Friday, 27 February 2015

Bookclub! In Another Man's Bed by Francis Ray

   So kicking off Bossy Boots Bookclub is In Another Man's Bed by Francis Ray. 

   
   I really liked it. It had a great tone, and I thought dealt well with cheating. Justine the heroine really struggles with what she should do and what she really wants. I also really liked Brianna and Patrick in the book, I thought their relationship was done well. I was really happy that I picked this as the first book. I haven't read Francis Ray before, so I want to read more of her. This for me was a great book to start with. 

   Just a reminder, next month's book is Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, I am really looking forward to reading this and discussing it here on the blog (to be posted on the 27th of March). 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

A Post about Song Covers

   So this week I have decided that I am going to post about covers that I like. Sometimes I find something really else in a song when someone sings it in a different way, or even the same way. Oh and Barb this is a post that I think you'll like!

   And just for fun here is a picture of a bass guitar, just because I like basses. Plus I really like that colour of blue. 



   So in no particular order here we go:

    Ben Howard on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge did a cover of Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson. I think what I really like about this is how haunting it sounds, the way he sings it has some of the desperation of the song somehow. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPU8V-nvUEk 

    Of course after finding this I went down the rabbit hole of looking the live lounge music. I found this, Bastille's version of We Can't Stop by Miley Cyrus. I actually prefer this to the original (which I find super generic), but this cover appeals maybe because it has a edge to it, I think it sounds different to me sung by a man and that bass is beautiful to listen to. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pZi7CXE2ac

   There are about a million covers of Blackbird by The Beatles but Sarah McLachlan's version of it always makes me cry, and the lyrics have always been haunting. The song hasn't been changed but it's her voice that makes this version my favourite. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3VrggQW7tk

   I have also been listening to artists doing different versions of the their own music. I really like the remix of Crazy in Love by BeyoncĂ©. I like how different this version is of the original and her voice is amazing on this song. I know that it's on the soundtrack of Fifty Shades of Grey which I am not going to talk about, but the song is great and it's a really interesting use of the song using her voice in a different way. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR8KaqteDms 

   I also like this acoustic version of Ride by Lana Del Rae. I really like her voice on this song as well. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtQ4CsNYAgc

   I am going to recommend another cover this is I heard it Through the Grapevine by Gladys Knight and the Pips. This is the version that I like the most, mostly because of how she sings it. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQRcUxNJEbs

 

   

Monday, 16 February 2015

Music of my Teen Years...

   I have recently been listening to the music of my youth. The music that I listened to when I was in my teenager years. Some good (Pulp and Echo Belly), some just make me laugh Total Eclipse of the Heart being one. 

   And here is a picture of vinyl record art just because I live the picture:



   When I was really young I only had my parents records in vinyl, my siblings taste in music and the radio as places I listened to music from. I still love listening to that sound of a record on a needle. The art is pretty as well.  

   When I was a teenager my own music taste developed and I found music I liked independently. This though came from an album that one of my family owned, and I got my own copy, this is an album I still like now. Dark Therapy by Echo Belly is such a hypnotic song that I can never get enough of. I used to listen to this on the way to school (the whole album which is called On), but this track towards the end of the album is beautiful. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcprozpNBFk  

   I recently listened to Annie Lennox's Broken Glass again. It didn't hold up again for me, I like Annie Lennox but not as much as I used to, but this week I found out that the song No More I love Yous is a cover and the original is amazing, it is by The Lover Speaks. I have been really into this song all week. You can find it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdNOCj_35Po 

   When I was a teenager the first album I ever bought on tape was Expecting to Fly by The Bluetones. It still remains one of the albums that I listened to most. I am unsure what song to pick but Putting Out Fires has the most heartfelt lyric to me, the lyric is 'it had to end, losing a lover, gaining a friend'. It has hit me differently that lyric in different times of my life, but when I first heard it, I was really bowled over by that idea, and the way he sings it, both sad but hopeful just really beautiful. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFjKdF3TjPQ

   I also listened to a lot of stuff that I cannot for the life of me think why it hooked me, a lot of the Spice Girls music to me now seems so tame, or Take That, or Boyzone. God even looking at the videos make me shudder a little. The comfort that I take though is when you are teenager you are still developing your taste and still exploring songs. Music in the end is personal but my taste as evolved over the years to getting to what I like and not bowing to popular pressure to like something anymore. Plus it is completely subjective, no one person is going to love the same thing. 

   Just for fun here is the video to Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler. I have not laughed this hard for a long time. To the bizarre neon lassoing, the house on fire for no reason, the very strange group of women who turn dramatically, dressed in white because why not? Independently from everything else by the way. It also has Tyler on a cliff singing in a white dress fending off the wind, this also has nothing else to do with the rest of the video. And it ends with a all in white cowboy with Tyler looking up at him, the hero? I do think the Total Eclipse of the Heart video is probably more bonkers but this really is a sight to see, embracing the eighties with a vengeance. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fpjuoKhfJo

   I am going to end by saying I found two things that made me happy on YouTube. One is the song Something's Gotta a Hold On Me by Etta James. This song put a big smile on my face, and I hadn't discovered it before, you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4RZSt4A3jU 

   There is also this old bit that Eddie Izzard did early in his career about horror films, I think it's from either his second or third filmed stand up. It still makes me laugh really hard. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QGhSYgPhgA

Sunday, 8 February 2015

A Few Things...

   I have recently had my Birthday week of fun and I did indeed have a lot of fun. I went to a gig on that Friday and it was really good. I didn't make a skirt during that week, but I am now making one now.

   I have discovered that I am not really one for pressure sewing. I have now recently started making a skirt, which is basically the same pattern that I did before. Having done this before making it this time around had been a lot easier and really fun. I have to do the zip, waistband and hem and then I'll have finished the skirt. I really like the fabric design I've used as well.

   Talking of sewing, The Great British Sewing Bee is back! I am so devoted to this already. It's so good you guys! This series always inspired me, and the clothes they make are all amazing. I also in fact have the Cherry fabric that Alex used in the first episode, on my sewing table. It's beautiful but the stuff I am planning to make with it doesn't require me to match it, but I really admire Alex's style. I have my favourites but I am just pleased that it's that time again for a new Bee. 


   Oh and just for fun here is a Liberty print that I really like, sold on their website. You can find it here:  http://www.liberty.co.uk/fcp/product/Liberty//Marky-C-Tana-Lawn-Cotton-/110881 

   I've been reading and listening to a lot of books over the past couple of weeks as well. I've been reading the bookclub book and I've nearly finished it. I'm enjoying it immensely so far (and just a reminder that the day that I post is on the last Friday of the month, the 27th of February). I have also been listening to Just Listen by Sarah Dessen narrated by Jennifer Ikeda, and what really made me hook into this was the way the characters relate to each other via music. In particular the honesty that comes out between Owen and Annabel. It also made me want to find some really obscure intense music to listen to.

   I have also found out this past week that Eddie Izzard did a AMA on Reddit, so that's what I am recommending. He's done it twice now. So I am going to link to both one was in 2014, and the other this year. This is the one from 2014: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1wzhgu/eddie_izzard_doing_force_majeure_inhouse_ama/

This is the one from 2015: http://interviewly.com/i/eddie-izzard-jan-2015-reddit