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.
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.
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.
Music has played a defining role in my life – the friends, the ideas, the experiences. Music is a glue binding the piece of my life together, teaching me lessons I didn’t even realise I was being taught. This is a piece about those lessons. Enjoy. And mind the cheese.
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
Dalston. Friday night. How to start? Do I start with the obvious, with how one Friday night I took the train to Dalston, feeling woefully unprepared for what I’d find in the Deep Dark Beyond of Zone Two? How, the way people went on about it you’d probably have thought I was leading my friends … Continue reading Dalston and the Devil Blues