Read, Listen and Watch This #3

Despite my best efforts my office can quickly become a messy place.

My web browser reflects my often absent-minded approach too – it can all seem a little too much. Come the end of the week, there are endless tabs open that need closing before the laptop can be powered down.

In the process of closing each and every tab, I get to revisit some of the things that peppered my working week. This post includes a selection.

Music and Dance

A pal of old – not of the classical music parish – shared this on Facebook earlier this week.

I adore it. I love the movement of the dancers interpreting the grace notes, trills, and sundry other bits of ornamentation in Beethoven’s piano music.

I think its a great way of providing visual interest for key repertoire too.

A Wasted Opportunity?

Alexandra Coghlan reviewed a couple of concerts for Spectator.

It’s a feisty piece that reminds me of experiences where I too have walked away from a concert hall feeling similarly dispirited. But it’s also a piece of writing that provokes all sorts of dissonant (boom tish, etc) thoughts on the long-debated concert experience (and how to improve it).

It’s caused a stir too. Marketers I know applaud it; some concert-goers have responded in defence of an experience they hold dear.

A Thoroughly Good blog post is in development.

Will someone please think of the admin staff

Andrew Mellor writes for Rhinegold online talking about how there’s stress in the office just as much as there is on stage, and how we need to think about ways of combatting it.

There’s a Thoroughly Good blog post about that in development too. 

TYPO Talk on the LSO’s Always Moving Design

I’m more marketing than perhaps I realise which helps explain why I’m interested in visual marketing – the thinking behind it and the mechanics of the production process.

LSO Marketing Chieftain Edward Appleyard appears with Stuart Radford in a talk/presentation that explains the story of the LSO’s Always Moving campaign. Delicious.

Sleepy Head

The Art of Manliness’ technique for falling asleep is worth a read.

Not earth-shatteringly new especially, but useful. 

Whistle Don’t Sing

Similarly, a useful reminder of the reasons why whistling is easier than singing for a human being.  

Inspiration is outside

I’m not necessarily recommending the left-field content strategy of cloud-based storage service Dropbox as an authoritative source.

Even so, this piece on was useful. Soon after reading I did go outside for a bit of a jaunt, during which I came up with an article idea I ended up getting commissioned. 

Philadelphia Orchestra’s thorny tour

The Philadelphia Orchestra are at the beginning of their tour of Europe and Israel – it started on Thursday.

Much has been written on The Inquirer website about the orchestra’s intentions when visiting Israel, including reports of activists protesting, some even interrupting a performance in the US.

The orchestra says of the Israel dates that “through the universal language of music, we hope that we can speak out against violence and bigotry and express our hope for unity and tranquility in the region.”

University of Delaware musicologist Philip Gentry, also writing for The Inquirer described the tour as, “a right-wing fantasy tour of Israel, a glaring absence of women’s voices, an artistic vacuum when it comes to contemporary music – all hiding behind a romantic notion of the sanctity of classical music.” No surprises what sort of messages he’s been receiving in his inbox since. 

The Inquirer’s editor is clearly an enlightened individual (and one with a budget) as the outlet has commissioned David Patrick Stearns to report from the orchestra’s tour from 1 June. Should make for interesting reading. 

The Orchestra Hit

I love everything about this video. I had no idea where the ubiquitous sample used in endless pop songs originated.

I also love the video production. Quirky. Fun. Informative. Slightly envious. 


GDPR has been a digital hell we’ve all had to work through this week. It’s also given a glimpse of what the web populated by international content boundaries could look like. Top marks to the London Philharmonic Orchestra for exploiting the moment with charm, grace and music.

Hello Old Friend

Corduroy. The best Acid Jazz band ever. Fact. No messing.

Their new album Return of the Fabric Four is out today. Sambarella is my current squeeze. (That is what the young people say nowadays, isn’t it?)