Music Monday: Fairytale of New York

Happy Monday everyone – here’s a little something to get you in a festive mood! 😀

 

 

 

Music Monday: Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

It’s that time again 😀 This one really needs no explanation – it’s a fantastic song that has been covered by hundreds of artists, so this is just my little version of it!

I’d love to hear any feedback you have or requests for future songs – though let’s not comment on the stupid roll my jumper is doing in this video, shall we?! 😉

Enjoy your week, everyone! ❤

 

 

 

Music Monday: No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young)

Happy Monday lovely people! I’m delighted to say that Music Monday is back now that my course deadlines have been and gone 😀 I hope you’ll forgive me for being a little rusty!

As yesterday was the anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death, there could be only one choice for today’s video – this tribute written by Brian May. I definitely have to be in a strong place whenever I listen to this one!

I hope you’ll all enjoy this – and please do let me know if you have any requests! ❤

 

 

 

Music Monday: Circle of Life (The Lion King)

Happy Monday lovely people! I’m back with a little bit of Disney for you this week 🙂

The Circle of Life was composed by Elton John and Tim Rice for the 1994 animated film The Lion King. It also features in the long-running theatrical show and in the recent live-action remake of the film.

Have a great week everyone!

 

 

 

Music Monday Double Feature: Shut Up & Dance/We Are The Champions

You may have noticed that I’ve been quieter on the music front recently. Work has taken over my life a little bit in the last month but I’ve finally been able to sit down at my piano and get some recording done.

So imagine the anxious crisis I had when I made my comeback last week and not a single person acknowledged it.

Except. I didn’t hit publish properly! So now that I know I’m not unloved, just a numpty, I’m giving you last week’s video as well as this week’s! Enjoy my lovelies 😉 ❤

 

‘Radio Silence’ spoiler-free review!

Hello lovelies! Last month, I discovered a new-found love for contemporaries and this one has definitely earned itself a place in my heart! Want to know why? Of course you do… 😉

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synopsis

Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying.

Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As.

You probably think that they are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and she is a girl.

They don’t. They make a podcast.

In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Will they have the courage to show everyone who they really are? Or will they be met with radio silence?


my thoughts

This book, you guys. The hype you’ve heard? Believe it. This is an incredible book that I feel so many people will relate to.

First of all, let me talk about these characters. Frances is MY PEOPLE. She is a nerd girl who studies hard and doesn’t really like partying; she’d rather be at home watching Studio Ghibli films or listening to her favourite podcast while creating fanart. I relate so much to her. Honestly, this is the first book I’ve come across with a girl working hard in school and pushing herself to do her absolute best in order to get into university. Thank you Alice Oseman for making me feel SEEN. Also, I am HERE for Frances’ wardrobe choices.

The other characters are equally brilliant. Everyone felt so real; I genuinely felt like I was reading about an actual group of friends, and I wanted so desperately to be a part of it. Their dialogue was realistic of how young adults would actually speak and I just genuinely loved the dynamic between them all. Oseman captures teenage life in Britain SO freaking well; so many aspects of this book were my genuine experience growing up and I loved seeing it represented in these pages. For example, when Aled mentions the drunken bouncy castle? This is something I did in my student days!

And I have to give a mention to Frances’ mum. What an absolute gem we have been blessed with there. Why aren’t there more parents like this in books?! Seriously, she is amazing.

This is such a book of my heart, I can’t even. I haven’t read many books set during sixth form/A levels when everyone is trying to figure out their life and where they want to go to university (if anywhere). Again, massive shoutout to the author for making me feel so validated; I so appreciated the message that university is not the be-all and end-all! I’ve mentioned in the past that I felt somewhat pushed into going to university and it ended up being a very traumatic time in my life, so now I genuinely want to thrust this book into the hands of every sixth-former who is struggling to make the decision.

Finally, I want to say how nice it was to read about a platonic relationship. This book is proof that you don’t need your two main characters to be falling in insta-love to create a fantastic read.

I was genuinely sad when I reached the final page of Radio Silence; it’s a book I never wanted to end. Please, if this is anywhere one your TBR, bump it up the list. Everyone needs to read this one ❤

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Have you read this one? What are some of your favourite contemporaries? I need more! x
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‘The Forest of Wool and Steel’ spoiler-free review!

Hello lovelies! I recently read The Forest of Wool and Steel, a lovely book which would be perfect for any of you taking part in #WomenInTranslation this month! Read on to find out why I recommend it…

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synopsis

Tomura is startled by the hypnotic sound of a piano being tuned in his school. It seeps into his soul and transports him to the forests, dark and gleaming, that surround his beloved mountain village. From that moment, he is determined to discover more.

Under the tutelage of three master piano-tuners – one humble, one cheery, one ill-tempered – Tomura embarks on his training, never straying too far from a single, unfathomable question: do I have what it takes?

Set in small-town Japan, this warm and mystical story is for the lucky few who have found their calling – and for the rest of us who are still searching. It shows that the road to finding one’s purpose is a winding path, often filled with treacherous doubts and, for those who persevere, astonishing moments of revelation.


my thoughtsApart from the fact that this book had the most perfect subject matter EVER for me, I absolutely recommend this one to anyone who enjoys literary fiction. This was just the loveliest, gentlest little book. There is such a dreamlike quality to the writing that I really loved. Check out this example:-

“Pianos want to be played. They are always open – to people and to music, ready to shine a helpful guiding light towards worldly beauty.”

I just adore that! This book had some of the most gorgeously enchanting imagery that I think even non-musicians will appreciate. And as for myself, reading this book had me absolutely itching to play! It is clear that Miyashita loves the instrument herself.

This is a very character-driven book. There is very little in terms of major plot action but I just loved being gently lulled by this book each time I picked it up.

I did think that one of the piano tuners, Mr Akino, was a bit rude but I suppose there had to be some form of conflict somewhere! Overall though, this was just a lovely quiet book and definitely one that all those who are musically inclined should pick up!

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Have you read any books that cover a subject you are passionate about? Let me know in the comments! x
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Music Monday: Tong Hua (Fairytale)

Happy Monday everyone 🙂

I honestly don’t know when or how I first discovered this song but it is the most successful Chinese language song of the 21st century! I don’t recommend watching Michael Wong’s video though, unless you want your heart broken into a million pieces!

Hope the weekend comes back around quickly for you all! x

Music Monday: With or Without You

Hey everyone! And happy Monday!

I thought I’d do a little U2 for you this week 😀 I don’t know what it is about this song that I love; maybe it’s captivating in it’s simplicity.

With or Without You is the third song from Irish rock band U2’s fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree. It was released in March 1987. It was the band’s first number one in the US and Canada, and was praised by critics upon its release.

It is the second most covered U2 song and is placed at number 132 on the list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Have a great week everyone! x

Music Monday: She’s Always A Woman (Billy Joel)

Happy Monday everyone 🙂

I don’t know why but editing this video was an absolute pig and I still don’t feel like it’s fully in sync but hopefully it’s close enough and I’m just being pernickety! Hooray for awkward time signatures haha.

‘She’s Always A Woman’ is a song from Billy Joel’s 1977 album ‘The Stranger’. It was written for his then wife Elizabeth Weber. The song became popular again in 2010 when it was covered by Fyfe Dangerfield for a John Lewis advert, which ranked fourth in an ITV poll for advert of the year.

Have a great week!