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Practice Your Heart Out Apr 19, 2021

Does practice always make perfect?

'I'm going to get it right first, and then I will play it with feeling.' Ever heard that before? Could we risk losing music to the discipline of perfecting music?

Remember that first time you played the music

I think we can 'get it right' and 'play it...

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A Bubble of an Idea Mar 24, 2021

Where Play a Story began

"Art is not a thing, it is a way."  - Elbert Hubbard 

A few years ago my youngest daughter Josephine (then 4 Yrs old) was home with me, drawing in another room. I needed a moment to myself to breathe after a few busy weeks of school holidays. I turned...

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The Stories We Play Feb 09, 2021

Is our music a reflection of ourselves?

"Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is" - Jackson Pollock

I have a traditional piano background myself, and while I was not entirely starved of improv exposure, I didn’t feel that it was genuinely developed. Meaning that...

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Jazz n' Shiraz Dec 15, 2020

Jazz n' Shiraz - Synesthesia?

I was once invited to a ‘Jazz n' Shiraz’ evening. The combination worked very nicely. Was it just the poetic nature of the perfect pairing of jazz and shiraz? I think I may have stumbled on something quite special.

The Music Factor

I’m fascinated...

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Inspired to create May 26, 2020

Just add music

My daughter is making a school media art film. She just texted me:
"Mum, my art film is way disturbing... I just added music... it even freaks ME out! Soooooo cool!"

What I loved about this moment is that Emily discovered for herself the wow moment of inspiration in the way the...

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