Dad told me yesterday he’d had an idea to set the Nunc Dimittis in a modern style. He’s not a regular kind of a musician – trained as a pianist and singer a bit, and loads of experience, but no formal music education at Uni like I have. Plus, he’s in his 50’s, not a time to suddenly recall all the music he’s done over the years and consolidate it into a gift for writing.

Nonetheless he’d sat at the piano and worked it all out, and written out the notes he needed to go with the words as a sequence of letter names, and it all works beautifully. So now I have to wonder to myself:

1. What did I learn at university that I couldn’t have learned by simply going out there and doing it?

2. Can he give me any tips?


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