I am a lover of popular classical music, and I adore listening to Classic FM first thing in the morning when I wake up, last thing at night, in the car to keep me calm and also on my iPhone when travelling on the train (something I do twice a week from Birmingham to London to work at QVC).
And there’s a wonderful piece of music that I retreat to whenever I need clarity in my mind, whenever I need to relax and ask my brain to let go of stresses for a little while. There was a time that I’d listen to it occasionally, but it seems that I listen to it more often than not. It’s almost every day now, and what a magical piece of music it is, played by world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.
Here it is – a gentle, lilting, slightly melancholic piece composed by French composer, Erik Satie in the late 19th Century – Gnossiennes No 1.
He’s a fascinating guy, who set up his own music foundation to try and assist young talented musicians from poorer backgrounds who show promise for a musical career. I scooted around YouTube to see if there was anything else of his that I could find to actually see him in action, instead of just hearing him.
Here he was on The One Show last September (starts at 2:37)…
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Is there a favourite piece of music that you like to listen to? That helps ease your mind? Makes you particularly happy? Has the capacity to help you get through a tough day? Let me know what that is – I’d love to listen to it!
As well as working at QVC this Wednesday and Sunday I’m squeezing in a quick trip up to Aberdeenshire this week. I can’t believe it’s come around so quickly because it’s a trip to visit the people who own and run the infamous Brewdog Brewery. I say ‘infamous’ because they are classed as quite a rebellious brewery with super powerful beers, packed with flavour (some might say too much, and too strong), with a cheeky attitude in terms of their beer bottle labels too.
And in the last two years they’ve expanded at a rate of knots opening Brewdog Bars which are interesting places, with fabulous bar food, a great selection of beers and well trained men and women behind the bar to help with your beer choice. Those bars have really changed the way that beer is being seen and served, for the better I think. Although there’s nothing wrong with old, traditional carpeted pubs. See my pic of my local Brewdog Birmingham and you can see how unusual it might look compared to a classic British boozer.
I’ve been a beer writer for five years now, I’m one of the few women in the UK who’s a qualified Beer Sommelier (in other words, someone who’s taken exams about beer to reinforce their expert knowledge), who writes about beer and enthuses about how it’s a great low alcohol alternative for women. To that end, Brewdog have invited me to visit them for the last three years now, but because of work commitments I’ve not been able to get there.
So like I said, I can’t wait. I believe there’s a small group of us going up, and we’re due to have dinner all together, as well as a tour of where they brew all their beers. It’s going to be an exciting trip – am I bonkers to get excited about going to visit a brewery??
Where to see me on QVC…
Wednesday 13th May 9am – The Morning Show
Wednesday 13th May 12pm – Fashion by Together
Sunday 17th May 7pm – Dresses by Tiana B
Sunday 17th May 10pm – Diamonds
Sunday 17th May 11pm – Isaac Mizrahi Live!
Wednesday 20th May 9am – The Morning Show
Wednesday 20th May 10am – Casual & Co
Wednesday 20th May 12pm – Hairdo by HAIRUWEAR
Thursday 21st May 9am – The Morning Show
Thursday 21st May 10am – Artscapes Fashion
Thursday 21st May 12pm – Laura Geller Make-up