Sometimes there is no guarantee that you can make a life’s work out of doing what you love. Sometimes in spite of good intentions the time you need to keep the momentum going that is needed for being a serious novelist just won’t be there. Sometimes the money or programme or encouragement to be able […]

Lisa Fischer Sings Samuel Barber’s “Sure on this Shining Night”

I am supposed to be working on a redraft of a short story and it’s going well. But a few days ago, a certain member of the household brought to my attention the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, which is about backing vocalists, their talent and harmony, and the power they brought to the rock songs […]