Because Sometimes You Just Want A New Toy

Having three kids under the age of 13 means our house has an abundance of toys. As I'm sure many other parents will attest to, one of the great pleasures of having your own children is the opportunity to play with toys and games again - without fear of any disparaging comments or raised eyebrows… Continue reading Because Sometimes You Just Want A New Toy

The Purity Of Enjoying Art Detached From The Artist

When my main medium for listening to music was CDs, I enjoyed reading through the inlay booklet, plus other articles about the artist. It added some backstory to the music, gave it some context. The downside of this approach I think is that we soon form expectations. After finding an artist we like, then instead… Continue reading The Purity Of Enjoying Art Detached From The Artist

The Tipping Point Between Noise And Silence

These days my musical preferences are mostly towards the quieter, instrumental end of the scale. Old favourite Stars Of The Lid, plus newer discoveries Goldmund and 36 have been on heavy rotation in recent weeks. But I'm still fond of rather more noisy music, like My Bloody Valentine or Asobi Seksu. In fact, I've always… Continue reading The Tipping Point Between Noise And Silence

The Delights Of Disappearing Down Rabbit Holes

As a teenager browsing the music section of a large bookstore, I recall two huge tomes that were forever on my wish list. First was The Great Rock Discography, which charted just about every band that could even loosely by categorised as rock or pop, and everything they had recorded and released. It was like… Continue reading The Delights Of Disappearing Down Rabbit Holes