Archive for April, 2009


April 20, 2009 2 comments

So I got a new camera for my birthday, hurrah. I cannot work it really-even though it is clearly set out for people like me and has pretty lengthy descriptions of what each setting does. My cat is a small poser so I decided he could be my new experiment. My other cat was not so much up for it and my dog is ridiculous. voila.



Fred again.

Fred again.

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as he said and as he promised, as we doubted and denied…

April 11, 2009 Leave a comment

“See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did eโ€™er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?”

Doubt, questions, confusion…they have all filled my head this week. Quite often I’ve been asking myself the big questions that maybe I haven’t been ready to ask before or haven’t had the courage to ask before.

How can something feel so real yet so far beyond our understanding? Do we place too much pressure on ourselves and others to believe in certain things that we ourselves aren’t even sure of? Are we pressurising people whose faith, at times feels so tiny and weak, into maintaining certain standards and behaviours? Sometimes it feels when it comes to faith it is so easy to isolate people. We can often be too quick to assume that everyone is at the same stage; we fail to see that person with the tiny faith that needs nurturing and encouragement and our eyes are drawn towards others.

Diversity is so special and it often seems as though we, too often, all want to be the same; have exactly the same opinions and beliefs. When will we celebrate it and learn to be authentic?

Too many questions; no answers. oops.

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accordion joy.

April 8, 2009 1 comment

I know accordion music doesn’t seem to be exactly the music swamping everyone’s ipods and I quite often jest about my love of the accordion but I really do love it. I think to a lot of people it seems a very old fashioned instrument and is very much for playing Scottish music. Don’t get me wrong, that is cool too. I got emailed this video today and it made me very, very happy:

Phil & Johnny Cunningham (I tried to embed this but it is not allowed so this shall have to do)

I have been listening to a lot of classical accordion the past few days, mostly, if not all, played by this man: James Crabb. It’s so exciting to listen too; it’s amazing how diverse it can be. I have seen him play a few times and he always surprises me. On a slightly bizarre note, he is pals with my Dad and is responsible for me being allowed to see Phil C- i stood there in stunned silence really. One of my favourite pieces he plays is called “How to play in D major without caring…”. It’s super fun. You can listen to him on Spotify would you believe, although I think probably not that piece.

Oh, and sometimes in my head I dream that I can play more than Tom Jones or Christmas carols on the accordion. In these dreams I play one of these:

Digital Accordion.

Digital Accordion.

I thought I would share the joy. ๐Ÿ™‚