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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Every home should have...

I was talking to an RAF officer with a lot of experience of organising receptions in Whitehall. He'd learned through bitter experience that the only musicians you could trust to keep the volume level of their performance down far enough for conversation to take place were harpists. The kora, which Toumani Diabaté plays, is a kind of harp and it has the same quality of rippling gentleness. I keep this album, "New Ancient Strings", on my desk and I play it a lot, usually in the early mornings. It soothes the soul, as they say in the gospel songs. Regardless of your personal taste, I recommend you should buy it and keep it at hand. It will make an important contribution to your equilibrium.