Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Music For All Occasions

Last weekend my dad and I embarked on the adventure which was watching films about music (more specifically about people who start bands). This was mostly a weekend of depressing stories set in the 80s where everyone smoked indoors but it did get me thinking a lot about music. 

The music I like is a mess of self confessed utter trash, mediocre skippable tracks, and stuff that is actually good. Being asked questions like who's your favourite band or what's your favourite song are the worst because I have no idea. It's always changing and always varied. But I like it that way so here is some of my favourite music and for what occasion it is my favourite. 

Musicals for in the car. I like to sing along to music in the car and I absolutely love musicals. At the moment it's all about Lin-Manuel Miranda with Moana and Hamilton.

When I'm sad, I tend to listen to slow, sad music. (When by Dodie, Landfill by Daughter, Fine by Zannah, and You by Keaton Henson)

If I work while listening to music, I often go for something I'm not familiar with yet. I always feel compelled to sing along which is why I listen to something I don't know yet. That way I'm learning the songs but not getting distracted. At the moment that is The Wall by Pink Floyd and Goo by Sonic Youth. 

Music which I listen to when I can just sing and dance and completely lose myself in are Fall Out Boy and 10cc. New additions to this include Oasis and Sing Street (the original music from the film). 

Joy Division are a band which I can't quite describe. I wouldn't sit and listen to their music to enjoy it but there's something about them which changes how I feel about all music.  I suddenly become interested in how it's made and the people playing it. I think they might be my favourite band but saying that feels like a big commitment.

My current favourite song is Rufus Wainwright's cover of Bewitched from the end of The History Boys. I will link the Spotify Playlist I've been listening to. Wouldn't recommend anyone ever follow it because, as previously mentioned, it's a mess. But I do enjoy listening to it on shuffle because the difference between every song makes me laugh. You might enjoy that too, I don't know. 

Thanks for reading, hope you liked it

Friday, 6 January 2017

2017 Reading Forecast

My reading challenge every year is to complete twenty books. I'm quite a slow reader but usually this target is realistic. In 2016 I only read 13 books but this year I'd like to do a little more than that. This is a list of some of the books I'd like to read in 2017.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 
Room by Emma Donoghue
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Two Weeks with the Queen by Morris Gleitzman
How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran 
Sailor Moon volume 1 
Dan and Phil Go Outside
On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson

To finish this short post, Eddie who was being super helpful by sitting where I was trying to take a picture. So that's the plan for books next year. I'm hoping to review all the ones I read so you'll know if I don't finish them all. If you want to see my reading challenge from this year, I have a good reads page you can check out. Comment if you've read any of these books and let me know what you thought. That's all for now, thanks for reading

Monday, 28 November 2016

Five Photos - The Past Year

I wanted to start a new series on here called Five Photos where I, shockingly, will share 5 photos I've taken. The point of it is to encourage me to take more pictures because I don't enough and I'd like to. I'm going to try and do this as a monthly summary but for the first installment, this is the past year. 

This is from December 2015 the first time I went out after Christmas. There's a forest area near where I live and next to that a bridge over the motorway. Before crossing the bridge we saw that someone had decorated one of the trees. All the trees surrounding it had died and I just thought it looked really pretty and sparkly. 

It took a long time to decide which picture of Eddie to use, there are a lot. I chose this one from when we were in the car on the way to the beach. I love him. That is all. 

This year I did my GCSES. For my final art exam I took pictures of places in Manchester. I don't know why I like this picture so much but it's one of my favourites from the project. 

My mum and I went to Newcastle this year. Something I didn't know about Newcastle is that it has a lot of bridges. Something you probably don't know about me is that I love bridges. It was wonderful. Note that I don't remember taking this picture but I like it. 

It snowed in March which was great. Snow makes me incredibly happy so here is some snow on a tree in my garden. 

Honarable mention to this pig who we met at Beamish. The loveliest pig you will ever meet who just really wanted to be in a picture.

That was the first in the Five Photos series (technically six). I hope you enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to doing this again for December photos. 

Saturday, 19 November 2016

The Sunshine Blog Award

I was nominated for The Sunshine Blog Award by the wonderful Lou's World. You can find her post here. First I would like to say thank you and everyone should definitely go check out her blog because it's one of my favourites. 

The Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog in your post
2. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator has asked you
3. Nominate 11 blogs to receive the award
4. Come up with 11 questions to ask the bloggers you have nominated
5. List the rules and include the sunshine blogger award logo in your post

Lou's World Questions:

1. Where do you want to be this time next year?
  In my second year at college and hopefully making more videos. By then I think I'd like to have had a haircut and I definitely want to have read more books. If the past few weeks have taught me anything, it's that I want learn more and do more for the things I believe in. In a years time, I hope I'll have done that. 

2. Who is the most important person in your life right now?
  My parents. I get two people because I can't just choose one. 

3. Who is your favourite blogger/vlogger right now?
  Hazel Hayes.  

4. If you could create a superhero, what would you name them and what would their powers be? 
  Bobbie who can talk to rabbits. (I just want to know what my rabbit is thinking and I think Bobbie is a cute name which kind of relates to rabbits)

5. What video always makes you smile? Link it to make someone else smile!
  Who's Billy Goat is This?- 
  or Texting Random People with Daniel J Layton

6. What was the last movie you watched? What did you think of it?
  Gremlins which was great, obviously. 

7. What cancelled TV show would you bring back for one more season?
  Firefly. The first season and the film are perfect already but I do miss that show. (But if Girl Meets World gets cancelled then I definitely want another season of that.)

8. If you could be in a movie or TV show (as yourself), which would you most fit into?
  This is such a difficult question because I would be terrible in pretty much all the shows I like. I guess I'd probably say the film X+Y just because of the autism and the maths. 

9. What's your favourite song of all time? 
  Another incredibly difficult question. My favourite song changes all the time but if I had to pick one I think I'd say On My Own from Les Mis. 

10. If you had everything you've ever wanted, what would you be doing right now?
  At this moment, reading probably. In general, acting. In film or TV or theatre or all of the above. When I was younger, I knew that was what I wanted to do and life stuff got in the way. It's like my ideal what I want to do in life but I know it won't happen. 

11. If you had married your first celebrity crush, who would you be married to right now?
  Freddie Benson from iCarly. And now I'm very disappointed that isn't true. 

Nominations and Questions:

I'll be honest. I don't know that many bloggers and most of the people I would nominate were already nominated. So I know this isn't the rules but I'd like to double nominate all the people who already were by Lou's World and encourage you to go check them out because they're great. As were these questions which hopefully they will all answer. It sucks that I'm giving up at this point but I'm nothing if not a disappointment. So what I am going to do is share a few of the Sunshine Blog Award posts I've enjoyed and I hope you like them too.

A Tolkienist's Perspective

Again I'd like to say thank you for the nomination. Everyone needs to have a read of Lou's World I genuinely love her blog and writing this post gave me the push and the motivation to get back here. So thank you.