Category Archives: Academic

Songs of Social Protest Conference: University of Limerick, Ireland.

Day 1 – April 29th 2015 After the long trip from South Wales to Limerick, the first thing that struck me with the University of Limerick is its size and beauty. I was at the university to give a paper … Continue reading

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STING: GEORDIE IDENTITY AND SOME THOUGHTS ON THE LAST SHIP

  I was back in Newcastle for one of Sting’s three The Last Ship shows, at The Sage in Gateshead last weekend. As I am in the closing stages of my book on Sting, it provided the perfect setting – … Continue reading

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Sting and the Protest Song

I am presenting a paper relating to my Sting book in Limerick this month at a conference on music and protest. Here is an early draft of what I will be speaking about Introduction This paper will provide an overview … Continue reading

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Psycoanalytic Approaches to Analysis and Musical Taste

As anyone who has read this blog will know, I have developed an ongoing interest in the ways in which music conveys meaning over the last few years. This has resulted in considering many academics’ thoughts – ranging from philosophers … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on the A Level Music Curriculum

I have spent much time over the last several years trying to think more deeply about some of the issues associated with the ways in which students are prepared for higher education music courses. The National Diploma awards which were … Continue reading

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Student Entrepreneurship Projects

Me and a colleague have been working with a range of interesting student entrepreneurship projects over the last few months. They range from music for media initiatives to Wedding Bands to the production of a concept album. Here is a … Continue reading

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Christian Music: Art or Commerce?

I read an article the other day which asked the question, somewhat problematically for me – ‘Is Christian Music Dying’. Inspired by another, much earlier post by Michael Gungor – it focuses upon the relationship between using Art as a … Continue reading

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