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video of my talk just went up! (scroll down and you'll see me, blurb, and the video) It was a week ago and there were a couple of people on here who missed it and kindly said they'd like to see. 🌸

It's all about people's goals and how we pursue them or not in light of current world changes. ...Goals, Pivotal Moments, and Us

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Ooooh ! I've integrated my blog with Mastodon, so toots appear as comments! this is my blog's mastodon address: @laura and you'll see it just did a toot! Oooh! If you want to follow my blog and comment/discuss via Mastodon it can now happen.

Thanks to @saper for the idea, and hooray that I could figure it out! Small victories! 🌸

I gotta come back here more and talk to people.

Been SUPER busy. Halfway through recording the audio version of my book ... yay!

It was a sun kissed morning. Anger taking my son to a school I had to stop the car for this one farm away from where I live. I stood and watched the sun rise on my left and the moon set on my right. As I stretched out both arms and felt like I could hold them both for a moment and I thought, let the day begin.

random academic pleasure: I had someone in America write to me about my research and they asked if I would be willing to talk to them. I said - you say when, and we just had a half hour video call. They were really happy and we had great ideas. Super fun 🌸

struggling with installing a font on my lovely mac. Oh please powerpoint, let me do this!

the evening was lovely, if growing colder and darker. I enjoyed my walk with the moon.

Yes I Can Smile ! (v. positive blog post with selfie - eye contact) 

Yes I Can Smile ! -a very short, very positive post. In the midst of the pandemic, there are things that we can do to break through the darkness. Today I'm sharing a smile with you, because

Yesterday a friend filmed me playing cello on a pontoon, and then I gave a concert at my university in the evening (to an empty hall + camera- found out the concert link works for a month after the event). It was the best day.

Today is my birthday and I have decided it is perfectly ok to be completely fabulous.

Let's hope you can be fabulous too, whether it's your birthday or your un-birthday.

Tomorrow evening (Nov 19th) at 7:30 GMT I'm giving a free livestreamed classical cello + piano concert. It will be about 70 mins long.

I've been working toward this since the summer and I am really looking forward to sharing the music!

Direct link:

This morning I wrote an elaborate (but clearly explained) post about how I approach the technicalities of my music practice. I deconstruct a specific phrase of music with images and a recording.

from yesterday - the sunshine is not there for long, but it is still glorious.

not looking forward to this imposed 'students go home' time. seems an odd way to do things...

I’m getting ready for a concert on Thursday, November 19, 7:30pm GMT. Practise, practise, practise as my beloved teacher used to say. late night, early morning – whenever I can fit it in.

Every year I give a recital and every year it is significant for me in some way. Last year I documented a journey with an absolutely epic piece of repertoire and presented every day’s progress in images, words, and audio-visual clips alongside the live performance. This year the repertoire is far more mainstream. I’ll be playing Brahms (F Major sonata), Shostakovich sonata, Bloch Prayer, and an absolutely delicious and sentimental piece Musica Nostalgica by Schnittke.

What’s different this time?

Well, there’s a pandemic, and the closest I’ve been to other musicians lately has been this:

Yes, that’s about 15 feet away. *sigh*

After the absence of people for so long, I cannot express how absolutely wonderful it is to play with someone. You can see that in the smiles in the images above, and I want to share the music. I want to tell the story of whatever there is. See, there’s magic in music. It doesn’t have a set script like these words I type. Well, these classical pieces do have printed scores, with very specific notes to play, but how you listen, hear, and feel the music is entirely personal. Sometimes words fail, and in music you can go somewhere – wherever you want to go, maybe where you need to go, maybe somewhere you’ve never gone – to see, experience, know something else.

Maybe for a few minutes, I can take you with me. and with is a very nice idea in this strange time of separation.

There will be no audience at the event. It will be streamed. It’s free. Only me, Ben (in the pictures above), and the cameras. It may be a different way of presenting a concert, but you know what – different doesn’t mean impossible. -It’s another of those times I think yes, I can.

The pictures above are from our rehearsal of the Shostakovich. Spontaneous smiles. There is nothing better than playing with a friend, whether you are 5 or 50. -a tiny comment cellists will understand: The top right picture was just before the technical bit on the top of p2 mvt 4. I never would have guessed a smile like would come over me before that section, but it was just *so* nice to play together, some rainbows leaked out.

Join us:

Thursday November 19, 7:30 pm GMT


SAVE THE DATE! and invite a friend 🙂

Concert practice - cello 

Last night's late practice, which was followed by a good soak in the bath, and magically sleep. (not a lot, but still - sleep!) My antidote to election doom scrolling - (it was just after Michigan declared)

-and also concert prep! 19th of Nov. (I am SO lucky to be able to play alongside my job at university - especially with the lockdown - just me + piano + camera in concert - no other people) This is Shostakovich from mvt 4 of his cello sonata.

and as the day world closed it's eye to the world, nighttime with all the unborn dreams mapped across the sky as glimmers not yet realised was born.

and as there is so very much darkness, I keep taking various pictures with the colour changing light in the roomwhere I practice. Concert (streamed - no audience, just me and piano at the university) on 19 Nov, and so I get up early and stay up late to play my cello. I like the quiet time (well I make plenty of noise, but no external contributions from others!) ...maybe if I get a really good one, I'll use it in my new book. -going to self-publish this year! :)

this little critter seems to live in our garden! happily wlaked across the decking to get to this nice little hiding place.

It's time to do something. I'm not sure what yet, but it's bubbling up under the surface. -It's like the morning sun that cuts through fatigue with a clarity unexpected and unmissable.

Sometimes these things hit me and I cannot ignore them.

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