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The 2015 Top 10

Here’s my top 10 of everything from 2015 (Just for you Ben…and the pedantic guy who always points out which albums/films didn’t come out this year) skip to 10 things that didn’t get enough love in 2015 Top 10 Albums … Continue reading

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The Top 10 Things I Listened To, Watched And Read in 2014 (Even Though They Weren’t All Made In 2014)

Most of these are available on Amazon. Click here if you want to earn me a little commission at no expense to yourself. Music. Albums. (Mostly). 1) AM – Arctic Monkeys  A long awaited return to form for one of … Continue reading

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Top 10 Books of 2013*

*(books I READ in 2013) 1) Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking David Bayles and Ted Orland A beautiful little book full of rich insights that demythologises the creative process helping to remove the hinderances to … Continue reading

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Music In Simian Motion

Working with me (on drums) requires an unreasonable tolerance for chaos. Strange how that contrasts with my composer gig, which is autistically meticulous. When I get on my drums I’m not the urbane but brisk professional anymore. I’m a hairy-assed … Continue reading

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Top 10 Books of 2010

The title is something of a misnomer as I’m always playing catch up. Two books were published last year, one was published in 1851, the rest … somewhere in between. These are the best books I read in 2010. 1) … Continue reading

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Writing Songs With – Stephen King

All A Songwriter Needs Is A Door Here’s one of many things I’ve gleaned from horror writer Stephen King’s excellent book On Writing and transposed from books to songs. “The space [where you write] can be humble…it really only needs one … Continue reading

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Lessons From U2’s Coffee Table

I’ve been enjoying reading U2 by U2. Made up entirely of interviews with the band (and manager Paul McGuinness) it’s full of insight into what makes them one of the world’s greatest bands despite not being able to play anyone … Continue reading

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