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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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Cape of Good Hope, or Reflecting on What Comes Next

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In April I travelled to Cape Town to spend some time with friends and family. That trip would turn out to be the first real vacation since I took on my job as the Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum … Continue reading

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THE FACTS OF LIFE – 5. …THIS

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…THIS was the very first song I wrote for the album. I knew from the start that I wanted to write a rapturous love song about… well, love, the universe and Bali.  =) And that …THIS would be a full-on … 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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