Charlie Simpson is a brilliantly talented young musician, who, after 12 years in the Music Industry, is currently releasing his second solo album, Long Road Home. Many of you may recognise his name without really acknowledging who he is as he was a member of the former pop band Busted (who I still love), and more recently a member of the heavy rock band, Fightstar. Over his years in the industry his music tastes have quite clearly changed with his current style exhibiting a more indie, singer-songwriter feel and not only does it have this fresher style, Charlie has created his latest music with so much passion which really does shine through.
What Charlie has said of his latest album is; ‘The making of this album has been an incredible journey for me, it is probably the hardest record I have ever had to make. It took me a while to find what I was looking for and there were points when I nearly had to go back to the drawing board. However, after taking some much needed time out from writing and all things music related, I came back with a completely fresh perspective and wrote in my opinion, some of the best music I have written in my career so far. It’s an album I am hugely proud of and one I had to fight for which makes it all the more special’. And this really does prove what I feel about his music at this current time.
So as today’s examples of his work, I’m going to show some Busted, some Fightstar and of course some of his Long Road Home album:
On to Youtubers/Video Wednesday…
I think the Youtube community can be a brilliant resource for good; not only does it refuse to allow people to get bored but it allows people’s creativity to get rewarded and for individual groups and communities to develop safely under mutual interests. It is for this reason; I want to, on Wednesdays share some of my favourite people and their channels on here.
Today’s recommendation is the wonderful Tessa Violet and her channel. Going under the username, Meekakitty, she has been a vlogger, a model and most recently a musician with her debut album now released. Coincidently, it was Tessa’s channel that first got me into the world of Youtube as most of us know it. She was the first vlogger I watched, the first person I made sure to follow and the person who has inspired me in so many different ways.
Here’s a few videos I recommend watching, and I hope you enjoy!
Today’s recommendation is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (published in 1847). I have been studying the Gothic genre while doing my English Literature A-Level and this is one of the books we’ve started studying.
I completely loved the book; I think it’s a great example of the gothic genre with its sublime use of nature and intense characters. I know that many people share in that same love but it wasn’t always so well received. As quoted from Sparknotes; ‘Even Emily Brontë’s sister Charlotte—an author whose works contained similar motifs of Gothic love and desolate landscapes—remained ambivalent toward the unapologetic intensity of her sister’s novel. In a preface to the book, which she wrote shortly after Emily Brontë’s death, Charlotte Brontë stated, “Whether it is right or advisable to create beings like Heathcliff, I do not know. I scarcely think it is.”’ I feel that what Charlotte comments on is exactly why the book is so well loved now. The Gothic explores the darker side to humanity, never admits that anyone is perfect and questions our own purpose and that, I think, we can agree is still very relevant to today.
It is at this point I must provide a disclaimer, Bronte writes the interesting character of Joseph and yet, no one in my entire English class could understand much of his dialogue. But as one of my friends found, if this becomes a problem there are translations available somewhere on the internet. Other than that, it is a brilliantly crafted piece of Literature.
I’m also going to briefly recommend Frankenstein, as written by Mary Shelley, which is another favourite of mine, and another of the Gothic genre, because it explores these same motifs while also questioning the purpose of man in relation to God.
PS. I apologise to my followers for putting this recommendation up so late as I was ill earlier today.
My Weapon Of Choice: LP 01 Black Kohl Eyeliner Pencil
Welcome back everyone! Today is launch day so let’s get started with Beauty…
For this week’s beauty recommendation I’m going to stay simple with BLACK EYELINER. For me, even if I wear no other make-up I’ve got to wear my classic pencil black eyeliner in the top and bottom waterline of my eyes. I think it makes me look more awake, it brings any attention from any areas of the face I’m not completely happy with and it brings out the colour of my eyes. It is for this reason I think everyone should wear more black eyeliner and I’d even go so far as to say that ‘Guyliner’ (is that what it’s called?) isn’t a bad idea.
I am re-launching my blog and this time I have a schedule, as listed below. I’ll be posting recommendations and reviews based on the things I like every day while I’m on holiday from school. My official launch day is on Monday 21st July 2014 and that’s when I’ll start posting. See you then!
Monday – Beauty.
Tuesday – Books and Magazines.
Wednesday – Youtuber and Youtube Videos.
Thursday – Music and Bands.
Friday – Food and Drink.
Saturday – Film and TV shows.
Sunday – Quote.