August 2016 Blog Posts (2)

A generation for positive narrative in Iraq

If you’ve ever dug into the comparative mythology of the Hero’s Journey, first brought to light by Joseph Campbell in “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”, you’ll know that something deep, unspoken exists in all of us, raring to get out, tear us apart, stitch us back together and return us to life forever changed. UPBEAT is the story of how a very unlikely group of young Iraqis and their friends put themselves though such a mill to forge a national youth orchestra for Iraq.

 

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Added by Paul MacAlindin on August 3, 2016 at 4:59pm — No Comments

TRUE GRIT

Sitting on a bed in an Iraqi hotel room in 2009, waiting for my first radio interview about the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, I picked up the phone to a BBC Radio Scotland reporter who informed me he’d barely woken up and was nursing his first cup of coffee.  Just to spite me for getting him into the studio so early, his opening salvo went:

 

“So, most people would think this is a pretty strange career move, wouldn’t they?” I burst out laughing and told him how honoured I…

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Added by Paul MacAlindin on August 3, 2016 at 4:51pm — No Comments

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