About Musical Rooms:
Musical Rooms started out in November 2007 over on my other blog, Sigla. It came about because I’ve always been fascinated with the spaces that people choose to be creative in. Whether that’s scribbling in a notebook on the bus or locking yourself away in a little annex of your home in a bid to find your muse, creative spaces fascinate me. Another contributing factor to my curiosity is the fact that there’s a recording studio at the end of our garden, a place where many people’s ideas have been brought to life. Why do we choose the spaces we do to tap into our creativity? Why do some people need the inspiration of a view, while others find a window distracting? Are these spaces only frequented at night, and are they somewhere musicians escape to with clockwork discipline or only when inspired? So to get some answers, I thought I’d start a series asking musicians about the spaces they work in. The result is the Musical Rooms blog.
Sinéad Gleeson is a journalist, radio contributor and occasional TV pundit. She reviews music for The Ticket in The Irish Times and her work regularly features in the Evening Herald, The Sunday Business Post, The Irish Daily Mail and State Magazine. Previously she has written for U Magazine, Food and Wine, Village, Foggy Notions, Capital, RTE.ie and various websites. Formerly the editor of online arts and politics magazine Sigla, she is also a co-founder of the book site Bibliofemme. She loves music, film, books, writing, her dog Disco Fred and is a lifelong Manchester United fan. Her biggest ambition is to own a xylophone and start that book she keeps threatening to write. As of June 2007, she is juggling work and motherhood.
The Sigla Blog won Best Arts and Culture Blog at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Irish Blog Awards. It was also shortlisted for Best Music Blog at the 2007 Irish Blog Awards.