Today I’m recommending the YouTube Channel Strawburry17 for a second time (to see my first blog click here). This is because the channel has recently released new shows and new seasons of shows after an intense shooting block. Over the past few years Meghan, Strawburry17, has been working hard to make her main channel a high quality production with a whole team working behind the scenes to make her content as good as possible. With this new season of Strawburry17, the hard work has paid off, creating awesome and unique new shows.
New shows include: Appy Hour, Kawaii Cookin, Cooking, Something New and Kyoot Toy Show. Appy Hour is hosted by Meghan and her brother J.D. to recommend their favourite apps right now. Kawaii Cookin sees Meghan using really cool sets, found in Little Tokyo L.A, to make cute little key chains or sweets. Cooking sees Meghan make something cool and edible using a pop culture reference, such as Doctor Who, Inside Out and Nintendo, as her inspiration. Something New sees Meghan tested to try new foods, or new objects, that she has never seen before, as picked out by her production team. She has been seen to try different types of Kit Kats, frozen dinners, sriracha foods and disgusting looking canned foods. Finally, Kyoot Toy Show sees Meghan unbox or create certain ‘cute’ toys and sees her demonstrate their uses in a short skit.
Some examples are below:
Today’s Music Recommendation is Matt Willis’ Solo Album, Don’t Let It Go to Waste. Most people, I’m sure, know who Matt is but in case you don’t he is a British musician and songwriter, TV presenter and actor. He is one third of the now split band Busted and one sixth of the newly formed supergroup McBusted. Following the Busted split Matt released his debut solo album which had three top 20 singles. In 2006, following this release, he won I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! In 2011 Matt starred as Fiyero in the West End hit musical Wicked! Following this in 2013, he appeared in The West End Men alongside Lee Mead. Matt Willis, as well as working with the McFly and Busted boys, has a role in UK soap EastEnders as Luke Riley. In January Matt played the role of Garth Stubbs in Birds of a Feather.
Matt Willis’ solo career was short-lived as he soon realised he much preferred creating albums and music in a band. Never the less, Matt managed to create a wonderful pop-punk album. I listen to this album a lot because it’s got a similar sound to Busted but is mixed with a harder, edgier tone which just sounds so good. My favourite songs are Fade out and Ex-Girlfriend although I do absolutely the entire album.
Disclaimer – I do not own the above photo of Matt, it is from: http://www.tattoodonkey.com/kerry-king-marshall-s-tattoo/
Today’s music recommendation is going to be Jesus Christ Superstar. This is because I like a lot of musicals and I always name Phantom of the Opera as my favourite for its atmosphere, it’s drama and the phantom himself and I absolutely love it’s music but I don’t necessarily love all the songs… so I’ve had to re-evaluate which is my favourite and I think Jesus Christ Superstar deserves the top spot in my musical loving heart. I love all of the music in Jesus Christ Superstar and I always sing along and I know all the words. The music tends to be my go to play on Spotify and I think it’s just crafted magnificently, not that Phantom isn’t, both Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar have brilliantly composed music and that’s thanks to the genius that is Andrew Lloyd Webber.
So I guess this post has become me raving about both musicals. Now I’ve had the pleasure to watch Phantom of the Opera in London at the West End and it was fantastic. I’ve also fallen in love with the 2013 arena tour version of Jesus Christ Superstar that we have on DVD. It is because of the incredible music that they’ve hooked me so well.
Before the rambling continues… Here’s a song from both shows:
If ever you have the chance to see either show, grab it!
Disclaimer – I do not own these pictures, they are from: http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2012/05/18/christ-almighty-%E2%80%98jesus-christ-superstar%E2%80%99-comes-to-town/ and http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/music/jesus-christ-superstar-birmingham-nia-1717195 and http://www.uktheatretickets.co.uk/blog/index.php/547/phantom-of-the-opera-a-musical-that-has-everything