When writing any tune, you have to ask yourself a lot of questions. Questions like: “Is this going to add anything worthwhile to the already overflowing pool of recorded music?”, “What do all these buttons do?” and “Should I have a chicken or a ham sandwich for lunch?” But of all the possible questions the most important one is surely “Will my gran like this?” If the answer is “Yes,” then not only do you need to start completely from scratch, but you also need to take a long hard look in the mirror and think about exactly what the hell you think you’re doing with your life. Bruno, I will happily supply the mirror.
- The centenary of Ronald Reagan's birth was celebrated last week. Was he really a champion of he political Right as historians now claim?
- Read the opening pages of Roger Ebert's memoir Life Itself which is out tomorrow. Ebert is arguably the world's most famous movie critic. He now uses a facilitated communication device after developing cancer in his larynx five years ago
- Read the National Press Club Address of Mark Scott, the ABC's Managing Director. He speaks on the challenges that face Australia's National Broadcaster.
- Jay Rosen is the foremost academic on political journalism. Here he talks to Philip Adams about trends in political coverage both in Australia and worldwide
- Below you will find a gorgeous cover of Lior performing Radiohead's No Surprises. I am seeing him on Saturday night in Brisbane. Expect a full gig review on these pages soon after.