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Spinning Girl

Spinning Girl

Music is always at the forefront of my mind and when I was asked if I would like to contribute on a post to talk about that very subject, I jumped at the opportunity. Being a creative person who loved to tread the boards, I was always up on stage performing in one musical production or another when I was younger. Music soon became my go-to arena in many ways, there was singing lessons (I’m pretty sure I sent a video off to join a certain girl band back in the mid 90's) and lots of dancing. I grew up...

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The Power of Protest in Music Today - Music Declares an Emergency. By Grace Gillan

The Power of Protest in Music Today - Music Declares an Emergency. By Grace Gillan

I have been invited to write a little about the power of protest through music, my experiences as a musician and activist and what can be done right now to encourage our industry to evolve into a more benevolent creature that honours the needs of a world facing environmental and societal collapse. Since the dawn of humanity music has been one of our most raw and provocative means of expression, be it a war cry or a lullaby, a love song or lament. What defines humanity? The qualities that make us human, love, compassion and creativity. When the first bone...

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Music and wellbeing

Music and wellbeing

Rosie Mead is a Music Sociologist finishing her PhD at the University of Exeter. You can find her on Instagram - @iamrosiemead I think it might be fair to say that if you’re reading this blog, you’re an active music listener. By this I mean that you listen to music probably on a daily basis, you have regular conversations around music, you might be a musician, music is a part of your life. But have you ever thought about how music affects your wellbeing? It’s something I hadn’t thought of until I was in the last year of my Music...

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Bucket lists

Road trips, no matter where, are a source of great enjoyment. When I say road trip, I don’t mean an hours drive looking for somewhere to have a picnic with the kids but a destination that includes certain stop off points for historical or culture significance.   Every year my best friend Rob and I take a trip to God’s own country, Yorkshire. Actually, as a 40 year old, is it acceptable to still refer to someone as a best friend? It’s fine as a kid but somehow, as an adult it doesn’t sit well. Either way, he’s a great friend. In fact, he’s more of a slightly older...

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Competition time....

AV Online Competition

Competition time....

We have partnered up with AV Online to giveaway one of their brand-new and eye-catching wooden headphone stands (worth £49.99) to one of our lucky customers that orders a vinyl from our Wax and Beans online store until the 2nd December.  We are happy to support AV Online, a fellow Lancashire business and an online specialist in turntables, audio-equipment and Hi-Fi accessories from all of the leading brands. A new home for your headphones could soon be yours! We made this draw on the evening of December 16th. Thanks to everyone that placed an order and continues to support Wax and...

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