Music has always been my passion, my healer, and the methods I use to still my anxious mind dovetail well with classic music therapy techniques... Music lets us reach emotions that are difficult to reach verbally, become aware of hidden emotions and achieve a catharsis.
Flying back from Brazil last week through a long dark night of turbulence in the plaintive wake of Hurricane Bertha, one prevailing thought endured as I clutched the arm rest mercilessly - this bastard plane best not go down before I get to see Kate Bush in concert next week.
As a music video director, I'm accutely aware that there are currently no age ratings and that videos can be seen by almost anyone anywhere in the world. I have a lot of respect for directors like the Daniels who produce smart, funny videos that push boundaries but still cater for a general audience.
Usually nothing David Cameron says affects the music industry. This week he's shaken the whole UK scene up by announcing that from October, music videos will go through the same classification system as films and other video content, in an attempt to give parents more information to protect children from "graphic content".
The Scottish band The Libations have recorded and released a cover of Caledonia which has taken social media by storm and is backed with an impressive commitment to donate all proceeds of the single to Scottish foodbanks.
A debate was started in our office this week - does all music originate from Africa? Unashamedly I have tunes from Taylor Swift to Justin Timberlake on my playlists - but I was wondering is the reason I love Taylor's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' so much because it could easily pass for an RnB track that Rihanna could have sung?
I can't stop listening to FKA Twigs at the moment. Online, her minimal R&B is getting brilliant review after brilliant review... The musical borders she crosses, atmospheric, minimalist dance to 90s R&B, are perfect musical movements, which enhance the layered vocal and the perfect backing vocals of her arrangements really well.
It's about time we reconsidered what we mean by talent: how it is defined, who gets identified as talented, and how they are developed, recognised and rewarded. Is talent the product of 10,000 hours of devoted practice, or the reward of 10,000 followers?
GG Allin was the most controversial front man that ever lived. Anyone that tells you otherwise lies. GG Allin would self harm, defecate, urinate and fight his way through gigs. He died of a heroin overdose after performing at The Gas Station in Manhattan in 1993.
In September, Cerys Matthews co-curates The Good Life Festival with Charlie and Caroline Gladstone, founders of home ware store, Pedlars. It promises amongst other things a Gypsy Concert Band, a renowned Welsh harpist, cooking masterclasses from the likes of Bill Grainger and workshops covering everything from Axe throwing to fire building.
A few weeks back I took the plunge and visited an overseas festival. The Exit Festial in Novi Sad , Serbia to be precise. Not being one for festivals normally, this was a big ask. A visit in my young life to Glastonbury 1990 made sure I have subsequently carried many an issue with the festival experience.
It's the pinnacle of summer. The final bank holiday hurrah for the U.K. A chance for many to bid farewell to their barbeques, paddling pools and take their tops off in public one last time. For over 150,000 people though it's the annual celebration of getting rowdy in a field to one of the biggest bills of music in the world at Reading and Leeds Festivals. What is often forgotten is that it's been this way for over 30 years.
He recoils with a faintly amused expression on his face, shrugs, then glances around for an appropriate piece of hardware with which to impale me. He seizes a nearby spare mic stand, and so begins a Tom and Jerry style chase around the backstage area, me leaping over flight cases and knocking guitars to the floor in my efforts to escape... My tour bus dreams are getting stranger.
Aside from playing in The Posies, Jon's solo work has also received high praise and a strong cult following. If all that wasn't impressive enough, Auer was also a member of the reformed Big Star. A life well spent indeed.
Glyndebourne is to opera what Glastonbury is to pop music. A summer festival that becomes an opportunity to experience the best in the classical music arena and to have a good time while having a picnic. The appreciation of the sheep is optional.
You can take the girl out of England, but not the England out of the girl, at least when jazz was concerned. Despite spending most of her long adult life in the States, she never renounced her British citizenship, and was appointed OBE in 2010.