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  • Protected: People like us | 27 August 2016 - This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below: Password:
  • Serge Gainsbourg’s empathy | 6 July 2016 - Do popular songs aim low? According to the French wikipedia, Serge Gainsbourg's 'Le Poinçonneur des Lilas' was a hit in 1959. It is a poem about a 'ticket puncher' in Mairie des Lilas (a railway station in Paris)…
  • Santiago Cañón Valencia | interview | 23 October 2015 - Santiago Cañón Valencia is a cellist. An emerging solo artist of great technical brilliance, he was born in Bogotá, Colombia, completed his bachelor degree with James Tennant at the University of Waikato in New Zealand and advanced studies with Andrés Díaz at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Winner of many awards, he has performed with orchestras in Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, and Hungary.
  • Melisma variations | 26 May 2015 - “Children are lucky if their parents have the good sense to force them to learn a musical instrument. Even if the knowledge does not stick or the child has no talent, there are important ideas and impressions that are planted in the mind by a musical education.” My father had a secret stash of Shirley …
  • Not a threepenny opera | 20 June 2011 - “Why, if Mr and Mrs Been-to-La-Boheme-six-times can have their seats subsidised without filling out a form in triplicate, are the processes for writers’ grants so damned complicated and exhausting?” Toner-gate, Victoria’s little arts scandal, revealed some interesting facts about government and administration of the arts. Firstly, public sector employees working in the arts believe that …
  • ‘My god—it’s a piano AND a sewing machine’ | 6 December 2002 - Image of dream report as originally recorded.
  • Description of the struggle | 19 December 1994 - It is true the movements can sometimes go according to a formula and this is when they are least satisfying. In their defence, though, remember how the mind works when it is alone, grinding from scene to scene. Touch me there. And now here. Then there. Tick. Tick. It is necessary, somehow, to act as …
  • Big orchestra | 3 March 1984 - What we need is a big orchestra of at least one hundred players. We should make a surreal painting of our lives and be able to say, as though it were the only true utterance that ever stuttered off our lips: this is what life is like: a briefcase, a glove-box, stuffed full with an …

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