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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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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MusicMonday .6 Review

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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
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How Rude‚Ķ Im English

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So I was casually outside,¬† in town and I heard/saw a woman singing opera songs. Now for Oxford that’s pretty weird. I decided to sit down and film it,¬† well her..in a non creepy way. After about a minute the opera woman started to attract a small crowd and amoung the crowd was a evil middle aged woman. Ok let me explain‚Ķ

Firstly she looked at me evilly for filming the opera singer, even though other people were also filming her.

Secondly check out this conversation between her and I,  she was stood on my right and the wind was blowing from the right, she was smoking:
ME: excuse me,  sorry but could you possibly smoke on the other side,  its just that the winds blowing this way and the smokes blowing into my face.

HER: No I can smoke where I goddam like. *insert more evil looks* you don’t belong in this bloody country anyway,¬† if you don’t like it leave.
Me:…

Guys I’m quite a polite person so naturally I didn’t say anything back to that remark but how can someone in this day and age have the nerve to tell someone else they don’t belong here. I was born in England, London and moved to Oxford at the age of 9‚Ķ I’m probably more British than she is,¬† however as I’m not white she assumes ” I don’t belong in this country (England) ” now I could sort of understand if she were 80 and “set in her ways” not that an 80 year old telling me I don’t belong here would hurt less, but the woman wasn’t,¬† this woman could not have been older than 40.

And thirdly,¬† second hand smoking is just as bad as smoking (I’m not judging people who do) if you are standing next to anyone be it a child,¬† an adult,¬† an elderly person or an alien its common courtesy to move if you are smoking. Its not that hard to do and just shows other people that you are actually capable of caring about your fellow human beings.

Let me know what you think

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Smart Water is B√¶

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My mum is a genius. A couple of weeks ago my mum started drinking smart Water and apparently it tastes better. Thanks to the amazingly difficult subject chemistry, I now know why it tastes different…no don’t worry I’m not going to bore you with a chem lesson. So anyway recently my mother has started putting fruits and some veg (E.g celery and cucumber) in her smart Water bottles. The first time I saw this I thought she was insane. Why would you want big chunks of fruit and things in your water, especially considering she hates and I mean HATES bits in her water. I’ll tell you why she did it why she created this:

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Because it tastes AMAZING. Not only is it healthy for you but it encourages you to drink more water. The taste itself (depending what you put in it) is citrusy goodness. I honestly think this is one of the best things you can do with the smart Water and If you don’t do it for the taste, do it because it looks so pretty in the bottle with the fruit swirling around.

In short, this is one of my new favourite drinks and what’s convenient is that it can count as like all of your five a day…not that I actually pay attention to all of that but you know, when in Rome…

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Go and try this marvellous creation it tastes soo good and looks beautiful.

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Completing My Bucket List #2: Noise

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So about two years ago I really wanted a guitar and after not getting one for my birthday I was really disapointed. But about three months after that I got my first ever guitar and his name is miles. So anyway when I first got miles I wanted to cry (not literally) but it was so annoying having this thing I’ve always wanted and not being able to use it.¬† I didn’t want guitar lessons as at the time I was fairly busy but I noticed one of my teachers could play a guitar so I asked if after school one day (after my science revision) if he would teach me. That I think was a very weird conversation but he said yes. So for about a month he would stay behind every Wednesday and teach me the basics. But after about two weeks I slowly stopped going. Not sure why but I did so all little me knew at that time was the basic major chords : E, C and G. I remember thinking this is a good start because now I can play a song but few songs go E,C,G and that was all I could do and what’s worse is I could only do them in that order.

Looking back now I feel so sorry for little me. So after trying to get my teacher to teach me I decided I’d teach myself. For a further month or two I would come home from school after revision and watch millions of guitar tutorials per day. Which did and didn’t help. The people often went too fast and as I was below even a beginner I often didn’t know where they were telling me to put my fingers. But through determination I found a way to teach myself how to play my guitar.

So by now it’s around July 2013 and after teaching myself a) the “language” meaning just where things are and how to number your strings, B) more chords and c) more interesting strumming patterns than the down,down,down pattern I used before. I was ready to call myself a beginer.

Now its 2015 and I can play a range of chords and strumming patterns and it’s all thanks to my determination. I am the queen of putting things off but I felt really proud knowing I taught myself how to do something moderately hard. So Ive crossed out “learn how to play an instrument” as I can now play two (and a half= violin but I didn’t really like it so I stopped trying) instruments. Miles and my ukulele are like babies to me and I think if you don’t play an instrument you should definitely try and teach yourself. It’s frustrating but it gets better and in the end it’s very rewarding, it can work as a form of stress relief…

Let me know if you want me to make a post about helping you learn how to play an instrument or some tutorials…

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