June 9, 2011

Relocation relocation!

After a little debate and a chat with a wise friend we’ve decided to relocate mr bloggingtons! Tumblr has been a great intro to the blogging world but I don’t think it’s quite right for me! It’s a brilliant sharing tool but for the sheer amount of writing I do I think a new platform is in order!

Thanks to everyone who’s been very lovely on here. I’m not changing what I’m doing just where I’m doing it, so if you like it I hope you’ll follow to our new location:


Big love x

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June 6, 2011

England Keep My Bones

Oh my, I go to France for 4 days and miss Frank Turners album release!
Time to listen to it on repeat for 24 hours !

The album is titled “England Keep My Bones.” Available as of yesterday it is doing really well at 11 on the iTunes album chart. Go and buy: support good music, support Frank and please your ears all at once! 

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May 28, 2011

So much of the music featured on here is of the indie/folk persuasion that anything classical has been severely neglected so far.
I was having a conversation about this piece today that was so excitable it really showed the impact this piece can leave on people. If you don’t think you like classical music I dare you to stay put for the moment. 

This piece is close to my heart as it is probably the most difficult I ever performed. I had the intimidating task of the solo and for the 3 months we spent learning it I hated this piece, it was demanding, stressful, monotonous and PAINFUL (literally.) On reflection however, all of the throat sweets and tears (so many) were worth the final product. There is a recording of us singing this floating around somewhere in the depths of the internet and if I ever find it (or get the guts to show my 18 year old self struggling through) I will post it. For the moment though this beautiful recording is more than sufficient.

The Bluebird, by Charles Villiers Stanford is a piece that, unless you move in choral circles you will probably not be lucky enough to come across. Without going into a tirade of detail that will bore you it is hard to put my finger on exactly what it is that makes this so special.
The ethereal nature is achieved mostly by the ability of the singers to hold back; so often in music people let go and with all guns blazing blast their way through to the end- it’s like a smack in the face rather than the gentle stroke you get from this. Even at it’s most dynamic it is still soft. The haunting sound is in part due to the song being a capella; as the quote below rightly says, moments of silence in music are essential to creating atmosphere. Note you cannot differentiate between the singers voices (except the solo of course) and this loses you in a kind of haze. 

To truly appreciate this pieces beauty though, forget all of the above. Picture yourself on a moor, by a lake (“the lake lay blue below the hill”) in a forest, maybe add some mist and possibly the sun coming up. If you want a moment of serene calm in your busy life, this is it.
Now tell me you don’t like “classical music.”

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May 26, 2011

Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music

Marcel Marceau
I’ve been trying to explain to my Mum how moments of silence in music are just as important at creating atmosphere as the music itself. Couldn’t really have said it better.

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New Horrors single!

"Still Life" is the new single from Southend’s "The Horrors."  From their upcoming album "Skying" which is released on 11th of July this first track is reminiscent of 80’s goodness, definitely influenced by Simple Minds. So go get the girl and pump your fist in the air like Judd Nelson. I love it!

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May 25, 2011

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zero’s- Home

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Simon and Garfunkel- Homeward Bound

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Adele- Hometown Glory

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The Teenagers- Homecoming (Gentlemen Drivers Remix)

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RADICAL FACE 'Welcome Home' from the infantry on Vimeo.

Radical Face- Welcome Home Son

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