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occasional snapshots of a musical life

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More Word Painting With Added Sound

As a newly minted apprentice poet, welcome to the tools of my trade and no prizes for guessing which gets the most use ... Anyway, here is another selection of verse with music as the theme.   My continuing thanks to Parker Owens for his support and encouragement. All comments, crits and compliments are welcome.   Ancient Borrowed, mortared Timelessly rememb'ring Conjuring forth darkness, tallows Silent Singing Faith-shrouded shapes Uninvited phantoms Wend down bowed midnight stair into My

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Word Painting With Added Sound

I've always had an interest in poetry - discovering Live-Poets here reawakened it and I was fascinated, watching the art and craft of its creation. Only as an onlooker, you understand, a point of view I mistakenly committed to print. This, of course, prompted a friend to challenge me: didn't I think I could produce some verse? Err … no, was the short answer but all that did was to make him prod me again: why not? Well, because…. In the end we agreed to never say 'never' and left it at that.

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One Way To Name That Tune ...

I feel I should start this post Once upon a time there was a world with virtually no internet....   Anyway, back in 1992 the UK Arts Council declared my local city to be 'UK city of music' for the year. This was the signal for an amazing year of musical performances, experiments and experiences. My workplace decided to re-package one part of our operation and offer it as a standalone service. And so the Humline was born.   Heard a piece of music somewhere and want to know what it is? Nowaday

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Are You Sure This Is A Musical Instrument?

Being a percussionist means a varied musical life - a violinist usually has one instrument, as a percussionist I can find myself playing any of at least ten different instruments. Many composers like to experiment in how they use an orchestra - often, the results end up in my section.   Sometimes this means we have to beg, borrow, buy, hire the instruments required and every now and again I feel as though I'm part of a cinematic sound effects team. The Strauss piece mentioned my last blog (Ein

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Rehearsals Are Good

Recently I was preparing for an orchestral concert as the only rehearsal I was going to have was on the day. Being a percussionist this is quite often the case and can be scary if you haven't done any preparation.   Knowing a piece from listening to it in the background is not the same as knowing what I was going to be playing. Richard Strauss' Eine Alpensinfonie is a big piece and being able to place my occasional (but highly visible / audible) notes was essential.   Being a percussionist i

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