My New Christmas Song

December 17, 2012

I wrote a song! It’s got Shepherds and Angels in it. So, it must by definition be a Christmas song. It’s astonishing when I think about it how much the shepherds feature in my Christmas thinking. Read the rest of this entry »


That Cantata Thing…

December 15, 2012

OK, I failed. Technically.

I haven’t produced and published a Christmas Cantata at all today, and 7:00pm was my deadline. Read the rest of this entry »


Messing around in Notes

June 25, 2012

Improvisation. Why is it when I want to, I can’t, and when I do, it’s almost unexpected? I have been improvising all my musical life. It started by swinging the quavers in simple melodies in the very first piano books I was given to learn from, and continues to this day. I love to sit down for half an hour or so and just let rip. Read the rest of this entry »


Writing new stuff. Slowly.

April 9, 2012

I’m writing some new music. It’s not easy going, because it has lyrics.

Lyrics make me feel like an idiot. It’s too easy to write stuff I don’t believe or believe that I should feel but don’t really. Read the rest of this entry »


Structure and Punctuation

January 20, 2012

I’m writing a Cantata. I have 330 days left.

Thanks to the efforts of Jimm Rennie, I’ve been able to get a sort of outline in place, and I have two major melodic ideas I’d like to develop further.

The problem now arises that I’d rather like to get started with the writing. Read the rest of this entry »


New Year!

January 1, 2012

Here is my contribution to the New Year celebrations – a fanfare! Read the rest of this entry »


Cantata

December 29, 2011

I’ve been doing a little research. Those who know me will be surprised at this news.

It would appear that I’m closer to my goal of writing some Christmas devotional music, albeit a little late for 2011. I had a moment of inspiration, realising that instead of a full blown oratorio, I could quite possibly tackle a cantata. Read the rest of this entry »