Album #2 Inspiration 

Talking to a mate the other day and the topic of mood boards came up. I’ve never been a particularly visual person, but I know people swear by them. It’s probably a reason why my output has been so varied…

When I fell in love with music (Part 1) 

Like many of you I’m sure, music was always around the house. For me it was usually the local radio station (an AM station specialising in not-modern songs) or, when I got a bit older, getting up to watch and…

How do you listen to music?

I was talking to a mate the other day about discovering new music, and it’s something that I’m almost fanatical about - every Friday the first thing I check is my Spotify Release Radar playlist, I just can't imagine missing…

Embracing Change

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately* - plunged into another lockdown, friends losing their gigs and other opportunities and a lot of clamouring for some kind of normal, although I’m not even convinced at this stage that’s going…

What's the value of music?

I pulled my first guitar out of a rubbish pile in my shed the other day. I have not looked after it. At all. I nearly gave it away - in fact I'd agreed to and then reneged after talking…

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Album of the Month - January and February 2021

I'm not going to pretend that there's any scientific algorithm at work here but I wanted to make sure that I had something arbitrary for these "...of the month posts" - so I'm using my last.fm data, send me a…

Album of the Month - November and December 2020

I meant to post these, I really did but... well, who really knew what they were doing in 2020...

Let me know if you've listened to these as well!

NOVEMBER 2020 - Cannot Be, Whatsoever - Novo Amor

The Music Advantage

I'm about to embark on another chapter in my professional life - high school music teacher - and while it scares the life out of me for some reason that something I've wanted for so long is so close, reading…

Epiphanies and discoveries

Something I look forward to every year with an astounding amount of enthusiasm is my Last.fm listening report. I've been using the service for well over a decade - it's heaven for stats nerds (of which I may be one).

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Mistakes That Make The Man

A while ago I got my Dad to write some lyrics and we were going to go into a studio and record it. I know it was a while ago 'cause it was a present for his 60th, and he'll…

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I'm ready

This past 12 months allowed many tangents in my creative practice - one that was much needed. But it's time to get on track... I'm ready.