Monthly Archives: April 2020

Music Makers – KBO!!!

Dear all,
If you haven’t come across that acronym before it’s from Churchill. He used to suffer from depression, he called it “the Black Dog”. Whenever things got tough he used to say to himself, “KBO, KBO”. It means “Keep B*ggering On”. I don’t know about anyone else but the reality of this situation is beginning to hit home here. My response? Well if we’re in this mess then at least we can make the best of it. With that in mind …
Please find the links for the sessions this week below. If you want a birthday celebrating, a general shout out, or specific song requests, please let us know by 9.00am on the day of a session.
Monday 27th April at 10am

Wednesday 29th April at 10am

Friday 1st May at 10am

Block Bookings: If you think you’re using block bookings to take part in/pay for these sessions, please remember to let me know so that I can keep track of things. Thanks in advance.
We ask for a minimum contribution of £3 for these sessions. Payment details at the bottom of this email/post. Please don’t pay until after the session has streamed successfully, but please do remember to pay at some point. Thanks in advance.
I look forward to “seeing” you all at some point next week. I hope everyone is staying safe and well.
Cheers
Owen
Payment Details:
Please wait until we’ve successfully completed the session before paying. I would ask for a minimum contribution of £3 for these sessions. Preferably via PayPal to the following account:
Paypal.me/OwenLittle
N.B. if using Paypal, please check that the currency is selected as GBP (Great Britain Pounds). Please DO NOT tick the box “paying for goods or a service”. This is in effect an insurance when you’re buying something to be delivered and PayPal take a cut of the money you pay me for this.
Alternatively please pay via Bacs into my account:

Mr O J Little
Sort Code 56 00 23
Account no. 46974156
Natwest

The show goes on – virtually

Dear all,
On we go in the strange virtual world. I’m beginning to miss the physical reality of seeing people. However, all your feedback about what we’re doing keeps us on our toes and is a reminder that we’re not just playing and singing to ourselves in the front room!

Please find the links for the sessions this week below. If you want a birthday celebrating, a general shout out, or specific song requests, please let us know by 9.00am on the day of a session.

Monday 20th April at 10am

Wednesday 22nd April at 10am

Friday 24th April at 10am

Block Bookings: If you think you’re using block bookings to take part in/pay for these sessions, please remember to let me know so that I can keep track of things. Thanks in advance.
We ask for a minimum contribution of £3 for these sessions. Payment details at the bottom of this email/post. Please don’t pay until after the session has streamed successfully, but please do remember to pay at some point. Thanks in advance.

I look forward to “seeing” you all at some point next week. I hope everyone is staying safe and well.
Cheers
Owen

Payment Details:

Please wait until we’ve successfully completed the session before paying. I would ask for a minimum contribution of £3 for these sessions. Preferably via PayPal to the following account: Paypal.me/OwenLittle

N.B. if using Paypal, please check that the currency is selected as GBP (Great Britain Pounds). Please DO NOT tick the box “paying for goods or a service”. This is in effect an insurance when you’re buying something to be delivered and PayPal take a cut of the money you pay me for this.

Alternatively please pay via Bacs into my account:

Mr O J Little
Sort Code 56 00 23
Account no. 46974156
(Natwest)

Happy Easter and what a strange old world!

Dear all,
I never imagined that I’d ever be saying this, (since to do this at any time over the past seven years would have been business suicide!), we are running a session tomorrow on Easter Monday, as well as on Wednesday and Friday this week. It just struck us here that since our target audience – 0-4 year olds, don’t really have much of a concept of Bank Holidays, and since you can’t exactly all be off visiting relatives or up a mountain, we might as well give it a go. It’ll be good to “see” whoever makes it along.
YouTube has robust – and good, child safeguarding policies in place. Because of this Live Chat is not available when content is designed for children. If you want to get a shout out, a Happy Birthday, to let us know where you’re joining us from, a specific animal for Old MacDonald, or just about anything else, please let us know by 9am on the day of a live stream. You can email us owenlittle9@gmail.com or text us on 07970 956575.

Below are the session links for this week. We ask for a minimum contribution of £3 for these sessions. Payment details at the bottom of this email/post. Please don’t pay until after the session has streamed successfully, but please do remember to pay at some point. Thanks in advance.

Monday 13th April at 10am

Wednesday 15th April at 10am
https://youtu.be/62Z9GWK5ulc

Friday 17th April at 10am
https://youtu.be/En6d5YXLxKY

Some really good news from last week. We managed to stream three live sessions with good picture quality throughout. Please share this post/email with your relations and friends around the country, we’re looking forward to meeting new people!

Cheers
Owen

Payment Details:

Please wait until we’ve successfully completed the session before paying. I would ask for a minimum contribution of £3 for these sessions. Preferably via PayPal to the following account:

Paypal.me/OwenLittle

N.B. if using Paypal, please check that the currency is selected as GBP (Great Britain Pounds). Please DO NOT tick the box “paying for goods or a service”. This is in effect an insurance when you’re buying something to be delivered and PayPal take a cut of the money you pay me for this.

Alternatively please pay via Bacs into my account:

Mr O J Little

Sort Code 56 00 23
Account no. 46974156
Natwest

Please do note the following – this is important to me: If you are self-employed and suffering similarly catastrophic loss of income as most freelance musicians, please don’t feel obliged to pay for these sessions.

If you are on a block booking for regular sessions and you want to use them for the virtual sessions, please contact me and let me know each time you attend and I’ll keep a record of things.

Image Quality – it’s not your connection

Dear all,
Right at the bottom of this post you’ll find 3 access links for our virtual sessions next week. Same rules as last week. Let us know if you’re watching from far away so we can give you a shout out. If there’s a birthday we need to cover please let us know about that as well. If you contact us before 9am on the day in question, we’ll do our best to get everything done. Thanks in advance.

Thank you for all the positive feedback from last Thursday’s debut virtual Music Makers. Having viewed things back, I was very concerned about the image quality during the first half. Luckily I have a friend who is one of the heads of programming for Red Hat (Europe) – the guys who run the Linux operating systems that are used by businesses globally. The problems we had aren’t to do with what we’re producing at this end, and they’re not to do with the internet connection at your end. I’ll try and explain this clearly but briefly: Everyone globally is on the internet. Rather than drop people’s connections, every server – in our case Google/YouTube, are cutting band width to try and keep everything running. Hence good audio but bad picture in the first half. When things improved in the second half we just randomly got allocated more band width. This is a set of variables beyond our control. (It’s not the case at all that more people necessarily mean worse picture – you might get allocated more band width if more people are watching). The long and short of it is that in the present circumstances there’s nothing we can do about it, and everyone is in the same boat. We keep going and doing our best.
Payment details are listed below, but please note two things: 1) Please don’t pay until you’ve completed the session you joined. 2) Paypal payments: please DO NOT tick the box “paying for goods or a service”. This is in effect an insurance when you’re buying something to be delivered. In our case you’ve just watched/received the goods you’re paying for so you don’t need to insure against their “non-delivery”. When you tick that box I lose a 5th of the £3 you’ve paid me. Thanks in advance.
Payment: As many of you are aware, as a freelance musician, I lost most of my income a couple of weeks ago. I’ve worked my socks off to get my teaching online, and now to launch Virtual Music Makers. We’ve run successfully on the principle of trusting people for over seven years now, and I intend to do the same with these virtual sessions.

Please wait until we’ve successfully completed the session before paying. I would ask for a minimum contribution of £3 for these sessions. Preferably via PayPal to the following account:

Paypal.me/OwenLittle

Alternatively please pay via Bacs into my account:

Mr O J Little
Sort Code 56 00 23
Account no. 46974156
(Natwest)

Please do note the following – this is important to me: If you are self-employed and suffering similarly catastrophic loss of income as most freelance musicians, please don’t feel obliged to pay for these sessions.

If you are on a block booking for regular sessions and you want to use them for the virtual sessions, please contact me and let me know each time you attend and I’ll keep a record of things.

Monday 6th April at 10am

Wednesday 8th April at 10am

Friday 10th April at 10am

Owen’s Little Music Makers Online Debut

Here’s the link to the first ever virtual Music Makers session, live streaming at 10am tomorrow, Thursday 2nd April 2020.

https://youtu.be/WVU9SIT0wbU

Things to note. The online world is a minefield from a safe-guarding point of view. YouTube streaming is the most safeguarding-compliant option I’ve been able to identify. Unfortunately, as we have to state that our live stream is aimed at a child audience, we cannot have a live chat feature running. So, if there’s any birthdays or other shout outs we need to get done tomorrow, please let me know no later than 9am tomorrow. We’ll do what we can. Similarly, if you’re going to join us from anywhere other than Manchester, please drop us a line to let us know where you are.

Feedback please. We’ve worked very hard to try and get the best product we can together. (If you haven’t got several squillion pounds to throw at the problem, turning your average living room into a broadcast studio isn’t that easy!) We need to know that what we’re doing is ok.

Payment: As many of you are aware, as a freelance musician, I ceased to be employed a couple of weeks ago. I’ve worked my socks off to get my teaching online, and now to launch Virtual Music Makers. We’ve run successfully on the principle of trusting people for over seven years now, and I intend to do the same with these virtual sessions.

Please wait until we’ve successfully completed the session before paying. I would ask for a minimum contribution of £3 for these sessions. Preferably via PayPal to the following account:

Paypal.me/OwenLittle

Alternatively please pay via BACS into my account:

Mr O J Little
Sort Code 56 00 23
Account no. 46974156
(Natwest)

Please do note the following – this is important to me: If you are self-employed and suffering a similarly catastrophic loss of income as most freelance musicians, please don’t feel obliged to pay for these sessions.

If you are on a block booking for regular sessions and you want to use them for the virtual sessions, please contact me and let me know each time you attend and I’ll keep a record of things.

I think that’s everything for now. Fingers crossed for tomorrow.

Cheers
Owen