Friday, 25 October 2019

Johnson is a terrible leader

In fact he's no leader at all.

Our inglorious prime minister is just a bully.

Bullies aren't leaders.
Bullying or cajoling people doesn't make you a leader.
Rolling up your shirt-sleeves doesn't make you a leader.
Shouting, swearing, lying or a sense of entitlement doesn't make you a leader.
Bigotry and racism doesn’t make you a leader.
Antagonising and causing division doesn't make you a leader.
Throwing your toys out of the pram doesn't make you a leader.

To lead is to compromise, empathise, help to reach consensus and bring people with you. This is what leadership is.




Friday, 18 October 2019

Purely Piano

My latest offering of music is a composition based on the piano. Probably one of the most versatile instruments of all. It does what is says on the label; it is purely piano. Music is meant to be felt. If you feel it, it's real. I hope you like it.















Thursday, 17 October 2019

There is still black

There are still black hours. Sometimes. But not that often. thankfully. Occasionally. Black hours turn to black days. I lie low riding the pain. It's less over more now. Once. Black inspired creativity. Creativity produced doubt and destruction. Self-doubting back to black. Now. Now I cope. Now I hope. Now I create prolifically. I believe in my creativity. Black still visits. Black will always visit. It lurks. Skulking. Stage right. I wait. It takes its unwelcome curtain call. I exit stage left. Cringing. Crying. Cursing. Every dog has its day. One day black will be no more. For me. For. Forward. Falling on deaf ears. Undulations.





There is still music. Music, art and poetry. But no buttered scones for tea.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Just give me some of that avant-garde music

I love music. I've been in love with it all my life. I never ever thought I would end up making it, or let alone composing it though. But that's now where I've ended up and it's very satisfying.

I don't consider that I'm a performer, but who knows what the future holds? I'm certainly no musician. That's not what I'm about. First and foremost I'm an artist and I approach composing in a similar way to my art. Well, actually music is just another artistic strand. Music composing for me is a process of collage. I've produced a few vaguely dance-like tracks and one lush piece (which I'm very proud of) called Banana Blush. With those under my belt I started experimenting.

Anyway, I'm currently working on an album of what I would call avant-garde music. Perhaps it's not avant-garde anymore, perhaps it's a bit more mainstream. I'm not sure I know about these things now. The album is called 'If...   ...McGonagall made music'. So far I've only released two tracks, Devil's Advocaat and Cacophony NÂș1 but more are in the pipeline. The album is here.

You can find all my published music on my SoundCloud account here.