Bach was a fraud!

It’s been a while since I published anything from my field of study (Music Research). That’s because I’ve been researching something groundbreaking that will change our idea of music forever

Top 5 Violin Showpieces

Violin show pieces are the pieces which are at the limit of violin technique. They are difficult, flashy, and impressive. Here’s my list of the top 10 violin showpieces. Paganini – Caprice 24 Paganini’s 24 Caprices are some of the most difficult for the violin, and being able to play any of them is a…

Mr Holland’s Opus

I was reminded of this movie when someone quoted a line from John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy” which is performed by Mr Holland and dedicated to his deaf son. It a touching moment in a movie full of them. When I think about it, this movie has a similar hold over me as M*A*S*H does –…

The first (and worst) album

The first album I ever bought was one I remember because it is one that I regret so badly. I hear all these stories of people who bought these classic albums as their first, and they have great pleasure in remembering how it affected their lives. My album is far more embarrassing – being Hansen’s…

Favourite Class at College

Just a quick one as it’s late, and I need to be up early tomorrow. My favourite class in college (well, University), would probably have been String Class. This was where we would play for the other string players at uni, and get specific feedback relating to string playing. I remember my first performance, and…

Jammin’

I wasn’t allowed to go home yesterday afternoon. My wife was having a girls only party, and I was strictly told that I was not allowed to go home after church. So I organised with a few mates to get together and have a jam. It was awesome, a whole heap of fun. We jammed…

Sunday Set List – Feb 27, 2011

Had our youth meeting on Sunday. This was the first Youth Meeting since taking over leadership of the band. Haven’t had much time to work the band as I’d like to, but I’m hoping over the course of this year, I can start to implement some good changes into the youth band. The first service…

Music that makes me happy

Inspiration today from the Daily Post topic, which is When you’re feeling down, what music makes you happy? There’s a whole heap of music that makes me happy, and I’m going to share some of my favourites with you and explain why. First up is a bit of an odd choice, as I wouldn’t normally…

What makes a worship song great?

I’ve recently been asked to lead the Youth Band at my church, and it’s got me thinking about songs. There are some songs that we sing in worship that absolutely touch the soul, while there are others that are neither here nor there. For example, take a look at Amazing Grace. What an amazing song,…

Looking ahead in web design

On Tuesday, while I was waiting for some printing at work, I got the chance to read this article on The Future of WordPress Themes in 2011. It contained thoughts and musings from many top WordPress theme designers, programmers and general nice guys (eg Matt Mullenweg). It really sparked some thoughts as to how I…