Soo….its been one whole week since we got here, and its gone soooooo fast!! We’ve been having all sorts of fun…mostly doing touristy things this week and getting settled rather than music stuff…although theres been a bit of that of course ;)
Check out this video which features all sorts of footage from our first week here!
We arrived last Wednesday late at night, and got settled in to our very cool apartment in WeHo (West Hollywood!). Its a really great location – we love how it feels really residential and homely in West Hollywood, yet you’re always just a block or two away from something exciting!
We woke up early Thursday and went for a walk into West Hollywood, making a little stop at the awesome Whole Foods shop (well, we found it exciting anyway, its huge and full of yummy food!) only to realise we were shopping right alongside Jessie Tyler Ferguson (who plays Mitchell in ‘Modern Family’). One of us got hugely excited about this, and one of us played it very cool. Can you guess which one of us hyperventilated?! Hehe :) (Ok I got a bit excited…Modern Family is one of my favourites :)… Sera)
Later that day, we went to get in our car and realised IT WAS GONE!! But the problem was, we couldn’t really remember what it looked like…or where we left it…. which meant about 2 hours of wondering around trying to find where it was…. turns out, it had been towed :( (Note to self, don’t park there if the pavement is red….doh!)
Anyway, that night we went out to a very cool party with lots of people from the TV, film and advertising industry and saw some really really great bands play…. we mean it, really REALLY great… we realised that the standard of musicianship here is just crazy..everyone is outstanding. We decided to take it as inspiration rather than a sign we should run away back to the UK and pretend we were never here ;)
Friday we hit Santa Monica beach which was just gorgeous, and in the evening we found out it was the start of the LA Pride celebrations back in West Hollywood, where we saw Mary Lambert perform… (if you don’t know her, she’s the girl who sang and wrote the chorus on the Macklemore song ‘same love’). It was just her and a piano, very intimate, and we absolutely loved her set…she’s got a gorgeous voice and she really has something to say about body image, being yourself etc etc… she’s our kinda lady! Look out for her album, coming out later this year.
The weekend we spent relaxing and getting acclimatised (sunburnt!), and Sunday morning we got to experience the unforgettable LA Pride Parade! It was so inspiring to see so many people out there just being themselves and celebrating it to the highest degree! What an amazing day :)
After recovering from the weekend, earlier this week we decided to go for a little walk….you know, flip flops, bit of sunscreen, a gentle walk around the neighbourhood… This somehow turned into us hiking (rock-climbing?) up Runyon Canyon, via one of the most dangerous tracks (that nobody else seems to use)…wearing £1 primark flip-flops!! It was *somewhat* dangerous…. but when we got to the top (covered in dirt, sweating and exhausted) boy did we feel goooood!!
Here’s a pic of Frankie half way up!
On Wednesday we met up with the legendary Wayne Vaughn to chat about our gig on 19th July at The Mint, as he is producing the show for us! He’s managed to sort us out with some really exciting musicians to play with at this gig :) If you’re based in CA and would like to come along, you can get tickets here. Its a charity fundraiser for Better Vision for Children (Stevie Wonder’s charity)! We’ll be posting lots more info on here soon!
In the evening we went to our first ever LA Red Carpet event!! How posh…we hear you say…. Only thing was, we got a bit lost trying to find the place and ended up sneaking in the back door, which meant we MISSED THE RED CARPET!! Haha…. yes…. that did actually happen….
But anyway, we met up with Wayne and his family, which was so lovely because they are all so beautiful, friendly, talented and they totally welcomed us. Wayne’s wife is the amazing Wanda Vaughn, of the Emotions, who has been one of our vocal inspirations for many years (have you ever tried to sing along to ‘Best of My Love’? She’s one of the best female singers ever!), so it was really lovely to meet her and we’re looking forward to spending more time with these guys and learning all we can from them!
Lots more to come – we are still finding it hard to believe we are going to be here for 3 months!!! Its so exciting and we can’t wait to see what life has in store!
Look out for more details on our gig at The Mint coming soon!
Much love to you all
Sera & Frankie