Patronizing the musical arts with an iPod Touch


Went down to the Gardeners Arms on Thursday night to patronize the arts. The acts playing at this low-key, semi-acoustic musical evening in the back room were Ben, Stornoway and Jont Whittington (the custodian of the whole Unlit acoustic evening). What happens is Jont roams around, putting on shows in the living rooms (or in the this case, the back room of a pub) of people who sign up on the Web. Read about it at the BBC Radio 2 site.

I had my mobile phone and my iPod Touch at the ready. You can see one a couple of the photos I took in this post. During the performances, as I sat on the bar billiards table a the side of the room, I made some notes using the new Notes application for the Touch.

I admit, I was a little peeved to have to pay £12.99 to download Apple’s January update…but I gotta say the notes app is very good. When I got home, I emailed the note to myself and you can see the results here:

Jon T. Slightly earnest but still not bad really.
Ben is Folds-esque sometimes. The Dressing Up song is fun. So is the
Living Legend one. Self aware.

The new Stornoway stuff sounds good. Actually, I can’t even begin to
put into words how good I think they are in general.

The Jont Peace song is a bit Manu Chao in its cadence at the start. His CD is
called Supernatural. Also reminds me of Jason Anderson at Freuds a
while back…complete with audience participation.

Very high standard, low key night with an appreciative audience of
about fifty people.

Sent from my iPod Touch

I’m getting pretty good at typing with the Touch’s keyboard.

I never wanted an iPod before the Touch came out. It is living up to its promise. Music is ironically one of the things I use the least…wifi rocks, multitouch rocks, Safari is nice, video on boring train journeys a boon. Mail looks promising…Contacts and iCal are pretty good too. I could live without the Weather and Youtube apps…as for the Stocks app…meh.

I really am becoming quite Mac-ified these days…my Touch and my Macbook at home and also a newly acquired Macbook at work as well. Back in the OS 7-9 days, I used Macs quite a bit at university on the newspaper and also the defunct fanzine that I helped to run. Later, I used a Mac with my left hand and a Windows machine with my right for (differing) work purposes but had a bit of a hiatus from Mac computing for several years, since leaving Australia.

Anyhow, musn’t forget to get a ticket for Stornoway’s next gig at the Jacqueline du Pre Music Room on the 26th with the rather good The Epstein , North Sea Radio Orchestra and Stuti Mehta.

The next Stornoway gig

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One thought on “Patronizing the musical arts with an iPod Touch

  1. […] video I’ve bigged up my friends’ Stornoway a few times on this site, here, here, here, here, here, and […]

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