Music & Emotion

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    Music for a Desert Island

    Hello Dear Reader, I am sometimes get asked when and where I like to listen to music in my personal life, given my professional interest in the subject. It may surprise you to hear that I almost never listen to music whilst commuting to work by train. If I am not working on my laptop (when I prefer silence) then I prefer podcasts. There can be times, on tough days, when I am drawn to music for emotional reasons, but in general I am put off by the low quality of my commuting headphones combined with the low resolution of music files on portable devices. ‘Tinny’ music feels like a…

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    Musical chills are in the eye of the beholder

    Afternoon Dear Reader, It’s a rather grey and dull late October day here in York, but mild and dry at least for the time of year. The lack of rain bodes well for the York Illumination Festival which is attracting a lot of well deserved attention in my home town. The festival happens every year now and has one main aim – to show our wonderful city off in a whole new ‘light’. This evening my dear husband and I plan on taking a walk to enjoy the streets in their temporary multicoloured overcoat. We might even treat ourselves at the fresh doughnut wagon! A jolly plan to banish coming…

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