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Small World...

Hi, 

I've been thinking at bit more about the whole "access to almost any recorded music, anytime, immediately" situation, and what effect that has on life as musician and composer in the UK nowadays. 

In the "old days"…

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Food for thought...?

Hi, 

I have been thinking about the new jazz octet project - 2 saxes, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass drums - and I've been pondering about the line-up of horns. 

This could be running before I can walk…

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DIY education...?

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This is my quick response to some of the comments left on my website http://ralfdorrell.com/blog about yesterday's blog re: the lack of folk music in British music education . Thanks to everyone who commented - nice to hear…

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Is less more?...

Hi, 

Tonight I am playing at Devizes Corn Exchange with "Dr Zebo's Wheezy Club",  

http://drzebo.com/ 

providing music at the Festival of Winter Ales. This band is a trio, made up of Simon (acoustic guitar/vocals), Mike (violin/vocals) and…

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Warming up...

Hi, 

I have been using this blog as a way of starting my writing day - before I start the serious business of writing up the PhD - and I'm often using it to allow my brain to wake…

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Process, not product...

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I coach pop groups on a pop music FE course for one day a week. They have set styles of music that they have to explore, firstly by working on a cover version of an existing song for…

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Words and music...

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What is the point of a composer, in whatever genre, taking infinite pains to set a piece of text - getting the stresses to feel correct and the music (melodic line and harmony) to reflect as closely as…

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Chance encounters...

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I have a habit of picking up cheap second-hand CDs in charity shops for a couple of pounds and keeping them in the car - I do a lot of listening to music in the car, as I…

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Forms - Radio 3, Stephen Fry and Debussy...

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It's very early on a Sunday morning (6:19am) and I can hear the dawn chorus of birdsong outside my window but can see very little in the dark outside, except one orange street light, hovering over the street…

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Excuses and lots of ideas triggered by research...

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Apologies for the lack of blog yesterday. I had an unexpected email from someone in America who is researching his family tree and was asking if we are related? We are! And quite closely, but not in the…

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Better weather today...

Hi, 

Apologies for yesterday's rant. Much better weather today, both outside and inside my head... 

Things that have improved my mood significantly are; an excellent community band rehearsal last night, the fact that I have picked up several…