Dodecaphonic music

I met trombonist Milt Bernhart* some years ago and learned that, even at the pinnacle of his career, he would take trombone lessons whenever he was home from touring. I was impressed by this and noted that humility is an essential part of learning and progress. My own career has involved writing music in a […]


Which teacher had the most influence on your life? In my case there were two; a primary school teacher and my grammar school art teacher. The primary school teacher taught me to be a gentleman but it was my art teacher who had the most effect on my later life as a musician. He noticed […]

Mind your own business

This is the second blog to wear the above title. The relevance of the title becomes clear as I again question my ideas. The point is, I’m a musician, not a philosopher, or a musicologist, even. But you don’t spend a lifetime engrossed deeply in a subject without wondering what it all really means. Plus, […]

Creativity and free will. Was I wrong?

In the book I express my concerns regarding too much emphasis on so-called ‘creativity’ in our working methods and approach to the subject of composition, mainly because of my acquired knowledge that nothing new can enter the Universe. Instead, I maintain, ‘creativity’ involves the regurgitation of acquired complexes, especially the influences we are exposed to […]