Anyway, the song of the week is Scars by James Bay (been loving his whole album since it came out (might do a delayed album review (maybe))). There's just something about this song. It's like nothing I can think of.
The instrumentation is so fitting, the way each new instrument comes in and the riffs that come with each one. Even just the way James' voice builds up all the way through, and the way he belts the choruses so that you feel them hit you. Literally, feel them. The lyrics in the verses seem so intricate and delicate, but the chorus is like the words are ripping out of him. It's incredible.
This is the song on the album that really stood out for me. I love Hold Back the River and I think If You Ever Want To Be In Love is sooooooo good, but this is just in another league. So yeah, if you haven't heard any of James Bay's music, or have only heard a song or two, give this one a listen. It's worth the time.
And in terms of life updates. Basically exams have been happening and they're still not quite over yet, almost, but not quite. They're a little bit stressful, but as my last one is tomorrow morning I'm feeling a bit calmer now (although pretty sure this is the hardest one hahahah).
Some other things: I went for a spontaneous, flying visit home at the beginning of May, because Ann (my mum) missed having me around, bless her heart. I also wanted to check in on my lovely (Great) Auntie Joan, as I like to spend as much time with her as I can. Annnnnnnd I was also surprising my closest girl friends, as they're all still living in our home town and were having a girls' night in and I just so happen to be on the girls' group message that they planned the evening on. They were verrrrrry surprised to see me, but we had a really nice time and it was great to catch up after a long time apart from most of them.
I also went home again in the middle of May, this time to celebrate my Mum's birthday with her. I arrived home the day before her birthday, bearing delicious fruit tarts from Patisserie Valerie and then I took her out the following day (her actual birthday), for afternoon tea at The Randolph hotel in Oxford and we had the loveliest time. Afternoon tea was meant to have been a surprise, buuuuuut, there was a really big fire at The Randolph the month before and so it seemed very unlikely that we'd be able to go, so I told her; then they ended up reopening again like a week or two before the day. It was a shame it wasn't the surprise I'd hoped for it to be, but we had the most wonderful day anyway, rounding it off with some shopping and then going in to see Auntie Joan. And we had Chinese food for dinner. What a great day.
(my snapchat is abbielour by the way (if you're interested (I don't post stories very often so I'm not very interesting)).
(can you tell I really like trees)
Until next time.
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