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An avid tea-drinker who likes nutmeg in her coffee and warm lavender-scented quilts. She knits, crochets and partakes in random acts of craftiness (and kindness). She likes obscure works of literature, philosophy and the idea that her mind exists separately from her body. She enjoys moving furniture around, literary criticism and baking bread. She writes haiku about nettles, would like to swim with seals and become completely self-sufficient. She writes as if her life depends on it, listens to beautiful music, and loves her darling husband Mr. VP.

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Tuesday 28 March 2017

New Music: February and March

Wednesday 7 December 2016

Music: A few new finds

A few new songs I’ve found in the last couple of months:

Thursday 24 November 2016

Music: James Reynolds

If you’ve watched a BBC nature documentary recently (with perhaps the exception of the Attenborough documentaries), you’ll probably have heard some of James Reynolds’ work in the background.  It is how I first found him, after asking Mr VP to use an app to work out what the song was that was playing as some mayflies danced just above the surface of a river.  He is a young but gifted piano composer whose pieces are often used by the BBC (and probably others). You’ll enjoy it if you have a penchant for minor keys, twinkly piano pieces or film scores (or all three, like me!).

My favourite pieces are Butterfly (the one used with the mayflies); Silent Sleep; and Life In Slow Motion.

Saturday 30 May 2015

Music: Staphan O’Bell – Yellowstone

I haven’t ever written about Staphan O’Bell on here except for adding his last single, Five Years Went Fast, to my autumn 2014 playlist.  I really should have mentioned his music before as I have a bit of a musical crush on him!  His back-catalogue is upbeat and catchy with plenty of indie folk thrown in, and catchy melodies masking his lyrical poignancy.  I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I can definitely detect a hint of the Damon Albarn in there, particularly on his song From My Rooftop (no link as it doesn’t seem to exist online!) and like Albarn, O’Bell’s songs seldom fail to elicit a smile and definitely provide something to bob your head to.   It seems that Swedish songsters are innately capable of making really great pop songs.  I’m not sure if it’s something in the water, or whether all of those long, dark winters make their songwriters overcompensate by writing really upbeat stuff, but whatever it is, I like it (and I’m sure you will too)!

Wednesday 20 May 2015

Mid-Week Music: Nils Frahm – Four Hands

This has been on rotation for quite a while now and I must say that I find a lot of solace in Nils’ piano compositions, but particularly this new one. Each time I listen to it I find something else I like, but I think I really like it because it reminds me of the sea and the rolling waves.  What picture or memory does it evoke for you?

I am similarly smitten with his song Hammers, which epitomises the busyness and industriousness of Spring to me. It makes me think of birds rushing backwards and forwards to their nests and insects on the wing, darting to and fro. Both songs make a perfect mid-week pick-me-up.

Thursday 16 April 2015

Mid-week Music: Ed Harcourt – Restoration

To celebrate Nils Frahm’s World Piano Day, Ed Harcourt sat down in his studio for a couple of hours and composed a piece to celebrate the piano.  Its theme was one piano in particular, the last grand piano in Gaza, that was part of a BBC documentary.  The documentary spurred Ed to write this song, with a live video stream of the whole composition process.  It’s a fascinating watch, not least because you get to see inside Ed’s pretty amazing studio, but also because you get an intimate glimpse into the process of producing a song from idea to completion (from my favourite singer-songwriter!).

Ed subsequently released the single, titled Restoration after the BBC documentary, via his Bandcamp page.  You can go there to listen to and purchase the song (it’s a pay-what-you-like affair), with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity that is restoring the piano.  Pretty amazing, right?

Monday 30 March 2015

Monday Music

The sun is shining up here in Northumberland after a blustery weekend of sunshine and showers (and a lot of wind!).  The blackbirds, jackdaws and great tits are all singing and chirping outside.  What better time than for a bit of music?  I fell in love with this song by Woodlock immediately and knew it’d be my new Spring song.

I’ve been struggling to get the chance to do my photo challenge as I had hoped, so I’m going to continue on with it but at a slightly slower pace! ;-)

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