Wednesday, 30 December 2015

2015


With every year that commences, the time seems to go even faster. This year has been a relatively busy one, and I suppose I've had a pretty good time all things considered. I have been so happy with the amount of live shows I've been to, and I think I've embraced my love of music more this year than ever before; I'm so glad that I found the time and money to go and enjoy myself for an evening every now and again.

As far as highlights go, I would have to say seeing Taylor Swift was definitely one of the best experiences. I would go again in a heartbeat and I hope I get the opportunity to see her perform again, because she is sensational. Ed Sheeran was also phenomenal, and it was so lovely to see Lawson playing live again, as well as all the other bands and artists I've seen over the year.

In terms of personal achievements, I passed my first year of university with good marks and have been working hard to make further progress for second year. I'm really looking forward to semester two, as I think I'll enjoy the texts so much more than those I've studied (and struggled with) so far in second year; I find older texts very difficult to read, so luckily I'm moving into the more recent texts in the new year.

I've already got some plans for the coming year, with several gigs lined up, and most of those being bands I haven't seen before, so I'm very excited about that. As I said, I'm looking forward to the modules I'm going to be studying for the next few months, as the texts have interested me greatly. And I'm just looking forward to moving onward with my life, embracing what's to come with open arms, and hoping it will be better.

Here's to the new year.

Until next time.


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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Seasonal update


Helloooooo. I've been quite busy in the past week and haven't had time to blog about what I've been up to, so I thought I'd put it all together in an update post.

I finished uni for Christmas just over a week ago, last Thursday, but stayed in Birmingham until Friday (yesterday) as I had work to do and also a couple of shows to go to.


Last Friday Charlie and I went to see a group she really likes, called The Overtones, at Symphony Hall. And they were so great. It was essentially a Christmas concert so it was very festive and got us into the spirit. The vocals were amaaaazing.



The following evening we went to The Institute to see Lower Than Atlantis, whose music I love. I felt rather faint when we got there so we stood and watched from the side, but they were brilliant, and I would happily see them again, as with The Overtones, despite the band and group being entirely contrasting.



I spent the next few days reading and doing some research for the essays I need to write over Christmas, to give myself a bit of a head start on the work. And on Thursday Charlie and I went to see one of our favourite musicals, Hairspray, at the New Alexandra Theatre, and it was amazing. It was almost six years to the day since we'd seen the show in London, so it was a bit nostalgic and just brilliant.


On Friday we both travelled home for the holidays, and since then I've spent pretty much all my time with my dog. The way it should be.



In terms of music, other than those already mentioned, I've been listening to Coldplay's new album, A Head Full of Dreams, rather a lot; it's so good, I can't wait to hear some of the songs live in June. And I've been listening to all the Christmas classics, as music is definitely the best part of the season for me (apart from the food of course).

I hope everyone is enjoying the start of the holidays and you all have nice plans for the Christmas period.

Until next time.


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Monday, 14 December 2015

Song of the week #46


Christmas Lights - Coldplay / Yellowcard

Originally released in December 2010, Coldplay's Christmas Lights is a perfect Christmas song, despite its more sombre tone. The piano at the beginning sounds particularly seasonal, with Chris Martin's vocals adding a very chilling effect. I love the build up throughout; the crescendo lifts the song up and it sounds more and more like a Christmas song the more it progresses.

As much as I love the original track, I also think that Yellowcard's cover is brilliant. A flair of punk is added and the song is taken down a rock-ier path. The latter version sounds brighter overall, and I like the substituting of the electric guitar for the previous piano in the intro. It's a wonderfully distinctive interpretation.

Until next time.


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Thursday, 10 December 2015

A quote for thought #2


Passion and enthusiasm are two very important things. We all have certain things that we're really passionate about. Whether it's a hobby like cooking, a video game, a genre of film, a person, or a job; we all have something that fuels the fervor within us. So even though there may be parts of our lives that feel more inert, the things that we love are those that keep us going. And it's ever so important to embrace those things with your entire being.

When you're having a bad day, and thinking about all the things that seem wrong, focus on the things that feel right. If you feel strongly about something, become more involved, make more time for it.

Often people aren't completely supportive of the things other's are enthusiastic about, and it makes me so sad to see someone become disheartened and lose interest in something they love, because someone else thinks it's silly. It's not silly, and the opinions of those people don't matter (and there lives probably aren't all that fun).

'Lukewarm is no good.'

Lukewarm sounds like a very unadventurous life. And one I'd like to steer clear of.

Until next time.


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Monday, 7 December 2015

Song of the week #45



Maybe the ultimate feel good song. This week has been made so much happier due to the existence of I Won't by Little Mix. It makes me want to sing and dance and go out and live my life to the full. It's quite subtly sassy and I love that so much because same.

I think as a group, Little Mix are quite well known for their feel good songs, and this is undoubtedly one of them. The chorus is so good and I want to chant it from the rooftop. It's all about living your life the way you want to and not letting anyone tell you what to do. Own it.

Would recommend listening to this song so much, it's pretty much guaranteed to brighten your day.

Until next time.


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