Quarantine Song

Quarantine Song

So – schools are dismissed. Of my four students due for lessons this morning, only two turn up – the other two already in isolation at home. Seventeen year-old David [name changed] arrives promptly at 8.45, complaining of a gunky chest but sure it...
Sublime

Sublime

Aha – I just found a review of the Bach Christmas Oratorio I sang in before Christmas – ‘sublime alto’ they call me. https://www.great-milton.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Dec-2019.pdf Of course, I was far too concerned with my...
Rockabye

Rockabye

In a dingy Viennese coffee house, the woman behind the bar isn’t just enjoying her playlist on the PA system – she is joining in, her grainy voice (Austrian accent fully Americanised) rising above the whoosh of the milk frother, ‘So rockabye, rockabye…’ I admire...
The Shape of You

The Shape of You

I’m on holiday in Argentina. A steamy day in Buenos Aires and I spot a beautiful girl wearing headphones and little else shimmying down the street singing ‘I’m in love with the shape of you’. I am struck by the incongruity of the carrot-top Brit Ed Sheeran inveigling...