In lockdown, as we are, what else was I going to do with my free time but throw myself into a community music project? Feast your ears on this fine effort: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdYFyrSgFtA
This is my first attempt at pulling together an open choir of people from across a community and I’ve learned a few key lessons doing it. Here, then, are my top five tips for virtual community choirs:
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Today I have decided to tidy up a few odds and ends with regard to projects I’ve had on the boil or at least simmering away for the last couple of years. So, first out of the gate is Short and Brutal, a three player player game where the first to occupy and hold the centre ground wins.
I like the game idea because I always feel two against one (a la Blockbuster) is difficult to balance but painful experience as the eldest of three sons teaches me that in a world of constantly shifting allegiances it’s often easier to set one of your opponents against the other and sit back with the popcorn.
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Over the years I’ve written a number of songs and pieces of music for church use or with an overtly Christian theme.
Rather than bunch them all with the rest of my work, I’m pulling them together into this one place.
vox ignis is a couple of Latin words, for “voice” and “fire” (as in a beacon, a light on a hill) and I hope that imagery will be persistent. There’s a whole load of Biblical connotations to both words, but I’m not going to explore that here. Please feel free to browse through what I already have, and don’t hesitate to ask if you have an idea you’d commission me to write.
Tonight I had great fun in Balsall Heath at the wonderful Ort Café with Najma Hush presiding over an evening of poetry music art and all collected around a theme of dance. » Read more
I received an e-mail today from Najma Hush. She’s a very nice person who is launching an exhibition at the Ort Café on Friday February 21st.
You can see details of the event on Facebook.
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Talk about putting the gig in giggle! We played last night to the massed crowds of Kenilworth (or at least the three who turned up) at the Tree House Bookshop.
Andy and I (as Dischord) had an absolute blast. With unusual presence of mind, I recorded some bits of the gig, and we’ve put out an EP for folks to listen to. I hope you thoroughly enjoy it, as much as we enjoyed playing.
I’ve just confirmed a gig at The Tree House Bookshop in Kenilworth. Details are available here on Facebook, if you want to see a map and confirm attendance there.
If you fancy coming, but don’t use Facebook, just let me know via another channel (a comment here, even) and we’ll factor you in. I don’t expect we’ll push the capacity of the venue, but it would be good to know you’ll be there. It kicks off at 8 o’clock in the evening on November 14th.
I’m delighted to be able to do a small scale gig somewhere interesting, and to share in the fun, Andy Arnold will be joining me on guitar. » Read more
I’ve just released Bunch of Keys via Bandcamp, and it’s available now. It’s a free download unless you fancy paying for it, which I kind of hope you will.
It was recorded in one night using some original material which I had composed, and a couple of old melodies, to inspire a set of raw unrehearsed improvised pieces.
Tricky one this…
Most of the gigs I’ve ever done have been as a backing musician. Backing in a band, backing a choir, backing an event. Solo gigs have certainly happened in the context of a social or dinner event and therefore I have been a side attraction at best.
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It’s been a disappointing day today. » Read more