Entries by Chris

Improvising Life

I love to improvise on the piano. To play by feel, however I want. No rules, just make it up as I go along. It's the ultimate in musical self-expression.

Yet the first time I was asked to improvise by our school jazz band leader, I was amazed. I didn't see how it could be done. Up until then I'd been a diligent music student, learning all the rules, Read more [...]

Even The Stars Have Unlived Lives.

Hugh Laurie is best known to his millions of fans as the lead in the hit television show House.

Until recently fewer people realised he is also an extremely accomplished musician.

We sometimes glimpsed this side of him when House played guitar or piano on the show. In fact throughout Hugh's career there have been moments when his musical ability Read more [...]

How A Simple Question Can Reconnect You With Your Dreams

For me, Music & Luggage started with a question. And that question wasn’t actually about music at all, it was about change.

Like so many people I’d been stuck in a rut for a long time. Travelling to an office every day to sit behind a desk, only to go home, go to bed, then get up the next day and do it all over again.

Sound familiar?
So Read more [...]