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Let music define the contours of your emotion… ?

I am not a ‘classical music’ fanatic. I know very little about the history of music, composers or the political or social relevance of ‘classical’ music creations. I can imagine for the creators, there is a lot of loaded significance behind, underneath and inside many compositions. Perhaps I might dig deeper at some point. But […]

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If music be the food of love

If music be the food of love, we are spoilt for choice, and we should be pretty much loved-up to the dolly’s wax! – Perhaps that’s one of society’s problems, surfeit, sickness and death of true music/love? Anyway, don’t get me started. Over the last few years, I have unintentionally been through a sort of musical detox, and I’ve […]

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Music…

It’s been 19 days into January and we’ve succeeded todate to go without chocolate, biscuits and sugary treats, but today being a Friday I needed a pick me up mid-day… luckily I had been asked by the college where I work to contribute to their radio station’s Desert Island Discs show. Fullhurst Community College in […]

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World Music at Oakham School Chapel

If you could hear this image, what would it sound like? Well…  “Global Harmony” from Melton and “Woven Chords” from Stamford are two world music a cappella choirs – they will be singing together! on March 31st Oakham School Chapel. The choir is always more than the sum of it’s parts, and this time there’s TWO! You can hear and […]

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kind words

“We all care about you, we will keep caring until and beyond, [when] you are strong enough to care for and about yourself…” kind words… I like to make a note of stuff that sparks my synapses, and here is where I occasionally share my rough thoughts. I was cycling home the other day and […]

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Decembral Distractions

In the midnight you awake with a chest ache, with dark dreams, worry and fear, a black dog feeds… Alas, Decembral distractions: Hazel Prior’s Antarctic Penguins, The Bagnold’s suburbia, Mandalorian sci-corn, Home Alone capers, Billy Elliot’s passion, Spiderman’s kingdom’s, various BBC Sounds’ dreamscapes, Grayson Perry’s acute observations, Simon Cross’s Theotokos Nativity, Scott Mariani’s excessive adventures…  […]

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Hope, trust, breath, life?

When the sun’s out, we can be content with the things we recognise; the patterns, habits, and narratives or stories that give meaning to stuff. These everyday assurances or comforts will differ from person to person. Occasionally the sun is not out – sometimes assurances break down. Our assumptions, the things we rely on being […]

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Morning…

A friend asked me to think about an image for sharing, that evokes hope, life, renewal…? At this time when constructs and assumptions we have relied on and perhaps taken for granted, what gives us hope? I asked a few people, and a common response seemed to be nature and the beauty of creation. “Nature; […]

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Homemade Cheesecake

I love music. That’s not to say I crave noise, often music with bigger gaps between the notes is more effecting than the rattle & hum of a rocking dopamine fest. Though that can be good too! I’ve blogged naive thoughts about music before. Search ‘music‘. Psychologist Steven Pinker wrote, “music is auditory cheesecake, an […]

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Unfiltered

The first time this year, I took the dog out on the field this morning. It was glorious. The sound of birds, the smell of thawing field, the warmth of the sunrise, the bright glistening frost, the hints of buds and capillary-like branches stretching with imminent hope of something… the sensational experience was more than […]