What I’ve Learnt This Year

This little post right here, yes this one, is my 100th post on this blog – 100 times I’ve sat down and emptied my head of some such nonsense for your reading pleasure (hopefully…).  Thank you for reading and visiting and commenting – it means a lot and if you’re a regular reader or a 1 time reader, thank you for taking a bit of time out to choose to spend with me.

Ok, so, I thought I’d use this post to have a little look back over this year and look forward to next year.  A kind of to-do list for 2014 that I might do – or not…let’s not be too rigid on this eh?!

There were some pretty great albums this year, I managed 6 gigs and 1 festival.

Tickets Please!

Tickets Please!

Our home for the weekend

Our home for the weekend

Image from QOTSA Facebook page

Image from QOTSA Facebook page

Too much music to mention without you all nodding off so I’ll just give you a few highlights

  • The Joy Formidable
  • Alt-J
  • Haim
  • Lucy Rose
  • Atoms For Peace
  • Jagwar Ma
  • Foals
  • Palma Violets
  • Peace
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Daft Punk
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Disclosure
  • Sigur Ros
  • Chvrches
  • Deltron 3030

etc etc – just too much…

I’m looking forward to spending summer solstice with Kasabian next year and I really hope that Foo Fighters release something…

Vampire Weekend Where can I get this fabric?!

Vampire Weekend
Where can I get this fabric?!

My to-do for 2014

  • Write more
  • Focus on quality over quantity (not too much of a contradiction of the above I hope)
  • Try to have less ‘stuff’ both physical and mental
  • Spend more time with family and friends – that’s important
  • Go slower, have experiences and enjoy the everyday
  • Make time – there’s always a way and most things will wait – unless you’re a brain surgeon or something
  • Be kinder – to both others and my-self
  • Take time to smell the flowers and listen to the music – always listen to the music

What were your best bits?  What are you planning and looking forward to?  Do please share…

Thanks for stopping by  – have a Merry Christmas and here’s to an awesome 2014 xx

Throwback Thursday

I’m bringing you a Throwback Thursday with a difference today, in so much as it’s a new song, sort of…

This week, Orbital re-released a new version of Chime – Christmas Chime!  Why this has taken so long, I’ve no idea but Paul & Phil Hartnoll… I salute you!  But not for the Elf-yourself …

What do you think?

How to Wrap an MP3?


Listening to the radio this morning, I heard some stats that didn’t surprise me as such, but made me think a little. Out of the 60 odd percent of people that like to receive music as a gift, over 25% of those said that they would like it as a digital download.

I love getting music as a gift and often do, and I also like digital downloads but, as a gift I prefer a physical cd, even though the only place I can play them is in the car.  (My car actually still has a tape-player too!)

I found this little gem which basically enables old people like me to create a mixtape like the old days!  Best of all, you can wrap it up for christmas or birthday.  I guess the downside of it is that if you’re putting music on a memory stick for them, they might already have it on their itunes and it goes onto there rather than staying in one place like the mixtapes of old…

Do you get music as a gift?  Are you a physical or a digital kind of person?

The Slow Grower

Isn’t it funny how some songs are an instant love and some take a little longer but become firm favourites.  There are also those which you will never like, ever.  My favourites are those that you love on the first listen and then they get better with each subsequent one.

This is what I love about music, it speaks to different people in different ways and depending on our mood and state of mind.

Lyrics and how we listen to them – if at all – are dependent on mood too.  I touched briefly on this in this post, but I think it was Frank Ocean who said

When you’re happy, you enjoy the music, but when you’re sad, you understand the lyrics.

Thinking about this, I guess I always do listen to and understand lyrics more when I’m in a more serious state of mind.

My most recent instant love has been Nobody Move by Hanni El Khatib,  Reflektor by Arcade Fire I loved on first hearing and love it more now.  And I’ll leave you with my slow grower…Buffalo by Gaz Coombes.  As for my songs I’m not keen on – there’s another post in that so watch this space!

What are you listening to at the moment – I’d love to hear…

The Office Party

I went out last night with a lovely bunch of ladies who I first met when our children started school.  As I work from home for one of my jobs and for my-self for the other, these are the people that I get to have the ‘watercooler’ moments with.  We decided that for our christmas get-together, we’d book one of those party venues that pitches up like the circus for a couple of weeks and crams multiple office parties in every night.

It’s a very bizarre concept but a popular one as I reckon there must have been about 1500 people there.  I’d also say that 75% of that was office parties.  As an observer, it was very interesting to watch.  Everyone doing the polite small talk to begin with and then inhibitions being lost as the night wears on!  It was like a very large, very odd wedding reception.  It’s the disco that amuses me the most though.  The DJ’s were clever, easing everyone onto the dancefloor with Daft Punk’s Get Lucky which appealed to the youngsters and those who remember Nile Rodgers from the first time round!  Then a few curveballs were thrown in once everyone was warmed up and then, it happened.  The sight of around 100 Dave and Maureen from accounts (or the equivalent) dancing Gangnam Style…  Quite.

As the evening wore on, the heels came off, the hair was let down (figuratively and literally) and I’ll guarantee they’ll be a few sore heads and head in hands moments as the memories come back.

If only there were a bank of photocopiers around the edges of the room….

I’ll leave you with this little gem, which I think the DJ’s missed a trick by not playing…

Throwback Thursday

It’s that time of year when the countdown lists start to appear – I love a list and a list that involves music is just the best  kind!

The list I’m going to talk about today is a list you can vote for your favourite hottest record of 2013.  As mentioned here the only show I listen to on Radio 1 is Zane Lowe.  He’s compiled a list of his favourite records of 2013 and we get to choose our favourite!

Zane will count down to the Hottest Record of 2013 on Radio 1 starting at 7pm on Monday 16th December, with the Number 1 revealed on Thursday 19th December.. Nominations close at 8.30pm on Friday the 6th of December. Remember – you only have one vote so choose wisely!

There’s a link here so you too can vote for your favourite.  Once again I’ve been paralysed by indecision and haven’t actually voted myself yet.  The one I’ve chosen for you today though is this….