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A few weeks ago there was an article in The New Yorker about the French pianist Hélène Grimaud. In the interview she talks about how she practises in her head away from the piano, and that for a recent recording she had to play the pieces through just a few times at the instrument, and she was ready to go. The journalist, evidently dazzled by this, reported that her preparation for the recording session ‘only took about twenty minutes’ with Grimaud leaving for dinner saying nonchalantly, ‘Let’s keep it fresh for tomorrow.’

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Hands up if you’ve ever made or received a mixtape. Keep your hand up if it was for/from someone you fancied. Keep it up if it worked.

If you’ve still got your hand up (figuratively, at least) then I guarantee that you’ll be able to name at least one song from that mixtape, if not the entire tracklisting.

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