Monthly Archives: August 2015

Making Art Could Save Your Life

If it weren’t for art and music, I don’t know where I would be, now.  I’m not entirely sure I would have made it.  There were times when music was my refuge and sanctuary and it’s certainly the case that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Does It Take To Become a Writer?

Yesterday, I visited a museum, dedicated to one of the best known and widely read authors of the nineteenth century.  I was interested to see where this author had worked so hard, in her most productive years, to produce her … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Changing the World through the Emotional Influence of Art

I read something massively depressing, recently, so I thought I would share it with you (you’ll thank me later).  http://www.alternet.org/media/most-depressing-discovery-about-brain-ever?sc=fb What the article says is that decisions are not made on the basis of facts, but on emotions.  Decisions are … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lament for the Loss of Long Sentences

Apparently, nobody knows how to read anymore.  If you express yourself in clauses and sub clauses, or want to develop an idea over the course of a single sentence, you’re confusing people.  What should a writer do? If the aim … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When Ignorant People Ask for Complex Impossibilities

People with the money to commission artists (or engineers, or anybody else that works creatively) often ask for things they don’t understand and which, even with the most talented, creative minds there are, and infinite time and money, can’t actually … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Joy of Intuitive Anticipation

They say that guitar players’ brains are different to other people, in that they have a stronger tendency to synchronise with the music, at a biophysical level, and with other players.  According to studies, they temporarily switch off their consciousness … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ambition is Over-Rated

At lunch, the other day, a colleague of mine made the observation that in marriages where both partners are highly ambitious, they end up divorced.  It seemed like a throw-away rule of thumb, but there is a grain of truth … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment