Observations from a performer and creator who likes bunny rabbits and Abyssinian cat antics, vintage attire, craft-y finds, health and fitness, snooker and AFC. Follow me @ladybunnyjk

Part 4 of the ” Cover me in Stardust” covers collection ……”Into the night”

Julee Cruise’s “Floating into the night” is such a delicate and haunting album. This was my favourite song from it. I fell in love with it after Twin Peaks had infiltrated my life and mind. Twin Peaks was also my introduction to the world of David Lynch. These three have influenced my creativity ever since, both sound and vision.

I didn’t have a plan when I set out to record this. I always find that the story and feel of the song, evoke a visual narrative in my head, like a movie. I then try and re-create the emotions and feelings of the ‘film’ in my mind - through sound.

When I write a song on the guitar, it is the feeling that comes first. And the story and ‘film’ come later. So by the time I get to record, the ‘film’ has developed and that leads the way.
As you can see, songwriting and recording are very different processes for me. And that is partly why I found the “Cover me in stardust” EP so interesting to do!

Download my recording of it for free here: http://soundcloud.com/goldenrabbit/into-the-night

This is the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-7we8CNliI

Buy Julee Cruise’s “Floating into the night” album here: http://www.fairsharemusic.com/release/floating-into-the-night-1
(Fairshare music donate half the money of every download to a charity of your choice! How special is that!)

Thought I’d share some of my vintage outfits with you all…………

Starting with the ones I wore through out my “Cover me in stardust” E.P live videos………. 

The dress in my a cappella version of “Silent all these years (excuse me)” is a cotton, green plaid dress, with matching belt, puffy sleeves and white collar and cuffs.  I’m not exactly sure when this dates from but it feels ‘70’s/early ‘80’s. There’s something quite school girl-ish about this dress I like!

It is by Allen Solly (based in my old haunt of Nottingham) and they are still going today …. http://www.allensolly.com/brandsite/
 and I’m still liking them.

My vid….


Here is a little video I made on a flip camera for the song ” Angel plantation”……

Time for another vintage outfit I wore through out my “Cover me in stardust” E.P live videos……….…………

This is from the “Into the night” video:


This glamourous satin nude dress was quite possibly once a night dress! A delicate piece with no labels, it may well be handmade. Cut on the bias with the bust detailing, it has a lovely 1930’s feel to it.

I gathered many fine vintage pieces on Ebay (before the vintage hipster boom made it impossible to find a bargain anymore!) but I found this in a second hand shop on Blackstock Road in Finsbury Park a few years ago. I was very pleased!

The best places to search now for unique and not over-priced items I find, are in vintage and second hand shops across the Midlands and north England. But you will need a very keen eye.

I’m a sucker for a headpiece and enjoy ‘making’ my own but this black feathery, silver glittery peacock was found in a hobbies and craft shop in Somerset. I think he may have been an intended christmas decoration, but I offered him a life in the performing arts and he ran with it!

Topped off with little lace gloves (although not vintage lace this time), I enjoyed putting this one together very much.

This is the last outfit from my covers videos (I didn’t do a video for the Radiohead cover unfortunatly, it will happen one day:0)

For the “Droplet Affection” Ursa Minor (Little Bear) video, I wore a stunning emerald green, silk vintage dress with flower detailing. I’m not sure what the technical term is for this effect - it is imprinted within the material, but it is NOT a print! Feel free to enlighten me.

This was another magical find back in the eBay heydays. Now you have to scrutinize the search list at un-earthly hours just to find anything vaguely unique and a bargain. It can be done though, you just need patience, a keen eye and nerves of steel for the last second bidding!

I adore green and found this dressmakers hem to make the headband with.

See the dress in action in my video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n4BDQUptAQ

(which also includes my Abyssinian kitten)

So, I blogged the vintage outfits from my E.P, thought I may as well carry on!…..

This is from the “Angel Plantation” video….a cream lace dress from the ‘80’s, with it’s very own chiffon wings!

Made by Your Sixth Sense, it could almost be used as a alternative to a wedding dress, with it’s full, netted skirt and boned bodice. Being from the ‘80’s, it even has shoulder pads.

I wore vintage cream chiffon gloves to finish it off.

See the video here……


*Free download at: http://soundcloud.com/goldenrabbit
This first Golden Rabbit video, set on the Great Central Railway and Swithland Reservoir, is a tale of two halves. Caught between the light and dark shades of two realms colliding, will the lost love guide her home or leave her to roam the wilds forever?

Directors: Joanna Koolman and Timo Chesney
Music and sound effects: Golden Rabbit
Camera: Timo Chesney, Pete Bradley, Alison Darksus
Edit and SFX: Timo Chesney and Joanna Koolman
Actor: Pete Bradley
MU/Hair/Wardrobe: Joanna Koolman
With special thanks to the Great Central Railway (GCR)

The making of “Poohsticks” video part 4:

…..The origami rabbits fitted perfectly in the clam shells we found on the shore’s edge. As if they were tailor -made. As I paddled into the water to release them, I was a little bit freaked out by the black tar like mud that had me sinking deeper than I liked! Probably a good thing as it stopped my urges to go in too deep.

We then moved back to where the wilds had grown up in the new, uncovered soil. It was like a gorgeous English meadow. The light of the late afternoon was amazing as we shot through the red rushes. We found out afterwards that it may have been wild Japanese knot weed, not a good thing apparently as it spreads quickly and causes damage. Bad things have a habit of looking good on the outside though, don’t they?:0/

The day was drawing in on us so we found our way back to the car. We made sure Alison was ok before saying our goodbyes to her, as she had a prior engagement, then we headed off to our final location at the other end of the water.

Once again, we couldn’t believe our luck as we stumbled across the dried up overflow under the bridge. And how fortuitous that someone else had found it before us and had kindly spray painted gold hearts on to the walls and also sprayed some empty glass bottles for me to take home as a momento. I’m a sucker for those. Momentos AND bottles in fact.

It was another fine example of how going with the flow (or, overflow in this case) brought us so much luck and added so much more to the story than we could have ever imagined.

The acoustics were amazing so we filmed a little a cappella between the takes…..


It was next to the Gothic water tower, a.k.a: my mysterious-man’s-mysterious-dwelling, where we shot the final scenes. I loved the padlock and ancient cobwebs in the doorway - which perfectly sealed the confusion of where he had disappeared to.

The whole day, I had felt like Zelda finding the hidden treasure chests and lifting the prize up in the air - whoop!!!

It was 8pm by the time we rapped up and headed of into the sunset….. to the nearby Old Bulls Head pub in Woodhouse Eaves - one of my family’s regular haunts and a benefit to shooting in a place you know well :0)

As we ate dinner, we were exhausted, but there was some sort of resonating energy we had unleashed that day that filled us with awe. A rather jam packed and hectic shoot was turned into an absolute pleasure and fun adventure! Everything had fallen into place and maybe as a reward for our thorough forward planning, for being on the same wave length or just for letting the magic guide us, gifts were laid out before us to make our story easier to tell.

I truly didn’t want to leave the wonderland behind. I eventually caught a late, modern day train back to Landan town, buzzing on our natural high and reminiscing all the way. “Poohsticks” was written on a train all those years ago, and it’s story finally ended on that train home.

See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEtX1YvXWbY&feature=g-upl

and get your free song download here: http://soundcloud.com/goldenrabbit