Mix Tape Stories

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 this book calms my nerves... music can do so much good in the world! 

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).

Cool thing about 2020, I listened to more music than I ever have [well any year since 2007, probably not ever] - 10,580 tracks. That's 29 every day or 30 hours and 6 days worth of listening. Funnily my first reaction is... "is that all?" - music is a massive part of my life, yet I've only listened to music for 1/12 of a year - anyway, a challenge for 2021!

What I like most though is the "new music" section, where it tells me how many artists, albums and tracks I've listened to for the first time in a particular year - and 2020 had some great debuts - Cold Years and Chris Stapleton being my top picks, and new albums from Pearl Jam, the 1975, Slowly Slowly and Dua Lipa keeping my year fresh.

Hopefully 2021 is as full of good new music as 2020 was. Bring it on.

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 be 66 early next year. Today we sat and re-wrote most of the lyrics but it's now something we're both happy with. 

I guess sometimes it's ok to take a little extra time.

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.