Moving day

15 09 2010

I decided it was time for a clear out. It took a while but my physical world is now clear, time for the cyber world. I have a new blog. Well two actually. One for bits and bobs and one for more detailed entries. This blog has become too inconsistent in both quantity and quality. Time for a fresh start.

My bits and bobs blog can be found here.

My more detailed blog (which is awaiting a title and entries) can be found here.

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This Blog Will Change My Life* (part 1)

3 03 2010

*Bit of an exaggeration!

Allow me to set the scene…  There I was on a mission to buy some lovely new clothes and yet again I failed. Unless it’s a tee shirt I seem to be incapable of clothes shopping, the universe seems to be against me on that one.

Anyway before I head into a rant about clothes shopping I shall move swiftly on. En route to the bus stop I always pass Magma which has become my new favourite shop. In this shop I find this book:

I have set myself the challenge to follow the tasks set in this book. One each day. To even things out I have done two tasks today. Feels more appropriate to start afresh on a new month, y’know?!

Day 1: Aside from filling out couple of rather funny forms asking for bank details, the explanation of evil and my preffered blood group (with a note to say if the opportunity arises whoever has read this should make sure my blood gets swapped), the first task is pleasingly easy. Options have even been included. Some of the options are: go on a one-minute hunger strike, whisper a white lie when no one’s listening, learn to play “Chopsticks”. Without having a musical intrument to hand to play Chopsticks (admittedly I could have improvised) I decided to go for the insult an insect option. I do hope I didn’t hurt it’s feelings too much. Feeling triumphant from this task I attempted another – hold the phone to my other ear. This was also a success and what with 3 being my favourite number (the book had already asked me) I went for one more task – do one press-up. By far the hardest but I managed it. Just stuck to the one though, didn’t want to push myself too hard.

Day 2: “The Love of Your Life – Today, gaze at everyone wondering whether they might be the one true love of your life, the one destined for you and you alone, and whether you might be passing them by forever… Act in consequence.” I was slightly more picky than the task suggested. To begin with I narrowed down “everyone” to guys, an obvious first step, then fully began my secret task with a hunt for dark hair and beards. Not neccesities but most definitely preferable. I wasn’t brave/not weird enough for full on face to face gazing and most of was done in the seating position to further add to the illusion of normalness and avoid embarrasing injury. All in all I’m not so sure how successfuly this task was completed, furthermore how does one judge the success of this task? Surely not by finding the actual love of your life (although that would be a rather good result) as life is a long time to wait for the results! I may carry on this task over the next few days, purely for my own amusement!

Two down 363 to go!





Music videos I wish I’d been involved in.

2 03 2010

Title says it all. Oh, except the fact that they’re recent music videos and that it is by no means an exhaustive list.

Ok Go – This Too Shall Pass

Vampire Weekend – Cousins

Muse – Uprising





Task list…

14 01 2010

So I seem to have negleted this blog for a while. It is not forgotten though.

Rather than making New Years resolutions I have found that task lists produce more results. I have have three seperate task lists. This is one of them, thus proving my point about the unforgotten blog and encouraging me to get back on here more regularly.

Over and out. Back soon.





Free Music. Legal too!

4 12 2009

Inspired by Lauren Laverne’s new show on BBC 6 Music in which she gave her listeners a link to a free download everyday I thought I would make it more simple (for me as much as you) to point you in the right direction.

Despite being given away for free (some for a limited time only) all these tracks are really good, especially the Steve Mason (fomally of the excellent Beta Band) song. If he’s giving that away for free the rest of the album must be amazing!

Enjoy!

Shy Child – Criss Cross

Steve Mason – All Come Down

Blood Red Shoes – Colours Fade

The Futueheads – Struck Dumb

There’s also loads of ace remixes & mash ups here. I personally can’t get enough of the Be My Baby intro remix, it’s titled Pre-Show Music April 209 – Master on the following link:

65daysofstatic – remixes/mash ups






A Guitar and a Challenge

16 09 2009

Learning an instrument seems to be a lot harder than I had originally thought. I have always wanted to be able to play an instrument properly whether it be the piano (my current musical desire), the drums (my instrument of choice if I were in a band) or the guitar (my current challenge). I play a decent enough recorder but this raises the question of what exactly does a decent recorder sound like. It isn’t exactly the most pleasant of instruments. I know how to play because of school requirements more than anything-it was either the recorder or the choir. There was also a small phase of being taught how to play keyboards but after learning three chords, which I have since forgotten, my Mother stopped paying for lessons. Fair enough as after a while my attendance at these lessons was rare, I was a very shy child and had become increasingly embarrassed about asking to be excused from lessons to go and learn the keyboard. Anyhow, many years later here I am complaning to my Mum about her not forcing me to learn an instrument as a small child.

I’ve got my hands on an acoustic guitar and some beginners guitar books. I’m working my way through them, slowly. So far all I seem to have achieved is hard fingertips and a state of confusion.

Chords-there are so many to remember but the thing that gets me is the position of the fingers. If it was possible to tie fingers in knots then I’m sure my left hand would be useless by now.
Strumming-I can strum down, I can strum up but the combination of down and up and down again isn’t as much of a smooth motion as many people make it out to be. Not just yet anyway.
Holding the guitar-No matter how many different positions I hold it in I feel like a hillbilly or country folk singer type. I’m hoping this will be overcome quite soon.

I’ve been told that the first part is the hardest, i.e. learning chords, strumming etc and once you pick that up it’s easy. Surely once I’ve learnt the chords and how to strum I can play guitar! Putting the chords in order and turning the strumming into some sort of rhythm is learning how to play a song. That would be a whole other challenge that my “skills” haven’t advanced to yet.

Will hopefully keep you posted about my improvement!





A Guitar and a Challenge.

16 09 2009

Learning an instrument seems to be a lot harder than I had originally thought. I have always wanted to be able to play an instrument properly whether it be the piano (my current musical desire), the drums (my instrument of choice if I were in a band) or the guitar (my current challenge). I play a decent enough recorder but this raises the question of what exactly does a decent recorder sound like. It isn’t exactly the most pleasant of instruments. I know how to play because of school requirements more than anything-it was either the recorder or the choir. There was also a small phase of being taught how to play keyboards but after learning three chords, which I have since forgotten, my Mother stopped paying for lessons. Fair enough as after a while my attendance at these lessons was rare, I was a very shy child and had become increasingly embarrassed about asking to be excused from lessons to go and learn the keyboard. Anyhow, many years later here I am complaning to my Mum about her not forcing me to learn an instrument as a small child.

I’ve got my hands on an acoustic guitar and some beginners guitar books. I’m working my way through them, slowly. So far all I seem to have achieved is hard fingertips and a state of confusion.

Chords-there are so many to remember but the thing that gets me is the position of the fingers. If it was possible to tie fingers in knots then I’m sure my left hand would be useless by now.
Strumming-I can strum down, I can strum up but the combination of down and up and down again isn’t as much of a smooth motion as many people make it out to be. Not just yet anyway.
Holding the guitar-No matter how many different positions I hold it in I feel like a hillbilly or country folk singer type. I’m hoping this will be overcome quite soon.

I’ve been told that the first part is the hardest, i.e. learning chords, strumming etc and once you pick that up it’s easy. Surely once I’ve learnt the chords and how to strum I can play guitar! Putting the chords in order and turning the strumming into some sort of rhythm is learning how to play a song. That would be a whole other challenge that my "skills" haven’t advanced to yet.

Will hopefully keep you posted about my improvement!