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THE FACTS OF LIFE – 8. MASOCHISTIC

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In 2010 – almost 10 years ago now – I was at a sort of crossroads in my life, on the professional, personal and creative fronts. Feeling completely lost and unsure as to where I was headed, I threw myself … Continue reading

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Light… Blindness… Clarity…

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June and July have seen me travel extensively… for work and for leisure. Everywhere I went this Summer, I encountered the “Heatwave” – extraordinarily hot temperatures that are undoubtedly a result of climate change; weather that saw the barometer rise … Continue reading

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THE FACTS OF LIFE – 7. RISK

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  RISK is the very last song I wrote for the planned album, THE FACTS OF LIFE. It was the 15th song in the album, and I completed writing, arranging, recording and mixing the demo in New York City, rather … Continue reading

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The Difference between Happiness, Fulfillment & Pleasure (or the Trials of being a Museum Director)

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A couple of days ago a colleague of mine asked me what had been the happiest day of my life since becoming a Museum Director, and I said that I couldn’t really remember what that was. I said that perhaps … Continue reading

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THE FACTS OF LIFE – 6. URBAN

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I wanted to write a song about Ginza, Tokyo, Japan. And I wanted to write a song that was laced with yearning and melancholy, but still upbeat; an epic electronic dance number, that went on and on and attained epiphany, … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III – Epilogue, and Journey’s End

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So this is it.  Two and a half years later, I’m finally here posting my Epilogue to THE GRAND TOUR III – PORT AND PRINCELY CITIES OF THE SUBCONTINENT. Unlike the first two Grand Tours, which took a year and … Continue reading

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THE FACTS OF LIFE – 4. MORNING

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  THE FACTS OF LIFE was initially conceived as a concept album, like my other concept album, DREAM OF A CITY, after which this blog was named. The idea was to write songs about life, love, the universe and everyday … Continue reading

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Faletti’s Hotel, Lahore

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Faletti’s Hotel is one of the oldest hotels on this Grand Tour; one that has remained more or less in its original form, and with its original name since its inception, and more than 100 years. The hotel was established … Continue reading

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Colonial Lahore – Mall Road

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The British ruled Lahore for just under a hundred years from 1849 to 1947. Capitalising on a crisis of succession following the death of Ranjit Singh of the Sikh Empire, the British would oust the Sikhs and annex the Punjab. … Continue reading

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Mughal Tombs and Paradise Gardens, Lahore

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In the suburb of Shahdara (The Way of the Shahs), some 16 km from Lahore, stand the tombs of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, and his Empress, Nur Jahan. Of all the Mughal Emperors (and Empresses), they loved Lahore the most; … Continue reading

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