Now that the dance shows are on a break from performances after summer and culture night and all of that, I’m finding I can listen to the music I wrote for the show again in a different light. 

This piece forms the basis of a big section in the middle of the show. In the studio, the recording was done in one take, which doesn’t happen all that often for me. I sat and we recorded it, then that was it. We didn’t go for an alternate take or anything at all. I guess I’d played those melodies so much in rehearsals with the dancers that it didn’t need any more prep to be right. 

"Artists have bills, artists have rent. There’s some fantasy out there that the sheer drive of determination will put food on the table, as if your ability to work unpaid shows how much you ‘want it’. It doesn’t, it usually just shows what class you were born into. So, the creative arts become a class war, just like everything else."
- one of those smart forumzers I love put the whole debate around working for free in very succinct terms. 
Blondie’s version of a “quick breakfast” on a Monday morning requires this much cutlery it seems.

Blondie’s version of a “quick breakfast” on a Monday morning requires this much cutlery it seems.

Playing this gorgeous piece with the string orchestra at the moment. Beautiful piece of music that I’d not heard before now. 

The cat is in a cone of shame at the moment. She’s had to have her paw lanced, and has a drain inserted in it at the moment. She was a very unhappy kitty last night, but today she just seems resigned to her fate and is trying to enjoy the sun. 

The cat is in a cone of shame at the moment. She’s had to have her paw lanced, and has a drain inserted in it at the moment. She was a very unhappy kitty last night, but today she just seems resigned to her fate and is trying to enjoy the sun. 

Reasonable People Disagree about the Post-Gen X, Pre-Millennial Generation ]

Ah yes, that awkward in-between place. I was chatting to a friend about this last year, and we were looking at how we are neither of the two big generational groupings that people like to talk about. Nice to see that discussion is happening in other places too. 

Defining the generation as bookended by “My So-Called Life” and “Dawson’s Creek” really made me laugh, as one show was on when I started secondary school, and the other one started during my last few years in school, so that totally works for me. 

What are your thoughts on Kylie Minogue and her music?

- Asked by Anonymous

Kylie is wonderful. I love her voice. She’s had some of the best pop singles, and she can be stylistically more versatile than a lot of pop singers. The Abbey Road sessions album was a treat. Her songs would always get me on the dancefloor when I was a night-clubbing sort of gay. 

I guess her music always has a smile in it, which sounds really tacky, but her songs often express so much joy. I swear there’s a big button in her studios called “EXTRA SPARKLE ON TOP” which is what draws the gays to her music. 

And then there’s “Confide In Me” - which is one of my favourite songs ever.  I mean, seriously.

I won’t ever apologise for adoring Kylie’s music. She’s not in amongst my favourites, but some of her songs definitely are, if that makes sense? 

From tech afternoon for the Culture Night performance with Off Beaten Path.

From tech afternoon for the Culture Night performance with Off Beaten Path.

Tech afternoon for the Culture Night showcase later. The joys of theatre work.

Tech afternoon for the Culture Night showcase later. The joys of theatre work.

Monroe’s in Galway has a very topical flag flying.

Monroe’s in Galway has a very topical flag flying.

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