Saturday, 9 November 2013

University whaaaaaaaat

I'm currently in the process of applying for university.
And I'm not sure if the laughter is because I'm terrified or just slightly concerned that the future is happening right now and I was expecting a little more time before all this crept up on me.

I've gone to lots of different open days in the past year, however most of them were completely pointless as the week before my section of ucas was due in for my school... I changed my mind on which course I was going to do.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. Yeah this is real life kids.

Having previously decided I'd apply for a media industry based course, I've actually applied to study English and I'm not even that sure why. I'm good at the subject but I haven't enjoyed it for the past year or so, so I'm hoping my previous love will come back *crosses fingers, toes, arms, legs... anything that can be crossed*

My references are currently being written and so my application will be sent off very, very soon. I think the thing I'm most worried about is getting no offers at all, just because I'd feel pretty crap then, wouldn't I.

If anyone else is currently going through the uni application struggle feel free to let me know so we can sigh at life together.

Until next time.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Lawson: Everywhere We Go Tour

Last night I went up to Birmingham to see Lawson. They comprise of lead singer/guitarist Andy Brown, lead guitarist/backing vocalist Joel Peat, bassist/backing vocalist Ryan Fletcher and drummer Adam Pitts. I've seen them three times now and it's safe to say they are definitely one of my favourite bands to see live. The gig was at the O2 academy which is a really nice venue, and I preferred it to the HMV Institute where I saw them back in March. The first time I saw Lawson was March 2012 when they supported The Wanted on their arena tour and I've loved them ever since basically!

There were two support acts, one of which also supported Lawson when they toured earlier this year and who I wasn't a fan of then and I still haven't been one over after seeing them for the second time. However, the first support act to come on I did actually really like. They were a band called Paighton and I was really pleasantly surprised by them. They're a classic pop/country/rock hybrid band of four members, Andy, Joe, Dave and Pete. Their songs were great, my personal favourite being 'Keep it Alive' which I loved and they got the crowd involved with. I've been listening to the few tracks of theirs that are on YouTube all of today and I honestly cannot get enough. And as if their music wasn't good enough, they're easy on the eyes as well. I'm listening to 'Somebody' as I write this.

Now, Lawson, Lawson, Lawson.
Honestly, they are so underrated. I am still baffled as to how they haven't gotten a number one yet, because the music is flawless and they put so much effort in to it. Some of the most deserving people.
The tour is titled the 'Everywhere We Go Tour,' named after one of the songs ('Everywhere You Go') on their debut album 'Chapman Square.' It's one of my favourite of their songs and so I was definitely expecting great things, and they did not disappoint.

They opened with their newest single 'Juliet' which is slightly different to the other songs they've released, but in a good way. It got the crowd up and going and in anticipation of what would come next.

They played two new songs from their upcoming album, which a kind of extended version of 'Chapman Square' and called 'Chapman Square Chapter II.' The first of these was called 'Love Locked Out' and I absolutely adored it. It's got a retro feel to it which I utterly love and it's just smooth, real music. The other was called 'Parachute.' It didn't disappoint either. It was much more dramatic and seemed a lot more serious in contrast with 'Love Locked Out' but still so good.

A song called 'Die For You' is one of my favourites to hear live, mainly for the guitar solo from Joel. It. Is. Insane.

They did a little acoustic of a song called 'Stolen' which was beautiful, but they also mixed in a couple of other album tracks to make it a short medley, which I thought was really creative and generally just nice to hear.

Towards the end they covered 'This Is What It Feels Like' by Armin van Buuren. It just got the crowd even more involved, and for the people who didn't really know much of Lawson's music it was a good way to get them more interested with a song that's been in the charts recently.

The penultimate song was 'Everywhere You Go' which is just beautiful and ballad-like but they can still manage to make it feel like an anthem.

And finally, my favourite Lawson song, and the one that hooked me on them to start with: 'Standing in the Dark.' It's just stunning and I feel like it'll be a timeless classic for me. The voices of all the people in the audience singing the lyrics is something I find really magical with this song in particular and I feel like it just has an effect like no other.

Overall, the night was completely wonderful. I greatly look forward to the next time I can see them and to the release of their next album. Lawson are a band who really show what talent that works hard can do and I can but wish them the most brilliant of success in the future.

Until next time.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Music favourites

Helloooooo again :)

Okay so I am a big lover of most types of music and I'll usually listen to anything. However, one of my main music loves is soul music. I am a massive fan of all the old Motown hits and soul and Rhythm & Blues. Stevie Wonder is basically my hero and I could listen to his music all day everyday for the rest of my life. I also love the likes of Boyz II Men and John Legend.

I'm not really sure how I got into this kind of music to begin with, as my Dad very much likes old school rock music and my Mum's into all things pop-y. I think one day, a long time ago, I just heard a Stevie song on the radio and resultantly looked him up and got listening to all his stuff and then other artists branched off from there. I don't really know what it is about the genre but I was just hocked from then on; the happy songs, sad ones, anything: I love it all.

I think Stevie Wonder in particular is one of the most inspirational musicians, as, if you weren't aware, he's blind. This is just something that I feel could help other people with similar disabilities getting into making their own music, or showing off and polishing another talent, as generally speaking, you don't see many people who do have disabilities of any form making music or in films or just involved with the entertainment industry at all. And I definitely think it's something that should be encouraged.

Another of my music favourites comes in the form of someone who actually looks like a supermodel: Pixie Lott. I have been a fan of Pixie since her first single came out back in 2009 and from then on she's continued to make some of the most incredible songs. She's even worked with Stevie Wonder and John Legend, and both of those songs are definitely two of my favourites. She's very recently finished writing her third album and I'm looking forward to hearing it especially, as it has a different vibe to the pop sound of her first two albums, and she's gone for more of a Motown sound.

I'm also going to go and be very classic teenage girl and state that I'm also a big fan of The Wanted and Lawson (oh surprise surprise). When it comes to The Wanted I think I'm definitely much more into the ballads and prefer a lot of their album tracks to the singles they've released, but generally they do just make feel good kind of music and it's nice to hear. Lawson on the other hand have a LOT of songs about heartbreak (bless Andy Brown's little heart), but they present the lyrics in a more rock-y kind of way and I think that you couldn't really put them specifically into the category of pop.

Last but not least, I'm going to mention The Script. The Script don't really fit easily into any genre of music, but I'd call them a combination of folk, soul, rock, rap and a bit of pop. I think their music is just so diverse and there is literally something for everyone. I find their lyrics particularly impressive as they make up their phrases in really unique ways and songs like 'Exit Wounds' have a way of whacking you in the face like, wow.

I'm going to leave a few of my favourite tracks by each of these artists below, and I hope you liked this!

Stevie Wonder:
If You Really Love Me
We Can Work it Out

Boyz II Men:
A Song for Mama
End of the Road
4 Seasons of Loneliness

John Legend:
All of Me
Coming Home
Everybody Knows
Ordinary People
This Time

Pixie Lott:
Band Aid
Catching Snowflakes
Mama Do
Stevie On the Radio (featuring Stevie Wonder on harmonica)
We Just Go On
You Win (featuring John Legend on Piano

The Wanted:
All Time Low
Gold Forever
Heart Vacancy
Last to Know
Personal Soldier

Are You Ready
Die For You
Everywhere You Go
Runs Around 
Standing in the Dark
Taking Over Me

The Script:
Good Ol' Days
If You See Kay

That's a much longer list than I intended for it to be and I had to restrain myself from adding more haha! Hopefully you might like some of these too :)
Until next time.

Friday, 30 August 2013

The zoo and rhinos

Now, I'm not sure about anyone else, but I'm a massive child at heart. And so when my parents said they wanted to take me, my eighteen year old sister and fifteen year old brother to the zoo, it's safe to say we jumped at the opportunity. And so yesterday we made the trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, somewhere we visited when we were very young children and loved to pieces. It's not a massively long drive from where we live, and so it was easy to make a day of.

We saw all of the animals and had a picnic lunch in the sunshine. The sun was in and out throughout the day, but being in England, what's anyone really to expect?!

I, personally, am a huge rhino fan, and they are definitely my favourite animal. They're beautiful and usually very calm; so when people assume that they're big and mean and dangerous I can't help but be rather annoyed and feel like they're being completely misunderstood.

Cotswold Wildlife Park has four white rhinos, called Monty, Nancy, Ruby, and a two-month-old calf called Astrid. She is the first rhino to have ever been born at the park. In terms of breeding, it's wonderful progress for the white rhino, especially in zoos, but the fact that it's having to be done in captivity is quite sad, what with knowing that there's very, very little chance the animals could ever be returned to the wild.

A major thing about rhinos is that they are seriously endangered. There are now only around 29,000 rhinos left in the wild in the WHOLE world. This is largely due to unnecessary poaching for their horns. This is very upsetting, as only about a hundred years ago there were 500,000. That decrease over only a hundred years is ridiculous and unacceptable. Rhino horns are considered very important in China, as they are used for traditional Chinese medicine. However, is has been proved that the horns have NO noticeable impact to the medicine, thus creating a placebo effect where those taking it only think that it's making them better. So not only is the poaching utterly shocking, but there are also no benefits whatsoever from killing the rhinos for their horns. Is this not completely morally and generally wrong?! I think it's shocking and seriously needs to have a stop put to it.

This is something that I find truly heartbreaking. Human beings seem to think that just because they're supposedly the superior species, they can do what they like to all others. Clearly our brains don't work half as well as they're meant to if some people think that killing animals without seriously good reasoning could ever be right.

I'll leave you with a couple of my favourite photos I took of the rhinos at the park. Until next time.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

*Awkward first blog post*

Hi there... So I'm not really sure what made me think this could potentially be a good idea, but we'll see how it goes, I guess.

My name is Abbie, not Abigail or anything fancy like that, just simply Abbie (good name choice, Dad; it's not as bad as I used to think it was). And because the internet thinks that my name is incorrectly spelt, I've just added it to the dictionary - well, not the actual dictionary, the dictionary which is connected to my computer, or something like that, maybe (do they even put names in the dictionary? I don't think so...).

I've been reading through quite a few blogs recently, and the thing I found that I liked most about them was the diversity. Like, you could basically write about anything you'd like to and there's no set rules on how to word anything or real limits on what you could say. Freedom of speech probably sums that up, but I don't know, it seems like more than that in my head (in my head, she says; oh dear). Basically, I thought, I quite like writing as a thing to do (hobby), and I don't really have anything to write that might possibly seem purposeful, and so the blog idea came about (because that obviously makes loads of sense). I've tried keeping a diary, and although it might be rather humourous to look back at in so many years' time, I have a feeling it probably won't actually amount to much. In other words, I hardly ever write in it, and when I do it's just complete mumbo-jungo (that should definitely be a thing). So, yeah, I've come to the internet to broadcast my nonsense views and just say things about... things. This is going really well.

I think keeping this fairly short will probably be the best idea for now, so I'll wrap things up. Basically, you might hear (hear as you read in your head - if anyone reads this at all) from me again soon, or potentially, like the whole diary thing I have going on, you might not hear from me for five months, or maybe ever again. But if I come up with anything I feel needs to be shared with the world - whether the world likes that or not - I suppose I'll come here.

So, erm, until next time.