Monday, 15 October 2012

Just another manic(ish) Monday...

Hello lovely people of the blogosphere :)

How are we all? Uni has started up again, and is back to its normal pace! And I've come down with a cold. So that kind of halts the songwriting/recording, unless I choose to go for the bunged up sound. I guess it's kind of good in a way though, because it forces me to work on pieces that have no vocals. Or not mine anyway. And essays. *Shudder*. I have the deadlines for two already, and I'm slightly dreading them! I plan on making a start on them today...at least writing a draft/doing some reading for them. This year I really want to try to improve upon the things that I find most difficult. Like the technological side of what I'm doing! And my essay writing, which at present, is really not great. My style just isn't academic, and I find it really tricky to know how to word things so that I'm not just repeating the same thing over and over again.

Anyway, I'd better skidaddle and make a start on this work! OOH! I'll leave you with some photographyness today. I went out and about on Saturday with some friends to take photos. Here are a couple that I took at the Devil's Punchbowl. :)



TTFN! :) xxxxx

13 comments:

mercury said...

Academic style seems to me often a bad style, full of nominalisations. On the other hand you can condense things by using appropriate nomenclature. When I studied geology long ago, I loved the way things became so tangible, by using the right termini. So the style problem dissolves into an easier problem: Using a variety of special terms in a versatile way.
The Devil's punchball seems to me a very interesting landscape.


Trevor said...

Let me guess ! Too many of your own opinions without substantiation and inadequate reference to source material?

Tony said...

Ahhh, The Bangles, completely loved their stuff, especially Walk like an Egyptian; and Susannah Hoffs, oh my **Fans self**

Landscape is neato, and if you don't mind, I want to have a lash at painting it...I have been looking for a landscape subject to get back into my painting and lo and behold, up pops Holly with just the thing :p
Is the other one an ironic attempt at a fractal of photography, you the photographer snapping a photographer snapping a photographer???

Soz to hear about the cold, they really are the pits. Drink hot lemon with honey, it always works for me, prolly does nowt about the cold but tastes yummy and feels good.

I admire your determination to improve your skills in writing and techy stuff but as I mentioned a while back, get any help available from tutors and fellow students, and if you want to mail me any essay drafts I would be more than happy to offer any help I can with layout, structure etc. although I would imagine that a music course isn't going to fail you for not being brilliant with literature :)

Keep yourself wrapped up warm as the weather has definitely moved away from heatwavey stuff!
Brrrrr.

hugs

mercury said...

The style problem seems to me related to a main problem in modern education, which is authenticity. From kindergarten to university (sped up by the evil Bologna Process), the learning content has been adopted very skin-deep, only for hasty reproduction in an exam. It's a massive as-if-learning. So the content is not incorporated, which means it's not related to the "self". As a whole it's a huge waste of time and ressources with terrible results.

Nemo said...

I will be very happy for you when you are finally done with your formal education and you are more free to produce the music is a lot more in your heart to produce. I would also like to see you do a few more traditional Celtic songs like you used to do. I thought your voice was perfectly suited for that sort of thing. Just one or two, now and then, you know.

Trevor said...

Well said , Nemo . Holly's versatility is both a strength and a weakness . I entirely agree with you about Holly's ability to sing songs in the Celtic Tradition but she can also do remarkable versions of contemporary songs and some of her own compositions would hold their own in any company . It's all a matter of taste , isn't it ? I think what we might all agree on is the timeless beauty that resides in Holly's voice and , as long as her voice is centre stage in everything she does , I shall be very happy .

mercury said...

It would be interesting to hear an opinion of the artist.

H said...

Hello chaps! :)
Thank you for your comments! With regard to celtic music and more poppy stuff... I don't really listen to much celtic music, and I guess that I try to create music that I would like to listen to. (Even though I don't actually listen to my own music! Hmm.) I do enjoy celtic/traditional music, but in smaller doses...and generally with a folk/pop tinge. :) I would quite like to do a celtic/folky CD one day though.
xxxxx

Larry said...

Hi Sweetness, take good care of you. You are very special. :)

Trevor said...

Folky/ Pop does it for me. :-)

Anonymous said...

Interesting photos, Holly :). The saturated colours of the first one mekes for a very painterly landscape, and I like the idea of the second...pappers papped or something maybe ;)

yizhivika said...

Err...makes ;)

mercury said...

The interesting question seems to me, whether a so called genre is able to encompass the expressiveness of an artist.