Tag: stress

Can Music Reduce Stress?

I waxed lyrical about it myself for DIY, but other insightful examples can be found by Ellie Desborough at The Line Of Best Fit, Robin Murray at Clash, and Ross Jones at So Young. In short, this style of feature is one that explores an emerging scene or common ideal between a group of new artists. Maybe they’re reviving a certain instrument, or come from a similar geography. Perhaps they’re experiencing success on a particular platform – tiktok, for instance, has been instrumental in a lot of young artists’ success, and there have been a slew of great features recently exploring what it takes to do well on the platform. As Coronavirus confined us all to our homes, I took stock of the Bedroom Pop movement for The Forty-Five, considering how at-home music making might become ‘the new normal’.

Sometimes, it’s just the latter, which is totally fine – some … Read More

The Best Books About Music

I always try to buy the latest edition of this book, because it clearly explains legal and financial aspects of the music industry in an easy, accessible way. There’s so much more info in this edition about how the internet has affected the music industry. The importance of music in Milton’s poetry comes as no surprise when we consider the home in which the young poet grew up. His father had been a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, and although he did not become a professional musician, he continued to perform and compose music throughout his life. The older Milton was one of the foremost amateur musicians of his day, and his music appeared in print alongside many of England’s finest composers, including William Byrd, John Dowland and John Bull. He even contributed the words and music of ‘Fair Orian’ to Thomas Morley’s collection of madrigals in honour … Read More