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August 14, 2018

I recently came back to the UK from my wife’s homeland of Russia - a land that was once a place of strange sounds and foreign symbols to me. This time I found myself understanding a little more Russian than I did the last time I was there.

Gradually, my relationship wit...

April 18, 2018

So there’s something you want...

Maybe it’s a dream outcome – you want to change or transform your current career. Perhaps mastering something - a skill, a technique, a language. Maybe it’s an object, a possession or an amount of money you’d like to get. Whatever it is,...

March 28, 2018

When you find yourself wanting to relax what do you end up doing?

Over the years I've found myself doing tai chi, meditation, swimming, going for a walk, listening to slow gentle music and a whole host of other things. In the last few days I've recently started doing e...

March 20, 2018

It probably won't surprise you to discover that I am a total music geek.

Among my many obsessions, when I was a student I became fascinated with early violin recordings from the early Twentieth Century. Apart from being able to dip my toe in a sound world that had other...

March 13, 2018

The simple truth is that you just feel however you feel in any given moment, independently of external circumstances, or 'reasons' because feelings spring forth from within.

Don’t blame it on the ‘out there’.

Don’t blame it on your ‘ego’.

Don’t blame it on the people...

March 6, 2018

If you were a kid born in the 1980s like me, chances are you played a computer game by watching a TV screen and using a controller.

When I was a kid the information that made up the computer graphics and sound and plot lines and character interactions was stored in a ca...

February 27, 2018

You only ever live in the present.

The 'now' is all there actually is.

Thoughts, feelings, and perceptions seem so real to us and they carry us away into a make-believe land called the future, or the past, yet all the while, the fact is that this divine dream of consciou...

February 20, 2018

"You need to make more effort..."

"Try harder..."

"Willpower required..."


"It's just a matter of mind over matter..."

We've all either had this kind of thing said to us, or we've said it to our kids, or we've heard it said to others, but how helpful is it, re...

February 13, 2018

I've finally reached the conclusion that music is life and that life is love and that there is something innately divine about the whole process.

What do I mean?

I mean that within each of us is a simple, honest desire to create. A desire to do. To make. To express. It's...

December 22, 2017

Huddled into a ball, I sat on the floor of my music college student accommodation and cried.


This was me in 2002. Suffering horribly for one simple reason. Because of a case of mistaken identity.

I was a foreign violin student in a prestigious German conservatoir...