I am temporarily on hold while kind people search for my missing blood platelets, or more precisely the cause of the little stickies’ demise. “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown!”

So, why not read my first novel, Stolen Hours, instead:



Meanwhile, a second (I won’t say ‘last’ because that would be manipulative) novel is currently (DC or AC?) being generated by steroids, sleep-deprivation and a cross-circuited (un)consciousness. It’s (possibly – too early to know) a pensioner’s coming-of-age story. Please seek medical advice, if you want to try this yourself.


Qigong for Musicians

Qigong exercises support emotional balance, cognition and general health. The benefits can be applied to musicianship, performance, creativity, physical and mental well-being. Make these exercises part of your daily instrumental and vocal practice.



Why Qigong and not Tai Chi?

Qigong & Playing the Saxophone



Musicians and mental health

Only when I experienced a period of clinical depression during middle age did I realise that my father had suffered from it throughout his life. But he never sought help and so was not the only one who suffered, as a consequence.

Well done Jordan Stephens and all those in the public eye who draw attention to these issues. Musicians serve an important role in dealing with these challenges, both personally and professionally.


While I prefer to aim for ‘engaged enthusiasm’, rather than some vague notion of happiness, there’s much to be admired about this John Lennon quote, especially in an age of so much pressure on the young to be high achievers in terms of other people’s expectations of them.

Lennon happy


7 out of 10 musicians suffer with mental health problems

musicians and mental health stigma

creativity and mental health