Taking stock: I seem to have notched up thirty-odd years of composing. And so I’ve been thinking about what that means, what it implies, and where to go from here. Erik Satie said: When I was young, people told me, you’ll see when you’re fifty. I’m fifty, and I’ve seen nothing. That is a very […]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1305903/ You may know someone who has Dupuytren’s contracture, probably a male, middle-aged or older. Tissue in the palm of the hand covering the finger tendons thickens and scars. This tightens and shortens, contracting the fingers inwards. I’ve got it in both hands, the right’s been fixed (see pic above for a ‘before’ angle) and […]

Yesterday is History,                              ‘Tis so far away – Yesterday is poetry – ‘Tis Philosophy Yesterday is mystery – Where it is Today While we shrewdly speculate Flutter both away

Pink gets a bad rap, underestimated as lipsticky, candyflossy, frivolous.  Pretty, precocious, shallow, the stuff of nailpolish, the girls’ aisle in toyshops, Barbie accoutrements, lamingtons, plastic tack. Frothy net, bubblegum, makeup, a whole shop window of pink fairy frocks for little girls on Ponsonby Rd opposite another shop with pink cosmetics for older ones. But […]