On this day: celebrating musicians born on 5 January

I heard on the radio this morning that today, 5 January, marks the birth date of several esteemed pianists. I love it when life throws up this kind of happenstance. Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (5 January 1920 – 12 June 1995) was an Italian classical pianist. According to Wikipedia, he is considered one of the greatest […]

There are no facts, only interpretations*

I recently took a train from Newcastle in England to Edinburgh in Scotland – a journey lasting about 90 minutes and one which I do regularly.  But this particular trip was marked out by the drama in the carriage in which I had, by happenstance, ended up. It was the ‘Quiet Coach’.  Is this a […]

The music to play when the President comes for drinks?

Mozart was always going to be a hard act to follow – my last post was the culmination of a magnificent concentration of some of the Best Music Ever Written.  In all our born puff, as my mother might say. So I have found Mumford & Sons and their first album Sigh No More hard to […]

Life in all its glory

In a week that has been very important to Americans, resulting in the re-election of President Obama, I have been immersed in another aspect of American life – the music of Johnny Cash. I outlined in my previous post the parameters, and therefore the limitations of the 144 tracks which I have on my iPhone. […]

Dust off those castanets….

I have my darling Mr Tracks to thank for our next offering – Lost In Paradise (2002) by the Iranian-Armenian flamenco guitarist and composer, Armik.  In days gone by when we used to buy CDs and even, shock horror, vinyl, Mr Tracks liked to browse in music shops (didn’t we all).  He would occasionally be […]

Can you hear it…?

…..the message, that is?  Is there any music that does not have something to convey? Even Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star invites us to contemplate the universe.  Music is about communication.  Emotions, yes.  Significance too sometimes. This is nothing new of course.  According to James Gaines, the great J S Bach coded a hidden message about […]