kids are pretty cool

By , March 31, 2009 4:25 pm

If you want a shining example of how to get kids to enjoy making music, look no further than Pete Churchill and the Merton Music Foundation. Last night I played in the Music is for Life concert at the Royal Albert Hall with about 1500 kids (some aged over 30) and it was a complete riot. Well, I guess anything involving that many kids is going to be a riot, but this one was very organised and massive amounts of fun. Great music too, coming from Pete whose composition career is so successful that (in his own words) it’s taken him as far and wide as Australia and Woking.

Unexpected side effect: the cravings to play jazz more often are getting too hard to ignore. If you see me starving on the sidewalk in a few years’ time with a big “will play bop for food” sign then you’ll know how it happened.

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rain – good or bad?

By , March 27, 2009 10:29 pm

My triathlon training has totally sucked so far this year, what with being away a lot and having a stupid cough for ages. Then just as I was beginning to get back into running I got a weird kneecap ache thing, probably through doing a 12-miler while out of shape. So still at my heaviest ever, around 72kg! Noone seems to believe me when I tell them, so there’s still a bit to go before I’m an official fatboy. The “pack-o-meter” is currently in the danger zone with readings around 4 rather than a healthy 6, any closer to 1 will represent a state of emergency… Beginning to get back into it now though – did manage my first gentle swim in ages in the hotel, and a quick run early with no knee ache at all which was encouraging.

Time for an early(ish) night then maybe up at 7am for the usual 80km with the Tritons but the forecast is cold and possibly wet so I may opt for a much-needed lie-in instead and then attempt to compensate via the CompuTrainer which I finally got up and running.

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press interviews

By , March 27, 2009 10:27 pm

End of a stressful week – preparing for my first ever press interviews yesterday (which went fine, shouldn’t have let myself get so wound up about them) whilst mixing with a bunch of executives at a seminar in the Forest of Arden and trying to keep various other balls in the air.

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Jazz cello

By , March 27, 2009 10:14 pm

Doing a gig with Pete Churchill and some mates from my band in the Royal Albert Hall on Monday – haven’t played jazz cello in a while so really looking forward to it. No improvisation but I’ve heard Pete’s writing is really great so should be fun.

Also following hot on the heels of a mad mid-carnival gig, the next monthly installment of Guanabara goodness from my band is on April 4th – come check it out!

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Starting is half the battle

By , March 27, 2009 10:01 pm

“I bought a book about how to overcome procrastination but I haven’t got round to reading it yet” – that’s an old joke, but in my case it’s almost true. I’ve been kind of stuck at chapter 3 of “The NOW Habit” for a couple of years or so (it’s a good book by the way, go buy it and then leave it on your bookshelf unopened).

I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for years, but more recently I keep thinking of things I want to share, so here it is finally – better late than never?

The title is copied straight from this inspirational website which I really identify with – most of my best work is done when I should be doing something else.

Anyway I promised myself I wouldn’t let my perfectionist streak get in the way of hitting “Publish Post” for the first time, so that’s it for now…

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