The Wichita Lineman: A Perfect Sonic Landscape

Lynn Houghton | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
Lynn Houghton

With the passing of Glen Campbell last week, many writers and authorities are commenting on the supersonic hit written in a few hours by Jimmy Webb and recorded in one afternoon in 1968. It was an immediate hit and permanently lifted Campbell from the country music genre to being a far-ranging popular artist.

Music Is Mindfulness

Helene Greenwood | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Helene Greenwood

The process of writing can feel like tapping into something primal which is a kind of life force outside of myself. This is very freeing. As a musician and songwriter I find I need music, and start to feel depressed if I can't experience it.

How Music Can Improve Your Health

Charlotte Long | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Long

We all know that music can affect your mood. The 'Eye of the Tiger' could have you fist pumping for joy one moment and Celine Dion has rendered you to tears the next (obviously the song choices are subject to musical taste...).

Musicians: Stop Spewing The Same Stories

Sophie Deal | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sophie Deal

There are only seven types of story in the world. And thanks to the books we read, and the films and TV shows we watch, we've experienced them all hundreds of times...

Why Joni, Tori and Björk Are My Songwriting Mums

Becca Stevens | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Becca Stevens

I believe if you are really true to yourself, then nobody can sound like you. Thanks to Joni, Tori and Bjork, I learned a fearlessness in creating my art and exploring the musical landscape, thanks mums!

'All I Want For Christmas Is You' Sung In A Minor Key Sounds Eerily Different

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Comedy

Mariah Carey's festive hit 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' is a wonderfully upbeat and heartwarming Christmas tune, but what happens when you make a...

Emma Watson's Powerful #HeForShe Speech Inspired This Song

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Emma Watson's powerful speech to bolster efforts for gender equality has inspired a rock band to write a song about it. Last year, Watson delivered...

Writing About Music

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Why did we feel the need to set our words to music? Why not just write poetry? Music has existed for hundreds of years (with and without lyrics!), so it clearly appeals to the human race. Who among us doesn't listen to music in some way every single day? What is it about music that we enjoy so much? And how do I go about trying to explain this?

Grasping the Fleeting Moments

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

This blog post will feature a selection. Like snapshots, these will include my personal experience, favourite songs, and books... an opportunity for keeping track of my ideas, and hope that you will enjoy it by reflecting on the fleeting moments of life, and seizing the enjoyable parts.

The Ten Songs That Changed My Life

Caroline Feraday | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Caroline Feraday

There is music which crosses your path, and totally changes the direction you take. Maybe it was playing at the moment you took a certain fork in the road, like a soundtrack to your life, or maybe they were the motivation for the decision. I have ten such songs.

You Need To Hear This Featuring Emerging Icons The Flight, Lizo, Tiger Bite Fever, Familiar Creatures and Bela Takes Chase

Kat Jackman | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

This week we've got some electronic genius, a few old faces in new guises, some quirky folk and the latest contender to take the pop kingdom by storm. Sound good? You wait til you hear the tunes...

An Alternative Reality

Edward Reid | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK Comedy
Edward Reid

I didn't know how I felt last year when I learned a friend had entered me onto ITV's UK television talent show, Britain's Got Talent.

Singing Out With Pride for London

Jane Peyton | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Peyton

To all the cynics out there who wake up each morning with a frown and a bad word for London. Why? Judging by some of the recent media coverage it ap...

Your Revision Playlist

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

We all know revision is one of life's chores which can't be avoided. Some may need complete silence to revise; others find soothing background mus...

Can't Get It Out Of My Head: Which Song Was Crowned Tune Of The Noughties?

PA | Posted 29.02.2012 | UK Entertainment

Kylie Minogue's hit single Can't Get You Out Of My Head was crowned the top tune of the Noughties today. The song won first place in a poll of the ...

VIDEO: It's 'True Love' For Berlusconi As Fourth Album Of Ballads Released | Posted 22.11.2011 | UK

Silvio Berlusconi has released an album of love songs just in time for Christmas. The former prime minister, and cruise ship crooner, has penned a num...

PICTURES: Berlusconi's Changing Faces: Bunga Bungle, Ballads And Bribery

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 07.01.2012 | UK

Silvio Berlusconi: the politician, property and media tycoon who allegedly brought 'bunga bunga' to Britain's shores, has also been one of Italy's lon...

The Economics of Spotify

Eamonn Carey | Posted 27.12.2011 | UK Entertainment
Eamonn Carey

The idea that Spotify is somehow bad for the music industry is farcical. I read today that Coldplay are not releasing their new album on Spotify - ost...

British and all that - The Prospect of Whitby and popular song

Peter Curran | Posted 18.10.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

There has been a lot of comment and debate on the concept of Britishness since the real prospect of Scotland's independence penetrated the Westminster...

Victoria Wood - That day we Sang at The Manchester International Festival - "It was joyful"

Collette Walsh | Posted 06.09.2011 | UK Entertainment
Collette Walsh

My mum never goes to the theatre but the offer to join me at Victoria Wood's new musical play, That Day We Sang, was met with an instant acceptance: "Victoria Wood?"