“I take sounds in the air and use them. I write music that people will enjoy singing. I’m not ashamed of that. I am a magpie. I think composers are divided into two types. There are explorers whose destiny is to discover new sounds, and I think there are those like me who are very happy to use all the sounds and ideas that are there and to make a personal synthesis of them. And so I don’t think I’ve trodden new paths, I’m afraid. But people do tell me that my music sounds like me.” John Rutter
I’ve wanted to start a blog for a while, as a place to collect my thoughts and to share them with friends and family – particularly my children. What has stopped me from doing so is the certain knowledge that I have nothing inherently original to say. By definition, everything I find interesting comes from something I’ve read or heard.
And then I came upon John Rutter’s liberating comment about synthesis. That’s exactly what this blog is about – an attempt at an authentic personal synthesis of what I find interesting. I trust that the thousands of posts that will hopefully follow this one will all “sound like me”.