Playing to the tune of summer

Posted on: 6th July, 2015 in Music

And we’re off!  Schools are out, exams are all finally done, days are long, you can smell the warmth in the air, and even the vegetarians amongst us are thinking about ‘having a Bar-bee’.  It’s festival season. Of course all...

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Avoiding extremes

Posted on: 8th June, 2015 in Music

LOVE/HATE — two extreme emotions, but is anyone going to pen a successful TV drama called LIKE/DISLIKE. It is probably more acceptable to have stronger emotions about less significant things (like marmite and cricket) than it is about things that...

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The Kenwood Chef of electric guitars

Posted on: 5th May, 2015 in Music

To me there is nothing as comforting as an iconic piece of engineering.  Engineering is a high bar. It can be hard just to make something work, and I mean to work at all, however badly. It’s also quite possible...

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Where the magic lies

Posted on: 7th April, 2015 in Music

My one and only brother is a metal sculptor, which puts me in the lucky position that sometimes I get to ‘look after’ the odd piece for him, three-dimensional works of art.  It invariably happens that I first get to...

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More than one way to take up an instrument

Posted on: 9th March, 2015 in Music

Formal or freestyle? Learning to play a tune ‘by ear’ or starting on page one of the sight-reading manual? For many this is a consideration when thinking about how to go about ‘taking up’ an instrument, when it comes to...

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Pick, pluck, strum or strike

Posted on: 9th February, 2015 in Music

I love the way we (humans) keep stumbling from one stone cold fact to another. Everything we know about Dinosaurs is suddenly thrown in the air by the fact that they now tell us that our scaly monstrous lizard-like friends...

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Write a new life story

Posted on: 20th January, 2015 in Music

What’s all this I’ve been hearing about people giving things up? It’s the middle of winter; we’ve already given up long sunny days, eating outdoors and going to the beach, and no doubt the weather is going to get worse...

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Reminiscing through rose-tinted glasses

Posted on: 6th December, 2014 in Music

Like, everyone knows that Elvis was lovely, James Brown was gas and Johnny Cash was like everyone’s favourite granddad. Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin were really good bands, David Bowie so deep and meaningful, The Boomtown Rats were socially responsible,...

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