Jean Dench runs Metheringham Music Factory, a set of rehearsal rooms that she has set
up herself, converted from stables in the heart of rural Lincolnshire.
It's a relatively new project that Jean hopes will go from strength to strength.
Here she talks to thisisull about her inspiration and aspirations...
'Ok. I was recently interviewed on local BBC radio and thought what is so exciting about me!!!!
But every which way I turn, it seems to be to music.
My father particularly (and my mum at church) played piano and with his brothers and
friends had a dance band way, way back - always practising piano.
From foetus onwards therefore I was surrounded by music - saxophone, double bass,
piano accordian, drums. All through my childhood, duets were being rehearsed for
festivals, singers were being accompanied, Beethoven sonatas etc. rang in my ears.
As a teenager in the sixties I had the luxury of going to dances when discos had not
been thought of. I danced the night away to live bands - the strings being stretched,
the saliva on the singer's lips, the sweat on their brows, the sticks being raised
above the drums and cymbals. And we did dance 'cos thats what girls did!
Then onto concerts and additionally the regular visits by the Halle to the Cathedral
in Lincoln - WOW!! cello solos - How that touches the depths of your soul in generally
a sort of melancholic way but not unacceptable.
If I listen to something like Mozart's Flute and Harp, I enjoy the intake of breath the
flautist takes at the end of phrasing and such.
I could ask my father to play anything for me like turning on a record player - Chopin etc. etc.
Don't I go on!!!
I became involved with a guy about ten years ago who wanted to fulfil a dream of having a
studio and rehearsal rooms.
I wanted to help him with that dream, but he was just a dreamer and he drained my
spirit and I had to send him away.
This was four years ago and with a heavy heart I turned back to music and began to heal.
I met up with friends on my way back to happiness and in particular a band called The Saved.
They needed gigs and I spent three years with them travelling around to gigs.
Simultaneously, I started work on converting some stables into a rehearsal room and
applied for planning permission to do this and more - which I now have.
I re-mortgaged my house and also cleared some land on the site and set up a five van campsite.
I built a soundproofed room and have had to slow down through funds running out, until
I start to make a decent living.
The rehearsal rooms are busy enough but obviously its early days so I am publicising the place.
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One of those genres is Emo and so to remedy this we travelled to
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He not only dabbles in Hip-Hop, as there are plenty of other musical influences thrown
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His novels are in turns surreal, life-affirming and bizarre.
He has written a number of acclaimed novels such as The Hope and The Foreigners,
and his latest masterpiece in Provender Greed has recently been published to rave reviews.
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Michelle, or Mike, depending how you know her, proves
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Sitting in a hotel, cigarette and coffee in hand, Michelle blends into the classy,
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Here Felix chats to Steve Rudd about their new material, touring and some of
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getting up to no good in and around various well-known
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What do you mean you've never heard of him? Ah, well that's your loss, ain't it?
Still, there is a chance that you might have seen him and not even realised it, as he's
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Still, amidst his busy writing schedule, William kindly managed to take a little time out to
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Peter always carries out intensive research into the places in
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His latest novel is Light at Dusk, and here he spares some time
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tribulations as a highly respected and hugely talented writer of the type
of stories that