Sunday, 28 February 2010
Instead of sitting in your room, all alone with a coffee, come to the Eagle Tavern this afternoon, and have a coffee there! You never know, the excellent live jazz might just inspire you some more...
I will be in there from abour half past one, and it finishes at about half three...but of course you don't need to stay for the whole set. Remember, it's free to get in! (But there is a raffle - £1 a strip - which goes towards paying the band.)
Today's band is the Quentin Collins (trumpet) and Brandon Allen (sax) Quartet. Haven't seen this lot before, but looking at the biogs, they have played with some pretty big names, so they should be able to hold a tune! :)
Hope to see you there!
Saturday, 27 February 2010
I have never tried it before, and am not quite sure that this qualifies properly, but it was there in my head already formed, so I wrote it down quick!
A moment together
the air fills with song
my heart sings
I think maybe it's quite a useful exercise in brevity. I found a good website, if anybody else wants to give it a try -
- but be warned, it could be addictive!
The overall aim, it seems, is to say something meaningful 'using an economy of words to paint a multi-tiered painting, without "telling all".'
Please send me your efforts !
Friday, 26 February 2010
This is one of my favourite pieces of music, played here by the scrummy Johnny Depp... originally by Duke Ellington. I like this version better !
Caravan, from the film Chocolat.
I thought I would add this for good measure - come to think of it, the whole soundtrack is pretty good!
Read the book, if you get the chance... much better than the film, although the film is brilliant!
If you go to the lecture material, there is an extra bit that Chris did not get round to discussing, which is interesting as it relates to Norman Bates in Psycho...
After a spot of self-psychoanalysis, I have decided that my tripartite identity is out of balance, and my Superego needs a kick up the backside!
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
And you must be a nutter, feeling sorry for Norman Bates! :)
Norman Bates has to be the creepiest motel owner in the world - I haven't seen the remake, but can't imagine anyone else playing the part with such detached madness...that look he gives the audience at the end....*shudder*!
Looking forward to tomorrow's talk...
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Friday, 19 February 2010
Thursday, 18 February 2010
I'm sure a few lessons have been learned, and not just about Romanticism either... take today's experience forward, and remember it for next time!
On a lighter note - Final Cut Pro was hilarious, what with all the odd sound effects flying around...and the 'extra' entertainment provided by those sitting between me and Ruben...you know who you are! :)
Anyway, sleep well tonight - back to the grindstone tomorrow!
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Saturday, 13 February 2010
It a really good atmosphere, free to get in, lots of different ages of customer, and if you're lucky, free roast potatoes!
Maybe see some of you there!
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Don't forget, you can listen to it again on myUCA as many times as you like, until it all becomes clear! :)
I am currently trying to get my head around the idea of Empiricism and Rationalism... I believe what I am trying to do is think dialectically. I may need some help!
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Have just watched a really interesting documentary on the idea of 'infinty' - Horizon BBC1,
Great if you have a head for maths (which I don't!) but all the same, it makes you think...
Also, has anyone read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy... very similar theories discusssed in that, but obviously on a much more lighthearted level... (the book's much better than the film)
The idea that we are so small and insignificant in an infinite universe, is sometimes what we need to remind ourselves to keep things in proportion.