Respek Vanley: Music Workshops 2 and 3 plus updates

Today’s workshop was great! 4 sessions to go before the big day! There is no shortage of energy with this group, loads of personalities and ideas. I’d definitely describe this group as like an over-excited puppy, wanting to greet every passer-by with a nuzzle.

Sketchisimo

What do you get if you cross a dodgy keys player, midi sounds, Logic Pro, an hour, excessive listening of Ravel and afrosounds? A musical sketch which sounds like this: sketchy  (my bounces always end abruptly for this blog). I know weird ennit. Gonna use it for Uchenna methinks, just so much tidying to do. Couldn’t […]

100 Hour Challenge

Still at it, but not blogging about it as much, I tell no lie. I’ve a ritual, breakfast eaten means time to practice. Why are rituals important? I quote Mark McGuinnesss: “”You’ll think it’s silly but” is one of the most common phrases I hear from clients when they describe their working habits. Lucky gonks, […]

Arts in a Cold Climate

This came through my inbox. If I wasn’t working in the capital I’d be all over this. Arts in a cold climate: Should we all jump into bed together? Date: 29th November, Time: 12-2pm, Location: Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street, Pinsent Masons Suite. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Funding bodies are signalling that collaborative working […]

100 Hour challenge

It’s been a month since I last updated you on this. Well, well, well, haven’t I been good! Wherever there is a piano, I is. I am practicing jazz standards and improvising. I’ve been averaging 2 hours a day and it has positively impacted upon my gigging, I got loads of compliments at Friday’s penultimate […]

Week 6 & 7: 100 Hr Challenge

Day 1: Fail, still in Brumtee, spoke to mi ma about secretly moving my piano from the old house to the new (behind Pa’s back), we’ll see, he doesn’t really do Internet btw. Day 2: Fail still in Brum, social media workshop, helping these cherubs become digital journalists. Day 3: Fail, still in Brum exhausted, […]

Inspired by Kelechi Amadi Obi

“We can’t keep whining about our situation, the art of whining just makes you a victim, and I’m saying, once you believe your a victim then you can’t fight back, but if you believe in victory then you can win!” Preach it! Kelechi Amadi Obi vs Keziah Jones from Joel Benson on Vimeo. Found via […]