Saturday, 28 February 2015

The Script: NSWS tour



I bought tickets to see The Script on their No Sound Without Silence tour for Chloe for Christmas and it finally happened gaaaaa. I love them sooo much and haven't seen them since their #3 tour two years ago, so Thursday night was greaaaat.

They were incredible. I think they're probably my favourite band ever. They've got that special something that just stands them way above the rest for me; I think it's the soul they put into their music, and that comes out so clearly live. It was probably one of my favourite gigs I've ever been to, maybe even my favourite one. Their music really is unlike any other, and they're so passionate, and a band that really are just in it for the music. And you don't get that much, so they really are very special to me.


They opened with Paint the Town Green, which is pretty much a song about their love of Ireland, where they're from. They came out from the back of the arena, walking down the sides with lit-up green flags, parading them to the front, looking more than ready to put on a great show.



They played so many songs from the new album, like Superheroes, Hail Rain or Sunshine, No Good in Goodbye and more, as well as a number of classics, including Breakeven, Before the Worst, Nothing and Hall of Fame, and they filled up over an hour and a half with all the music they could fit in. Their B stage was so lovely as well, and they really played their hearts out in the middle of the arena, with The Man Who Can't Be Moved blowing every person in the room away. It was a surreal moment and I'll never forget it.



Their songs have so much depth and feeling within them, and I really got caught up in it, my eyes watering and my heart swelling during If You Could See Me Now. Man on a Wire also left such an incredible feeling in the room, especially with Mark explaining the background to the song.

I loved seeing how diverse the audience were. There were all kinds of people, old and young, and it was so lovely to see the music bringing everyone together. The Script are a band with something for anyone who wants to listen, and I think that's why they can attract such an array of different people who all share a real love of music.



If you never go to see any other band live, make sure you go to see The Script. They'll captivate your heart and warm your soul. They're a band like no other.


Until next time.


(I wrote a post on The Script's latest album in September last year, which they performed lots of songs from last night, so check that out here if you're interested (it's a really great album, so definitely have a listen if you haven't already)).


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Thursday, 26 February 2015

February favourites

Woo alliteration.

I thought I'd share some of my favourite things from this month with you, as it's been a few months since my last favourites post, and I figured I'd update you. Also, first favourites of the yeaaaaar woooooo.


Song: Landfill - Daughter


This song I have been listening to all month long, and thus instead of putting it as a song of the week, I thought it deserved to be put into a monthly favourites. It's so sad and so painstakingly beautiful. I think I've been feeling it a lot this month, I don't know, sometimes it's really easy to feel unwanted and it's always nice to have a song that reminds you how to feel and describes how you feel because otherwise it can become very easy to be left numb. It's just a really stunning song, and I'd recommend having a listen to it here.


Book: The Unbearable Lightness of Being


I read The Unbearable Lightness of Being at the end of January/beginning of February and I fell in love with it. The plot was interesting and covered a lot of different areas, like politics, infidelity, and so much more, but I think it was the characters that won me over. I did a book review on it earlier in the month which is linked at the book's title, so check that out if you're interested in a few more of my thoughts on it.

(have also been loving this book (it's life changing))


TV programme: Pretty Little Liars


I literally started watching Pretty Little Liars at the beginning of the month and I've already managed to get through three seasons. I remember watching a few episodes when it first came out, but I never used to really care about any TV programme that wasn't One Tree Hill (ya feel me). But I'm kind of addicted. I mean, a lot of it is kind of meh, but there's something I really like about it, although I'm not entirely sure what it is. But yeah, kind of can't really stop watching it.

Hair: Straight


(very low quality pic taken very early in the morning (ew))

I love how my hair looks when it's straight, but it takes so much time and effort to straighten it and it sucks. But, this month I've been persevering and I've had my hair straight for almost the whole month (although it likes to go wavy/curly throughout each day, but that's kind of out of my control). I feel like it kind of makes my face look nicer??? I don't know, or maybe I look a bit older with it straight? I mean, I like that sometimes the curls combined with the length make me look a little younger (well, not younger, just closer to my actual age), but I just feel better when it's straight. Although, saying that, I have noticed I've gotten a lot more unwanted (isn't it all lol) male attention when wearing my hair straight, so that kind of makes me want to leave it curly, ugh. But still, like, I wanna don a bold lip, put on a leather jacket and go take over the world like some sort of badass. I mean, I don't really know how having straight hair can make me feel like that, but it just does. And it's really annoying because up until about the age of 11/12 my hair was naturally straight, thus I'm wishing it was still so, and hadn't taken it's curly course. Oh well. I'll struggle on applying the heat.

Makeup:

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray


If you use this stuff then you're probably winning at life because your makeup will was stay flawless and you will rule the world. True story. Tried and tested: it's brilliant. If you haven't used it or don't own it then you need to because your life will improve by a solid 30%: guaranteed. It's just so good at keeping makeup in place, I honestly cannot fault it one bit. Long nights out, or even just long days (or both): completely covered. When I've sprayed it across my face I like to just pat down on my nose, the centre of my forehead and my chin, just so that it definitely sets in (those are the areas of my face that tend to become oilier throughout the day). I suppose it's on the more pricey side, falling into the higher-end makeup brands, but a £20 bottle will last you well, and the quality is more than worth the price (I think anyway (also been loving the Naked 2 palette, which I gave in and bought in December, but I feel like eyeshadow's all I ever talk about haha)).

L'Oreal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation


Initially bought this about three shades too dark because I didn't have enough hands to test it so I just compared it to the foundation I usually wear and it seemed only the tiniest bit darker. Lol. Of course, I needed the lightest shade, so I went back and bought it a few days later (will save the darker shade to mix in when summer comes around). I really love the way this looks on the skin though and so even though it was too dark to begin with it still looked pretty great. I've found that it isn't at all dewy on me, and kind of borders a little close to being drying, but I think that's more dependent on the weather/environments I've been in whilst wearing it. But I like that it seems more matte than my usual Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation, which gives much more of a dewy look. The coverage is pretty impressive, and so I haven't actually worn it that many times, just because it seems to do so much (which is great of course, but personally I don't go for the full makeup look everyday (or even most days)). Would definitely recommend trying it out though.

Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner


I think I actually bought this back in December, but my two best friends both recommended it, and I'm pretty sure Maybelline had a 3 for 2 offer on at the time, so I thought I'd give it a whirl and I love it. I usually just go for the basic, felt-tip-like eyeliners, as they've always seemed the easiest to me, and at first this one was a little difficult for me and my ever-shaking hands, but I've gotten used to it and I don't really want to use any other eyeliner anymore. It is only a tiny pot, but it lasts well as you only need a little at a time, and I find the fact that it's a gel liner really useful, as it just glides on, something that I felt Rimmel's Scandaleyes eyeliner, which I'd been using before, hadn't done so well. I think it was about £8.00 (or like £7.99 or w/e), so it's pretty good value for the quality.


Nail varnish: Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate Moss in Saturn


This is such a pretty, shimmery shade, and it's dark without being practically black, which is the colour I tend to wear on my nails. I love this nail varnish, it's the most gorgeous deep, bronze shade and it lasts so well, without even bothering with a top coat, so I have to say I'm pretty impressed. I think I bought this a few months ago too, when Rimmel had some sort of offer on, and I just think it was so worth it. It was £4.49 in Boots, so about the same price you'd pay for any Barry M nail varnish, which is usually my preferred brand. I really like the name of the colour as well, and I think it fits it so well; the other names of the varnishes in this collection are all so nice too, and it makes me kind of sad that Kate's lipsticks are only defined by number rather than having cute names (lol what it my life). But yeah, you probably kind of need this stuff in your life.


Sooooo, yeah. Those are my favourite things from this month. Another favourite that I'll probably want to add on is The Script, who I'm going to see tonight with Chloe, and I can waiiiiit. Literally, such a great band.

Until next time.


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Monday, 23 February 2015

Song of the week #16



There's a very pretty song called Vulnerable by a wonderful band called Secondhand Serenade, and I've been listening to it a lot over the past week.

I really love when the whole musicality of a song fits perfectly with its meaning. There is honestly nothing more beautiful and utterly flawless than when everything is wonderfully aligned. And this song is exactly that.

Vulnerability is something that's in some ways really lovely, but personally it's one of the worst feelings. When you feel like you could be pulled apart at any moment or feel completely neglected or attacked, sometimes it feels like the end of the world, and it's horrible. But, sometimes I think it's important to feel vulnerable, and allow yourself to feel and embrace everything around you. In all honesty, the idea of doing that usually terrifies me, as I'm someone who likes to be very much in control of their feelings and happenings. I'm kind of trying to feel more though, and to allow myself to be a little bit vulnerable at times without resenting it entirely. It's a difficult thing to try to be okay with, but sometimes when I listen to this song I think of how great it might work out (just sometimes, but still).

Mostly, this song's just been making me think about all the possibilities of stepping out of my comfort zone; it's something I hate to do, but ultimately I do actually do every single day. And so I might try to start stepping a little further out.

Until next time.


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Friday, 20 February 2015

Pros and cons of blogging

Blogging is a really fun, creative outlet, and I love it. It's something I've been doing for a year and a half now, and I kind of wish I'd gotten involved with it earlier to be honest. My blog is somewhere I can write about the things I enjoy and love doing, somewhere I'm free to say what I want. But more than anything, it's somewhere I actually kind of feel like myself.

Although there are far more pros than cons in my opinion, there are some negatives that come with blogging. Sometimes you get stuck in a bit of a rut, without any inspiration, others you're just not sure if you've got time to type out a post and go through the editing process (plus do everything else required). Sometimes things just don't go your way. But at the end of the day, it's something that ultimately makes me very happy and it's my little space on the internet where I feel really comfortable.

For me, my favourite part of blogging is probably the writing process. By day I write long and somewhat dull English essays, and by night I type up my thoughts on things I love, in a much less formatted manner, with some use of fairly poor English. It's nice to have a break from what I'd call 'writing properly' and just be able to write like myself in basic English. I'm also a lover of photography, so when I get to go out and take photos for posts, I always enjoy it; it's like having the opportunity to see the world in a different way. One of my favourite posts for photos is my Blenheim Palace post from September; I had the most wonderful day with my mum, and the late summer weather was perfect. I can't wait until we both have the time to go back together.

I really like the community as well, and the way that there always seems to be a blog post for whatever you're thinking about or wanting to know more about. Unlike the kind of 'youtube culture' that's grown, blogging is still a bit more intimate, at least that's how it's always felt to me. It's just like words exchanged between the person typing and the person reading, and it feels very personal and I really love that about it. It also feels far less daunting to me than the whole youtube thing; broadcasting videos of myself would literally be awful for me, and I can't imagine ever branching out and doing it. I don't know, with blogging I feel like I can hide behind the words I'm typing but equally I can completely be myself, but without sharing so much about me, if that makes any sense at all. Like it's not just me, it's more about what I'm saying. Whereas with youtube I think it's become far more about the individual than necessarily what they're saying. And I find a lot more comfort in hiding my face and kind of my personality behind my words, and having more of an option to choose what I'm sharing.

I don't know if that makes sense but anyway.

Music is by far my favourite thing to blog about, which is kind of strange because initially I was quite reluctant to do it. I think music is probably the thing I feel most personal about, and quite often there is so much more I could say about whatever song I'm talking about, but I want it to be more about the music than my personal experience of it. And so although I do share a few feelings of my own on certain songs, and create a vague kind of idea as to why it's important to me, I never want it to become about me; it's about the music. And there are so many songs that I would love to write about because I absolutely adore them, but I'm just not always comfortable with expressing the ways in which I love them and why, because it is so personal to me; and I suppose that's kind of a con, but it's one that I definitely cause for myself. I feel like my relationship with music is by far the most intimate thing for me. And although I love certain songs, I know that I'll never be able to find the right words. A lot of the time the lyrics say all there is to say for me. So yeah. It's important to me.

Something that is kind of both a pro and a con is that I don't blog about things that I don't like. Like if there's a few songs on an album that I don't like then I definitely won't make it a track-by-track and I just won't mention them. If there are certain issues within the world that I think badly of, but what I have to say is worth saying, or the issue itself is the negative thing and I'm discussing ways to overcome it, kind of like the post I did on rape culture, then of course, there is going to be hints of negativity, but I think that's understandable. Doing little things to try and make the world a better place can't really be viewed as negative. But sometimes everyone has times when they just aren't happy about a lot of things and a way of getting that out is blogging about it, and I'm kind of sad that I tend to deny myself of that, because I don't want my space on the internet to be fueled with anger or upset. And so usually I don't post on that kind of stuff, but it doesn't do me any favours by not getting it out of my system if you know what I mean. I think I tend to get that stuff out by reblogging posts on tumblr, so hey, there's always another way I suppose.

So, yeah, those are some thoughts I have on blogging that I've been thinking about for a while now. I actually started writing this November/December time and just wasn't sure if I was going to do anything with it. But hey, here it is I guess. Feel free to share your thoughts on blogging, I always like to know what other people are thinking about the things I mention.

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Coming Up For Air - Kodaline: album review



First album review of the year, ohhhh yeahhhhhh.

As a band, Kodaline make me think of a more alternative, rock-ier version of The Script. The music and the lyrics have the same kind of depth, just with a different overall sound. And they're also from Dublin; I think there are quite a few similarities between the two bands, but they both still have their own distinct and unique sounds.

I liked quite a few songs on Kodaline's first album, In a Perfect World, and so I was very intrigued to have a listen to their second, and see what they'd done with their sound. Overall I really like the album, and there are a some real standout tracks for me that I thought were well worth mentioning.

Of course, Honest, the lead single from the album, is a complete hit. I just love it. The slow tempo through the drumbeat at the very beginning, and the way everything crescendos up all through the first verse and hits the chorus just sounds incredible. I think the band's instrumentation was one of the things that interested me in them initially, and I feel like they've upped their game even more for this album. The lyrics are great in this song too, they're full of meaning and can have a real impact if you listen closely; they're lyrics that make you think. The acoustic version is also ever so pretty.

The One is so, so pretty. The piano at the beginning won me over instantly, it sounds so stunning, and I think it's probably the instrument that best compliments Steve's voice. It's just a really beautiful, calming song, and definitely one of my favourites on the album.

Unclear is a total anthem; it's so soulful, and I just really get into it, and end up a little sad when it ends. But the diminuendo at the end works amazing, like it fades to and end so gracefully and beautifully, and I really can't get over it, it's incredible.

Another favourite is Coming Alive. It's so upbeat, and it just puts me in a good mood. The drums set the song at the perfect tempo, and when the electric guitar really hits up the chorus it literally feels insane (or, as the song says, 'it feels so good and it feels so right'). This is possibly my favourite song on the whole album; I cannot get enough of it.

The acoustic guitar that opens Better is maybe the prettiest thing I've ever heard, and the way Steve's voice sounds with is it so perfect ugh. I think I like the lyrics in this song even more than I like the instrumentation though, which is a lot. I might have to take back what I said about Coming Alive being my favourite, because I really feel this one in every single way possible. If you don't listen to any of the other songs on this album, then just make sure you hear this one, because it is so beautiful.

Although, you should really listen to Everything Works Out in the End as well. I mean, it's stunning. The piano is at the heart all throughout, with vocals following and surrounding it beautifully. And the lyrics are really nice to hear too; some of them are ever so sad, but it's kind of more about hoping for better, and so it makes sense that sad things are pointed out along the way to when 'everything works out'.

There are quite a few really great, what you could call 'low maintenance' songs on this album, and another one of those is War. The piano and vocals have a kind of eerie effect, especially the haunting backing vocals. This song is just incredible, I literally can't find any other words for it. I think it would sound amazing live with a crowd singing along.


Coming Up For Air was released on Monday 9th February, and has since gone on to reach number 4 in the UK album charts. I really like the others song on the album as well (the instrumentation in Love Will Set You Free is sensational), but these were the tracks that stood out to me the most. I would highly recommend having a listen to the album if you haven't, as there's pretty much something for everyone on it. I also think that the songs would sound amazing live, so I'll be seeing if I can get to a show in the near future.

The album is available on iTunes here.

Until next time.


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Monday, 16 February 2015

Song of the week #15


(listen/watch here)

This song probably could've been song of the week for the past four weeks (true), as I've been listening to it since the 12th January, when All Time Low announced their upcoming album, Future Hearts, and released Something's Gotta Give as the leading single on the same day.

I just love it. I love the band, love the song, love the instrumentation, love the lyrics, love the video. It's all great. The song is so true to the band's sound, with their strong pop/punk vibe all throughout and I've seen so many people talking about how much they love it on twitter, all in great anticipation for the album, much like myself.

The video is really fun, with lead singer, Alex, dressed comically as a box of fries, initially seeming to be going around hugging people, much to the odd dismay of a girl. However it turns out he's actually a zombie and is biting people rather than hugging them, which would obviously be a lot more horrific. I love the sfx makeup; it looks so good on the whole band.

Some of my favourite lyrics are 'filling up the empty space, I've been here way too long', 'I'm a cliche in a song, and everybody's singing along' and 'I'm dying to live, something's gotta give'. I think the 'dying to live' part is more about wanting to actually live for yourself, and live your own way, rather than the whole being turned into a zombie thing, but I think the video is a cool literal interpretation.

All Time Low's upcoming album, Future Hearts, is due for release on 6th April, and I'm really looking forward to hearing all the other songs they've been working on.

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Friday, 13 February 2015

Book review: The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera

I read a book that I don't have to read for my course omg revolutionary.

It was really good, I really liked it.

A few different people have recommended this online, so I thought I'd give it a go, and I enjoyed reading. Where I usually can't find the time to do 'recreational' reading, something I wanted to do thus year was make time, and so I managed to read Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being in just a week. I got gripped on the story line quite easily and just wanted to carry on reading. Have also found a really great section of the library that's usually pretty much empty and having somewhere nice to read always make me want to read more.


The plot follows the characters Tomas, Tereza, Sabina and Franz through their lives and unfolds all of the complications they face. It's kind of about love, but equally it's very ambivalent and isn't about love at all. Each character is very different but with tiny similarities that seem to help the novel flow.

Initially I didn't really like Sabina, but I came to find quite a few similarities between her and myself, and the same with Franz. With Sabina what made me dislike her was that she was knowingly sleeping with men who had partners, and she was doing it completely without remorse, and Franz because he was cheating on his wife. But there are certain things about each character that you learn as you get further into the book, as initially the focus is on Tomas and Tereza. However, soon Sabina and Franz's characters are explored much more within the text and I grew to really like the both of them. I think the disliking was just due to the way in which they were introduced to the texts, and first impressions are as important as people often say they are. But once you learn more, you've got a lot more to consider about the individuals.

Sabina wants to rebel, for the sake of herself rather than anything else. She wants to do what she wants and I feel the same; people always think that when someone is against something they have something against other people as well, but really it's kind of an inner struggle that nobody else will ever understand. And she wants to feel free, the same as me. I long to travel the world, and after I've been stuck in the same place for a while I always feel the need for movement, even if I'm only going twenty miles from where I started. It's nice to move, and this quote reminds me why: 'In the mind of a woman for whom no place is home the thought of an end to all flight is unbearable'.

And Franz is just a good person. I know the cheating on his wife bit doesn't sound good, but to be fair his wife is awful, and he ends up being honest with her about it and she's a total bitch about it anyway, so it's good riddance in the end. I just really relate to him, especially the line 'Franz's weakness is called goodness'. Because mine is too. And it's probably the worst kind of weakness you can get (I mean, obviously I have others but being nice is by far the one that causes me the most pain in the long run). His love of music is also, of course, something I'm very familiar with; 'He considered music a liberating force: it liberated him from loneliness, introversion, the dust of the library; it opened the door of his body and allowed his soul to step out into the world to make friends' is one of my favourite quotes.


Some other quotes that I love from the novel are:

'He realized that not knowing what he wanted was actually quite natural.'

'We live everything as it comes, without warning.'

'Tomas came to this conclusion: making love with a woman and sleeping with a woman are two separate passions, not merely different but opposite. Love does not make itself felt in the desire for copulation (a desire that extends to an infinite number of women) but in the desire for shared sleep (a desire limited to one woman).'

'She now knew there were conditions under which she could feel strong and fulfilled, and she longed to go off into the world and seek those conditions somewhere else.'

'In Tereza's eyes, books were the emblems of a secret brotherhood. For she had but a single weapon against the world of crudity surrounding her: the books'.

'But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave.'

'A man who loses his privacy loses everything.'

'The goals we pursue are always veiled ...The thing that gives our every move its meaning is always totally unknown to us.'

'Ideas can save lives.'

'We can be divided into four categories according to the kind of look we wish to live under... And finally there is the fourth category, the rarest, the category of people who live in the imaginary eyes of those who are not present. They are the dreamers.'

I would definitely recommend The Unbearable Lightness of Being, to anyone who cares about something, because I think overall that's the universal characteristic of the four protagonists. It's worth the read, and it's now one of my favourite books.

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

R. M. Drake

R. M. Drake is a Miami based author, with some very beautiful words. He's written a couple of books which are available through his etsy shop. I'm yet to read them, however he posts a lot of his quotes on his instagram, rmdrk, and I really love reading them.

I feel like the way he expresses certain things really resonates with me, and makes sense of a lot of things despite the words being something a complication due to his use of metaphors. But it just makes sense to me, and so I thought I'd share some of my favourite quotes of his.

















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Monday, 9 February 2015

Song of the week #14


(listen/watch here)

I've been on and off trains all weekend, and most of the time I've been listening to Team by Lorde.

I really like Lorde's style and her sense of musicality, and yet I don't think I've listened to more than a handful of songs by her, so I'm going to be all over her on spotify in the coming weeks. But yeah, I really like Team; I really like the lyrics actually, they're probably my favourite part of the song as a whole. And I just like how her voice is so unique and distinctive.

Team was released as a single in 2013, along with Lorde's album, Pure Heroine. She rose to heightened fame when she released Royals in June 2013, and has since continued to grow and grow in popularity, well deservingly. I love how what she's doing sounds so different to the majority of other music that makes its way into the charts; it's very refreshing and kind of inspiring.

I actually only came across this song by seeing a cover of it, which crept into my 'what to watch' section on youtube, which was really beautiful and I fell in love with the song. You can check that out here, if you'd like; it's by Aleisha McDonald and her brother, and I really like her cover of Say Something by A Great Big World as well, so maybe check that one out too.

'I'm kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air' and 'we live in cities you'll never see on screen' are my favourite lines, and I really feel them.

Until next time.


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Thursday, 5 February 2015

People who inspire me


I've been thinking about what inspires me recently, and usually it tends to be certain people. And so I thought I would share with you what they've taught me or helped me with.

In terms of female role models, Angelina Jolie is really up there for me. I think she is a very graceful, elegant woman, and yet not at all one who would be pushed around. She is strong, and she is her own person, and she is someone who I aspire to be like. She juggles many projects, involving acting, charity work and more, along with her family, and she does it so flawlessly. She's so accepting of everyone, and I think she is incredible. Angelina inspires me to be strong, and to not care what people say of me, but to focus on what I say of myself. I recently did a little post on Angelina which you can find here.


I find quite a lot of inspiration within books, and thus, it's the authors who write them that inspire me. Certain phrases often catch my eye and really make me think about what they're saying; a few phrases have the power to make me actually feel something, and create some sort of connection between their words and my life. And in a lot of cases, there's a stand out quote that makes me aspire to something greater. A few of these are:

'Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' - To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

'It is so hard to leave - until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.' - Paper Towns, John Green

'Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.' - 1984, George Orwell.

'She always wanted to believe in things.' - Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro.

'But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave.' - The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera.


Music is very important to me, and thus the musicians and songwriters who compile the songs are people who I really admire. The way that they can turn a feeling into a sound, and find all the right words to surround it, is something I've always found rather magical. There's a song for everything. And each song has the ability to inspire me in a different way.

My parents are wonderful. At times, of course, we don't always see eye to eye, but at the end of the day, they will support my decisions, and they will never allow my fears to stop me from doing something I really want to do. But at the same time, they've never pushed me too far (I won't let them, to be honest), and if I'm certain that I don't want to do something, they respect it. My mum is one of the kindest women I have ever known, and I feel so privileged to call her Mum (although most of the time I do usually just call her Ann). She has made a lot of stuff happen for me, either by encouraging me or by holding my hand along the way. I don't think I'd have left home if it wasn't for her knowing I'd be perfectly fine on my own. And my dad has this incredible, unbelievable faith in me, that I cannot even begin to explain, because I don't altogether understand it. He thinks I can do anything, and believes I will do all kinds of great things (he's never actually told me this, but he's told Mum, who's told me); and although we aren't as close as some, I know that he's always got my back, and I've got his. I got pretty lucky with the parents I have. They believe in me so much that I kind of believe in me too sometimes.


My great aunt is a very kind lady, who offers a lot to me. She trusts that my hard work will take me to all sorts of wonderful places, and therefore she only inspires me to work harder, and to put my heart and soul into what I'm doing. Because otherwise, what's it really worth? If you don't give everything your all, then what if you could've gone further, or done better? I don't want to have any regrets caused by not trying hard enough. And she inspires me to keep on trying, no matter what.

Last but definitely not least, my A Level media teacher, Mr Chatora, was a blessing. I had never studied any form of media before A Level, and so I kind of went in blind, but he was constantly supportive and always offering extra resources to help. He was by far the most encouraging teacher I have ever had, so much so that I actually believed I could do what I was doing for once. And I ended up with an A*, so clearly his guidance not just helped me, but inspired me to push just that bit further, and do better than I ever could've imagined I was capable of.


Who inspires you? Is it the words of family members or friends, or perhaps people a little bit further afield?

Until next time.


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Monday, 2 February 2015

Song of the week #13


How did time move so fast that it's already February what.

Anyway, new month, new favourite song of the moment.

I've loved Ugly On the Inside by The Maine for so long, but I've been listening to it loads this past week. I think it has something to do with the fact that I'm not really into people because a hell of a lot of them are seemingly ugly on the inside, and I do not have time for them and their toxicity. Ya feel me.

I really like the electric guitar on the intro, and the way that the first verse starts with a ballad-like sound. And I think it kind of is a ballad; it's meaningful with great lyrics, and it's not too heavy. Like the perfect rock ballad, but a bit more upbeat than most. I love the rock vibe and how it's sustained all throughout, without distracting from the meaning of the song, but rather helping to emphasise it.

The lyrics are perfect. I don't think I can fault them at all. I think they put across the message very clearly and without room for misinterpretation. Some of my favourites are 'it's safe to say you've lost control', 'pretend you hear, pretend you care, this hollow trend, it's in the air, these deceptions that you wanted will eat you from the inside', 'if I called you up it was just to say, stay away'; and of course, 'you can change your face but it's a waste of time, 'cause it don't change the fact that you're ugly on the inside.' I don't know, maybe it seems mean to some people, but it sounds nothing but honest in most cases I can think of that relate to the song. It makes a lot of sense. And I feel like everyone probably knows at least one person who they could apply this song to.

Do you like The Maine? What's your favourite song by them?

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