Mark Edward Smith (1957 – 2018)

I keep saying it but it’s true: still shocked. On the cusp of becoming a national treasure, he left us.


MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and Carrauntoohil

I am hoping to see this in the summer. Just need to find a hiking companion.

Debussy 200

In December I bought myself an early Christmas present in the form of The Complete Piano Music of Debussy & Ravel, recorded by Walter Gieseking in 1953 and 1954. Watch out in March when Debussy 200 explodes! Wistful impressionist or radical who revolutionized music? He said: “I am trying to do ‘something different’…what the imbeciles call ‘impressionism’, a term which is as poorly used as possible, particularly by the critics.”