A lighter footstep

Posted on: 4th April, 2016 in Music

I ran in to Luka Bloom a little while back; he was in the shop looking for something by Melody Gardot on vinyl — highly recommended by the way, especially for those intimate moments after the sun has gone down....

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March on

Posted on: 8th March, 2016 in Music

Seasons changing are so stimulating; each one prepares you for the next, there is joy, delight and dread in all of them and not like we have any choice but you wouldn’t swap one for the world. As a ‘scorpion’,...

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Electric blue

Posted on: 8th February, 2016 in Arts & Entertainment

I was 13 the first time I heard Bowie’s ‘Sound and Vision’; I don’t know whether a bolt or a jolt is a more accurate description but it was like something awakened in me for the first time, and something...

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When magic happens

Posted on: 1st December, 2015 in Music

What is it that makes a piece of art, work, or not? Inspiration? But what is that and where does it come from? I don’t mean that all inspiration (‘a sudden brilliant idea’) is the same thing or comes from...

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Instruments of change

Posted on: 3rd November, 2015 in Music

I don’t suppose there is an opposite to spring cleaning, nor I guess does there have to be; it would hardly be along the lines of autumn messing would it? There is, I think, something really magical about this time...

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As the song goes…‘People Help The People’

Posted on: 5th October, 2015 in Music

I wonder, was ‘Live Aid’, 30 years ago, a musical event or a political one, or is it just “not that simple” as Mrs Thatcher said to Bob Geldof? I have to put my hand up and say that I...

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A slice of real life

Posted on: 10th September, 2015 in Music

Ha ha, we’re off! At least I am.  Shut up shop, literally, camper van under my ass, a dozen bottles of water, and a pack of sandwiches to shorten the journey. Once we hit the motorway to Dublin the shades...

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Getting set up

Posted on: 4th August, 2015 in Music

Getting your instrument set up can be something close to a revelation. So many of us have instruments lying around at home that have never done it for us. They may have been a disappointment, we may have disappointed ourselves...

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