It’s 1988 – I’m a student in London, spending my life traipsing around W1: Regents Street, New Cavendish Street, Marylebone Road – all major arteries that take you to the center of the West End. There was something electric about living in the middle of the City – the short walk down Tottenham Court Road to Oxford Street and beyond to Trafalgar Square – the mix of tourists, business people and crazed shoppers jostling for space and bumping you into oncoming double decker buses.
A few years later and I’m still in the West End, working for a firm in Bedford Square – getting out at Tottenham Court Road Tube Station and staring up at the landmark which is Centre Point. Knowing all the happy hours of the bars in a 1 mile radius so we could drink for half price all night.
It’s 1999 and I’m back in the City, still in the West End, though this time I’m a property owner with a flat on Abbey Road “commuting” to Baker Street. I’m still enthralled with the energy – though my time there was coming to an end, London, and most particularly the West End, still holds a huge place in my soul.
It was serendipity to meet a fellow Londoner on Focusmate – and a DJ at that. It wasn’t long before we got chatting and before you knew it – a playlist was being made. While it’s a mixture of old and new, classics and obscure indie tracks – my Simian partner always seemed to know where I was coming from. Thank You 🙂 Dedicate this one to Central London!
Playlist Image Photograph by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net).
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The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the Dark Forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top, they would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.
As a psychology graduate I studied how sound affects human performance.
As a musician I compose instrumental music that stimulates your brain but doesn't mess with your language centers, leaving you free to be creative and brilliant without distraction.
As a curator I research how music can improve your life and create flow - I can tell you what music to listen to when studying for a test and why listening to sad music can make you feel better.
As a creator / contributor at musicto I’m part of a global creator community that collaborates through music. You can learn more about our community here.