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20 Ways to improve your life

composer
2007
author of text
texts based on small ads and spam email

 
20 Ways to improve your life was written for The Clerks, at the suggestion of their director, Edward Wickham. For some time Edward had been talking to me about the possibility of a 21st Century answer to the ‘Cries of London’ of the early 1600s and one day in February 2007, sitting on a Northern Line train and scanning the small ads in a discarded copy of the London Lite free-sheet, I realised that I was looking at the beginning of that answer. ‘Don’t talk, just listen’ was the first to be written, on 2nd April, and over the next months I gathered many more texts, small ads, spam email and billboard slogans; the piece was finished on 25th September 2007.

20 Ways to improve your life is dedicated to Edward Wickham and was first heard in part in an open rehearsal at St Ethelburga’s, London on 28th September 2007 and then on The Verb (BBC Radio 3, 19th October 2007). The premiere was given by The Clerks in Shoreditch Parish Church, London, as part of the Spitalfields Festival on 14th June 2008.

from notes by Christopher Fox © 2008

Recordings

Don't talk - just listen!
SIGCD174Download only

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No 01: Don't talk, just listen  Listen
Track 9 on SIGCD174 [0'09] Download only
No 02: I am an expert in relationships
Track 10 on SIGCD174 [0'27] Download only
No 03: Massage, medication
Track 11 on SIGCD174 [0'54] Download only
No 04: Launch your career
Track 12 on SIGCD174 [0'21] Download only
No 05: Look good, feel great
Track 13 on SIGCD174 [0'17] Download only
No 06: I am fast
Track 14 on SIGCD174 [0'15] Download only
No 07: Reliable, efficient
Track 15 on SIGCD174 [0'24] Download only
No 08: Rise to the challenge
Track 16 on SIGCD174 [0'29] Download only
No 09: Give your sperm a life  Are you bright
Track 17 on SIGCD174 [0'20] Download only
No 10: I am a specialist in weight loss
Track 18 on SIGCD174 [0'40] Download only
No 11: Out on the open road
Track 19 on SIGCD174 [0'17] Download only
No 12: Don't run low  Run fast
Track 20 on SIGCD174 [0'20] Download only
No 13: Be an egg donor
Track 21 on SIGCD174 [0'23] Download only
No 14: Please to not betray
Track 22 on SIGCD174 [0'46] Download only
No 15: Royal from day one  Put on your crown and robe
Track 23 on SIGCD174 [0'17] Download only
No 16: I am woman
Track 24 on SIGCD174 [0'35] Download only
No 17: Vocal ensemble for hire
Track 25 on SIGCD174 [0'33] Download only
No 18: Proactive, professional
Track 26 on SIGCD174 [0'32] Download only
No 19: Mature composer seeks work
Track 27 on SIGCD174 [0'27] Download only
No 20: Guarantee  Claims which may arise
Track 28 on SIGCD174 [0'36] Download only

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