Archive for the 'music & film' Category

Freebox Batch Video Conversion (mp4 to mkv)

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

I often have the problem of needing to convert a folder full of video files to a format compatible with my Freebox, without spending ages in front of my machine doing each video individually. This often happens when I have several takes from my mobile phone or camcorder as mp4 files. Here’s how I worked […]

Foolish Games

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Over a year ago now, I was in a band that got together for a gig in Paris which was a line-up of colleagues from work. I have been thinking about our vocalist recently, since she’s from Tunisia and has been very active on social networks following the revolution and helping people connect as regular […]

Five and Thirty Years

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

On this very blog, five years ago, I wrote an article Manhattan 25 Years Ago. Today, it’s now thirty years on since John Lennon was assassinated in New York. On French radio this morning on my way to work the station dedicated the day to Lennon. Aside from a few errors by some of the […]

Tasty Guitar Solos

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Playing a musical instrument well requires a lot of practice. Motivating yourself is difficult with no goal. When you have other people to play with, and a good vibe between the musicians, and an occasional audience to share the music with, then you might find yourself with good reasons to find that drive. Getting good […]

A Farmer Has Got a Song For You

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Recent reminiscence with friends on Facebook led me to dig out an old CD. The music on it is older than the CD itself, which was burned after copying tapes over from old recording sessions. The story of this song began some time in 94-95 in Chalon sur Saône, where I lived for a year […]

Sweaty Betty Serendipity

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

I took a picture of a bookshop that I pass on my route to the offices my company has recently moved to in La Défense. I liked the fact that it was a weathered, old shop sign. No doubt it hasn’t been open for years, though it may be caught in a time warp and […]

Michael Jackson dead at 50

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Michael Jackson suffered a heart attack last night (European time), and could not be resuscitated. Wacko Jacko he may have been, but it’s the end of an era. Love or hate him or his music, he’s the biggest selling album artist of all time. His music, his pop videos and his dancing have influenced pop […]

…I’m Just the Piano Player

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

I’ve been influenced by a number of piano players. My paternal grandfather and my father both played a lot when I was a child – my father still does. A few of the schoolteachers I admired played a mean piano. Billy Joel, Elton John and Stevie Wonder are musicians I appreciate who sing and accompany […]