying to piece together the story of a better summer, or at least a summer when something happened. It happened to a boy and a girl and a girl, in a city roughly the same size and population of Glasgow. Perhaps the canals were a bit grimier, the high-rise buildings taller. The streets emptier when you needed them to be, and the beat clubs busier than the ones around here. But on the whole the city was this one.

That’s what I wanted to tell you about. They had such a nice summer one year. It was quite unexpected, the way that nice things quite often are. Girl 1 arrived in town. She looked around for a while, and played in a ladies football league. She ran into The Boy as he was closing up the local swimming pool.

So she ended up getting the bedsit next door to him. And they met Girl 2 when Girl 1 decided that the Boy wasn’t getting out enough. The Boy was kind of flexible on account of the fact that nobody had shown much interest in him for a while. For quite a few years actually. So he went along, prepared to teach Girl 2 all he knew about the steel strung acoustic guitar that he cradled. Girl 2 wanted to learn, but more than that she wanted to sing to somebody, and tell somebody about what was happening. So she attached herself to Girl 1 and the Boy, and there you have it.

As I mentioned, they were a musical bunch, though none had ever been told that, and none would ever proclaim it. But that summer had a way of chipping the music out of them. They rubbed against each other in such a way that songs would come. They would come at quiet times of the night when they were on their own, and they would arrive suddenly when the other two were around. It was just that kind of a summer.

So it presents me with a problem. I’ve got the city. I can see it from here, and it’s free.

I’ve got the city, but I’m looking for the people. I’m looking for the girl, the other girl and the boy. In fact, I’m looking for all the various characters that pepper the scene. (They come along and say what they have to say in an unusually musical way, and then move on.) I’m looking for them too.

So that’s where I thought you might be able to help me. You’ve read this far. Somehow you’ve found your way to this place, so I figure that makes you about a thousand times more qualified to help me than the average person in the street. Maybe ten thousand. You could probably help me, or perhaps you know someone who could help.

If you were interested in getting involved, or if you knew someone who might be good for it, all you or they would have to do is to go here, and try your luck at singing. We’ve tried to make it easy for you. We’ve put in a Belle and Sebastian tune, albeit played in a different way, or you could listen to a new tune, called The Psychiatrist Is In, which is sung by Catherine, and which will be sung by Girl 1 in the finished recorded version….

…because we’re making a record of all the songs the kids wrote that summer, and we’re looking for people to sing them. Right this minute we’re looking for the girls, but the boys may follow.

We’re making a record, because that’s what we do. But when the time and the mood are right, the record will become a film. A MOVIE!

So we’d like you to send a picture of yourself with your recording, and perhaps a little bit of information about yourself. If you’ve done this kind of thing before, for instance, or if you can tango, or play the banjo. (and if you haven’t, just as good! we just want people who can sing nice!)

It might be an idea if you are interested and fancy yourself as a bit of a mover, to get a picture, etc. to us anyway because at some point we will be looking for people to be extras and dancers and basically just beatniks for hire. So if you want to get a jump on the rest, send something now. But bear in mind it will be filmed in Glasgow, and not for quite some time yet.

At this point I will hand you over to John to take you through the details. Also, I put in some pictures I took which might get you in the mood… HERE

Here’s what you have to do to help Stuart find the voices he requires for the record.

– Visit the iMeem site and create an account profile for yourself HERE

– Listen to the original versions of “Funny Little Frog” and “The Psychiatrist Is In” in the media player before you start recording your entry.

– Download the instrumentals and the lyrics for the songs using the links below.

– Then you can record one of the songs (audio or video of yourself singing the songs using the assets that are provided. You can record the song anyway you like – it is only to give an idea of your voice and your feel for the songs.

– For the instrumental version of “Funny Little Frog”, Click HERE

– For the instrumental version of “The Psychiatrist is in”, Click HERE

– For the lyrics for these songs, Click HERE

– All of your submissions must be uploaded to the God Help the Girl Group page, located HERE

To upload an audio submission, Click HERE and reply to the thread

To upload a video submission, Click HERE and reply to the thread

To upload a photograph, Click HERE and reply to the thread

Don’t forget you can also listen to, rate, and comment on all of the other submissions!

The casting will run from August 27th, until October 1st.

Stuart will review all of these entries and any suitable entrants will be offered the chance to audition for a part in the film. All expenses for the trip will be paid, and if you end up being cast in the movie, you will be paid for that as well!!

We’re very excited to see and hear all of your entries.

Please contact us here if you have any queries about the requirements.

Thanks for listening & Good luck if you decide to enter.


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