Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Parable

There was a quite remarkable man.  Not exactly clever, but he was very intelligent.  He realised, long ago, that for all the intelligence one could muster, wisdom was always difficult to gain, necessitating struggle and error.  He was not an … Continue reading

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Why Disco and Punk Sucked in the Seventies

I became serious about music in the 1970s.  It was the early 1970s, just after the Beatles had finished blowing everybody away with their sonic inventiveness and while Pink Floyd was busy with Meddle and Dark Side of the Moon.  … Continue reading

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A Music Production Paradox

Here is something that, at first, seems like contradictory advice, but which might actually help you, if you are a songwriter and/or music producer.  These days, it has become very easy (relative to how hard it used to be – … Continue reading

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This is not my Guitar!

On those days when you pick up your guitar and it doesn’t feel like a part of you, and the music doesn’t come out and won’t come out, you can find yourself thinking, “This is not my guitar!  These are … Continue reading

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Pathological Positivity

I feel sad.  I feel sad with very good justification.  Events are happening in my life, at present (and in the world in general), to which the most rational and appropriate response is to feel sadness.  I think that the … Continue reading

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Explaining Is Different to Describing

There are two distinct approaches to writing, I’ve found.  This applies mostly to writing about ideas, so it encompasses technical authorship as well as most punditry and texts about complex subjects, like economics, philosophy, popular science and so on.  You … Continue reading

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Transparency in the Business of Art

There is an insidious double standard that operates, whenever an artist makes a business out of their art.  Everybody and his dog feels an entitlement to criticise the fact that the artist is trying to survive in a world that … Continue reading

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