No need to apologise for the quality. Some of my videos of Hayley's performances are much worse. I always say that people will prefer to see something, however poor, rather than nothing. But thanks for these, they are fine.
Martin, I think you misunderstood what gothemtry said... They said 'you're welcome for the quality' because they know it's very good and that we'd thank them for the very good audio and video quality, which is absolutely true. Haha. Thanks for the lovely videos! They were perfect. Hayley looked and sounded stunning. Very strong and confident performance.
Did anyone notice in the 3rd video that she said she'd been writing lots of songs over the last few years?
I think she has being saying that in many ways like " Making music for you " and various other Instagrams and Tweets over the last while. I suppose that can range from a few notes or a sequence of words written down in peace and quiet, to full scale "at work" writing session with instruments, recording equipment, other songwriters and musicians. Most musicians say they will select the ten or twelve tracks for an album from a collection of easily up to a hundred songs..
Well, I kind of doubt she's written a hundred, but even if she has, we'd never know that, unless she said so.
But anyway, I agree, she has told us subtely over the past few years. But, since we are only aware of 3 new songs, I have thought that maybe the "making music for you" thing was when she was first writing WWEMH and perhaps even Greener Lands. Since it's okay to say so now, I would guess she would have been writing about recent unhappinesses in her life at that point. We know she wrote the first song with Ronan Hardiman, but when? She first sang it live in Taiwan in 2015, so sometime before that, of course. And, of course we know that initially she comes up with the idea for the song first. And besides that, isn't Ronan just a composer? So, that means that Hayley wrote all the lyrics herself, and Ronan just composed the music (I don't doubt Hayley had a large part in that, however).
And we know that Hayley wrote Greener Lands with Tom De Luca (Deluca?) in LA. That had to have been when she was there in Feb. 2016, since she went on to sing the song in Dublin in June. I also remember the tweet she posted early on that year which said something like "Saturday night lyrics". That was before her LA trip. So, I would guess she was writing Greener Lands that Saturday night. But, who knows. She also wrote (and recorded?) a song with Jeff Franzel late 2016 (Nov 18th was the day she posted the recording mike pic, and when Paul Whalley of Tileyard revealed that it was Jeff they were working with).
Then, we still don't know what Hayley was doing all those times with Petter, starting in 2014. Then, also in 2014, there were the times with Pam Sheyne and Stephan Moccio in LA. However, since that time, I would guess the themes/mood for her songs would have changed a bit drastically, considering what's happened since then. So, it's hard to say if she would use songs she wrote before "it" happened. Since we've only heard the songs from the aftermath thus far, I have to wonder if the ones from before, we may never hear.
Going back to what she said in the videos above: besides saying she's written lots of songs, she also said she wrote Greener Lands in LA. We know she wrote it with Tom. She has also said recently that she wrote Not Alone with "a friend" in LA. I think that friend was Tom. Of course, she was with her friend Natalie, and it seems that some of you think that's all she was doing, tagging along with Natalie, but those of us paying attention know that there was far more to it than that! Remember the recording story pic where she was mere inches from the mike (no, she wasn't horning in on Natalie's recording). And you all remember the strong, convincing evidence that's she's at least met with Diane Warren the last 2 times she was in LA. However, as mentioned, I have an idea that this "friend" was actually Tom Deluca. He does not seem to have social media, and she never showed who she worked with. But, I kept wondering whose dog she was "borrowing" at the beginning of her stay there. We know what pets Diane has, which includes a cat, 2 birds, and even a gecko it seems. I also haven't seen a dog looking like that particular one on Natalie's pages But, there's no way to know for sure what Tom has or doesn't have. So... based on what little we (or I) do know, I think the dog was his, and that she wrote the song with him. I think Tom must know Diane Warren. I still wonder why Hayley was chosen as the bird sitter out of everyone else Diane must know who actually LIVES in LA.
Oh well, maybe we'll know more soon. That radio appearance today has me highly encouraged about her new album for next year.
Hi Bobby and welcome to HWI. I think the first time Hayley sang that in a concert was in 2016 in Dublin, when she did it as a bit of a tribute to Sir George Martin who had recently passed away and had been involved in creating her album "Pure". He also wrote "The Beat of Your Heart" for Hayley. And I agree, I love to hear Hayley singing it. One thing you soon learn about Hayley is that she adds something extra somehow to every song she covers. Also, you have to hear her live - recordings don't seen to do her justice.
Hi Libby, have you considered the friend in LA might have been Chloe, who might classify more as friend than as say a co- writer or musical collaborator
No, I didn't, and I'm still not considering it. I'm going by facts, not imagination. Chloe always posts who she's working and writing with, and I have yet to see her helping on an album that isn't her own. And also, I paid attention to Chloe's instagram posts the entire time Hayley was in LA. Not once did anything each of them did seem to coincide at all, not even to have fun together. Not to mention that Chloe was not in LA the entire time. I could post all their SM posts on certain dates to try to prove it, but it's not worth all that trouble. You (among others) don't seem to have any confidence in my research, or the conclusions I come to based on that research. So why make that extra effort when you won't take it seriously, anyway? The evidence can be right in front of you, and you won't believe it. Others here seem to find my findings credible, enough to state them as fact on the HWI FB page! I certainly didn't come up with Diane Warren just by guessing, I actually researched and found proof! But no, my conclusions couldn't possibly have any validity!
Have you considered that she might have returned to the same songwriter who helped her write such a fantastic song as Greener Lands? Who would be surprised by that? And this American songwriter played for her in concert twice, including Ireland, for goodness' sake! Not a friend?? Come on! And, he's not exactly the most well-known songwriter, no accolades to speak of. You can barely find any info on him. So, where do you think she came up with him, then? Hmm, maybe he is a friend after all? Or, perhaps, as mentioned before, could it be that she was referred to him by Diane Warren, someone who would know a lot of other songwriters?
I would dare to say that Hayley would consider Ennio Morricone a friend? Wouldn't you agree? She may not hang out with him on a regular basis, but she did spent quite some time with him in Italy 7 years ago, didn't she? You don't have to be a close friend to be considered a friend.
Also, since when do people pet sit for a famous songwriter without being their friends? Believe me, you don't trust your parrot, a very misunderstood creature, to someone you don't trust! Especially since those people have spent time with that famous songwriter's pet before? Last I heard, Hayley was not a professional pet sitter who travels from London to LA to pet sit. A songwriter or "musical collaborator" can't be a friend? Really, if you think about it, Hayley hasn't spent much more time with Chloe in the past 10 years than she has with the owner of Bogie (it's either Diane or Tom, take your pick). I can only think of twice with Chloe, and twice with Diane. More with Tom, if you recall the 2 concerts he played for her. Remember he came all the way to New York to play just 1 song, when it wasn't even her own concert! Not a friend, huh? Okay.
Have you considered that I might actually be right about anything? Oh, why do I bother?