Learning music with Lynda

Have you discovered our Lynda? I have. I'm struggling with music notation and learning to read music... I should have paid attention when I tried to learn at 11, because now when I'm trying to learn at 55, it's quite painful. It just isn't straight forward, there are weird rules and exceptions, and it's more mathematical than I […]

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Fangirl Heads South

It was one of those moments when you hear your crazy calling and decide in a split second to just indulge it. Your favourite singer was performing 3 nights in a row on the same island as you ... why not go to all three gigs? Sure it meant driving more than the entire length of […]

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Daughters of Dystopia

Dystopia: relating to or denoting an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. I love a great dystopian novel, it's a genre that can veer into classic science fiction, but the ones I love the most are the ones you can imagine happening in […]

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The End of the Lineman

I was so saddened to hear of Glen Campbell's passing today at the age of 81. He is right up there in my list of favourite musicians whose voice and songs could hit me like an emotional kick in the guts - but in the best of ways. He was one of those artists who […]

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Lumber on an epic scale

I discovered at the weekend with a rapidly beating heart, that one of my all time favourite writers, Annie Proulx, has released a new novel. Thirteen years since her last novel, Barkskins is, by all accounts, a rip snorter. According to what I can glean from good old Mr Google, it is 736 pages long, spanning 3 centuries, and tells […]

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Bleaker than bleak

For some reason, it took me ages to read Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. I've been told it's been very popular in book groups and it's been shortlisted for a few literary prizes. It was one long read, but not because it was boring or dreary, far from it, I had settled into a reading […]

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Fan girl and proud of it

I'm mocked mercilessly about my raving and hyperventilating but I don't care, I know exceptional talent when I see it. I won't be swayed from my mission to getting everyone I know to listen to my favourite singer and all time amazing person, Tami Neilson. A Canadian now living in New Zealand, she has a powerhouse voice with a […]

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