Saturday, 13 July 2013

Scottish Cultural History as Illustrated by Musical Song Collections: CILIP LIHG visit

Whittaker Library visited by CILIP's Library and Information History Group

On Friday 12th July, 2013, I spoke about nearly all my 'True Imaginary Friends' in under an hour.  We hosted visitors from the CILIP Library and Information History Group, and - for the first time ever - I had just about every significant title from my PhD assembled along one long table.  I stood and looked, somewhat stunned, at the number of titles I intended to talk about in 45 minutes.  Would I do it?

Yes!  And I believe a good time was had by all.  My 'True Imaginary Friends' were handed round the group with due reverence as I talked.  

I took a different approach to my subject this time.   Realising that my audience would not be musicologists first and foremost, but book historians, I linked each collection back to the literary work that had either influenced it directly, or was typical of a genre that had been influential upon our Scottish song collectors.  

Thus, I mentioned Macpherson and Ossian, Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, William Tytler, Sydney Morgan and The Wild Irish Girl, Sir Walter Scott and his Antiquary, James Hogg and the Confessions of a Justified Sinner.  You didn't think they had much to do with Scottish songs?  Think again, dear reader, think again!

There wasn't a PowerPoint, so I can't share the slides online, but the talk is available via my pages.  Click here.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Whoa! Excessive Writing Alert

 I was flushed with success when my Musical Times article was followed only a week later by the publication of my article on the Maclean-Clephanes of Torloisk, in the International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music.  (This is a Croatian journal, but mercifully published in English.)  Nothing breeds success like success, so ...

I wrote an article for a librarianship magazine over the weekend, and finished off my cello quartet.  Since then - apart from going to work and the usual family domesticities - I've finished formatting the cello quartet, uploaded it to SoundCloud, sent out two more articles to online journals and written a piece about my copy of Ritson's Scotish Songs, for submission to another online website.

All this was, admittedly, a bit tiring.  But all would have been well if I'd been allowed a decent night's sleep last night.  That didn't happen, so today has been somewhat surreal as a consequence.

When will I learn to pace myself?  

I still have a talk to polish for Friday, and then substantial article revision and two encyclopedia articles to do this summer.  Oh, and work on the saxophone quartet to make it more suitable for sax choir.  That's going to be fun, but I won't start until I'm actually on holiday leave, to ensure I have enough time to do it justice.