Monday, 27 October 2014

Monday Music: POP!

Happy Monday! I had a fairly relaxing weekend starting with an accidental dine and dash and some serious (and well deserved mocking - most of which was funny, none of which would work here out of context) followed by volunteering on Saturday, lunch with a friend, Strictly (I do love the sparkle), brunch with Matthew, book shopping, baking and homework! It was pretty chilled all in all, even if it does not sound like it was.  How was yours?

Now for the music.  I do not think I articulate my deep love of pop music enough on this here blog.  So here are some of my favourite pop songs of the last year.

Taylor Swift: Shake it Off

Love the song, not so much love for the video. Want to listen to the song all the time though. Hey, hey, hey hey...

Ed Sheeran: Sing

I know it is not cool at all to like Ed Sheeran but I also love this song.  Again not so much love for the video.  This may be a theme here.  I like Don't as well and really like that video so maybe not so much?

Iggy Azalea feat Charli XCX: Fancy

No theme: I love this music video. It is a nod to Clueless which is one of my favourite films.

Charli XCX: Boom Clap

So here we have Charli XCX on her own and this song is just happy.  And that makes me happy. Simple.

Pharrell Williams: Happy

Well it had to be on here.  It has been a bit ubiquitous this year but I reckon once that dies down this will be a song that becomes much loved again.

What has been your favourite pop song of the year?

Friday, 24 October 2014

Word for the Year: Update

Brave? Maybe...
This post was going to go live on Wednesday but I was at a funeral so wittering on about myself seemed a bit wrong. We were celebrating a rather wonderful woman. She was ace. I think she was all kinds of cool and brave and wonderful.

So this year I decided to be brave.

I think that it is possible that in the pursuit of the word for the year of “brave” I lost track of the word I pursued last year of being “true” or “authentic”.

In short I think the front I put on to carry off brave hurt the work I did on being true by taking me away from my true self.

I could now ramble on about how that all impacts on me and where I think it came from but I do not think here is the place for those thoughts though I *am* having them, and it *does* help. The thoughts I have on this are very much a work in progress, as am I.

So with just a few months left of this year I am going to try to be brave by being true. I find that the more you stamp it down it finds ways of leaking out anyway so why not be someone who owns the true me? It is going to be hard, and it is going to be messy but I think ultimately it will be worth it.

I’m off to listen to Best Imitation of Myself now. Thanks for reading.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Monday Music: Actually it's darkness

The clocks are going back on Sunday!  Alas and alack we will no longer be in British Summer Time! Of course this year you will all cope super well due to my survival guide and of course so will I.  For now though I do want to take a moment to acknowledge the coming darkness with some music related to the dark.

Idlewild - Actually It's Darkness

Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow you into the Dark

The Darkness -  I Believe in a Thing Called Love

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