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Radio: Musical Analysis

February 13, 2009

I’d originally intended to make this blog post ramble on for ages and ages but energy (or a lack of it) has got the better of me.

It’s been an arse of a day. There’s been far too much noise going on in and around the office today. Far too many people suddenly appearing wanting to talk to me about one or two little concerns they have about things leaving nothing but a sour taste in the mouth and an even worse odour in the air. What with a friendly warning from some Twitter people about my seemingly prolific output (for “prolific” read “you’re overloading us with twitter messages, please stop”) and a late-afternoon meeting in which I really didn’t stand a chance I was completely exhausted at the end of the day.

An hour and a half on the tube didn’t help either. I spent the entire journey home obssessing. Bitter about blogging, even more bitter about twittering and practically foaming at the mouth at the idea of seemingly hoards of people who found it difficult not to keep away from Twestival. (No, don’t worry if you don’t know what Twestival is. I don’t and I also can’t be arsed to research it for you either, so do it yourself.)

The bitter about blogging bit is the most important, however. Trying times sometimes flick switches making the whole writing process difficult to kick-start.

That’s what this blog is, you see. It’s daily writing practice. It presents the opportunity to sit down at the laptop and force myself to write something – anything – every day. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes the day’s events makes blogging seem like a waste of time.

The same situation may have arisen with composer Gustav Mahler it seems. During the second episode in Robert Winston’s Radio 4 musicology programme (What? You don’t know what musicology means?) focussing on the influence of illness on a composer’s output, it seems possible that Mahler may well have lost his creative mojo after his session with Sigmund Freud. And to think .. Mahler only went to go and see him because he was suffering from impotence.

Well worth a listen.

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