Posts in Category: songwriting

Flipboard feature: Scientist, Musician, Magmaker

flipbaordFlipboard is my favourite app discovery of 2013. To be honest, I’ve spent more time on Candy Crush but can’t claim that has been a greatly enriching experience!. Flipboard, however, has been both useful and enjoyable. Basically it allows me to access and collect information from across the web and store it in a visually appealing magazine format, incredibly quickly and easily. I ‘subscribe’ to several online streams and magazines made by other flipboard users. I’ve also ‘created’ a number of private and public magazines (created – simply means I ‘flip’ online articles and links under a specific title – it takes a few minutes to ‘create’ a magazine).

I first started using Flipboard to store information about my upcoming album ‘Can’t Clip My Wings’ that I needed to be accessible to other people involved. I then started storing posts about medical and genetic advances that I wanted to be able to look at again. This magazine ‘Modern Medicine’ has proved quite popular with other Flipboard users with >1400 people now subscribing to it. This has made me feel a little more inclined to keep it uptodate, which I suppose is no bad thing! My third public magazine, ‘Inspiring Women’ is my own favourite. The tagline is ‘Women that inspire for anyone in need of inspiration’ and in it I collect posts about remarkable women from any walk of life who are making things happen. You can look any of these magazines here.

Then, rather amazingly, amongst the 5 million user magazines Flipboard chose my ‘Modern Medicine’ magazine as one of the 75 magazines they loved most and did an article about me, which you can read here.

The other Flipboard MagsWeLove2013 are here.

As you can tell, I’m Flipboard fan, and recommend it to you all as a fun, useful, beautiful way of reading online.

UK Songwriting Contest 2013

songwriter-contest-pageOn a whim, and because it is so easy – just need to send a link to your soundcloud page – I entered some songs to the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest. I was so happy, and surprised, that my songs Lost Cause and The Time Travelling Wife reached the finals. I encourage you to check out the artists that won, certainly some future stars amongst them.

My finalist songs can be heard on the player below. Both will be on my forthcoming album Hidden in Plain Sight. The Time Travelling Wife, which is my homage to the great jazz torch songs, is also featured on my Jazz EP, My Funny Valentine.

Any songwriters reading this – enter some songs next year. What’s the worst that can happen?

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