Blog No.42/Vlog No.3 – Part 11 of My Close Encounters of the Music (&/or) Legend Kind: Tippi Hedren (Star of Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’)

Third vlog.

BLOG NO.42/VLOG NO.3 – IF YOU’D LIKE TO READ BLOG NO.41 FIRST, CLICK HERE, OR TO WATCH BLOG NO.40/VLOG NO.2 CLICK HERE. If you’d like to read first why I wrote my 65 folk tracks, then click HERE to read that blog. (Blue text are external links, which will open in a new browser window.)

(Those getting this via email won’t be able to see the videos. Clicking on the title of the blog in the email will open it in a tab of your web browser. For those reading on an iPad, the videos will open in a separate browser windows and not play on the Page. Apologies but out of my control. If you see any typos, pease let me know. Thanks.)

If you haven’t read any of these, I always start with a confession: I thought I would do these Close Encounter blogs purely because I knew they would get more people coming to my blog site and, hopefully, listening to my folk music too. Well, I was right on the first count, but, judging by my site and SoundCloud statistics, I don’t think it’s getting many people to have a listen to my musical attempts. Hardly surprising, really, as most of those wanting to read these – include either current or budding puppeteers – are not that interested in folk-type music that is primarily about the history of a specific region of England. Just so you know, I have blogged about the other kinds of music I’ve done – see THIS one for example – and I will be doing more in the future. (I’ve added a couple of songs to the right-hand sidebar.) There, now I’ve done my confessional, on with the blog….

In my 40-odd years as an actor, puppeteer and movement choreographer in theatre, television and film I was fortunate and honoured enough to meet and work with some music legends – both human and places – from Elton John to Capital Record Studios in LA. It’s only recently that I realised music has been with me my whole adult working life, in one form or another, and I thought I’d share these ‘close encounters’ with you. So here is Part 11 of those encounters….

In celebration of Tippi Hedren‘s 88th birthday, I’ve decided to do a vlog about the three occasions I spent with her. One of these included music, so this is more of a close encounter of a movie legend and music kind…of.

Once again I must make an apology, this time for the sound quality. I don’t know what my Nikon B700 was up to – and maybe it was trying to recreate my tinnitus –  but I wish it hadn’t. I’m afraid I just wasn’t up to doing another take.

Below are some photos of what I’ve talked about….

Above photo: three happy-chappies trying to out-stare the camera on the set of Dinosaurs. Left to right: me, Stevie Whitmire and Alan Trautman.

Above photo: A hug after the final shot of Dinosaurs.

Above photo: We were looking at Tippi’s books of songs as we sat around the fire. From left to right: Me, Tom Fisher (over Bill’s shoulder), Bill Barretta, Cristina Barrette, Dave Greenaway (behind Cristina) Tippi Hedren, Kevin Clash (beind Tippi), and I’m not sure who the gentleman was on the far right.

Above photo: more song choosing. From left to right: my wife Fiona, Me, Kevin Clash, Bill Barretta and Cristina Barretta. (I can’t identify anyone else.

Above photo: Bill and I next to our wrap cake.

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If you think these stories are interesting, they will be nothing compared to those the puppeteers from The Muppets or Sesame Street could tell. They’ve worked with more musical legends than I’ve had hot dinners. Having said that, I do have more to come, and Part 12 of the Close Encounter Of The Music Legend Kind will be about performing with The Muppets and Right Said Fred at the 1993 Royal Variety Show in London.

Thanks, as always, for reading, and please do leave a Star Rating at the top of the Page (good or bad, I don’t mind), or Like it below if you’re a member of WordPress. You can also leave a Comment or Question below.

Thanks as always for reading and watching,


6 thoughts on “Blog No.42/Vlog No.3 – Part 11 of My Close Encounters of the Music (&/or) Legend Kind: Tippi Hedren (Star of Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’)

  1. I remarked on YouTube that this is a 5 Star Vlog, A most amazing story that almost didn’t get written. Happy Birthday to Tippy and of course your Mom. You have a way of telling your tales which help us to visualize the story as if watching a film. When you broke into song you’d have thought someone had given me my favorite ice-cream, because I squealed with delight, like a child. The photographs bring the story to like Thank you a thousand times, Mak. ☆☆☆☆☆

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