A musical update: September 2015

Random musical update!

I’ve got an apparently unusual talent in that I can transcribe tunes; if I can sing something, then I can pick out those notes on the piano. I find it a lot harder with chords, although I’m slowly learning how to do it (which usually involves experimentation and swearing on the piano). But when Jay twigged that I could do this, I got presented with a list of things that he doesn’t have guitar chords for and “Kate! Halp!”. I really should remember to not volunteer for stuff in future…

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been catching up on my to-do list and working my way through the songs. I can transcribe the tune, so Jay just gets a page of lyrics with “A    D    E-D-E    A-G#    E” under it – but hey, it apparently works! I’ve got a few more to do to finish the list, mostly Celldweller and BT, but I’m pleased with what I’ve done so far.

If you haven’t come across Life On Planet 9, by the way, go and have a listen.

The second musical thing I’ve been doing is re-learning some piano music on the Chapel Yamaha at work. I first learned The Quiet American when I was 18 on my then-boyfriend’s piano above a pub. I managed to leave the music there and only got the sheet music again last year when searching for something else.

Chapel of St Mary and St PaulThe music’s beautiful, and I’m enjoying re-learning it. By the way…this is where I get to play. How amazing is it?!

And the third musical thing is new music that I’m getting hold of. I’ve just got my hands on Positive Songs for Negative People by Frank Turner, and on the 12th October I’ll finally get my hands on Electronic Opus by BT. I’ve been looking forward to this for months and the updates have been irritatingly good, so I’m really going to enjoy the full album.

As a side note – Frank Turner is amazing for keeping you awake in the car (try singing Photosynthesis VERY VERY LOUDLY) and Blue Stahli’s self-titled is really good to write to. Just sayin’.

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Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.