Half-way through NaNoWriMo 2014

I’m working my way through November by challenging myself to do NaNoWriMo – writing 50,000 words of a novel in a month. I’ve tried it in years gone by but let the thing slide mid-way through and then given up. Not this year, it seems. So I’m a bit pleased about that.

I seriously doubt I’ll get to the 50,000 word goal (although to be honest, I’ve got approximately 25,000 words of the novel I’ve been working on for the past 11 years written anyway), but what I’ve been really impressed with by NaNoWriMo this year is my change of heart about writing in general. I thought I’d share some of them here. Read more →

Not a bad idea

It’s a long time since I’ve read Sinfini Music. Not since Christopher Gillett‘s drubbing of front row Prommers. I ended up getting a little defensive as a result. I returned to SF this evening, in search of some classical music journalism and – unexpectedly – found myself reading Gillett’s curation of the Dejan Lazić review furore. If you’re not aware… Read more →

John Peel Lecture 2014: Iggy Pop

‘Godfather of Punk’ Iggy Pop gave the John Peel Lecture last week broadcast like on 6 Music and now available iPlayer and as a podcast. Iggy spoke with passion about free music in an age of capitalism. He described his motivation to make music in touching and realistic terms. Music-making met his own personal needs, he explained. His God was… Read more →