“We all have songs that are so wrapped around our lives that they stop being just songs and become something else. Something more integral to us, like extra DNA…” Miranda Sawyer, Journalist and Broadcaster

‘It was a secret network. It was how you made friends, how you met girls, and how you soundtracked your world’. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop – Bob Stanley, author and musician

“Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It can take you right back…to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.” Aretha Franklin

 

If you’re anything like us, you’ll still remember the first record you ever bought. Music has probably been the soundtrack to all the major events in your life ever since. It also connects us to other people; a social experience in which nearly everyone shares!

Music on My Mind is a project designed to encourage positive discussion around men’s mental health through the shared enjoyment of popular music. Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Our monthly Record Club is inspired by the growth of album listening clubs such as ‘Classic Album Sundays’. The meetings are a friendly and informal opportunity listen to a classic album on vinyl, before discussing the record together, find out more below. Record Club is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, Norwich Theatre and the 12th Man Campaign.

You can also check out our series of podcasts where we chatted with guests like David Hepworth and Jon Robb, discuss their careers and what music means to them, and explore the extraordinary power of music to connect all of us.

 

Record Club

A new monthly meeting where we’ll enjoy a classic album on vinyl, before discussing the record together.

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MOMM Podcast

Take a listen to our Music On My Mind podcasts, chatting to a range of guests about the power of music.

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Record Club

Come along to our new Record Club, where each month we’ll enjoy a classic album on vinyl, before discussing the record together.

Inspired by the growth of album listening clubs such as ‘Classic Album Sundays’, Record Club is similar to how book and film clubs operate, except of course that it in this case it revolves (pun intended) around close listening and escaping the tyranny of the shuffle button.

Album choices are suggested and agreed ahead of each meeting and then each month we’ll gather to enjoy and discuss a classic album played in full, on vinyl, on a quality sound system with minimal distractions.

Meetings will be led by our Director Guy Martin and after a short introduction, we’ll drop the needle onto track one and savour the first side of the record. At the end of side one we can take a few minutes to share any initial reactions before turning the record over. When the album finishes, we’ll encourage people to grab a tea or a coffee before we reconvene to discuss the merits of the album whilst having a listen to any other relevant songs along the way.

Music is something that is close to all our hearts, and we positively encourage lively debate at our meetings, whilst keeping meetings relaxed, friendly and welcoming for everyone.

So, if all this sounds like music to your ears, we look forward to seeing you at our next session!

Record Club is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, Norwich Theatre and the 12th Man Campaign.

Meetings start on Friday 20 May at 2.30pm at The Playroom, Norwich Theatre Playhouse, with meetings continuing on the third Friday of each month. All are welcome. Feel free to turn up on the day or drop us a line to find out more at info@reelconnections.co.uk

Upcoming meetings

Friday 20 May, 2.30pm: Album – INNERVISIONS by Stevie Wonder (1973)

Friday 17 June, 2.30pm: Album TBC

Friday 15 July, 2.30pm: Album TBC

All meetings take place at The Playroom, Norwich Theatre Playhouse, 42-58 St Georges St, Norwich NR3 1AB. Click here for directions.

Safety and Accessibility

Building access – The Playroom and the rest of the building is accessible in all public areas and on stage to people using wheelchairs and those with mobility difficulties. Toilets – Accessible toilets are both inside and on the bar terrace.

COVID Secure Measures

  • Air purifiers are operational in front of house areas and in The Playroom throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitiser units will be available throughout the venue.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result do please stay at home.

MOMM Podcasts

Welcome to the Music On My Mind podcast series! We chatted to a variety of guests working in and around music, from broadcasting and writing, to music journalism and psychology. Talking about their careers and what music means to them, and exploring the extraordinary power of music to connect us.

Podcast no.1  Author Richard Balls talks with Stuart Hobday and Guy Martin about Shane MacGowan and the Pogues, Ian Dury, and Stiff Records.

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Podcast no.2 Our second episode features musician and journalist John Robb in conversation with hosts Stuart Hobday and Guy Martin. The discussion covers everything from the emergence of punk to the power of music journalism and the contemporary music industry.

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Podcast no.3 This month Stuart and Guy are joined by music psychologist Victoria Williamson to discuss the power of music and the amazing ways it can physically reshape our brains…

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Podcast no.4 – This month Stuart and Guy are joined from sunny California by author, presenter and journalist Andrew Smith. We look at how music has continually inspired Andrew’s work, through his time as a music journalist and writer.

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Podcast no.5

For our fifth podcast we were pleased to be joined by author and broadcaster David Hepworth. We chat about his new book, his popular Word in Your Ear podcasts and videocasts, the ways technology has shaped the way we consume and identify with music and the perils of buying records after the pub.

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