The Rocket Singing Machine – Fabulous Fun!

If you have a budding Adele or Ed Sheeran, then you may want to take a look at the Rocket Singing Machine. Promising to turn any music fan into a ‘singing superstar’, the easy to use microphone not only allows your voice to be amplified, it also allows you to add echo and sound effects. You can also link it to the internet via Bluetooth, thus allowing you to also play music through the singing machine that you can then sing along too. This is hours of fun for your children, and also a perfect addition to house parties for karaoke fans (although you might want to invest in some earplugs for the neighbours…)

The Rocket singing machine is very easy to use. It takes 3 AAA batteries and is then operated by a switch in the centre of the device. Two further switches on the front of the machine allow you to control sound and echo, and you can simply use the machine in this way, to sing along to MTV or the radio, or just to sing your own songs. In fact, you don’t have to sing songs. My boy has used his machine to commentate on televised football, or just to shout slogans and catchphrases. (unbelievable tekkers being his fave).

The Rocket can then also be used to play music through connection to a bluetooth device, you can then sing along to all your favourite songs, adjusting your vocals  with the control switches. It is completely wireless, meaning you can totally polish up any performance and add dance steps until you totally rival Ariana Grande.

Competition Time

The Rocket Wireless Singing Machine is looking for a star to be the face of Rocket Mic. Could it be your child? If you have a budding star simply send their best singing video to the Rocket Star competition that you can find by clicking here.

RIP Anita Pallenberg

This week saw the death of the ultimate rock chick. Anita Pallenberg, famously the lover of both Brian Jones and Keith Richard (and possibly Mick Jagger) died at the relatively early age of 73. But boy, had she packed some life into those 73 years, both as a model, an actress and a fashion muse whose style we see every festival season.

Anita was a German born model who took Swinging London by storm in the mid 60s. Her relationship with Brian Jones was turbulent and violent, but she also introduced him to culture and the arts, but after a particularly bad night which saw Brian beat Anita, she fled with Keith Richard, starting a relationship which lasted 12 years.  She starred in the film Barberella with Jane Fonda, and also Performance, where she allegedly had sex with Jagger on Camera in front of both Richard and Marianne Faithful Рher close friend and the girlfriend of Jagger.

Anita was considered wild and dangerous – did she really practice black magic arts? She certainly did enough drugs to kill a normal person, and eventually it was the drugs that killed her relationship with Keith, especially when a teenage boy died in her hotel room. The 1980s were not a good time for the one time rock goddess, but she emerged in later years to continue her role as a fashion and acting muse.

Anita was beautiful, stylish and exuded cool in her rock chick style. Acres of scarves, mannish waitcoats, drainpipe jeans, furry gillets, floppy, foppish hats, gold lame worn in a slightly decadent and dishevelled style, Anita carried it all off with aplomb. She inspired her friend Marianne to cast off her slightly twee look, and between them they become the cool face of London, not dolly birds, but true fashion inspirations that we still look too 50 years on. It was boho, it was luxe, it was rock and roll. It cemented her place as a icon of fashion and music.

RIP Anita, the World will be a duller place without your sparkle.

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Imelda May at Birmingham Symphony Hall

She has the most incredible voice, which is capable of singing anything, from blues tinged numbers, Nashville inspired melodies to belting grunge style rock numbers, and last night Imelda May wowed Birmingham once again with a combination of her brilliant song book and a self deprecating sense of humour that explained the stories behind the songs in brilliant style.

Starting her set in torch singer style with the bluesy ‘Call Me’ and then continuing with ‘When it’s my time’, Imelda showed that her style has moved on from the rockabilly essence of her earlier albums. Now it seems like she has been listening to a lot of Janis Joplin and Bessie Smith and this is no bad thing, her gutsy, powerful voice is totally suited to belting out songs about passion and the wrong men, and songs like ‘How bad can a good girl be’ and ‘sixth sense’ show that no-one can sing a song about lust like Imelda can.

But there is so much more to her cannon than just songs about lust. She had the female side of the audience firmly on her side as she explained the story behind ‘human’, how she was fed up with songs asking women to be my baby, my darling, my princess, my angel and how she just wanted to be your human. ‘Big Bad handsome Man’ got the crowd dancing, whilst current hit ‘Should’ve been You’ – my current favourite song of the year, just had the crowd singing along as they held on to her every word.

The beautiful Symphony Hall is a majestic building, and Imelda did worry that it might stop people from dancing and standing up. She proclaimed that the people on the stage were the ‘roughest people in the house’ and that people should get up if they felt like it. It worked, with some of the audience heading into the aisles to dance, much to May’s delight.

The show had moments of real emotion, with the beautiful ‘Black Tears’ a real weepy and a definite highlight. But it was the story behind ‘Love and Fear’, which had its roots in losing friends in the Bataclan shooting that was a real moment, with May close to tears before performing the song to storming effect. In light of what was happening in Manchester at the same time it takes on an additional, tragic poignancy.

Ending with two songs that highlight her versatility, a raucous version of ‘Johnny Got a Boom Boom’ and the beautiful acoustic ‘The girl I used to be’, Imelda May showed why she is one of the most talented and revered artists in music at the moment. Definitely one to cherish.