Everyday Poetry: Snow: Bob Dylan

Here’s a bit of prose that I tweaked into a poem.

Snow or no snow,
It was time for me to go.

When I arrived in Minneapolis
It seemed like a big city;
When I left it was like some rural outpost
You see once from a passing train.

Bob Dylan

Quoted in Howard Sounes: Down The Highway (p.95)
[Edited]

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The 2015 String Learning Speed Championship Thing

This term I’ve been teaching all my pupils the notes on the guitar up to the 12th fret. Big congrats to anyone who managed to learn the WHOLE GUITAR. Here’s the fastest 3 peeps for the whole guitar and the fastest 3, string by string. Then we have everyone who did the whole guitar and everyone who did any string in 5 seconds and under (except for the top E because there were just toooooooooo many!).

Well done everyone (try not to forget it all over the holidays!)

WHOLE GUITAR

(NAME – SCHOOL – TIME, in minutes and seconds)

1) Empress (HF) – 0.30.0
2) Emily G (FW/PR) – 0.33.0
3) Lauren (HF/PR) – 0.35.9

TOP E STRING

1) Aysha (FW)  - 2.7
=2) Ishmael (FW), Sam E (FW) – 2.8

B STRING

1) Nathan (HF) – 2.8
2) Sam M (SCA) – 3.1
3) Zac H-I (FW) – 3.3

G STRING

=1) Nathan (HF), Oliver (HF), Sam M (SCA) – 3.0

D STRING

=1) Emily G (FW/PR), Harvey (SCA) – 3.3
3) Katy H (SCA) – 3.6

A STRING

1) Abbie-Leigh (PR) – 3.3
2) Sam M (SCA) – 3.4
3) Katy H (SCA) – 3.7

BOTTOM E STRING

1) Zac H-I (FW) – 2.8
2) Abbie-Leigh (PR) – 3.1
3) Harry (FW) – 3.2

FULL LISTS

ALL STRINGS

1 Empress HF 0.30.0
2 Emily G FW/PR 0.33.0
3 Lauren HF/PR 0.35.9
4 Destiny HF 0.37.7
5 Pav HF 0.39.3
6 Robert FW 0.52.2
7 Melissa SCA 0.53.7
8 Abbie-Leigh PR 0.57.0
9 Niall HF 0.57.5
10 Leo FW 1.00.0
11 Jess S PR 1.02.7
12 Yashas FW 1.48.8
13 Ethan FW 1.52.4

TOP E STRING

1 Aysha FW 2.7
2 Ishmael FW 2.8
2 Sam E FW 2.8
4 Ben M FW 2.9
4 Ruby FW 2.9
6 Emily G FW/PR 3.0
6 Harry FW 3.0
6 Sam M SCA 3.0
9 Conor D FW 3.1
10 Pav HF 3.2
10 Seb FW 3.2
12 Aimad RF 3.4
12 Aman FW 3.4
12 Ella FW 3.4
12 Owen FW 3.4
12 Robert FW 3.4
17 Lily FW 3.5
18 Destiny HF 3.6
18 Jai FW 3.6
18 Leo FW 3.6
18 Summer HH 3.6
22 Abbie-Leigh PR 3.7
22 Louis FW 3.7
22 Niall HF 3.7
25 Eden FW 3.8
25 Martha D FW 3.8
25 Subhaan FW 3.8
25 Tilly FW 3.8
29 Daisy FW 3.9
29 Harry FW 3.9
29 Lauren HF/PR 3.9
29 Todah FW 3.9

B STRING

1 Nathan HF 2.8
2 Sam M SCA 3.1
3 Zac H-I FW 3.3
4 Ben M FW 3.5
4 Lauren HF/PR 3.5
6 Emily G FW/PR 3.6
6 Robert FW 3.6
6 Seb FW 3.6
9 Josh T HH 4.1
9 Skylar HF 4.1
11 Katy H SCA 4.3
11 Pav HF 4.3
13 Kieran C PR 4.5
14 Abbie-Leigh PR 4.6
15 Emma C SCA 4.9

G STRING

1 Nathan HF 3.0
1 Oliver HF 3.0
1 Sam M SCA 3.0
4 Ben M FW 3.6
4 Katy H SCA 3.6
6 Robert FW 3.7
7 Emily G FW/PR 3.8
7 Empress HF 3.8
9 Emma C SCA 4.1
9 Niall HF 4.1
11 Lauren HF/PR 4.2
12 Daniel H SCA 4.3
12 Pav HF 4.3
14 Abbie-Leigh PR 4.6
14 Destiny HF 4.6
16 Josh T HH 4.7

D STRING

1 Emily G FW/PR 3.3
1 Harvey SCA 3.3
3 Katy H SCA 3.6
4 Robert FW 3.8
5 Oliver HF 3.9
6 Daniel H SCA 4.0
7 Abbie-Leigh PR 4.1
7 Empress HF 4.1
9 Josh T HH 4.2
10 Kieran C PR 4.4
10 Nathan HF 4.4
10 Pav HF 4.4
13 Lauren HF/PR 4.8
14 Leo FW 4.9

A STRING

1 Abbie-Leigh PR 3.3
2 Sam M SCA 3.4
3 Katy H SCA 3.7
4 Emily G FW/PR 4.1
5 Aman FW 4.2
6 Empress HF 4.3
6 Zac H-I FW 4.3
8 Daniel H SCA 4.5
9 Kieran C PR 4.6
9 Lauren HF/PR 4.6
9 Sadie H FW 4.6
12 Alex S FW 4.7
13 Drew FW 4.8
14 Josh T HH 5.0

BOTTOM E STRING

1 Zac H-I FW 2.8
2 Abbie-Leigh PR 3.1
3 Harry FW 3.2
4 Niall HF 3.3
5 Conor D FW 3.4
5 Sam M SCA 3.4
7 Katy H SCA 3.5
7 Todah FW 3.5
9 Emily G FW/PR 3.6
10 Pav HF 3.7
10 Sohola HF 3.7
12 Nathan HF 3.8
12 Sadie H FW 3.8
14 Daniel H SCA 3.9
15 Aman FW 4.2
15 Evie FW 4.2
15 Leo FW 4.2
18 Harvey SCA 4.7
19 Jess T HH 4.8
19 Skylar HF 4.8
19 Tyler HH 4.8
22 Josh T HH 4.9
22 Lauren HF/PR 4.9
22 Matthew SCA 4.9

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Deeper Than Forever: Now It’s Over (BBC Introducing)

Here’s an video from a BBC Introducing gig a couple of years ago. Deeper Than Forever is a band I worked with that came out of the County Youth Arts ‘Supergroup’ project and Now It’s Over is the first track we wrote together.

And here’s the band’s first ever gig at the Palace Theatre – with me filling in as session guitarist!

I’ll hopefully be starting work on a new supergroup project in September 2015.

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Ruining Songs With Science #3 – Like I Can: Sam Smith

He could be a lawyer on a witness stand
But he’ll never love you like I can, can

But if he’s a lawyer he wouldn’t be on the witness stand. He’d be in front of it questioning the witness. Unless he WAS a witness. In which case his profession as a lawyer would be “Not pertinent, or germane, to the matter at hand or to any issue before the court”.

If you’re self-seeking an honest man
Then stop deceiving, Lord, please

If you are seeking an honest man, then it would make sense to stop deceiving. Unless it’s your intention to find a man you can easily deceive. But if you are self-seeking in your motives but nevertheless quite an honest man generally (particularly about your self-seeking tendencies) then you probably don’t need to stop deceiving.

Unless you’re not an honest man after all … well are you? Lord, please!

More Songs Ruined With Science

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John Powell: Bourne To Compose

I’ve loved John Powell‘s film scoring ever since I saw The Bourne Supremacy. On the DVD bonus feature John talks about the way he used the piano/strings vs the dhols (drums) to communicate the two conflicting emotions of loss and revenge inside Jason Bourne’s head as he contemplates the death of his girlfriend (started around 1:20).

John has a great sense of humour, very dry and self-effacing (or ‘British’) that makes him an inspirational communicator. In this interview and masterclass he focuses on how he works with choirs and vocal groups

Here’s a short interview on How To Train Your Dragon 2

And a roundtable with Marco Beltrami, Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor and Hans Zimmer.

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