Tag Archives: America

Christmas: Gift Guides by Dani and Ruth

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To continue this year’s Christmas theme, that of me showing you gift guides by some of my favourite YouTubers, here are some videos by Dani Austin and Ruth Crilly

Enjoy!

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Music/YouTube: Lindsey Stirling

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largePopular on YouTube, Lindsey Stirling is an American musician; a violinist, dancer, singer and composer who is known for her upbeat and modern use of the violin.

Her work includes a variety of styles and genres from pop to classical to dubstep and includes covers of songs, with or without vocals, choreographed violin performances with lots of dancing, original songs and professionally made music videos. Additionally, she has worked alongside Pentatonix, Josh Groban, Echosmith and other YouTube musicians and is currently touring throughout America.

I really enjoy modern violin music and Lindsey’s is really fantastic. To check out her music, her YouTube channel is perhaps the number one place to go, click here to go to it. Lindsey’s about page describes her channel very simply: ‘I love to play the violin, dance, write music, edit videos, play dress up, and perform. So, I combined it all together and this is what happened. 🙂 Subscribe to my channel and be updated when I release new music!’

Here’s some examples that I picked out:

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: https://www.behance.net/gallery/17021831/Shatter-Me-album-art-Lindsey-Stirling

Music: Chicago

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Today I’m recommending the band Chicago and their greatest hits album. I’ve loved this band for a fair few years; ever since my dad got their album on CD and started playing it in the car. I eventually borrowed his CD, put the songs on my MP3 and listened to them myself. Recently, I borrowed the CD again to put it onto my iTunes and from that onto my iPod. I’ve been listening to the album once again almost non-stop.

Chicago is an American rock band who formed in 1967, unsurprisingly, in Chicago. They are one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups having sold more than 100 million records. Despite being dubbed as a rock band, their music tends to fit into other genres like soft rock, jazz fusion and pop rock.

Examples of their music will be below, since I can’t say much more about them without you hearing their music:

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Food: Chips Ahoy Cookies

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I recommend biscuits a lot due to the fact they tend to be the only new foods I try… so, today I’m recommending Chips Ahoy! Crispy Choco Caramel cookies. Chips Ahoy is an American brand, or so I gather, as the cookies are more widely distributed there than anywhere else. Recently, the brand has made its way to the UK with this new variety of cookie and another of a different flavour. As soon as I saw them advertised I wanted to try them and fortunately I found them in a chips ahoylocal ASDA supermarket.

Before even opening the cookies, the packaging is so handy as it has a resealable tab at the top. The cookies were delicious (they’re all gone now). They are quite rich in chocolaty flavour and have nice chunky chips inside. These include: chocolate chips, milk chocolate coated caramel croquant and wheat and corn flakes, at least that’s what the packaging states.

They are so good and not as unhealthy as my last biscuit recommendation was!

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Music: Hollywood Ending

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hollywoodendingThis week’s music recommendation is the American/UK boy band Hollywood Ending. I found this band about two months ago as they supported McBusted on their arena tour around the UK. Out of the three support bands, Hollywood Ending was definitely the one that stood out. They have two albums already and are currently working on their third. Their songs are incredible and I absolutely love all of them, this isn’t a word of a lie, I honestly love all of their songs.

I’m now going to quote their website, as it probably sounds better than anything I could write about them, and it just tells you more about who they are and what they do: ‘Hollywood Ending is a pop-rock band formed in Summer 2011. The band consists of Tyler Wilson (Lead Vocals), Cameron Byrd (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Piano), Dan Geraghty (Vocals/Lead Guitar), and Chris Bourne (Vocals/Bass), all 18-21 years old. Hailing from all different parts of America and even the U.K., these boys met on Skype and came together with a shared dream of becoming big in the music industry. They got their start on Season 4 of Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing competition finishing in 3rd place. Since then they have appeared on many tours in the United States, Canada, and Europe opening for artists like The Janoskians, Austin Mahone, R5, Allstar Weekend, and many more. In Summer of 2012 they did their first headlining tour selling out shows across the US and Canada.’

They have a sound similar to McFly and Busted but with a mixture of more modern bands such as The Vamps and 5 Seconds of Summer. This to me just spells brilliance as these four bands are some of my favourites, McFly and Busted being my absolute favourite bands, so it was always likely that Hollywood Ending would be amazing. I really hope that big things come their way, as they certainly deserve it! Check ‘em out!

An example of their music is below:

 

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P.S. Chris Bourne, Hollywood Ending’s bass guitarist, is the brother of James Bourne, a third of Busted and a sixth of the supergroup McBusted.

Disclaimer: I do not own the above picture, it from the bands website: http://hollywoodendingband.com/

Music: Mad at Gravity

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Band Picture CD CoverMad at Gravity, albeit a very short-lived band, are worth recommending because they are genuinely and simply amazing. They were an active band from 2000, when they formed in Southern California, until their split in 2003. The band was made up of J.Lynn Johnston on vocals, James Lee Barlow on guitar, keyboard and backing vocals, Anthony Boscarini on guitar, piano and keyboards, Ben Froehlich on bass and finally, Jake Fowler on drums.

The band only managed to release one album, Resonance, under ARTISTdirect records. The album peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Check out the band’s Wikipedia page to find out more.

What makes their music so beautiful is the clever combination of the instruments in complimenting J.Lynn’s beautiful voice. It is for this reason I think their music became so popular at the time and why I love it now but I do have to admit that, in my opinion, if it wasn’t for J.Lynn’s unique and powerful voice, the band would be another struggling rock band.

The band split up, according to their Wikipedia page, because J.Lynn left and the others failed to find a suitable replacement. Since then J.Lynn has continued his musical career but recently his music has become a hobby rather than his career although he still has a strong passion for it. J.Lynn has two YouTube channels which he occasionally updates, a channel for music and a channel for vlogs, it is from these that I first learnt about the band Mad at Gravity and it is the reason why I bought the band’s CD (which still available on Amazon).

These are some examples of Mad at Gravity’s music. The last video in these examples is one of J.Lynn’s solo tracks to show you all, my faithful followers, the absolute magic that his voice is…

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Disclaimer: I do not own the band picture – it is from here: http://www.nyrock.com/reviews/2002/ovsms.asp