The drawback of quitting Twitter

Yesterday I posted about how I’ve quite Twitter (sort of). However, lest it seem like it’s a no-regrets, heroic charge into the disconnected future, I thought it worth noting what my reservations have been in partially disconnecting from social media. My biggest fear, if I’m honest, is I think what makes social media so powerful to begin with: importance. Why haven’t I deactivated my account […]

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Orchestra Flashmob in Nürnberg

A friend from Nürnberg recently sent me this video of the Staatsphilharmonie (the ‘house’ orchestra at the theater where I used to work) doing a Beethoven flashmob in the Altstadt. It’s good to see some familiar faces, and be reminded of how beautiful Nürnberg is…

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An open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott

The Hon. Tony Abbott, MP Prime Minister Dear Mr Abbott, I’m very glad to read that you welcome feedback, and advice as you seek to lead “an accountable and open government”. These are laudable values for any government. I recently read some comments you made, and what began as a small Facebook comment regarding these comments, turned into an open letter of sorts, which I […]

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The business of busy

A few people have been sharing this interesting piece on busyness, which is worth reading. I confess, I often respond to inquires of my well-being with ‘pretty busy’, and it’s true, that I have a lot to do, often. The Spielzeit tends to regularly pile unexpected pressures on, but I did appreciate the challenge about ‘busy’ become a stock answer. My wife and I began […]

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#Look7in7 Dropout

Well.. it was inevitable really. I did actually take some photos on days 3 and 4, but they’re still sitting unprocessed on my SD card. There has been too much to do (a fun performance of Figaro in Ludwigsburg – good review btw), and frustrating amounts of sitting around watching (which I find makes me more tired than actually doing a rehearsal myself). I’m also taking another Facebook […]

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#look7in7 Day 2

The 7in7 idea is about the process, and so today, with little time (and let’s be honest) motivation to get out with the camera, I turned the lens to something inside the house, and experemented with the video function. I took the footage on a Fuji x10, which gives little manual control – and the zoom is hardly smooth – sequenced in good old Microsoft […]

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Mid-holiday rambling

Well… I haven’t really blogged much during my summer break. Maybe it’s because I’ve been doing lots of other things*, and still have a long to-do list. Or maybe it’s because taking a break from Facebook and Twitter has meant taking a break from narcissism and that is what most of my blogging is. A little from column A and little from column B, I […]

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A social media fast

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now. That I’m only just now making the effort to do it, just shows how much I actually need this. Indeed, I’m already a day and a half late. For the whole month of August I’m going to stay off personal broadcast social media. For about two months now, a verse has been stewing away in […]

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Ya snooze, ya lose

I’m a snooze junky.. via Zac Nielsen

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#7in7 Day 2 – How long

I decided to try something a bit different with today’s song. Using a piano riff I came up with (possibly stole.. I can’t even tell anymore!) I used Psalm 13 as inspiration for something kind of minimalistic (read: repetitive), which expresses that feeling I think we all have of wondering if God really hears our cries. As my evening rehearsal was cancelled, I had more […]

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Things that make great drummers and guitarists

Stephen Miller has posted two helpful lists of things that make for good drummers and guitarists for congregational, church ‘worship’ bands. They’re worth reading if you play either of those instruments or lead people who do: 6 things that make a great drummer 7 things that make a great guitarist Something you’ll see in both of those is:  Less is more 99% of the time. […]

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A big weekend…

A big weekend…

It’s a bit of a crazy weekend – I have four consecutive performances, as well as leading music for the 2nd International Worship service. Thankfully most of my roles this weekend are pretty small; tonight is an off-stage bit which lasts all of three minutes, tomorrow is a bit more substantial with Oscar in Blaubart, and then Saturday night I reprise the role of Morales […]

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