There’s a guitar in floating around my house. Not that I can play it – too big and too many strings for my little hands, I’ve always said. I have it so guests can play if they feel the urge. It hasn’t been played for a while and I thought it needed to come out… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #318: A new instrument
It’s been a rather full-on week for everyone as we learn to do all kinds of things in all kinds of different ways. I’ve learned to set up studio lighting, make videos (with the help of my homegrown cameraman), edit and send them off in a couple of hours, and also to livestream video. I… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #312: Learning new technology
Learning new songs is always a pleasure. I’ve been learning Come Healing for my Leonard Cohen tribute gig on Wednesday night. I love its simplicity, and the hymn-like beauty and harmonies paired with carefully crafted secular poetry.
As a qualitative researcher, I’m normally quite suspicious of quantitative measurements. However, there are times when the numbers are both meaningful and deeply satisfying. I just updated my song list document – I haven’t done it since January when was sitting around the century mark – and discovered that it now numbers 180. That’s a… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #97: Quantifiable Progress
Once upon a time I found it very difficult to remember chord changes for songs. I just wrote a set list for tomorrow morning’s gig at Clunes Market – tunes I know from memory and can play on uke. When I started, there was a little nagging question floating around the back of my head:… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #21: Realising I Know A Few Songs