Can a song change your life? This is the question we're asked at One Track Minds - an live storytelling series that explores our complex relationships with music.
Perhaps it’s the passing of yet another birthday (oh hi I'm 27 now) or perhaps it’s the autumnal turn in the air, but September for me has always been a time to embrace change. It’s a month of shedding the worries of the last year and making good on those promises made back in January. … Continue reading Inspirational books to curl up with this autumn
Having spent a weekend doing my best impressions of a noughties teenager at Reading Festival 2017 (leaving me with a neck that can barely move from my flailing attempts at hairography), it’s no surprise that my brain has been percolating on some ideas around music. Because you might be rocking headphones whilst you read this, but does music help with productivity? Does your favourite song really lift your mood? Is it true listening to music can make you smarter? Learn languages faster? Boost your memory? There are dozens of myths about the power of music. Here are some of the ones I find most interesting.
"Subject your senses – all five of them – to a wide range of different experiences. Challenge your preferences and dare to be uncomfortable. I think that if we always stay inside a narrow comfort zone, this weakens our ability to perceive and understand the world around us. Make your brain work!"
Culinary disaster, that's me in a nutshell. Or at least it was. Until I hit my twenties, I was the sort of person who could burn soup. One time I tried to make a Moroccan chicken dish for a bunch of friends and my mum had to take over in order to save the house … Continue reading HelloFresh vs Gousto: A Fake Foodie Review
For anyone who has ever struggled with their mental health - or who knows some who has - Walking On Custard is an absolute must-read. In a recent Q&A with the author himself, we discussed this stunning book and what he's up to next.
Like so many love stories, this one begins with two strangers meeting on a Saturday night in an overcrowded bar and ending with regrets. Or rather, like so many modern undefined-relationship stories, this one actually begins with two people with mutual Facebook friends meeting IRL and ending via Whatsapp. Oh yes, here we go: the non-relationship.
Humans are a musical species. Or so argued the British neurologist, humanist and author, Oliver Sacks, in his book, Musicophilia. Sacks, who passed away in August 2015, liked to explore some of the brains weirdest and most wonderful pathways, using his patients’ case studies as starting points for ‘eloquent meditations on consciousness and the human … Continue reading Writing: Of Music and Minds
Different writers have different styles of writing. That’s a given.Yet one element that has always fascinated me but readers and aspiring writers don’t necessarily ever see is the writer’s style of creation.