Very Useful Songwriting Advice

Youtube vid - “Music Production”  by Ralph Murphy, likeable, listenable, clear. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PbnmiLkzBU One of the most useful basic things when songwriting is: DON’T whine, preach or vent When you write about yourself, you are never the loser - make ‘he’ or ‘she’ the loser After you’ve written the song, ask yourself 3 things “what’s in …

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Other people’s emails

Victoria Wood was unable to appear doing standup at a Comic Relief event, but contributed a typically funny message explaining why she wasn't appearing.  Read by Sarah Millican. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03x8cyj (clip two and a half minutes' long)

New Threads

I have various cycles - things which interest me deeply for a week or two, then I move on to the next.  These tend to be: wanting new recipes needing new music wanting new books ("input!") needing new clothes (a more rare occurrence) I am currently on the New Threads cycle.  This occurs when my …

Fud

My ideal cookbook is probably one I'll have to write myself as no one else has - possibly for the very good reason that its title would never fit on the spine: "NoFussAlmostNoWashingUpWorksEveryTimeWithCheapIngredientsScratchAndSniff Cookbook". It would be lavishly illustrated and come supplied with a complimentary bib for drooling. And it would have a different layout …

Recipe for Summer Jam

Put a few blackberries on your scone/toast and smoosh. Smooshing is my technical term for squashing them with your knife.  At this time of year, the fruit is so soft that it just implodes and spreads out over the surface. Eat with enjoyment.  It will taste more tart than bottled jam, because it doesn't have …

Corita Kent documentary

Wise words - creating and analyzing are different processes. Part of this documentary on Sister Corita, showing her teaching her students - her classes look like fun.  And especially the Happening she made out of open day at college, with parents/visitors, giving the most strait-laced looking people the most fun and absurd actions to do. …

Culture cruises

I'm reading Sunday newspaper reports on best cruises..... as they catch the potato peelings from my tea preparations. Oh, the glamour!