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On learning how to listen and how to feel

On learning how to listen and how to feel

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce Everyone knows the power of music to transform lives don’t they? It’s why music is so important. It’s why it’s so sad that when governments through the ages look for things to cut they cut the…

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The first day of a new year

The first day of a new year

I’ve never been one for making the big New Year’s Resolutions that are forgotten by the end of the first month (if not the first week) of the new year. But I do like to take stock and try to…

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Celebrating the Britten Centenary

Celebrating the Britten Centenary

On Friday afternoon, Emma and I trekked over to Suffolk for the weekend. I say trekked because it was a long, slow, journey that coincided with rush-hours in several parts of the country, but we made it – just before…

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Something new, something different

Something new, something different

Tonight, Abingdon Concert Band embarked on something a bit different. Dan and Kirstie from the 4bar Collective showed up to record us for Track V of their project that sees them tour the country (the world too!) recording musicians wherever…

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Mr Tumnal’s ecletic taste in music…

Mr Tumnal's ecletic taste in music...

Mr Tumnal has an eclectic taste in music. His music collection is entirely vinyl and (mostly) cassette, with some recent additions on CD, thus, Kathryn buys him an iPod which she has engraved for him: For your music collection and…

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In love with fairies

Emma’s mum and dad saw Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty when it was on in London and loved it so much that decided too take us to see it when can’t on your to High Wycombe. Now to be fair I don’t much…

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Afternoon on Random

Take On Me – a-ha Fáum aldrei nóg – írafár Into Temptation – Crowded House Warrant – Foster The People Banba Oir – Clannad West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys Hey Buddy – Nina Simone With This Love –…

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The clear skies of winter

Emma is on nights this weekend, and so, with the chances that a large part of tomorrow will be spent asleep, we headed out this morning with the aim of spending as much time as possible outdoors enjoying the weather….

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The Day In Music

Its been a while since I’ve done one of these. I start the day; I plug my earphones in and set the iPod on random. At best its an eclectic mix, so skipping†, no lies, just the whole shameful truth….

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Day On Random

I’ve added so much to my iPod in the last year, what with adding ‘s cd collection and the wedding playlist and all, I wanted to see just what I came up with if I had a whole day on…

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The Shock and the Awe

I can’t quite get my head around this one, and what I really think. My brother pointed me in the direction of this via his twitterings: a shockingly awesome shocksome music video on the @RadarMusicVideo site. It scandalised Iceland! Warning:…

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Friday Muse-ings

Today has felt a bit like the end of term. It’s deathly quiet in the office, and I had a very nice lunch out in Little Clarendon Street (surely one of the best streets in the whole of Oxford?) with…

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I Still Believe (in the playlist)

Our wedding playlist is truly eclectic. We’ve only had a handful of duplications to date, and it now stands at some 186 songs (by which I mean songs, sometimes in the loosest of meanings) and 12 hours worth of running…

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The eclectic mix just got more eclectic

Seeing as my iPod has a ridiculous 80Gb of space on it I’ve been working my way through ‘s CD collection. Now my iPod, being a collection‐without‐selection of every piece of music I collect was always an eclectic mix. With…

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The (controversial) Oxford comma

Emma and I have been asking our guest list for 5 song suggestions each for use post-meal at our wedding reception. I’ve always hoped that we would get a thoroughly eclectic mix of songs and unearth some hidden gems. Yesterday…

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Day of Various Things

~ Woke up this morning in the most alarming of ways. My dream was brought to a (literally) crashing end with the thought that someone had thrown a brick through the window. What’s more, with our neighbours off somewhere early,…

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