‘Try before you buy’ works with wedding music too!

The live music at your wedding is an important part of the day. It may not be the most expensive part, but it can be one of the most memorable, so it’s important to get it right! One way of ensuring you get it right is to not only watch and listen to video andContinue reading “‘Try before you buy’ works with wedding music too!”

What to think about when booking a wedding pianist

Booking live music for your wedding at first may seem like a fairly easy transaction. You find someone who plays the instrument you like and the songs you want played at your wedding, and you book them. Then they turn-up and play. Easy! Well, it may seem that easy, but in order for the musicalContinue reading “What to think about when booking a wedding pianist”

Am I a keyboard player or a pianist?

This is an article about what I see as the differences between keyboards and pianos, both in terms of the instruments themselves and how to play them. I am not technical at all but I do play both piano and keyboard and therefore also offer my limited insights into how smart technology can help youContinue reading “Am I a keyboard player or a pianist?”

The Piano in the Corner – theoretical misgivings

My parents bought a piano for my sister to start having lessons, at around the age of six. I would’ve been around three years old at that time – too young to have lessons, but old enough to be intrigued by the musical piece of furniture in the corner of the room. I began toContinue reading “The Piano in the Corner – theoretical misgivings”

The Piano in the Corner – a preface

I love playing the piano. It was my favourite toy as kid, and still is. It was the skill I mastered quicker than any other. It became a thing that others wanted to hear me play, rather than just being forced to. It was how I came to be involved in amateur dramatics and schoolContinue reading “The Piano in the Corner – a preface”

The last leg

I have been in training for the Edinburgh marathon for what feels like forever. Actually I’ve only been training in earnest for just over four months, but now it is beginning to drag. I have lost the motivation to stick to my training plan, but stick to it I begrudgingly am. The last marathon IContinue reading “The last leg”

Breathing

In the cold of a winter morningI hear you‘neath the waves of the summer seaI feel your every moveI live out all your momentsIn time zone of my ownAnd I pray for youWhen I am alone Amongst commuter hustleLies a charming stillThe blur of crowdsCreates a smooth surrenderI travel back in timeTo the place thatContinue reading “Breathing”

The Day’s Only Just Begun

These are lyrics to a song I wrote quite a few years ago. They still resonate with me now. I open my eyes and the day’s begunDon’t want to miss out on all that funMum says I’ll only once be youngShe don’t much but she knows her sonAnd I might just fly awayAnd right theContinue reading “The Day’s Only Just Begun”

Social anxiety or reluctance?

Since the end of the first lockdown, I have noticed that I have been increasingly reticent about attending social gatherings and generally being amongst large groups of people. The best phrase I can think of to describe this feeling is social anxiety, although I would say the true feeling hovers somewhere between that and socialContinue reading “Social anxiety or reluctance?”

Nobody Does It Better

I used to play in a band at university. We were mainly a rock-indie group with a few funky and soul tunes included as well. We generally played high-tempo songs to keep the student crowds moving and match the increasingly high-octane atmosphere in whichever pub or club we were in. However, we always found timeContinue reading “Nobody Does It Better”