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"Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" by Ian Dury

It has become my habit that at the end of each year to put together a “best of” playlist of the music that I have been listening to, or has meant something, that year. I am very very late publishing the 2016 version. Various computer problems got in the way of compiling the playlist and then…

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It has become my habit that at the end of each year to put together a “best of” playlist of the music that I have been listening to, or has meant something, that year. I’m rather late putting together the 2015 version – not entirely sure where January and February have disappeared to – but today I finished reviewing…

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It has taken me a while to get to this but I’ve been meaning to make a note of a recent musical discovery. Back in June I wrote in praise of a Radio 4 documentary about computer programming languages. In that I mentioned that I particularly liked the music, each episode had music that attempted…

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My Jam Archive

The music sharing and discovery service I had been a member of, ‘This is My Jam’, sadly closed in September this year. But rather than wipe everyone’s profiles and data, typically for what had been a well thought out service, they decided to archive everything and continue to make it available. Mostly for my reference, this is the link to my archive.

It has become my habit that at the end of each year to put together a “best of” playlist of the music that I have been listening to, or has meant something, that year. Again, I’m a bit late finishing the 2014 version for various reasons, but last week I finished reviewing the tracks and placing them…

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The Story of Music in Fifty Pieces

I really enjoyed Howard Goodall’s Story of Music documentary series when it was on last year. I discovered a few weeks ago that at the same time Radio 3 had run an accompanying series looking Goodall’s choice of 50 of the most influential pieces of music in musical history.

This series is still available as a podcast and I’ve just finished working through the episodes, but more importantly listening to each of the 50 pieces themselves. Listening to the pieces chosen in order is a fascinating journey and does give you a sense of how music has changed and developed. 

The podcast is available here: Radio 3 Story of Music in Fifty Pieces

A playlist with (most of) the 50 pieces is available here on Spotify.

Dad’s 70th Birthday MixTape

Last Monday was my Dad’s 70th birthday and on the Saturday before we organised a big party for family and friends. It was a really successful event and a big part of that success was the music. We had a live band in the shape of The Window Trees — the band my sister sings…

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Random Thoughts for July 2013: Social Liberal Forum conference, Pratap Chitnis & Boney M

In this edition we have some posts inspired by the Social Liberal Forum conference, some history, and a couple of (contrasting) music videos. My last post was a catch up of Random Thoughts for June. This post brings us up to the middle of July. This is the latest in my series of Random Thoughts…

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Random Thoughts for 20th February 2013: Richard Briers, Caedmon and Ella Fitzgerald

This is the latest in my series of Random Thoughts posts with links, things found on the web and other stuff that has occurred to me between 12th February 2013 and 19th February 2013: The Liberal Democrats are the only fair tax party – Danny Alexander “In government, Labour increased tax on low income households;…

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