As explained on my home page, it’s school music teaching that pays the mortgage. My main place of work is Kinlochleven High School, but I’m also the visiting music specialist for several primary schools. When I have both the time and the motivation, I enjoy composing, performing and recording music.
Music, as far as I’m concerned, is music (a statement of the obvious, but sadly necessary when it’s so often forced into league tables like football teams), and I’m simply not prepared to say that one kind is ‘better’ than another! My tastes are eclectic, but my main interests (judging purely from the balance of my CD/tape/record collection) are probably:
To be honest, however, even such a vague listing seems too specific, and rock, pop and world music get a fair crack at my hi-fi too. Some music (irrespective of genre) is intrinsically great, some is made more by its performers, but the best is probably both intrinsically great and superbly performed. So I’d listen to some folk singing the telephone directory (well, perhaps!) and avoid others no matter how good their material, but I’d be the first to acknowledge that there’s a place for music of all styles and levels of creativity. (Thank goodness for a world enriched by diversity and personal taste as well as some consensus about what constitutes ‘greatness’!) Best of all is probably good live music of any genre, but it’s not always possible to have that on tap...
I play recorder, whistle, flute, piano, accordion, guitar, bass and now Scottish smallpipes (started March 2012) fairly seriously, and a number of other instruments with varying degrees of incompetence (eg bought a pBone September 2012!). I’ve written a fair amount of my own stuff (no particular genre!), some of which has been recorded at Watercolour Music in Ardgour. And I work constantly with computers, where sound recording, MIDI and score-writing have become the triple pillars of so much that I do.
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