Tag Archives: Culture

Has Music Education Lost Its Way?

Depending who you ask, rock and roll originated some seventy years ago. Jazz is about a hundred years old. Even Rap is pushing fifty. These are musical art forms that predate young music students, today in their middle teens, by … Continue reading

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Why Play?

As children, we play. Nobody has to compel us to play or tell us how. We just do. We make up the games we play, using our imaginations. It comes pretty naturally, for most people. We play as a childhood … Continue reading

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How the Rentier Economy Destroys Artistic Quality

Society is in denial. Flat out, head-in-the-sand denial. The consequence of our collective refusal to believe in the truth of the situation is a hollowing out of cultural life, a diminution of the ability to see the situation with undistorted … Continue reading

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Creativity and Efficiency

In art, as in most things in life, creativity and efficiency co-exist in tension. If you optimise on creativity, it often isn’t very efficient. On the other hand, if you’re obsessive about efficiency, that can easily drive out creativity. The … Continue reading

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Moving the Overton Window

We all look through it, but like glass, we don’t see it. We don’t even see the width of the frame or how it is centred, but it constrains what we see and how we see it just as surely … Continue reading

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Everyday Battles

One of my friends posted something that struck a chord with me, this morning.  He said, “There are only so many days of your life you can go into battle.  I’m sure I’ve far exceeded my limit.”  The reason that … Continue reading

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A Kind of Fraud

I’ve been reading behind-the-scenes recollections and reminiscences of life as a top-flight, session, studio musician, in the 1960s and 1970s, lately.  There is something that intensely disquiets me about that whole era and the way that popular music was produced … Continue reading

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