Introducing The All New Mellor Band Classification System

Last week, I started sharing some thoughts about live music, and the importance of practising. Rocket science it was not. Today, I want to delve a bit deeper, giving both challenges and encouragement. To kick things off, I have crafted a hugely deficient classification of all live bands in the world, placing them neatly into…

Looking Deeper Into Film: Embrace Of The Serpent

There’s a bunch of critically acclaimed films that have gone under many of our radars. In response I started gathering a few friends on occasions to watch a movie with me and then spend time afterwards arguing whether it merits the praise. Our last film was Ciro Guerra’s ‘Embrace of the Serpent’. Embrace of the Serpent…

Artists’ Art of 2016

So Christmas is behind us and we are mere days from 2017 and a chance to finally put this strange old year to bed. Now, whatever else you can say about 2016, it has certainly been a year of artistic endeavour and productivity. Therefore, I waited till everyone had got their Facebook top 10s out of…

So, What Do You Think Of My Work?

I realise that creatives come from every degree of the personality spectrum. Regardless of our temperament, our level of self-belief, our raw talent, our techniques or our oratory skills, as artists it feels risky and vulnerable asking people to talk about or evaluate our work. You might well have issues or misgivings about one of…

Catalyst4TheWorkplace Day: We’re running the arts stream

On Saturday 8th October, Catalyst are hosting a Catalyst4TheWorkplace Day and we’re delighted to be hosting the arts stream. For a good portion of the day, we’re going to simply spend time getting to meet other professionals in the arts from (but not exclusively from) Catalyst churches and learning from the expertise of some guys with…

Family film nights that shape your children’s worldview!

A couple of weeks ago, Jem (my wife) and I went to a PechaKucha night in Birmingham. PechaKucha is a simple presentation format where different speakers show 20 images each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and they talk along to the images, meaning that everyone keeps it concise and to the point. The…

Lamentation: Should Heaven Know I’m Miserable Now?

Probably 40-50% of the songs, raps and poems I’ve written are melancholic. My 2002 album ‘Gondwanaland’ with Michaelis Constant has the theme of lamentation running through the whole album. Like many of you, I also connect deeply with other people’s melancholia expressed in songs, poems, classical compositions and raps. These engage a hidden, vulnerable part…