2021 in books: Science-fiction special (January-March)

Well, here we are, three months into 2021 already. How’s this year looking for you, compared to it’s predecessor? Already it seems that there are reasons to be hopefully optimistic. Last year, I made brief notes on every book I read (excluding the academic texts I had to consult as part of my psychotherapy work)Continue reading “2021 in books: Science-fiction special (January-March)”

Mundane Science Fiction – taking the fantasy out of the future

Ok, so I’m a music writer first and foremost. The vast majority of my posts are firmly in the Music or Music Therapy camps. However, I do occasionally venture away from music and enter the wider world, focusing on my other favourite subjects: history, politics, travel and of course, books (you can see the latestContinue reading “Mundane Science Fiction – taking the fantasy out of the future”

Music & Wellbeing (Part 5): Music & Pain Relief

Music & pain relief So far, we have examined the positive effects of music on our wellbeing, both physically and mentally. However, if music can indeed make us ‘feel better’, is there any scope for its application towards pain relief? As well as being beneficial, can music be medicinal? There is historical evidence of musicContinue reading “Music & Wellbeing (Part 5): Music & Pain Relief”