Always choose the better life- mental health and musicians

  Sometimes our thoughts can be far more destructive than the events surrounding us. Of course these two things are often interlinked, but not exclusively. If we have a specific worry plaguing our minds, no matter how laid back our life may seem, often the internal anguish can be far more warring and destructive. On …

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How busking can make you into the musician you want to be

  During the summer I've been busking regularly in some of the small towns around my area in order to save some money for returning to boarding school (as I like to party ;)) When I first started busking I experienced very similar emotions that I would if performing formally. I would worry the night before …

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I’ve just discovered that I have never listened

Until very, very recently I understood the art of listening to be a passive, almost reflex action. Something we don't have to think about, something that occurs naturally just like looking or feeling. I didn't expect to have to keep a specific awareness of the sounds and messages around me- I expected them to come …

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Why poetry is the music in words and my obsession with half rhyme

Am I embarrassing you? I'm in Paris with you. I don't know why the sounds of half rhyme excite me so much. My favourite poems appear to be those that follow no set pattern and adopt a more imperfect tone and rhyme scheme. Perhaps it's the predictability of perfect rhyme that loses my attention- I …

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Because I know I’ve changed and that’s what matters

In a musicians life, it's surprisingly easy for your life to turn on its head and in 6 months. You are faced with a different person with changed aspirations and views on life. That is a short description of the past 6 months for me. From mid January I have sustained an ambiguous music-related, RSI …

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