Monday, 30 March 2015

Song of the week #21



Listening to HAIM makes me feel very spring/summery. And I've been listening to them all month trying to usher in the nicer weather, however unfortunately not to much avail. But, their music has put me in a more upbeat mood, especially the song If I Could Change Your Mind. I mean, you could pretty much call this a song of the month, as I've listened to it probably everyday, but it's gotten me through the last week of term rather nicely, so I thought I'd do a little post on it.

I really love Haim's sound, and how it's kind of retro but equally feels very modern at the same time. The band could be defined as pop-rock, but definitely with some strong 70s influences. It's the sort of sound that somehow manages to instantly put me in a good mood no matter what, and that's always something I'd like to hear. I think the lyrics and instrumentation work really well together, encompassing the perfect sound for the song.

The song was released on Haim's debut album Days Are Gone in 2013, and further released as their fifth single in March 2014. I would recommend having a listen if you'd like to, as it's just a really great song (and it's pretty fun to dance around your room to).

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

McBusted MEAT tour


My flatmate, Briony, and I went to see McBusted last night as a little end of semester treat and they were fun.

I saw them last year in London at the O2 arena, which I did a post on here; last time I went with my best friends from home, Charlie, Chloe and Jess and it was wonderful. This time, Briony and I saw them at the NIA (or Barclaycard arena (apparently)) in Birmingham, and they were great too, with more original McBusted songs from their album, along with a few Mcfly and Busted classics that I'll never stop loving.


The support acts were pretty good. First was an LA based band called Symmetry, who were a lot of fun. But I really liked the following band, New City Kings. I thought their sound was great, and just the kind of thing I love listening to, so check them out if you get the chance. I thought they were kind of a blend between Bastille and Lawson????? So if you're into either of their music then you might like them.




And then McBusted arrived. They kicked things off with Air Guitar, and got everyone moving and on their feet, followed by Hate Your Guts and, one of my personal Mcfly favourites, One for the Radio.


I loved their b-stage, and thought it worked brilliantly, with the six of them flying down in a car to perform a few songs in the middle of the arena. Obviously sounded as beautiful as ever, but my favourite moment of the whole night was when just Danny and James remained on the stage and performed Beautiful Girls are the Loneliest. It was absolutely stunning, and is definitely my favourite McBusted song.


All through the evening they brought so much energy to the room and it was so lovely to experience; especially when it was basically a room full of older teenagers and adults, I thought it was so nice that we could all feel really, really young again.



All About You was gorgeous, and had the added gimmick of a kiss cam going around the room throughout, which was very entertaining. And of course, Star Girl was incredible, and is probably one of my favourite Mcfly songs ever, along with Shine a Light, which was just as wonderful.


Things all came to an end with none other than Year 3000, which I think they ended with on the last tour as well. I think it works so well as the last song, as it really brings everything and everyone together, and I think that's the perfect moment to end things with.


Overall, we had an amazing time, dancing the night away, and reliving our childhoods. If you can get down to one of their shows on the rest of the tour then I would highly recommend doing so, as I'm sure you'll have just as much fun as I did.

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Song of the week #20



There's a cute lil song by We The Kings called Say You Like Me, and I listen to it quite a lot. I really do love a rock ballad (in case I hadn't mentioned it enough (soz)) and this is no exception.

I love the bouncy beat throughout the verses and how that pushes through to the chorus so well. The instrumentation works perfectly and I really like how the whole song has been put together.

The lyrics are wonderful, and I think it's the lyrics that usually draw me towards ballads the most. They tend to be the songs with the most lyrical meaning and intricacy, and it's always nice to hear. This one's actually a happy ballad though, so where I'm usually all about the sad songs (oops), I'm really drawn to this one and I don't know, maybe it's a little bit relatable too ('she's the girl that no one ever knows').

So definitely check this one out if you're feeling like something soft but cheery, there's a link at the top of the page.

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Today in music

Music is basically my whole life, and there are some days where there's literally a song for how I've felt at every point of it. As the end of the semester approaches I've been listening to a combination of motivational and oh-my-god-I'm-so-stressed-I-need-to-listen-to-something-soft-and-weep music. And so, I thought I'd share with you the songs that would make it onto the soundtrack of my day today.

1. Hail, Rain or Sunshine - The Script (this song's just really important to me and it's a good one to get started with)


2. Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind & Fire (upbeat songs are v important for early mornings)


3. Fun, Fun, Fun - The Beach Boys (the kind of thing I listen to ironically on the way to a lecture)


4. Can't Make This Over - Pixie Lott (standard lecture, ready to go home but can't)


5. Don't Stop - 5 Seconds of Summer (don't stop writing the essay, don't stop writing the essay, don't)


6. All She Wrote - Ross Copperman (stopping writing the essay and accepting that's all I'm gonna write)


7. Happy - Pharrell Williams (because lunch)


8. Believe - Justin Bieber (just tryna get through the rest of the day y'know)


9. Outta Here - Esmee Denters (lang for lit seminar hahahh hh h)


10. Yesterday - The Beatles (for when I think about how yesterday was so much easier because I didn't do as much work as I'd wanted to but now I'm having to make up for it)


11. Through With You - Maroon 5 (me to my critical practice essay (truuuuue))


12. You Could Be Happy - Snow Patrol (dreaming about how I should've taken a gap year or just done an easier degree)


13. Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis (reminding myself that I chose to do this degree and there's nothing I can do about it other than work really hard and make it worthwhile)


14. Boss - Fifth Harmony (because I got this and I'm gon own it)


15. Life is Beautiful - The Icarus Account (eating dinner)


16. Candy - Gavin DeGraw (a song for when I'm in the shower contemplating existence)


17. Waiting For That Call - Parachute (waiting for Mum to call, duh)


18. DayDream - Tori Kelly (for a pensive, relaxed evening)


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Monday, 16 March 2015

Song of the week #19



I've only recently started listening to Fifth Harmony, but I've heard a lot about them over the past year or so. This week I've been listening to Boss pretty much every waking hour of every day. There's something about it that I find really motivational, and it's been part of my workout playlist for a while now, but even just walking to classes I always seem to be listening to this song. It makes me feel good, I guess, and it makes me feel in control, maybe even a little powerful. And I like it.

It's very upbeat, and very great, and very everything good ever. It's all girl power orientated, which is brilliant, as even though there's more of that these days, there's still not enough. To be honest I wasn't all that sure if I liked it the first time I listened to it, and then I found it stuck in my head a few hours later and realised that I actually really did like it. A lot. Always allow things a little bit of time to grow on you.

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Sea Life Centre Birmingham

My best pal Charlie came to stay with me from Tuesday to Thursday this week, and we were on a mission to have a really fun time. I've lived in Birmingham for about six months now, and Charlie is moving here in September, so we're both keen to hunt around the city and see everything there is to see. On Tuesday we did some baking/food making and she taught me how to make a curry, and we had a lovely evening. But the main event happened on Wednesday: we went to the Sea Life Centre.

I'm pretty sure the only time I've been there before was on a school trip, literally in year two, so I can't say I remembered it all that well. But Charlie and I had a wonderful time being fish fanatics for the day; we were very excited.

We had a loooovely time discovering all of the creatures from under the sea. It was very interesting to know which part of the world each type of fish came from and naturally inhabited, and we even got to stroke a starfish.

Here are a few pictures from the day, both at the sea life centre and the Library of Birmingham, which has a view of all across the city:























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