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27
Jun

What do you say to someone who wants a career in music? It’s not easy. Just yesterday, I was chatting to a smart young guy who is about to embark on a music degree. He’s certainly got talent and bucket-loads of optimism to go with it. I really do wish…

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25
Jun

On Sunday I took my daughter to see the live percussion troupe Stomp. It was a great show; the last one we’ll see before leaving Singapore. Also, it was our last visit to Marina Bay Sands and the trip home will probably be our last MRT ride. When you are…

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24
Jun

This is my last full week in the studio here in Singapore. So I wanted to give you an update on my album, You Can’t Deny What’s Inside. There’s been plenty going on, some of it unexpected, so here goes. The Haze Decides My goal with You Can’t Deny What’s…

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22
Jun

There’s a great dramatic moment in the film Now You See Me, when one of the characters, a magician accused of theft, suggests his police interrogators are not up to the task of solving the crime. The magician pulls an amazing trick, throwing the handcuffs that seemed to be restraining…

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20
Jun

Have you ever tried going back to the gym or playing a sport after a long break and felt a real sense of pain later, or the day afterwards. I’ve certainly had that experience, being sore in muscles I’d forgot I had. In the worst cases, the soreness can last…

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12
Jun

I’m pretty much closed for business in Singapore. Between now and when the removalists come to pack up The Sugar Shack, my studio here, I will only be doing my regular The Society For Film podcasts and finishing off my album, You Can’t Deny What’s Inside. So, this will be…

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11
Jun

In the past few weeks I’ve been fighting an emotion we seldom talk openly about these days, perhaps because it is so unfashionable and misunderstood in our current cultural moment. It really hit me after coming home from my last visit to Japan and announcing my upcoming move to Tokyo….

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3
Jun

Last week I posted a review of this year’s MusicMatters conference. Now, it’s time to focus on the live showcase, which this year was bigger than ever. MusicMattersLive took over the main square and six venues in Clarke Quay for three nights of original live music, featuring bands from Asia,…

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29
May

Yesterday, the Media Development Authority announced radical new measures that could have a major impact on digital and online communications here in Singapore. The proposal is aimed at regulating online news sites, requiring them to obtain a license, put up a SG$50,000 (U$39,400) bond and commit to take down within…

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28
May

Last week we had the MusicMatters conference here in Singapore. Actually, the conference has grown so big, it now goes by the name of AllThatMatters and this year there were five main components, MusicMatters, MusicMattersLive, the MusicMatters Academy, DigitalMatters and the newly added YouTubeFanfest. I won’t bore you with numbers,…

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