On picking cherries

thinking about ‘difficulties’ in qualitative analysis… The month of July. In the UK, the cherries are ripening. The neighbour’s tree is wrapped in netting to protect it from the birds. The expression ‘cherry picking’ is often used as a term of derision in science and social science. It refers to how researchers may, often unconsciously, …

Along the Line

music as a legacy resource for lifelong learning The Special Issue of the Nordic Journal of Art & Researchwas published last week. It features articles from the conference on Art in Education held at OsloMet in collaboration with Kulturtanken, 28-30 August 2019. The issue is co-edited by Mildrid Bjerke, Jan Sverre Knudsen, Lise Lundh & Ragnhild …

‘In other words, hold my hand’ – intimacy in and with music

“When people get older, they don’t experience physical contact the way they used to when they were young. When I sing, I can literally feel the caress of the breath of the others close to me; I can feel us all breathing together, being close and intimate in the harmonies” (Davidson and Maddern 2012: n.p.) We love this passage from Jane Davidson and Philippa Madderns’s …

It don’t mean a thing

If it ain’t got that swing…. We’ve talked in this blog about coping with, and even creatively using, sound latency within online music. But Gary found himself actively creating further discrepancies of musical timing during online music therapy sessions at Hill House recently. That is, he found himself ‘swinging’ some of the songs. Why? What’s …

Musical events – with GIO

Our Virtual Tribe: Sustaining and Enhancing Community in Online Music Improvisation…. Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra (GIO) is friendly and accepting. Tia noticed that immediately when she began to play along with them on zoom (she is relearning an instrument – the flute – after forty years of neglect). To celebrate she tried to draw a diagram …

Stitches in Time

Weaving together music, stories, and identities In Philip Larkin’s Love Songs in Age the poet describes how each chord of music brought back, ‘the unfailing sense of being young’ … Many of us know that listening to music can evoke memories, and that sharing favourite music with others is simultaneously an opportunity for sharing those memories – …

‘The other way around’?

Do disabilities acquire people? In an essay on a project called Musical Minds, a project that was facilitated by music therapist Sarah Wilson, Gary Ansdell muses on how, ‘”communities of practice” catalyse fundamental social processes of participation, meaning-making, identity, and belonging’ (2010: 48). His essay highlights one of the bedrock features of ‘community music therapy’, namely …

Wandering Free?

Featherstone, K. and A. Northcote. Wandering the Wards: An Ethnography of Hospital Care and its Consequences for People Living With Dementia. London: Routledge. 2020. Xxii + 165pp. £77.38 (cloth) free (ebk) ISBN 978-1-350-07845-1 (cloth) ISBN 978-1-003-08733-5 (ebk) We recently read this wonderful book. Our review of it will appear soon in Sociology of Health and Illness. It …

Why do we sing?

The Hospice Choir via Zoom Keep smiling, keep shiningKnowing you can always count on me for sureThat’s what friends are for. In good times, in bad timesI’ll be on your side for evermoreThat’s what friends are for. Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager Every Wednesday evening for three years, around 70-80 people packed themselves into …