A big thank you to every one who reads, comments upon and contributes to this site (which celebrated its 10th birthday in July).
Some further thoughts on this strange year and how music and musicians have coped on my sister site ArtMuseLondon
Most read post of 2020:
On Being A Pianist
Most visited page of 2020:
Courses for Pianists
Most popular guest post of 2020:
“He was not like other men” – Chopin as seen by his contemporaries (by Walter Witt)
Most read post on repertoire
Liszt’s Sonetto del Petrarca 104
Most read post on piano technique
Mysteries of the sustain pedal
Best wishes for 2021.
The Cross-Eyed Pianist
It’s been an interesting and busy year, marked in May by my move from London, my home for 30+ years, to a quiet corner of Dorset – the isle of Portland on the striking Jurassic Coast. Leaving London and its vibrant culture, not least a wealth of classical music which I have much enjoyed, might have felt like a huge wrench, but in fact I don’t miss the big city, and I am already discovering plenty of music here in Dorset.
In addition to allowing me to muse on things musical, the blog keeps me in touch with a large community of people, some of whom have become good friends in real life, and this has undoubtedly prevented me from feeling at all lonely or isolated here in Portland. In a way, I enjoy the best of several worlds: we live in a light-filled modern house, far bigger than anything we could have afforded in London, with views over Chesil Beach and the sea, and fantastic Turner-esque sunsets in the evening. My son lives in a flat in SW London, which means I can still visit to see friends and enjoy concerts and other cultural highlights, before retreatng once again to a place whose quiet and slower pace of life are very conducive to writing and piano practise.
People regularly ask me how I continue to produce so much “content” (an on-trend word for articles/writing). The truth is that I love music and I love writing about music and sharing my passion. Articles are inspired by encounters and conversations with other musicians and writers, concerts I’ve enjoyed, things I’ve heard on the radio, and much, much more….and while that inspiration remains, so the blog will continue (it will celebrate its 10th birthday in July 2020).
A big thank you to all my readers, followers, guest contributors and wonderful Meet the Artist interviewees, all of whom make the blog so interesting and varied.
Wishing you a very happy and music-filled 2019