How Music Works


An amazing series of videos from BBC 4 grouped together by Maria Popova  at Brain Pickings >>>.

I could hardly imagine life without music, it would be flat, lifeless almost. But how well do we understand music, why it does what it does and the other way around.

How well do we understand its emotional hold on our brains?How Music Works, a fascinating program from BBC4 (the same folks who brought us The End of God?: A Horizon Guide to Science and Religion), explores just that.

Composer Howard Goodall takes us on a journey into music’s underbelly, examining the four basic elements that make it work: Melody, rhythm, harmony and bass.

Go check it out here >>> sit back and relax, and learn more about music in this fantastic series of videos.

A Personal Message from Ian Wishart: “Breaking the Silence, The Kahui case”


Is it not a bit over the top that a social media protest could lead to a book being banned from the stores?  Yet that is exactly what has happened to “Breaking the Silence” the latest book of investigative journalist and best selling author Ian Wishart.

Republished with permission from Ian Wishart.

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM IAN WISHART
“BREAKING SILENCE: THE KAHUI CASE”

 As you may be well aware, I have written a book on the Kahui twins case called “BREAKING SILENCE”. Its release is now imminent, but I cannot give you an exact date for obvious reasons.

(to read today’s special news release and some extracts, visit http://briefingroom.typepad.com/the_briefing_room/2011/07/breaking-silence-news-release.html)

Normally we alert our customers well in advance of publication so they can get a guaranteed pre-order, but we didn’t because at that stage the Inquest was still holding hearings.

Unfortunately, we were required to give bookshops a month’s notice in advance of the new title, and one of those shops told a journalist at TVNZ and the rest, as they say, is history.

The end result is that major bookstores have chosen to ban this book from their shelves in response to a hastily organised internet protest and misinformation campaign organised via Facebook. It is not hard to see why when you see messages threatening to burn bookstores down.

YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND ABOUT THIS BOOK.

Some of you reading this have known and read my work dating right back to The Paradise Conspiracy on the Winebox frauds, 16 years ago. Most of you will be familiar with the kind of investigative work I do and my meticulous attention to detail. This book is no different. It does not “exonerate” or wipe clean Macsyna King’s past, instead it paints a very grim picture of lives far worse than Alan Duff’s Once Were Warriors. It shows you, by following Macsyna King and Chris Kahui’s life journeys, how intergenerational child abuse can manifest.

It also contains fresh information on the case, which I have now formally provided to Counsel Assisting the Coronial Inquest.

Most bookshops are not stocking this book, and to get it you will need to buy direct from our website, http://www.investigatemagazine.com/newshop/contents/en-us/d21.html

 The “answers” that the Facebook protestors claim to want are in BREAKING SILENCE, yet by their actions they have prevented ordinary New Zealanders from easily exercising their right to read this book – you cannot just walk into your nearest PaperPlus, Take Note, Warehouse or other retailer and buy this book.

We are printing $20,000 worth of books and giving them away in low decile areas, as a way of making them more accessible to those who can’t afford them. A portion of the proceeds will also go to charity. These initiatives were planned before Christmas when we began this project, and are not a response to the publicity. But for all these things to happen we actually need people to buy the book, and read it, discuss it with their friends and family.

We need your support, more than ever, to break through this boycott and make sure the information in this book is heard.  The revelations in BREAKING SILENCE are too important to be brushed under the carpet because of an ill-conceived Facebook protest.

Again, the website for a guaranteed pre-order is  http://www.investigatemagazine.com/newshop/contents/en-us/d21.html

FINALLY, have a look at what media commentators have said about BREAKING SILENCE:

“I am curious to read Macsyna’s story. In my work I have read the stories of men and women who have killed children, although admittedly not in a book published by a seasoned journalist. Usually court transcripts and other official reports and the most interesting have always been when the accused themselves ‘find their voice’.”  – Merepeka Raukawa-Tait

“At the risk of becoming the second most hated woman in the country, I will say that when Breaking Silence: The Kahui Case is published, I intend to buy it and read it. I, for one, want to hear what the Kahui twins’ mother Macsyna King has to say. Why would I not?

To suggest, as some in the media have, that Wishart should have turned his back on the chance to gain some insight into a case that, five years down the track, continues to generate such strong public interest and emotion, is frankly hypocritical. Telling stories in the hope of illuminating an issue is what we do. I would have done the same thing in his place.

“I’m inclined to the old-fashioned view that you need to read a book before you can decide if it’s rubbish. There’s a chance we might actually learn something, which I would have thought would be a good thing given our horrifying child abuse statistics” – Tapu Misa, NZ Herald

“Boycotting the Macsyna King book sets a dangerous precedent…Information, written and spoken, is vital for us to understand our society. We learn nothing about how to stop or reduce child abuse by not listening to what Macsyna King has to say. We can make our own decision as to whether we agree with her or not, Trying to ban this book is equivalent to burying our problems like a dog’s bone – saving them up for later. We should man-up and face them head on.

“We should read the book before we judge it – and then voice our own criticism.” – James Murray, TV3

“As the wilder reaches of the boycott campaign site reveal – allegedly extending even to death threats against Ms King – it can also be a rallying point for the angry mob who seem to derive self-worth and importance by seeing their own often strident and often barely coherent views validated in ‘print’. In this milieu, indignation and gossip tend to be the currency of the day. Gut reactions and rumours spread like wildfire. Facts and measured logical response matter little.” – Otago Daily Times

“I think he’s got an ulterior motive in writing this book and I do believe it’s to tell New Zealanders to get them to understand what actually happens in these families. I need to read it just as other New Zealanders need to read it because this is a major problem in our country.” – Christine Rankin

“Banning books is an extreme step that seems more in keeping with the Middle Ages when churches and the state controlled the public mind with fire and torture.” – Nelson Mail

“They become censors. Who, I suspect, haven’t read the book yet. What’s next to be pulled from the shelf because 40,000 people join a social media protest?” – Ashburton Guardian

Please support our efforts to get this book well and truly into the public domain by purchasing a copy, http://www.investigatemagazine.com/newshop/contents/en-us/d21.html

(You can also post a cheque if you prefer for $38.99 to

HATM Magazines Ltd
PO Box 188
Kaukapakapa 0843
AUCKLAND

With major chains refusing to stock it, however, the only way this story will be told is with your direct support. If each of you reading this buys a copy, and you find it informative and important, as we believe you will, then your reviews to others, your comments on talkback or in letters to papers, will help form a critical mass that gets this book back into bookstores. If you think this book is rubbish after you’ve read it, you are free to say that as well. I will take it on the chin.

All I ask is that you give this book – labelled by one critic as the most controversial book in NZ history – a fair chance. Read it, then judge it, then judge me.

Thanks,

Ian Wishart, Friday 22 July 2011

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Now go and order your copy.

Photo Journal: Take a boy out shooting (pictures), introducing Tom Dierckx



Earlier this week I took one of my three beautiful son’s out to go and shoot pictures. If you ask this determined six year old what he wants to become, he’ll tell you that he wants “to be an “artist” when he grows up. He said it when he was four years old and he so far maintains this passion including the endless production that comes with being a six year old. As I have seen him trying to get a hold of my camera, I handed him my old one (Fuji Finepix A900 that needs to be put on the heater before the zoom works) and asked him if he wanted to go for a drive to shoot pictures.

Sure, where do you want to go?

I’ll let you decide that but whatever happens it will include a visit to our newly discovered UNA bakery.

On the way to the bakery he told me he wanted to go into town, earthquake struck as it may be, that’s where he wanted to go and shoot pictures. I will have to say, it was actually quite an inspiration to me as well. In the midst of all the devastation kids pick up on entirely different things.

During our almost two and a half hour walk through town I he took many pictures (as I did but that is for another post) and I would like to share some of them here in this slideshow  below.

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What an amazingly rewarding afternoon and introducing Tom Dierckx, the Little Renaissance Man.

The Book of Books, a history of the King James Bible


The Book of Books: The Radical Impact of the King James Bible 1611-2011The King James Bible has often been called the Book of Books both in itself and in what it stands for. Since its publication in 1611 it has been the best selling book in the world, and many believe, had the greatest impact. The King James Bible has spread the Protestant faith. It has also been the greatest influence on the enrichment of the English language and its literature. It has been the Bible of wars from the British Civil War in the seventeenth century to the American Civil War two centuries later and it has been carried into battle in innumerable conflicts since then. Its influence on social movements – particularly involving women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – and politics was profound. It was crucial to the growth of democracy. It was integral to the abolition of slavery and it defined attitudes to modern science, education and sex. As THE ADVENTURE OF ENGLISH explored the history of our language, so THE BOOK OF BOOKS reveals the extraordinary and still-felt impact of a work created 400 years ago.

Review

This is a book written by a novelist at heart that is pretty clear. It is great to read so eloquently separated the history and development of the King James Bible and the role of Christianity itself as well as its impact and influence on our Western culture and language.  I love it how this non-fiction historic account of the King James Bible grabs you, if only because of the way the story is told, as if you were reading a novel.

What an amazing job Melvin Bragg did.

The Book of Books: The Radical Impact of the King James Bible 1611-2011>>>

Photo Journal: Maruia Falls Revisited


Last month I wrote a blog post with the title “Water” which covered amongst others the fountain in Hagley Park in Christchurch, the Pupu Springs, the Wanui Falls, and, the Maruia Falls. I remember well how we were there that time in June and I wished that I had a camera that could zoom in more. My then Fuji Finepix A900 allowed for 3x optical zoom and I had never been that impressed with the digital zoom option. Now I had my birthday present, a Fuji Finepix S4000 with me which allows for 30x optical zoom. It is not easy to keep it still but you get used to it and it was amazing just to look through the view finder and close up in itself.

To see the sheer power of the water coming down in large quantities.

What an amazing sight and sound for that matter (Just thinking we may need to go back now to film it).

Maybe it is me but I just like a little child, in awe with God‘s creation. And while I was in awe, my eye caught this little bird that apparently was not half as impressed as I was as it was flying around dangerously close to the thundering down water. Or perhaps he was more aware or conscious than I how much “His eye is on the sparrow” indeed.

All in all it felt like a renewed introduction to these beautiful falls that formed the perfect stop for the boys: spectacular sights and heaps of rocks to throw in the (thundering) water.

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More to follow in my flickr photostream

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Dave Dobbyn: The Songbook


Dave Dobbyn: The Songbook Today I picked up a copy of Dave Dobbyn, The Songbook: A collection of Dave Dobbyn songs in a hard cover book. But… not just the other songbook.

The Book is divided in two halves; the first half contains a short story detailing the background of each song from Dobbyn, along with photographs and the lyrics. The second half of the book holds the scores for piano and guitar for every song. Dave Dobbyn: The Songbook is a beautifiul and innovative songbook, and in its dedication to the actual music, a tribute to one of New Zealand’s best known artists.

More about it can be found by clicking on the picture.

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CJ’s Musicworks alive and kicking


I don’t about you, but for me, I like to have my local music store where I can go down if I need picks, strings, fast fret or to ask as stupid question. And heck yes after by now thirty years of playing guitar I still have plenty of them. I like going to Charlie Jemmett at CJ’s Musicworks.


Additionally, I am picky on my guitar shops as I do not like it when Ibanez, my favorite brand is not adequately represented in a store. CJ’s has had a tough ride since the February earthquake but they have been back up on their feet reasonably quickly. In fact it was thanks to Charlie that I got to think about how the earthquake had its good aspects as well. As a result of the damage and mess CJ’s has changed their layout and looks more spacious.

If it had not been for the earthquake we would probably never have come around redoing the floor plan. It’s just too busy all the time.

I k now that a lot of people do not particularly want to go into town but for those that make music: this is the time to go out get over yourself and support your local music store. Situated right next to the SouthCity Mall parking lot on Colombo Street, Charlie and his colleagues at Musicworks look  forward to seeing you. 

As for our fellow guitarists: there is a mouthwatering collection of new Ibanez stock in. At least go and check that out, they are beautiful.

CJ’s Musicworks

CJ’s MusicWorks Christchurch at 569 Colombo Street is run by active musicians who, collectively have the widest knowledge of musical equipment you’ll find anywhere. With a huge range of instruments from drums to Grand Pianos this Christchurch store has something for everyone. Giving the best possible customer service is the ultimate aim and this shop has longstanding customers who come back because of the service and product knowledge, which is second to none.

And oh yes they are also on Facebook.