Friday 21 August 1998
First record bought:
A SEVEN-INCH on sea-blue vinyl which my parents are keeping for me. It's a collection of Maori folk tales set to music, telling such tales as "Whale Gods and Tani" and "King of the Forest". I lived in New Zealand as a child and our dog, a collie, was called Tani. She's dead now, and the record reminds me of her.
Last record bought:
A pounds 4.49 COMPILATION of Arvo Part's works. It is a collection of his simplest and most powerful compositions. This has very simple piano refrains and use of voices. He is an Estonian composer for which I can find no comparison, except maybe Gregorian chants, but more beautiful. It reminds me of silence, of being away from cities and totally alone.
Babybird's album `There's Something Going On' is released on 24 August.
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Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
- 4 Queen's first tweet: Reply telling Her Majesty to 'f*** off' broadcast on BBC News
- 5 #AskNigelFarage: Twitter starts hilarious Q&A for Ukip leader
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Fury, film review: Brad Pitt stars in visceral and brutally ugly drama that reminds us war is hell
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Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts
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