Is my music any good?

The question occurred to me during a discussion with some muso mates about the reasons why gigs seem so hard to promote sometimes, and why potential audiences seem so hard to reach. 

We freely blame venues, conditions, competing priorities…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.