If you heard the first part of our Girl Band story, Gladys and the chix, you’ll know that Gladys has three sisters who have formed a band and want to be famous. Gladys isn’t in the band because they say that she’s too young and too geeky. But she thinks that her sisters need her, because she’s the brainiest.
Story by Bertie.
One Saturday morning, Mandy and Laura were sitting around the kitchen table drinking coffee and having an argument. Mandy thought that she ought to be the leader of the chiX, because she was the oldest, and more importantly, she was the best at getting things organised. Laura thought that she should be the leader because she had friends in the music business.
“Kevin isn’t in the music business,” said Mandy. “He’s just a loser who sweeps up in a recording studio.”
“That’s just like you,” said Laura, “You won’t give anybody any credit unless it’s yourself. Kevin’s a studio producer and a musical whiz-kid.”
“Well just because you met the guy at a bus stop doesn’t mean that you’re a musical genius too,” said Mandy.
“Yeah, but I’ve got contacts. Besides, Kev said I’ve got a great voice.”
“Yeah, but Kev says that to all the girls. Besides, what this band needs is somebody to call the right shots and make the right decisions.”
“Exactly, that’s why I should be leader,” said Laura, “because I know more about the music business than you do.”
Mandy pointed out that she was the one who had set up their web page on Myspace, and that Laura had been promising to ask her friend, Kev, for a recording session at his studio for two weeks now, and she still hadn’t fixed it.
Laura said that was because Kev was super busy recording lots of big stars, and he was fitting them in for free as a special favour for her. Still, she decided to give him a prompt. She took out her mobile phone and sent him a text message:
“Hey whiz-kid. Got time yet to give three gals a helping hand?”
And Kev texted back:
“Sure, next week’s looking good. Come over Tues.”
So the chiX had their first recording session set up for three days’ time. When Gladdy heard, she pointed out that they didn’t have a tune for their song, let alone any backing music.
“That’s Kev’s job,” said Laura. “He just presses some buttons on his recording desk and pulls some levers. He’s a genius at that sort of thing. He even made the Diamond Girls sound half decent.”
Gladys tried to imagine the chiX turning up at the recording studio and asking Kevin to do everything for them. She thought it sounded a bit unlikely that he would just say: “Sure girls, here’s a number one hit single that I just wrote yesterday especially for you.”
“If it was that easy,” she said, “everyone would be stars.”
“Yeah, but not everyone is mates with Kevin,” said Laura. “Besides, not everyone’s got star quality like the chiX.”
After school on Tuesday evening, the girls took the train up to London. Gladys came too, because although she wasn’t in the band, somebody had to look after her as she was still too young to be on her own at home. In fact, Gladys knew that she could look after herself better than the sisters, but that was how things were. When they got to London, they took the underground train to the station called Goodge Street, which Laura said was in the swanky part of town. In fact, when they got out it looked pretty grotty to Gladys. Keven’s studio was on the fifth floor of a tall office building. It was about the size of their bathroom at home.
Gladys watched how he kissed all three of her older sisters on both cheeks. He didn’t seem to notice her at all.
“Well, what have you got girls?” asked Kevin. And Laura showed him the words that Gladdy had written.
“Nice,” he said, when he had read them, “and what’s the music?”
“Ah right,” said Laura, “we were kind of hoping that you’d help us out with that bit. Seeing as you’re such a whiz-kid.”
Kevin blinked. Gladys could see that he was trying not to look too surprised.
After a pause he said: “Right girls. Go behind the soundproof glass and put some headphones on. I’ll play you some loops, and we’ll see if we can build up a sound just for you.”
Gladys knew that loops were some drum beats and other bits of music that were already recorded on the computer. They were called loops because they went round and round, and when you got to the end of say 30 seconds, the music started at the beginning again.
She had been experimenting with some loops at home, and she had also been recording some music of her own using an electronic keyboard. After she had put the notes onto the computer, she could make them sound like almost any instrument.
Kevin pressed a drum beat.
“Too grungy,” said Laura through the microphone. “The chiX are kind of a bit funkier than that.”
So Kevin let them hear something a bit more polished.
“Not really,” said Mandy. “The chiX are kind of a mix of different musical styles and influences, if you see what I mean.”
“Yeah. Find us something that’s just right.” said Sam.
So Kevin looked at the computer and scrolled through a few more tracks until he found one thing he thought they might like.
“How about this one girls?” he asked.
“Yikes! Are you sure your mate knows what he’s doing?” asked Mandy to Laura. She didn’t realise that the microphone was switched on and Kevin could hear her. Gladys thought she could see hot steam coming out of his ears.
She said: “Ah-hum, Kevin. The girls were just shy about saying they’ve got some music. I brought it here on this disk.” And she handed him a CD with the music she had made at home. Of course, the other sisters hadn’t heard it.
Kevin put the CD on the player.
The sisters heard the music through their headphones and started to groove about.
“Yeah, that’s more like it, Kev,” said Laura. “We could do something with that.”
Gladys smiled to herself. She decided it would be better not to tell them yet that it was her music that they liked.
She started to help Kevin mix in some more music into the track.
“Hey Gladdy, leave Kevin alone and let him get on with his job,” said Mandy. But Kevin replied that he was alright about showing Gladys how his mixing desk worked.
Much later that evening, after quite a few tries, the ChiX made the first song of their career. And though they didn’t know it yet, the music was written by Gladys with only a little help from Kevin.
I LOVE STORY NORY! Natasha, you’re an insane singer and story-teller!!!! Bertie, your HI-larious!!!! If u and Princess B. got together again I’d love Story Nory sooooooooooooooooooooo
Keep those stories comin’! You’re awesome!
I absolutley love love love these stories! Bertie you are so sweet! and Natasha what a voice… you are fantastic! I love to hear you tell the stories too! Thanks for all the fun stories… keep them coming!
September 4, 2008
i love storynory so much i love the stories so much please write more Rosie and Harry stories i miss them i love hearing natasha and bertie is so much fun i will always love storynory
October 24, 2008
***Reply to me Bertie!!!!!!***
Oh WHen oh WHen is the next Gladys story coming out??????????
March 25, 2009
Phoebe, I have good news for you. The new Gladys is coming out next weekend.
****Reply to me Bertie!!!!!****
I loved it!!!!!! No, the story was way- better.
April 24, 2009
Hi Phoebe, We’re still working on the next Gladys story, and it should be ready not this weekend but the one after. Glad you liked the Music Maker story. We’ll try and cook up some more music before the end of the series.
I looooooooooooooove it soooooooooo much! great job
May 2, 2009
soooooooooo amazing! my family looooooooove when natasha sings! natasha your awesome at singing!
May 3, 2009
The Music was fun.
May 20, 2009
love the music in this story. storynory rocks!!!!:)
May 20, 2009
I downloaded the story, but as soon as it is finished playing, it disappears. Is there anyway to save to listen later?
May 22, 2009
hi Iara, to save and keep the story, RIGHT click it, and then you will see a menu. Chose Save Link as or Save Target As, or Save File As (it depends on your computer what it says). This should save the story to your computer .
coooooooool! im gowing to be a storyteller like you,natasha!please reply to me pleeeeeeeeeeeeease!
October 4, 2009
These stories are so funny! Gladys is doing all the work, writing the songs, making the music for them and more! Someday her sisters are going to find out and eat their words about Gladys being “geeky”, or “un-cool”!
November 16, 2009
Its a long time since I
heared this story. I WANT A NEW GLADYS STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
December 22, 2009
Phoebe, we have recorded the last Gladys and it will be published around New Year. We also have a new Katie story recorded.
I hope storynory.com goes on forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
July 22, 2012
you know what,
i am going to tell my friends about this website 🙂
Jin kazama —
July 27, 2012
I have a storynory app on my I pod I can do games of
The story’s aswell as Lison
Dear Bertie will you ever turn into a
Love from Iris
Dear Bertie as you can see my little
Sister is worried about you but please
Awser her request the bit where she said
Her I pod she ment mine but I let her use it
Kind regards from your loyal friend Edie p.s can
October 30, 2012
Hi Edie and Little Sister, I’m still waiting to turn back into a prince… don’t know how much longer it will take.
Can you do something about all of the fake Berties on storynory?
October 10, 2014
I have a ball to get to-nice story bertie!
Princess Beatrice —
October 10, 2014
X Love it make more plz thx I’ve listend to all of them plz make more
Mr army dude loves pink fluffy unicorns —
October 24, 2014
This is sooooooooo good and I loooove all the music who wrote the songs that Gladys did not write
December 15, 2014
Great! I liked their music.
December 19, 2014
Hello you should make a story where Gladys is made the leader of the group! Plz reply!
What is your favourite game? What is your favourite colour?
Please reply soon
January 16, 2015
Bertie!!! I LOVE THIS STROY 🙂
Do you you better, if you don’t then, ahhhh… I will be sad 🙁
January 17, 2015
“you’ve had you’r sugar you’ve had you’re spice now you’re looking for something nice not to sweet not to sharp the chix are here to take you’re looking for something nice!” great song glady not good enough for me. i’m a way better at singing than laura and glady. i’m perfeshanal.
January 26, 2015
Dear Bertie I have not heard this story please let me here it………
February 17, 2015
I love you Bertie!!!!!!!!!
you're welcome —
February 19, 2015
Eat more Gladys’
Mr. McDonald —
February 20, 2015
you have a special way of telling stories
April 1, 2015
i love the chip and gladys stories will some new stories be coming out???
April 28, 2015
I love the story and the lyrics, but I don’t really like the tune the the song.
You don't need to know my name —
May 14, 2015
I’ve got a girl band too my favorite song that we made is are theme song it goes” hey what’s that sound it’s the rock pop hip hop girls and there in our town they may play something you’ve never heard just look for the mascots dogs or birds!”???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????⚽️??????????????????????????
September 13, 2015
How old is Gladdy? Thanks Birty!!!!
Fiona the music lover ?
Fiona ??? —
January 9, 2017
yay a nother story about the chiX and glades
January 12, 2017
I like the chix new song
March 8, 2017
I hate it so much.
May 23, 2017
I think this book is a very different thanks, that’s wants .
wolf 1223 —
May 23, 2017
September 7, 2017
i luuvvvvvvvv this
September 20, 2017
Liked the song its catchy!
November 20, 2017
Hi I love these stories
November 20, 2017
I am loving this. This is my favorite of all on story nory plus bible stories.
November 30, 2017
LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!CAN’T WAIT TELL NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!