So Hello…Part 4¬†

Hi,

07/09/2017 ITS MY BIRTHDAY

Unlike my other ‘So Hello‘ posts you, my lovely reader you, are going to know exactly who im writing this letter to because…it’s my birthday who else would I be writing to ūüėĀ 

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So hello 19 year old me. How are you, hows Malaga…amazing I know 

The fresh air and cloudless skies are all you really need in life but lets get down to business. Youre going to University in under a month and if the holidays taught you anything its that you really need to put all the stresses and strains to one side and just enjoy life whilst you’ve still got one.  


Birthdays are a big deal to you. Not because of the cake and not even the presents but simply because its another marker, another way for the world to tell you you’re getting old and the sooner you accept that, getting older is not a bad thing. And that your life doesn’t end once you get to a certain age I really do believe everything will work out. Granted as I type this I’m layed the worlds comfiest chair right nice to the pool so that could just be chilled me talking. 

Nevertheless, Best wishes and hope to see you again next year. Oh and 

HAPPY BIRTHDAAAAAAAAY. 

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Check out another post:

+So Hello…Part 1

+So Hello…Part 3 

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Film Friday: Whiplash

Hey, I know what you’re thinking..well hello there yes I’m back after a much-needed rest and I’ve cleared my head and have new ideas for this year. New year new Blog, even though I know it’s already one month and two days into the new year but hey why put off something for tomorrow when you can do it today, or whatever that saying is. So for my first day back I would like to review ‘Whiplash’ directed by Damien Chazelle and filmed in NINETEEN DAYS!….because I just watched it (even though it came out in 2014) and already I have a deep love for it so here we go.WHIPLASH_2.indd

 

First synopsis : Driven by his demanding music teacher, drummer Andrew is determined to succeed as a Jazz musician – even if it destroys his personality

Second Most Notable Cast: The amazing ‘Miles Teller’ and fabulous ‘J.K Simmons’

Third Review: Indie films are always the best films and I’ll tell you why they are always no matter what b-e-a-utiful (you get extra credit if you can tell me where that’s from)¬†You can have a really crap¬†plot or bad acting but¬†they always seem to get the aesthetic, the atmosphere, the look perfect. And whiplash with its intense lighting and great camera action (the amount of blood and sweat you see is enough to make anyone strive to become a drummer and yet at the exact same time make you want to run for the hills) I don’t want to spoil anything..YET… but the film starts off with Andrew (played by Miles Totally-hot Teller) who has dreamt of being ‘One of the Greats’ from the day he could walk – don’t we all. and he finally gets he’s chance when Fletcher (J.K. Stylish Simmons…ok I’ll stop) invites him to join his studio/ensemble of musicians. It’s the equivalent of the cool girl asking you to sit at her table, and things seem to be looking up but quickly go down hill from there. Now 000036.2771.Whiplash_still1_JKSimmons_.JPGwhy I love this film, its gripping, you go through what Andrew goes through and it’s heart-breaking the amount of hard…HARD.. im taking blood sweat and tears hard..work he puts in only to fall right back to square one leaves you on the edge of your seat, yet oddly not dissatisfied..I don’t know maybe you saw it coming.

Fourth Review maybe SPOILERS: It’s not action packed so if transformers and G.I Joe is your thing then maybe this isn’t the film for you..hey i’m not judging I like those films to I just know there’s a time and place and this time, if you’re into Chicago or just in it for the aesthetic feel then hop right in. Andrew goes through so much in a total of¬† 1 hour and 46 minutes from his family not taking his drumming seriously to going home and drumming until his hands are literally blistered and bleeding..yeah not a pretty site. And¬†he really¬†pushed the boat out when he got into a car crash and straight after gets up disoriented and attempts to drum at the prestigious competition, is there anything he wont do to drum..well no actually as he proves¬†throughout the film countless times through¬†his bloody drumming hands. Despite the fact that¬†the ending is ambiguous – does he go onto become a drummer or does he go back home and back to his new job. Despite not knowing what our protagonist goes on to do, you’re not annoyed but rather relieved to see that in that one moment he was happy having done what he loved.

Thats all folks,

If I don’t return avenge my death.

Completing My Bucket List #3 : Anchor

Hey, 

As you may or may not know I have a bucket list on this site on one of the other pages that I have been trying to complete now for about a year and I’m getting there little by little. So today I wanted to cross off get a tattoo because I have one. That’s right I’m 17 and I have this bad boy   

On September 4th 2015 I got an anchor ( a couple days before my birthday) and I’m going to be honest…it didn’t hurt one but. It felt as though someone had gotten a warm needle and was gently scratching at my skin..which he was.  Although the tattoo doesn’t hold any immediate significance, I love it and significance can be applied to it. For example strength,stability, a wish to travel but stay rooted to your home. (What it represents for me) speaking of which my anchor is one of my checkpoints, it makes me believe I am one step closer to travelling than I was before. 

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Piano review 

Hi,

  A while back I went to see the amazing Sarah Nicolls play a piano ‘inside out’ no don’t get too excited she wasn’t inside out the piano was ūüėĄ it was amazing to watch and fun to touch and listen to the unique piano after so here’s a review of the even for you..  

 
Sarah Nicolls’ creative story combined with her beautiful pianist talents are enough to make any individual want to go out and buy a piano. After being tasked with turning a regular piano ‘inside out’ Sarah managed to create a new machine, whilst also keeping and improving the simplistic piano sounds we all know and love. Sarah kept the audience’s attention without saying a word but rather, by keeping our eyes fixed on the different Mechanisms she had created, in order for her to play the portable piano at the performance in OCM on Saturday. The show was both interesting and funny, especially when she told the story of looking after her child by using different parts of the piano. It’s hard to understand why other people have not thought to utilise the different parts of the piano like Sarah has. She was extremely friendly and welcoming, encouraging everyone to touch and play the piano she clearly caredabout, all in all the performance was fascinating and very memorable, It was beautiful to hear Sarah’s dream become a tangible reality that she is now able to showcase to the world.

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+ Rise https://secretxparade.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/rise/

+ so hello…part 3 https://secretxparade.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/so-hello-part-3/

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So Hello…Part 3

Hi,

12/10/2015 (dates important :))

Like my other two ‘So Hello’ posts im not telling you who it is until the end but see if you can guess.

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So Hello,

Wow you’re all grown up. see whats confusing is that you were once so fragile and now look at you. trust me you’ve changed, you cant see it but I can. Y’kno I still hate how smart you are, youre waay ahead of the game and its not fair its like I was the prototype and youre the final model but its alright because you deserve the best. I wish I could give you all of my knowledge (not that you’d need it) and tell you the world is a great place to live in but like I said youre too smart for that. Too wise. You can be whoever you want to be don’t let anyone stop you and never doubt yourself. im so proud to have seen you grow, it may seem like I hate you from time to time but honestly you our the sun and sometimes I wonder where I’d be without you. I know not everything goes your way and you hate that im older but it’ll be ok, you know im here to support you.

We’re a team you and I, we’re not like the others..we’re a team. I love how much influence I have over you. when I ask you who your favourite band is and you say Panic at the disco. Or when I ask you what your favourite anime is and you say Tokyo ghoul, it makes me smile because I know I did that. We need to carry on watching angel beats together it was so much fun last time. I miss all the time we spent together when we we’re younger…theres no time now. I still love you though. even though you’re older now im still going to treat you the same because you are the same..you’re never going to change in my eyes, you’ll always be that happy little kid I always knew.

Happy Birthday, I hope one day all your wishes come true.

Lots of love from Si (your big sister) xxxx

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If you haven’t guessed already this post was my way of saying a massive happy birthday to my now 13 year old brother, he is one of the best things in my life and im so proud of him. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALE.

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+ So Hello…Part 2: https://secretxparade.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/so-hello-part-2/

+So Hello…Part 1: https://secretxparade.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/so-hello-part-1/

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August, 2015

Hi,

I know yes I disappeared yet again but hey ik back and here with a new soon to be feature post for my blog. (A monthly update post)

So September is here the month that every child,tween and teen hates but before I get into that let me explain what I’d been doing in August…

+1 EXAM RESULTS
I got some pretty good results enough for me to do what I want in Cherwell which I’m really happy about considering I was extremely confused on whether to go or not so guys I’m going to Cherwell for 6th form yaaay…

+2 MY FIRST TATTOO
Yes I am 16 and yes I got a tattoo of an amazing little anchor and no I will not and do not regret it…in summary I love it and it gives me hope.

+3 FIRST (FUSION) FESTIVAL
I went to fusion festival and it was BRILLIANT. I saw Ed Sheeran, Tinie Tempah, DJ Fresh, Fuse ODG, Rixton, Aston Merrygold and Luke Friend. Going to a festival for the first time and seeing your idol(s) on a massive screen is just a completely different feeling. But when you then look to your left and see that the actual person, the person whose songs you’ve been obsessing over for the past couple of years…you see them..your heart well my heart explodes with joy.

+4 SUCCESSFUL JOB
That’s right I found a job at a nice little cafe. Its nice having a job that you like and working with people you like. The only down part is I can’t wear nail polish in case I get it in the food but hey I can live with that.

+5 BEACH FUN
My friends and I decided to take a trip down to Weymouth. Although it was raining we still ended eating chips on the pier. We also managed to go swimming at a hotel swimming pool and use their sauna, jaccuzi and steam room all for £6. All in all a pretty good day!

So along with a few other bits that’s been my August. Stay tuned for my next monthly updates.

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+ About Me : https://secretxparade.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/about-me/?preview=true
+ Dreams Part 1: https://secretxparade.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/dreams-part-1/?preview=true

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MusicMonday .6 Review

Hi,
Today im doing something a little different *drum roll please’ its a music review for the band : ‘The Velvet Teen’

If “counting Crows” and “Paramore” had a music baby it would be The Velvet Teen…

The indie rock band from sunny California have vocals that could often put you to a sleep, whether you’re listening¬† to¬† their chilled out song “All is Illusory” or its their upbeat “GTra”¬† They provide the ideal music for travel and road trips. The Trio had been rock underdogs since 2006, until their new¬†fourth album and song¬† ‘All is illusory.’ The album creates a very relaxed atmosphere for any listen, whilsy the song,takes you to another place making people dream of a better and different world. The beautiful¬†vocals of Judah Nagler are blissfully accompanied¬†by the slow paced playing of a piano.

Their songs “eclipses” and “you were the first” takes drumming to the next level, featuring various beats,sounds and riffs it¬† is enough to kick start any private jamming bobbing session. “The giving in” has similar sounds as other popular¬† artists such as “Muse” and with the¬† juxtaposition of Naglers relaxed vocals to the upbeat yet drumming. The overall feel of the album is calming and deep, after hearing “Manifest” it’s safe to say the band is not short of instruments to use in their songs, similarly¬† to their song “sonreo” where again the band showcase their endless talent showcasing vocals,drums and electronics. The 90’s inspired band provide music for the indie, grunge crowd.

Their song “pecos” is a little chaotic and I personally think “Taken over” is a tad too ‘whiny’ and miserable although it suits the band and has its place in the album. Those are the only two songs on the album that I did not replay over eight times, therefore meaning¬† the album as a whole is great for whether you’re feeling down or you just need to escape the world for a while.

Of the album the two songs to definitely look out for are “the giving in”¬† …..and “All is illusory”¬† some say the song is chilling and ghostly due to the frequent echoing, however the chilled feel comes from the lack of any other instruments to act as a distractration to the listener. The lack of other instruments, as well as Naglers calming voice provide an honest feel to the song which is also echoed in the lyrics Nagler sings, for example “your eyes gave you away… to lose track of time with you and I’d run away” Nagler gives a fresh chilled tone and feeling to your stereotypical love songs.

And with lyrics such as, “Like a lock of hair I keep you close to me” what’s not to love?

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+ MusicMonday .5 Noise: http://wp.me/p5uZ9N-6M
++MusicMonday .2 : http://wp.me/s5uZ9N-214

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