I was thinking about Sir Peter the other day and did a Google of him - I was sorry to learn he had dementia. I've sung a great deal for dementia sufferers over the last few years, and the thought of that brilliant mind adrift caused me some sadness
I was getting quite emotional over the last few days thinking of casting my ballot for Corbyn. And make no mistake, it's for Corbyn, not for Chuka Umunna, my local MP, who I once touted as a potential leader, but no more.
The bottom line is: something has to change. The government refuses to listen to those who are on the frontline (quelle surprise!), and there is little as a consumer one can do to take action except this...
Today, I have hope. A person who grew up in the countryside of Ireland and yet may have unwittingly met two US Presidents understands that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy.To paraphrase Harvey Milk, for today, I 'gotta give [myself] Hope'.
So on this very special Easter weekend, my stand on the 1916 commemorations is this: Let's acknowledge the mistakes of the past, learn from them, and let them go. Let's use our failures as stepping stones to achieve the ideals of the 1916 Proclamation...
I'm sure my story is not unique by any stretch of the imagination - it's just that girls' stories don't tend to be allowed to be heard. And as a woman - I've had enough. Not only because I identify more with women's stories, but also because I believe the arts are failing because of the virtual exclusion of the world perspective of half the human race.
With a mere 10% of the female experience originally proposed for such a seminal centenary by the theatre that had as one of its founders the playwright Lady Gregory - well, there's a lot of discussion and constructive action to be had. I'm looking forward to it.
The fact of the matter is that music history (and Western Art Music history at that - it is one small area of music) is not the only area of history, and wider storytelling as a society where women's endeavours have been cast aside.
What has happened to the Labour party? Once the proud defender of the working classes, it has been steadily showing its true blue colours since it assumed the mantle of the now defunct and destructive 'New Labour' project.