Monthly Archives: November 2011

Symphonica Electronica

Here’s what bothers me.  I’ve just seen a television programme that held up the symphony and the symphonic form as the pinnacle of artistic achievement in music.  It was called “monumental”.   It was said that the symphony was to music … Continue reading

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Two Little Words Guaranteed to Silence ANY Critic

(these same words might keep you going, too!)

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It Will All End In Failure Anyway

We worry a lot about failure.  Some more than others, but we all do it.  At the back of everybody’s mind, there is that little voice that asks, “what if my best isn’t good enough?”  On our most treasured and … Continue reading

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Things to Do Before You Are Run Over By a Bus

On twitter today, a nice lady posted that she had bought a lovely dress in the sales “for best”, but had decided to wear it today instead, because “you never know when you might be run over by a bus”.  … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With Guitar Solos

Let’s face it.  Guitar solos are out of fashion.  They’re sneered at as an expression of supreme self-indulgence.  They’re about as hip as a square.  Having played guitar for eighty two percent of my life and actively listened to guitarists … Continue reading

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The Up Side of File Sharing

Record companies are quick to condemn the technology of the Internet, where files can be instantly and perfectly replicated and distributed to millions in no time at all, at virtually no cost.  There are standards that make this possible.  A … Continue reading

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When Diversity and Profit Collide

Have you ever wondered why the choice of books and music, or even foodstuffs, is so limited at the biggest superstores?  We know that the range of books, music and branded products is vast, in reality, but we never see … Continue reading

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The Low Ebb

Every now and then it happens.  Life throws new challenges at you, or prolongs the excruciating agony of some old ones and your creative Mojo just ups and leaves you, high and dry; usually just when you need it most.  … Continue reading

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A Ticking Time Bomb

This is a story that does not have a happy ending.  Once upon a time, the internet made it possible for people to publish things they were interested in, to other people that were interested in the same things, at … Continue reading

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Patronising

On the radio, this morning, there was a news story about the discovery of some long lost, unpublished poems by First World War poet Siegfried Sassoon.  What amazed me about this is that, during their own lifetimes, artists are frequently … Continue reading

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