Why I love rock…a fan girls opinion. 

As part of my blog content, you can probably see that I’m starting to cover music. Music is a part of my lifestyle-so that I listen to it everywhere I go, collect Vinyl, interview musicians, etc. But I’m often asked “why do you like Rock?” (because, well, I have Aspergers, and noise doesn’t compute well, traditionally.)

Rock has been one of my favourite genres for a long time now-probably since I bought my first proper CD, Queen’s A Night At The Opera. In this sense, I like the songs, as they are seemingly timeless; I was born eight years after Freddie mercury died, and three after Phil Collins left Genesis. (Go on, guess how old I am, I dare you 🙂 ) And there’s so many enigmatic songs-just who is ‘so vain’? But anyway, my point is that these songs have an enduring appeal-why else would we still be singing them?

These songs and the genre are also a comfort to me. When I go out, or am walking in a city that I don’t know particularly well, I will have my headphones in. It’s a sensory thing-related to my Aspergers-because I dislike so much noise. (Try being at Victoria station-there’s a lot of people, trains, announcements, etc. And it puts my head in a whirl.)

Rock is also something that I enjoy-just the sheer beat of the songs, or how it was engineered over time. These song may be cliched in parts, but they rely more on melody to tell the story of the lyrics. They also have a proper structure. And it was a pioneering era of music-just look at Bohemian Rhapsody!

And, I like this genre, because it’s what I aspire to specialise in; I would love to be a music Journalist. I’ve interned at NME, interviewed Marc Martel, reviewed Lissie, QUEX, and Emeli Sande in concert, met Brian May, and listened to a few albums and reviewed them for their releases. Music is an interest to me. And these are some of the most interesting people I have ever met, observed, questioned and listened to. What more could I do?

 

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A 4 App Album Review.

Good morning-

It has been a while since we had a proper album review, isn’t it?

Well, my dear readers, I wanted to tell you about A 4 App, the first Anastacia app-which was the first thing that I ever downloaded from the Apple Store. Track listing for this is as follows:

  • Resurrection.
  • Overdue Goodbye.
  • Rearview.
  • In Your Eyes.
  • Dark White Girl.
  • The Saddest Part.
  • Who’s Gonna Stop The Rain
  • Pendulum
  • Time
  • Underground Army

For the sake of this review, I would just like to say that, owing to preview on her Facebook page, I was a little bit pessimistic about this album. Parts of the previews seemed a little bit flat at times, and not at all alike to what I remember of her in concert. But I eat my words, because this album is utterly fabulous-and something to be otherwise described as ‘Ear candy’.

Although at times I felt that there could be less talking-on the opener, there’s almost a minute of it, prior to the song-this could have been remedied by a recorded, succinct explanation of the whole A 4 App project. (Because it linked up via her app, etc.) But it captures the in-concert vibe well, in that there is the audience. And they seem to be enjoying a pretty good concert-clapping, stamping their feet, and calling for their hero. That is what a concert is about-the people who turn up, intent on enjoying some pretty good songs.

My favourite tracks are Resurrection (because this makes me feel powerful, and that I can stand tall), Overdue Goodbye (probably the politest ‘F you’ song), Rearview, The Saddest Part, and Underground Army (because this latterly reminds me that we are not alone in this world.) This is a great album-and I had forgotten just how brilliant of a singer Anastacia is, if I’m honest. Her voice is huge, and pretty all at one-just listen to the ‘meeeeee’ note on Who’s Gonna Stop The Rain. If you are a fan, this is a staple to add to your collection.

I rate this 10/15.

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For more Anastacia related content, try clicking these links: Resurrection Show Review , Ultimate Collection Release , Meeting Anatstacia  , Anastacia Interview, and A 4 App Release. Click here to follow Anastacia on Pledge Music, and to find out about future projects.

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My iTunes wishlist

For my eighteenth birthday earlier this year, I was lucky enough to receive a MacBook Air and an iPhone 6s. And I’m a convert to iTUNES, the in-house Apple Music service,where you can download your tunes. But I didn’t realise that you could create your own Wishlist-whilst you wait to have enough money for your next instalment. * Here’s the Wishlist I’m currently curating:

A Kind Of Magic-Deluxe.

This is my favourite Queen album-and I love Gimme The Prize, for the sheer amount of pomp and prestige that Freddie has, in being the Highlander. This album is Queen at their peak, to me; and I wish that I could have seen them performing then. (I was born eight years after Mercury died; go on, work out how old I am!)

No Secrets.

Carly Simon, You’re So Vain? Check!

Not That Kind.

This is Anastacia’s album-well, her debut. And although it can seem a little bit overproduced at times, I love the raw vibe it offers, particularly on tracks such as Made For Lovin’ You and Yo Trippin’. To be more like this woman will always be my goal.

Anastacia.

The album released after Anastacia first survived Breast Cancer. And it’s my favourite of hers! I LOVE Left Outside Alone, as well as the filler I Do. This album makes me want to be a better person.

Jagged Little Pill.

Because I was played this one when I was tiny, and I wish to rediscover it.

Live In Concert.

Yeah, Dire Straits. I love to hear singers in concert-it’s what I wish to do, and is rather fitting, considering I wish to be a music journalist-but I sampled this one, and the energy on each track seems enormous.

Happiness?

The rather feisty Queen drummer put his lyrics to music to this, which has gems such as Dear Mr Murdoch. (I love the drums on the sample I heard!)

The Best of Norman Wisdom.

I recall watching his films as a child-and interviewing his son was one of my first covers-but anyway, Wisdom’s voice has an elegant charm that has been lost in today’s era. His self-deprecating character of Pitkin comes across on the recording at times. (I already bought ‘Don’t Laugh At Me.)

Messenger Of The Gods.

All the solo singles-some unreleased-by Freddie Mercury. (Got to be some good times ahead!)

On Air.

This is a compilation of Queen and various performances on Radio, hence how the album gets its name. I downloaded Modern Times Rock ‘N’ Roll and Stone Cold Crazy, but I would love to hear the rest.

Hello Big Man.

Another Carly Simon album…

Spy.

This is another Carly Simon album; and I LOVE one of the songs, which is called Vengeance. I also really love the video-in that Carly wears an orange dress, seemingly so free, dancing to the melody of the song. (And when I needed it, this was the persona that I pretended to be.)

Coming Around Again.

You could probably call this section ‘Simon heavy’. This is one of my favourite albums of hers-because it seems so mature, in her recording history. And one of the songs, ‘All I Want Is You’, is what I would like to see played at my wedding, if ever I do marry 🙂

Spoiled Girl.

If only for its single, ‘Tired Of Being Blonde’.

Boys In The Trees.

With a gem such as ‘You Belong To me’-the very jazz-esque duet-what’s not to love?

Live At Knebworth.

This is a Genesis EP that I’m not really familiar with, but as I’ve already stated before, I do like to hear an artist live. And the same goes for Genesis.

We Can’t Dance.

One of my favourite Genesis albums, this has songs such as No Son Of Mine, Dreaming While You Sleep, Jesus He Knows Me, and I Can’t Dance. And I would love to be able to (legally) take it with me, wherever I go.

Stripped.

I remember being very small, and this being one of the very first albums that I can recall-maybe at about the age of six or seven. Christina is on top form for this album-and I love how she switches genre, from pop to rock, seemingly gospel, etc.

Back To Basics.

Another Christina album, but I love how this is ‘themed’-in that there’s a forties/fifties/sixties feel, in terms of the recording, lyrics, and album artwork. It has a far more mature vibe than Stripped, and makes me happy-especially on songs such as Makes Me Wanna Pray.

Thank You.

Megan Trainor and ‘NO’? Count me in!

What’s on your Wishlist?

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*As I’m new to this service, I have spent a lot of money, and prefer to do so in instalments, rather than a lump sum. Because I just do not have enough money to buy all the songs I’d love to own…

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Divide Album Review. * (Because who DOESN’T love Ed Sheeran?)

Disclaimer: this cd was sent to me a little while ago, and I have been meaning to review it ever since. This was at my own request, and therefore, as always, what follows is my honest opinion.

Good Morning.-

Well, it wasn’t that long ago that Ed Sheeran made his return to music, having not released any new music for a year. (I know, I know, that was a long time!) For this post, I’ll be reviewing Divide (stylised by its mathematical symbol.)

Track listing for the Deluxe version:

  1. Eraser
  2. Castle On The Hill
  3. Dive
  4. Shape Of You
  5. Perfect
  6. Galway Girl
  7. Happier
  8. New Man
  9. Hearts Don’t Break Around Here
  10. What Do I know?
  11. How Would You Feel?
  12. Supermarket Flowers
  13. Barcelona
  14. Bibia Be Ye Ye
  15. Nancy Mulligan
  16. Save Myself

Whew!

Let’s go section by section:

Artwork/Booklet:

I like how the artwork is seemingly more stylised than Multiply, in that it’s very artsy; there are less photos of Sheeran, and far more graphics. (Lyrically also, there’s even a woman’s body for shape of you.) I also like how there’s actual lyrics-in an ACTUAL BOOKLET-rather than having highly edited photos of the artist. (Because I want to know what I’m singing along to, right?) I’m overall very impressed.

Songs:

There’s a wealth of them here; generally speaking, the longer an album is, the more I will enjoy it. It is almost akin to a book, almost a journal-going from one emotion to another-allowing for there to be more substance than there is style. (Always a bonus to me.) and there is swearing on this-a departure from X.

My favourite songs would have to Nancy Mulligan and Shape Of You. to me, these songs seem to signify a change of artistic direction-and have more of an edge than the romantic lost boy image, seemingly cultivated for the album prior. (Which is alright, but I do like to see a change at points. Besides, it gives us cool tunes like this!) Nancy Mulligan, whilst sentimental, suits Sheeran well, and I hope his grandmother is proud. It’s a beautiful song.

The only song that I didn’t like (please don’t troll me for this) would have to be Castle On The Hill. I also think that the album could have had a stronger opener than Eraser; to hear a song as serious was a bit of a shock to be honest.

Ed is back. And I’m so envious of anyone who has tickets. Overall, I rate this album 13/15, and recommend it as a gift. Click here to purchase it.  What do you think of Divide, by the way?

From one fan to another,

Lydia

XO

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My bucket list of experiences. (In association with Eventbite.)

Eventbrite recently contact me, in order to inspire me to create a list of experiences that I cherish, in the form of a bucket list. So, for today’s post, this is exactly what I’m doing. Feel free to join in also!

Ping pong for my birthday.

It was at Bounce in London-well, I think that’s what the restaurant was called-and most of my relatives were there, and we were just being silly. (I did get a few ping pong balls whacked at me…) Life goes so fast, and it’s often really intense, but this was the antithesis of this.

Listening to Golden Days.

The new album by Brian may and Kerry Ellis. I have yet to listen to all of this, but I already have firm favourites, such as The Panic Attack Song. There was so much excitement for me-and I felt like a kid again-in downloading it, and just walking round, playing it at home.

Teaching a relative the Presidents since Herbert Hoover.

One of the most prominent hallmarks of my version of Aspergers Syndrome is that I can become very obsessive, and some facts I can recall in great detail, as a result. (I use ‘a relative’ to be indirect, because my personal life is private, therefore separate from this ol’ blog.) I have been able to recite the Presidents since Herbet Hoover from the age of fourteen, I think. But my ASD has often served to alienate-people can be scared of me. (WHY??) But being able to teach presidential history-whilst sitting, key policy, impact, etc-has been great of me, because I can put my knowledge to use, passing it on. (Well, up, as they’re older than me, but still…..) Presidents are a love of mine.

Blogging daily.

Quite the challenge!

Seeing Emeli Sande live.

Although some things went a little bit wrong during the performance, to be asked to review her show, as a spur-of-the-moment proposal, it felt like I was ‘making it’. I had done what I had always wanted to do. And it was a great night out!

Beginning pilates.

Here’s a secret: I am neither athletic, inclined to exercise, or at all flexible. Beginning pilates has totally changed that! I go weekly, and it has helped my core muscles, as well as toning my abs just a little bit more. But I feel far more confident now! I feel better about myself, and able to walk tall, assert myself even, instead of slouching, scuttling away. If you lacked the confidence that I did, I really suggest that you give this a go.

Working with Bagleman.

What’s wrong about finding out about how Bagels are made? Not much, in my book, and I had to travel for it-all good in the end. I got to explore a part of Brighton that I didn’t even know existed also.

Reading The Summer Of Impossible Things.

I was sent this as a proof copy, but how I cried. A tour-de-force novel about time travel, bringing relatives alive, and changing times, this was affirming for me. (It was the last line of the book that got me: “Thank you for being brave”.) Rowan Coleman is brilliant. And I wish that I could write like her.

Interviewing Jemma Morgan.

Interview your blogging hero? Why not!

Getting accepted to the NTCJ.

The NTCJ is something that I have wanted to do for a long time-simply because it trains you to be a Journalist. And it’s recognised by various industry heavyweights. To be a journalist is what I have wanted to be for a long time-and getting the acceptance email was a truly happy day.

 

There’s still more to come in 2017; and all I have to say is, “Bring it on”.

Until tomorrow-

Lydia

XO

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My iTunes Playlist.

Since my eighteenth birthday, I have been using my new iPHONE, in order to listen to songs on the go. And to be honest it has made quite a difference; better sound quality, inclusive of album artwork, and I could browse the store for hours. Anyway, apart from digressing just a teeny bit, I wanted to show you my playlist I listen to on the way to college. It’s called ‘Feel good Songs’-because I need motivation in the morning’s, and above all, these songs make me feel happy.

Flash, Queen Rock Montreal.

For some reason, this live version of ‘Flash’ is not included on the DVD, hence why I hadn’t been aware of its existence until very recently. I love it! Although Queen perform it as a very stripped-back number, meaning it lacks some of the verses, and I think that the melody has been changed just slightly, it’s a ‘feel good’ song to me. Gotta channel some of Flash’s power, after all.

Sultans of Swing, Private Investigations.

This is an old one, this one. Dire Straits are singing about a band that they saw, way back when. But I love the fusion of sound across this song-a sort of juxtaposition of sound, a little bit of rock, etc.

Another one Bites The Dust, Queen Rock Montreal.

Because who wouldn’t want to listen to a song with a powerful, seemingly thumping, bass line, that was played at boxing matches, a long time ago? The chords make me feel powerful in this respect-in knowing that I can ostensibly stand tall, and take pride in myself. Plus, it’s Mercury ad-libbing like crazy throughout.

All Cried Out, Alf.

Alison Moyet, and a song telling a man to shove it? I’m on board, the same way I am for her love songs. (Love Letters, anyone?)

Let Me Entertain You, Queen Rock Montreal.

By this point, you’d have probably guessed that my iTUNES is a little bit limited, owing to the large influence that Queen currently have on it. (Not that it’s a bad thing!) But-although not the Robbie Williams song-this is a fast-paced, drum-fuelled song. Smashing! (Quite literally. And it gets my adrenaline going.) Because who doesn’t love a little bit of Mercury?

When I’m Alone, Live At Union Chapel.

Because who doesn’t love a good ballad?

Killer Queen/I’m In Love With My Car, Queen Rock Montreal.

Okay, so technically, this is a medley, hence why I had to put the two songs together. I LOVE how Killer Queen leads into the (incredibly raspy) version of I’m In Love With My Car. The latter track is very raw-and there’s just so much energy.

Naughty, Heavy Rotation.

This is not on the CD, and is on the digital version. I identify with the subject of the lyrics, especially the bridge: “..don’t care what the people may say, I’m going to do it my way..” (Well, something along those lines, anyway. ) I think that we should all embrace our weirdness-because that makes us us-and this is the perfect soundtrack.

Tired Of Being Blonde, Spoiled Girl.

Although this was from one of Carly Simon’s albums that was considered to be, well, a bit of a flop-and not reaching the heights of No Secrets-it’s the drum loop that I really like. And although she did not write this song, I really love the story of the lyrics-a woman leaving her husband, because he underestimates her worth, and persists in making her nothing but a sex object.

Keep Yourself Alive, Queen Rock Montreal.

And there’s an improvised jam at the beginning!

What Can We Do (Deeper Love.)

Although this is an advertising song, I really like the choruses: “I (got deeper love) x3 *ad lib*

Resurrection, A 4 App.

This is Anastacia’s first live album, and I was delighted to see that one of my favourite songs was the opener-Ressurection. I think it would be fair to say that this is about her second cancer, and surviving it. But the last part is so deep, and it just makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. If she can come back like this again, I can do anything, right?

Jailhouse Rock, Queen Rock Montreal.

This is a cover by Queen; and although the guitar can be a little bit heavy at times-it’s probably in the design of the cover-I love how Freddie Mercury sort of growls on this track. He also becomes very frustrated at the reserved Canadian audience, which makes me smile at his impertinence.

Shamless, Live At Union Chapel.

I’m with Lissie on this one; I’m tired of the magazine industry, in the sense that it is just about a women’s appearance, and doesn’t seem to always take her self worth into account. This was a rock song on the studio album, but has been formed into an acoustic version on this live album. I love it!

We Will Rock You (Fast), Queen Rock Montreal.

Not everyone’s cup of tea, but this is the concert opener, and has great energy!

Underground Army, A 4 App.

This is an Anastacia song that I’m not familar with, really, but the lyrics are so encouraging, and they seem to suggest a sort of kindness. I love it.

Don’t You Give Up On Me, Live At Union Chapel. 

I sometimes feel as if people have given up on me-usually on one of those dark days, where nothing is going right. (We all have days like that, don’t we?) But this is a song that encourages me, and it makes me happy. The perfect way to finish a playlist!

What do you listen to on your playlists?

Lydia

XO

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Pet Peeves At A Concert; A Rant Coming Up!

Good morning!
Recently, I was lucky enough to be able to see Emeli Sande live in concert, thanks to a very generous offer of press tickets. But whilst I was there, a few things really annoyed me, whilst trying to enjoy a good concert. So, but if a grumpy post today, but here are my pet peeves at a concert:
The person always on their phone.

Throughout the concert, they will be on Facebook, Instagram, even Snapchat. And only part of this is to document the concert going on in front of them. The huge, lumimous screen is the distraction-seemingly exarcebated by the darkness a concert usually takes place in. Can’t we just enjoy it, without technology, for once? Like back when Rock concerts were a full foot-stamping-sing-along affair? Because that looks far more entertaining and enjoyable.

People moving about the row.
Or even just walking out. There’s probably a clearer cut exit path than having to bumble down one fully packed out row. Instead of going through a throng of people, and treading in their toes, why not go out the right way?

Hecklers
At a stand up concert, the put downs can be rather funny. (Look up Jimmy Carr vs Blonde Women on YouTube if you don’t believe me!) But at a concert? I remember seeing Anastacia back in 2015, yet whilst she was talking-due to a Q&A feature of the Resurrection tour-a group were constantly heckling her, meaning we couldn’t hear her. It’s not funny! And it was all really crude axioms, seemingly sexual, that were being shouted. I wish for the artist to be in control, and to enjoy their show. Heckling is not very funny at a rock concert.
Playing your own music.
You pay decent money to watch a show, but then there’s always one person who gets their phone out, in order to play their own music, usually during the middle of a song. Why?! Just Why?! We come to hear the artist, often on in a quite pricey ticket, not your rap music that’s muffled in its sound. Turn it off, sit down, and enjoy the show. You won’t annoy anyone, promise.

Feet on seats.

Why is it acceptable to put your feet up on the back of somebody else’s chair? Even if there is very limited leg room, I don’t wish to smell your stinky shoes, or to be annoyed at you kicking my chair. Besides, you can always stamp your feet in time to the beat on the floor.
What are your pet peeves at a concert?
Lydia
XO

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