Songs without words

I was interested to read an article by Frank J. Oteri in New Music Box today that resonated with me. He complains that increasingly all music is being described as ‘songs’. I’m grateful to know that I’m not the only one who calls a song a song, and an instrumental piece, a piece or composition. …

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Barbican Resurrected

I was so pleased to read an article by Norman Lebrecht reporting the new look Barbican Centre, which apparently has a much improved concert hall and theatre, as well as a more user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing environment. Thanks to a Wikipedia article, I’ve discovered that the original architectural style is known as Brutalist (very apt)! …

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The Creative Explosion

I heard a fascinating feature on National Public Radio this afternoon about the discovery of some jewelry made from shells, which dates back some 90,000 years. This led to a discussion on what is apparently known as “The Creative Explosion”- the period when humans first began to produce art in abundance. This art has mainly …

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Makes me want to scream

I’m getting more and more of my news online these days and really enjoying the stimulation of being able to read the New York Times, L.A. Times, London Times, BBC headlines and Arts Journal daily. I just signed up last week to receive the London Times (known simply as The Times where I’m from) with …

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James Valentine Peake

On January 24th, our first child, James, was born. He only lived three days. It’s hard to put into words what this has meant to me. For a beautiful tribute to him, please visit my husband’s site www.peakepro.com if you are so inclined.