Snow (double haiku)

Snow on the Dyke-backs Prophesying its return And see, it comes now For those who might not know, the dyke-backs are the sides of the short hills or ditches which, in winter, never get direct sunlight. As a result, snow takes longer to melt on these small sections of Northumbrian landscape. Around here, is takenContinue reading “Snow (double haiku)”

Back in the studio (part 4)

The final piece of the album is now in place. Backing vocalist Shannon Powell has added her amazing talents to the new Nick Gladdish Band album. Those of you who are unfamiliar with Shannon’s vocal prowess would do well to check out her project YUMA (a collaboration with NG Band drummer & producer John Timney)Continue reading “Back in the studio (part 4)”

Advice for young musicians

While in the process of editing and revising my WordPress site, I’ve one across a few older articles which might be of interest to some readers. In particular, those of us who are practising or recording more at home during the COVID19 lockdown [still in place this month] might find something they can take awayContinue reading “Advice for young musicians”

Music & Wellbeing (Part 6): Music Therapy & Educational Wellbeing

Music and educational wellbeing So far, we have investigated the value of music in physical and mental wellbeing. As previously discussed, a better education leads to greater feelings of wellbeing, particularly in later stages of life (Merriam & Kee, 2014). With that in mind, if we are to consider the value of music on ourContinue reading “Music & Wellbeing (Part 6): Music Therapy & Educational Wellbeing”

Music & Wellbeing (Part 4): Music & Movement

This blog is a continuation of my mini-series examining the value of music on our overall wellbeing. The next two installments will look at the physical benefits of music as a means of healing and rehabilitation. I got rhythm: Music & Movement Levitin (2006, p. 174) states that the cerebellum, as one of the earliest partsContinue reading “Music & Wellbeing (Part 4): Music & Movement”

Music & Wellbeing (Part 3): Music Therapy – a brief introduction

Music Therapy As a practice, music therapy sits somewhere between art, therapy, healthcare, and psychoanalysis; it ‘invites the art, science and craft of music and healing’ (Pavlicevic, 1999, p. 141). Its practice has been proven as having a ‘huge impact on confidence, and therefore improved wellbeing’ (Therapy Today, 2011, p. 5). Besides more common associationsContinue reading “Music & Wellbeing (Part 3): Music Therapy – a brief introduction”