Category Archives: Journal

positive emotion

the paraLympics have got us all thinking positively about a topic which we generally view negatively …

I enjoyed watching the second part of the last night of the proms on television / tuning in especially to see the glorious Nicola Benedetti perform, which, of course, she did, in spades / then appreciated Joseph Calleja’s rumbustuous rendition of ‘Rule, Britannia’ (he came on stage wearing what I think was a Team GB Olympic jacket, which he then opened to reveal a Maltese Cross) / somehow the evening as a whole was a moving experience, perhaps reflecting the fact that it was Jiri Belohlavek’s last night as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra …

and two CDs arrived this week / one is brand new: Kirsty mcGee’s Contraband has yet to be officially released (a beautiful, thoughtful collection of quiet songs – one that I highly recommend) / while Miriam Jones’ Sign & Semblance has been around for a while (for me, the title song is just so absolutely bang on target, that it could have been written especially for me) …

fringe no more

all sorts of structures associated with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe were being taken down and taken away this week / and as one kind of business winds down, we anticipate the hubbub of Freshers’ Week / a new experience for me, having previously been based on a site away from the centre / it’s all about change, I guess …

punishment

just feeling like a bit of a rant / it seems to me deeply unfair, what’s been done to London Metropolitan / I just wonder how many Conservative politicans, when they were at University, attended every lecture / I guess that they could speak English (after a fashion) …

stars

the BBC tent on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe appeared (on the inside) to be starlit / I spent an entrancing two and half hours on Friday, on the radio / Radio 3’s drive time programme, In Tune / pipes, piano, didgeridoo, a viol, and more …

and then the backdrop at the Ross Bandstand, in Princes Street Gardens used a similar visual effect / as we sat (and the children danced), listening to the tunes of Kilmarnock Edition / they had even the weather in the palms of their hands / as the rain held off until they finished …

and particular thanks to Chris, for rescuing the wibsite, again …

aGapanthus

one of the glories of our garden is this agapanthus / friends came round yesterday to help to tidy our garden / which is much appreciated, though difficult for me, who should really have been keeping the place tidier in the first place / and one result is that the agapanthus isn’t crowded by other plants (which I’m told were, anyway, sort of weeds) …

pay it Forward

blogged a while ago about encountering Kilmarnock Edition doing a gig (their first ever) in a church near where we live / well, their CD is just out, and it’s a cracker / it’s called Pay It Forward, and you can buy it from GreenTrax Recordings

I would say that this is relaxed, democratic music making / a coming together of different styles, and talents / I tend, naturally, on first listening, to remember a fast, upbeat number, such as the title track, ‘pay it forward’, or the quirky narrative, ‘how can we live?’ / then, to appreciate the gentle ‘find your smile’, and the poignant ‘isabella’ / shouldn’t really be picking tracks out like this – they’re all memorable …

and I’ve particularly enjoyed this CD, during and after a tiring couple of days in hospital with daughter, who has come through the surgery much brighter than on previous occasions / hopefully everything will settle again over the next few weeks / ready for the school term / which (in Scotland) is getting awfully close …

boxed Cat

whatever works …

looking ahead / next week, daughter, who will be spending the first few days helping with a Scripture Union holiday club, will be going under the knife / the latest in a series of operations to deal with some of the consequences of her neuroFibromatosis / your prayers are always appreciated …