A Year in Review: top articles of 2019

2019 has been a lot of ups but a lot more downs. Music has always helped me interpret the world around me and my experiences, and writing has always helped me get out what I'm feeling or thinking, and put it into something tangible that I can go back to and hold in my hands. … Continue reading A Year in Review: top articles of 2019

Music Amidst the Chaos: My Top Albums of 2019

In spite of the political turmoil and trauma taking place on both sides of the Atlantic and throughout the rest of the world, art and music has stepped into the void, nurturing forward thinking conversation and holding up a mirror to our way of life, which is no longer serving us. Perhaps political chaos and … Continue reading Music Amidst the Chaos: My Top Albums of 2019

Brexit and “this isn’t an election campaign” campaign

Boris Johnson and the Conservative government have repeatedly said there will be no snap general election in the near future. His priority is delivering Brexit, no if's not but's, whatever that means. However, in Conservative literature that was seen yesterday, it is clear a snap election is what Johnson and the government is gearing up … Continue reading Brexit and “this isn’t an election campaign” campaign

John Paul White – Live at Omeara

Happy is not a word that is usually associated with John Paul White’s music. Full of longing, heartbreakingly beautiful but definitely not happy. But in this case, White brought the sweetener, bringing the bitter taste to a halt. White opened with ‘I Wish I Could Write You a Song’ delivered in his pure and haunting … Continue reading John Paul White – Live at Omeara

In Defence of The New Yorker and Freedom of Speech

“I wholly disapprove of what you say—and will defend to the death your right to say it.” -      Voltaire “Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;.” -      First Amendment, United States Constitution   Last week David Remnick, political journalist and editor of The New … Continue reading In Defence of The New Yorker and Freedom of Speech

In memory of Tessa Jowell

Foreward I wrote the following the day I found out that Tessa Jowell had died. I remember reading the news on my phone, as one now does, and crying. As explain below, the New Labour government, which encompassed Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Tessa Jowell and many many others, was instrumental to my mother, my brother, … Continue reading In memory of Tessa Jowell

Aretha Franklin’s Living Memory: an essay on the collective loss of historical memory

Soul music has always seemed to me the music that people need when they’ve been sufficiently beaten down by the world, and just need something that can put them back together again. Whether it’s Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’, Sam Cooke’s 'Just For You’, Etta James’ ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ or Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’, these … Continue reading Aretha Franklin’s Living Memory: an essay on the collective loss of historical memory