Anna Mae Kelly

FRESH: ‘Infamous Kiss’ – Anna Mae Kelly

Anna Mae Kelly has an “Infamous Kiss”!

Usually we write these reviews and press releases, but this time, the artist them self wrote to us and we simply couldn’t refuse! So here it is, from Anna Mae Kelly herself!

Where do I start? Being 14 isn’t exactly like a dream, or something out of a movie, it’s boring, hard and quite frankly the most uninteresting part of the teenage ladder. I began writing “Infamous Kiss” at 14. It was a quick burst of emotion after a slow day at school. At 14 I was still struggling with bullying so writing finished songs and moving to the next was extremely hard, especially when there was a constant river or emotions flowing through my mind. So, I left the start of the song and did not come back to it for a year.

A year later we were tasked to write a song in GCSE music. By then, a hard year had gone by and writing songs had become breathing at this point. And from that sentence you can only imagine the times an artist goes through when in a single year they write 26 songs. I began to scroll through my notes and fell back on the barely started melody and a few block chords. Sat hunched in the practice room of my old school I began to work around the melody.

Keeping the song as close to the feeling I felt the year before. I am sorry to say I cannot disclose the reasoning behind that song but interpret with the story what you will. The lines can fit in with multiple situations bit follows the popular theme of cheating, breakups, regret and reminiscing on past love. Referring back to the fact I’m 17 and I don’t want to sell this forward anymore then I already am but writing lyrics at 14-15 with no true experience of what it felt like to really love someone confuses even myself to this day.

I have been the ear to many of my friends’ problems and I’m sure many of us will know what it’s like to intake someone else’s problems, so with full guided permission wrapping my friends’ problems into songs was a great way to advance in writing. I can only truly say I’ve experienced my first true heartbreak this year and to listen to a song I wrote a couple of years back really pushes my emotion forward on how much the lyrics mean to me now compared to then So to the heartbroken lovers, the people reminiscing on those glass breaking moments or the smile that set in a little too deep.

This is my gift to you

“Infamous Kiss”

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!