Category Archives: Music

More verandah music

Three more numbers added on the My Music page, and everything is on SoundCloud as well.  The new ones are: Below Deck, Green Ginger and Ensolarada. Three more needed to complete the second set of twelve!

What is this instrument?

No, this isn’t a quiz; I’ve owned this instrument for years, but I’ve no idea what it is! I acquired it from my mother-in-law’s antique shop; she didn’t know what it was either.  At the time, I did make a number of enquiries around various local music shops, but to no avail.  Then the internet… Read More »

A victory for Celtic (music)?

If you have been across to My Music pages, you will appreciate that technology has the power to mask deficiencies in musical ability 🙂  Elsewhere, I’ve written a bit about my musical provenance, which, lacking any formal background in music theory, and largely based on a shaky knowledge of three and a bit chords, has… Read More »

More music

Another candidate has made it on to the 2nd phase of my personal music project. This one is called Muppet; there’s a reason for the title, but that’s my secret 🙂 I keep wondering how many ‘latent’ musicians there are in the world. In two recent, and totally unrelated conversations I’ve come across a couple… Read More »

Plat du Jour

The latest addition to My Music is ‘Plat du Jour’. I can’t say that there is any significance in the title, but it’s another step towards coming to terms with home recording. I’ve wrapped up phase one as a set of 12 recordings under the title of “Going through the Phases’. The terminology is associated… Read More »

I’m no recording star, and that’s OK.

I read a really interesting blog post by Michael Milton ‘I’m No Guitar Hero and I’m Okay with That (Now)’, and boy, did it resonate with me.  Having devoted a fair proportion of my formative years trying to master a fourth chord to add to my previous portfolio of three, I found that a family… Read More »

Lasers in the Jungle

Coincidence, or what?  Just a few days after “Graceland’ featured as a ‘my favourite album’ in The Guardian, The Independent reminds us that it’s 25yrs ago this month (August 2011) that the album was released.  “It sounds like it could have been made yesterday,” says Marc Eliot, author of a biography of Paul Simon.  It… Read More »

Paul Simon – Graceland

There’s an interesting article in The Guardian as part of the ‘My Favourite Album’ series, featuring Graceland by Paul Simon.  As one of the generation who bought the album and subjected their children to it  through repeated plays on car journeys, I could empathise with the sentiment expressed in the article.  However, I’m not sure… Read More »

About music…

It all started a long time ago during an embarrassing school talent contest – more like a lack-of-talent contest in reality. With absolutely no grounds for doing it, four of us fresh faced 6th formers decided to be a ‘group’. I can’t remember what we ‘performed’ other than the fact that I was assigned to… Read More »