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Chronicle: 6-13 Jan 2020

In the last week, I’ve been…

  • Planning teaching and directing activities for the term for East London Community Band (ELCB) and Hockerill Anglo-European College (HAEC).

  • Using Logic Pro X and various VST instruments to compose a new piece.

  • Re-arranging my big band tune Chump Change for ELCB, to be performed at the National Concert Band Festival in Manchester in April.

  • Transcribing Hold Tight, I Want Some Seafood Mama for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

  • Arranging Alright, Okay, You Win for the HAEC Jazz Ensemble.

  • Arranging and making a practice track for Baby Face for ELCB Stompers.

  • Practicing a few hot jazz tunes and putting a few clips up on my Instagram.

  • Making kitchen shelves out of reclaimed timber.

  • Cooking recipes from the Dishoom Cookbook.

I’ve been listening to…

  • Music: Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Sonny Rollins, Little Richard, Louis Prima, Brahms Symphonies 1 & 2, Chris Thile, Fats Waller

  • Podcasts: This American Life; Radiolab; Philosophize This; NPR Politics Podcast; Impeachment, A Daily Podcast

I’ve been reading:

  • Baudolino, by Umberto Eco (just finished it last night)

  • The Rough Guide to the Northern 500

  • Dishoom Cookbook

Surprise discovery of the week:

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