Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Ed Sheeran - Wembley Stadium


After seeing Ed Sheeran in Birmingham back in October, we loved the thought of seeing him again. So, as a surprise birthday present for Chloe, Charlie and I bought tickets for one of Ed's Wembley shows and have been dying to tell her about it for about eight months. And it finally happened yay.

We went to the first of the shows on Friday, and the atmosphere was so wonderful, just like the last time we saw him.



Foy Vance was cool (coolest moustache evaaaaa), I liked the folk sound and he was nice to listen too. One Republic were great (can't believe they didn't play I Lived (my favourite) but what can ya do), I loved that they did Stop and Stare and Apologise, as I can remember them from years ago when they came out. Counting Stars was amazing too.


Can I just give massive props to Ed though; he is the first solo performer to headline at Wembley - all on his own. How amazing is that. And he sold out three consecutive nights. Incredible. There are no limitations for what this man can do, and I can't wait to watch him continue to succeed, and continue to strive for more.


The show was outstanding. Very few performers can deliver such high quality music live, especially with the added pressure of a sold out show in a massive stadium.

Photograph, Tenerife Sea, Give Me Love, and Afire Love were my favourite of the songs he played. They were just stunning. Elton John's accompaniment in Afire Love just added to the beauty of the song, and it was more emotive than ever.

Elton John in general was pretty great. It was so unexpected, but everyone loved it. Don't Go Breaking My Heart was such a happy moment, and I'm so glad they played that song.


I loved I Was Made To Love Her too (Stevie Wonder is one of my favourite artists); I really liked how he added his own flare to it but didn't really change the song too much.

The A Team felt really special. I guess it's because it was the song that really got the ball rolling for Ed's career. It showed the progression. It makes me feel like he's in the music industry for all the right reasons.


I love that he still seems like the same person he was a few years ago, despite everything. He just makes music and plays it. A lot of other artists seem to expect more; they want the celebrity lifestyle and the attention, but Ed genuinely seems to just want to play his music for anyone who will listen, just like when he first started out. What could be better.

Until next time.


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Saturday, 4 July 2015

Daydreaming



I've been listening to Tori Kelly's Daydream so much recently and it's made me think about all the things I daydream about doing, and how even though a lot of them feel impossible, they aren't. The song's about being who you want to be and discovering yourself, and doing all the things you always dreamt of.

Some of my favourite lines are:

'One thing you haven't tried is erase every doubt'

'Keep both feet on the ground while your head's in the clouds'

'Who you wanna be is only up to you'

'You don't have to know exactly who you are, because figuring it all out could be the best part'

And so, I've been thinking about figuring out some of my dreams for the future, and seeing if I have any goals that I can start to work towards. I know a lot of things tend to just fall into place, but there are some things that I would love to do, and I think maybe I could make them happen.

Things like travelling. I dream about seeing everything, and taking in hundreds of cultures, and experiencing a million things. I would love to go everywhere. Italy, Spain, Bali, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Mozambique, Canada, Bolivia, South Africa, North America, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Caribbean, Brazil, Thailand, Mexico. Just about everywhere really. One of my main aspirations is to give myself the chance to discover myself whilst discovering this diverse planet.

I'd love to spend more time by the sea, or just any kind of water in general. Living between Birmingham and Oxford, I don't see the sea, like, ever. They're probably two of the places furthest from the ocean in the whole country. But still, there's something about the sea that makes me feel free, and calm, and content, and like me. The closest I usually manage to get is a pond or a river or canal. So, I guess I've been dreaming about living by the sea; that's probably always been my ideal location, and one day I'd love to reside there.

Live music is my favourite thing in the world, so I'm always thinking about the next gig I'll be attending. I'm always daydreaming about music; the way certain chords sound and how they can fit the feel of the lyrics perfectly. Music makes me feel far more than anything else has ever made me feel. And it always feels most special, and magical, live; in its rawest form. So I'm daydreaming about all the live music I'm going to hear and absorb, and all the things I'll feel when I'm there doing it.

A lot of dreams tend to spring from books in some way, and I think that's why I love reading them so much: they always give me new ideas for ways to live my own life. But most of the reading I've done recently has been for my university course, and I know that's going to continue for almost another two years, but I'd like to make a little more time for recreational reading, the kind of reading that keeps me reading, and keeps me dreaming.


What are some of your dreams, either for now or for the future?

I wish you all the best in achieving them.

Until next time.


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