Be like Donovan – keep the thrill alive

Earlier this week, I was listening to an episode of Blood On The Tracks, the Colin Murray-fronted show, where guests bring their record collections and debate their favourite tracks in certain chosen categories. In one particular round, the guests were asked to name their favourite act to come out of Scotland. Fashion queen and former guitarist in The Fall Brix […]

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It Kind of Blue me away

When was the last time you actually sat and listened to an album? When I say ‘listened’, I mean stopped doing other things and really paid attention to the music. Today, I went to a gig as part of the Brighton Festival called Played Twice: Miles Davis Kind of Blue, where – for the first half of the show – […]

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How to practise

The acclaimed jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis came up with his Twelve Ways to Practice (sic) back in 1996. Even though his forte is music, the lessons are as relevant to most areas of learning, as they are to becoming a music maestro. For example: “Concentrate: You can do more in 10 minutes of focused practice than in an hour of […]

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