Have you ever listened to an album that has made you want to flee to a cottage in the country and spend countless nights by the fire, with nothing but your thoughts to keep you company?
I have decided to create a little monthly roundup, featuring my general thoughts on life, current favourites (products, people, bands…whatever) and well, just about anything else that comes to mind. Here goes!
This month I wanted to get back to blogging, and I don’t mean just sharing my reviews on here, but actually creating my own, regular(ish) content. One thing that’s important is that I take my own pace and make sure I am doing it for no other reason than the fact that I enjoy it. I changed my theme to help me start afresh, wrote a blog post about self care and now I’m here. I’m happy with that for now.
I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a country music fan, but during a writing slump I decided to pick up this review opportunity and it was surprisingly inspiring.
Though not exactly my taste in music, I was enamoured by the passion behind this album and the feelings that it evoked. Countries is a truly profound album with a heartfelt story as Van William explores heartbreak in many ways, from the loss of his family business, to the ending of a six year relationship.
What is self care? Is it different to self love? How do you practice it?
All of the above and more were answered beautifully at a recent Lush Life panel discussion on self care, hosted by Grace Victory. The YouTuber/author/general bad ass was accompanied by youth worker/motivational speaker Tanya Compas, fellow YouTuber/ally to the marginalised Lucy Moon and body positive life coach/activist Michelle Elman. Now, I had been wildly excited about this, but let me tell you, I had no idea just how inspiring it would be.
For me, 2017 was the year of amazing albums; these came in abundance from exciting debuts, to bold new releases from some of my old favourites. When it came to writing the yearly round up with Vulture Hound, it was the latter that got my attention.
It is Tuesday, 21st November, finally. I have been waiting for what seems like forever to see Wolf Alice for the second time, to hear their latest album, Visions of a Life, in all its glory.
My most recent visit to Margate was my favourite yet. Not only did I finally see Metronomy (in my home town no less), everywhere I looked was a touch of magic – the whole town thriving with creativity and really shining as a community. For the first time in ages, I felt so much joy to simply be back home and that is all thanks to By The Sea.
Where do I start with this band? From the moment I heard ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’, I knew I was hooked. It was just one of many songs introduced to me by my boyfriend at the time. Our tastes in music were fairly matched, and he especially had a good ear for bands that I would adore.
It has been nearly a week since Superfood released their absolute belter of a second album and I still can’t get enough. I hadn’t written anything in a little while and wanted to get back on track with it all. I think it’s safe to say that the press release for Bambino came just in time.
Not my most creative title for a blog post, but it’ll do. As you might have guessed, I’m thinking of making a zine, hopefully a series. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while now, but until recently I haven’t allowed myself any time to really stop and plan it out.
Originally, I wanted to create a zine every few months, to serve as a physical portfolio of my music based articles/reviews. Mostly just to keep my creativity alive by doing something different. Clearly this wasn’t different enough, as several months later and no zine. Time to explore something else.