music monday jamie n commons x abassadors paolo nutini saint raymond

Jamie N Commons & X Ambassadors – Jungle
This is my obsession this week and my pump up song for waking up in the morning.
Apparently Jamie N Commons grew up in America where he gets his love for that bluesy sound. I can’t wait to hear more from him.

Saint Raymond – I Want You
So, this guy is 19.. yep 19! And how good is he? Does anyone else get that voice of doom in their head when you see (or hear) someone super talented and accomplished who’s younger than you? Anyway.. let’s just listen to this beautiful song to float that doom-voice away.

Paolo Nutini – One Day
I have been listening to Paolo Nutini’s new album, Caustic Love, pretty much on repeat since it came out. I’m pretty sure that even my car is fed up of hearing me sing along at this point. One Day is my favourite song off the album but you really do need to listen to the rest of it. Gemma and I have tickets to see him in November and I couldn’t be more excited!

July 15, 2014

After the break…

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So, as you may or may not have noticed, I’ve had a little blogging break.. little to me, to the blogging world I may as well have fallen off the planet.
In a sense I’d kind of fallen out of love with blogging. It had become a chore rather than a hobby, an extra stress I could do without.

I’ve written in the past that I think blogging saved me, through some very dark times it was my escape, the loving community surrounded me and I felt uplifted, I felt like I had a purpose. But that was a few years ago now, and not only have I grown up, the blogging world has too.

I don’t need blogging like I used to. And it definitely doesn’t need me.
I feel like I got left behind and it ran off without me. In a way I don’t deserve to say that as I haven’t put the effort in to keep up with all of the amazing bloggers who ran along, ran ahead and have made something of themselves and their blogs.
Now the blogosphere is overwhelmingly full. The attitude and community has changed too, and I don’t think I like it any more. It has become bitchy and ruthlessly competitive. Everyone seems to be out for themselves and creating this false life, pretending to be something that they aren’t.
Athough those lives are pretty and aspirational, that’s what Pinterest is for. I wholeheartedly enjoy reading and seeing something true, and would rather do so.
One of the reasons I became such good friends with Gemma, was because her voice, her passion, and her truth shone so brightly out of everything she wrote. I appreciate so much that even through the growth of her blog she has kept all of that. I think every blogger could do with taking a leaf out of her book.

So today I’m turning over a new leaf. I’m going to start blogging for me. I’m going to write about what I want to write about, whether that be fashion, music, beauty, travel or just a big old ramble like this one. That way, even if I only have a couple of readers, I, and they, know that it’s true.

Port Isla – Steamroller
The fact that Port Isla’s band bio includes “On a bad day, they cover 80′s power ballads, complain about beard growth and argue about the correct usage of knots” means I love them instantly.
This song is just a great upbeat indie anthem, I can definitely imagine dancing around to it on my next Snobs visit :)

All We Are – Feel Safe
I love everything I’ve heard from All We Are. If I could describe my relaxed music taste, I would play this song.
These guys are also supporting the amazing Jungle on their UK tour, so get to one of those gigs if you can.

Hozier – Cherry Wine
Who knows how many times I have listened to this song since this video first came on the Mahogany Sessions, I’m a big fan of Hozier anyway (as you’ve seen many times on my blog), but this song is something else. Hozier’s lyrics are so poignant and if you’re just listening to the pretty song and incredible voice they can easily be missed but really need to be taken notice of.