Monday, 31 December 2012

Goals for the New Year, whether I'll stick to them is another story...

I never have New Year's resolutions because I break them all on New Year's Day. But I thought it would be a good idea to set a couple of goals for this new year and if I don't stick to them, you can yell at me. Yelling is good.

1. Get an actual job - I've never had a part-time job during school and this first year of university so far and money is tight at the mo. So it will be good to get an actual paying job during the summer so I can at least add paid experience to my CV.
2. Continue making YouTube videos and post more on here - Because it's become a hobby of mine which is good to have during breaks from exams and lectures etc and this blog has over 2000 views which is incredible. Thank you! :)
3. Work hard - Now this sounds typical but I have worked so hard in 2012 to get my spot in university so I would like to keep going now I'm in uni to tell everyone I deserve my place there next year.
4. Stay positive - I am a bubbly, happy person when I want to be and who wants to be miserable all their life? Yes there will be tough times but if you try to stay positive whatever you're doing, life will be so much better.
5. Get my first kiss - Now you're probably thinking, oh god here we go, she's gonna be saying that one of her wishes is to get a boyfriend but that's not the case. If I do find someone this year, then great but I want to see what the big hype about getting a first kiss is all about and get that over and done with. So I can actually stop worrying, that's a good idea right?
6. Visit my bessie in Edinburgh - Because we still haven't seen each other yet at each other's universities and I want to see where all the magic happens! hehe.

So yeah, random goals I know but hopefully I'll achieve at least one of them in 2013. Fingers crossed. Well actually it's more than just fingers crossed, it's about getting your finger out of your arse to go and do it. Yep, I said it. Enjoy Hogmany! :)

Sunday, 30 December 2012

2012... what a hell of a year! :)

So it's nearly the end of another year. 2012 is almost over, and what a year it has been. So many things have happened this year which has made it the best ever, one year I will remember for forever more. Most people complain about how this year has been shit or whatever and they can't wait for this year to be over, for me, I will be sad to say farewell to 2012 because it helped me to develop so much as a person in just these 12 months. I made a list on my Facebook last year writing about the events that happened in 2011 but no-one really cared about reading it, so I'm posting the 2012 edition on here because you're cooler than any of my Facebook friends, and that's a fact. :)

I have finally left high school and have made great friends during the last six years and some people who I couldn't wait to say goodbye too. I was part of two amazing music groups in the Highlands where I have made friends who I hope I will be friends with for life, I got the chance to play my saxophone with other people and it was just a wonderful experience. I got distinction in my Grade 7 saxophone exam and got great results in my exams this year which made me earn my place at a great university. I was part of the NYJOS 20th anniversary celebrations and had such a wonderful time in my second year of attending the summer school. I've moved away from home and have coped with trying to live a completely different lifestyle to what I've been used to. I saw the Overtones live and met them afterwards. I started making YouTube videos and have made new friends on there who have been nothing short but supportive, which makes me regret that I didn't do it sooner, but I also found so many new YouTubers to watch this year who I have become addicted to their videos and they are so passionate about what they produce, it's incredible to watch. I turned 18 this year, so I can now call myself an adult, to think that my childhood is now just a memory, it terrifies me every single day.

But 2012 has been a great year for the UK as well. We celebrated the Golden Jubilee, Queen played live several times this year, then there were the London olympics where the GB team did us proud by winning so many medals, the one day we'll never forget is the 4th of August where Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah all won gold medals in one night, British classics were brought back to life with Paul McCartney, The Who, Elton John and so on.

There have been some tough times. This year has been harder than most with all the work for exams, music and university so far. I found out a close relative of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was the anniversary this year of my nanna's death. I was homesick at random parts of the year, trying to cope with being away from home.

But if I look back to who I was this time last year, I had no idea where I was going to end up after school had finished. I had next to no faith in myself, hardly had a clue of what was going to happen next. I would concentrate on the little things like I'm fat, ugly, never had a boyfriend etc and I still do but this year I've realised, life is too short for putting yourself down all the time. Yes I still haven't had a boyfriend yet but there's still time, like I said, life is too short to be worrying about things like that. There have been many inspirations in my life, but Queen have been more inspiring to me this year than any other year of my life I have spent listening to their music. Freddie Mercury, is my guardian angel and he has brought me here, and has made me gain so much more confidence and belief in myself. Queen are nothing short but brilliant and they have given me that missing spark I desperately needed to go out there and fight for what I want in this life. So I can't thank them enough for just being themselves and for being bloody damn good musicians.

I have made so many incredible friendships this year which I hope will last for a long time. I'm of course talking about the wonderful people on Twitter, whether you're a Queenie or not. You are incredible people, so thank you for being there for me when times have gotten tough or when I needed someone special to talk to. It means so much to me, I can't put it into words.

But thank you to everyone who has been such a huge part of my life in 2012, you have helped me to make this the best year ever. I hope you'll still be by my side in 2013, I'll have a complete year in Aberdeen University to look forward to, stressful exams, and tough times ahead but I'll still have my music, I'll still have Queen and hopefully, I'll still have my supportive friends and family as time goes on.

So I wish you all the best for 2013, hope it will be a fantastic year for everyone. Enjoy Hogmany and New Year's Day, don't get too pissed and remember all the words to Auld Lang Syne. I'm Scottish and even I forget the lyrics, better go and memorise them for tomorrow night. :) ♥

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas. :)

Wishing everyone a magical Christmas, enjoy spending time with the people you love. Hope Santa is good to you too. :) ♥

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

20/11/12 - The day I saw AND met The Overtones! :) ♥

I have some pretty pictures to show you, of the guys obviously, not my shiny face. :O

Have several photos of them on stage. :)







Lachie recognised me as I was dancing away in the hall, and he was honestly the sweetest. He wrote my name on the CD and spelt it right, considering he's from Australia, I'm impressed! :)


Timmy hugged me in the audience when they came out in The Glory Of Love. :)


Here I am with Mark. :)


And I dropped my camera in front of Mike and Darren. But they were so sweet about it, just me being so clumsy and starstruck obviously! :)


And here is their second album signed by all five of them. :)


Still smiling and I will be for weeks! :)

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

I had the most unlucky day EVER and it's not over YET.

So you want to hear me moan? It's been a while but today has been such a bad day. I had keyboard skills at 9am which is just so irritating, can't stand it. But before that I went to one of the university practise rooms beforehand and leave my phone in there. I go back to get it and it's gone. I still haven't found it so I'm praying that someone has handed it in to security or reception so I can pick it up tomorrow. Had to happen just before my first ever university test for the course and the day before I go home so I was freaking out so badly. Then I forget my homework for the 2 hour, I repeat, 2 HOUR lecture so I have to walk back to halls to pick up the homework. Then I spend all of the spare time I had today trying to find this bloody phone, still no luck. Then there was the two hour lecture which was horrible, and now I have to go to concert band rehearsal with a pounding headache and I feel sick. Yeah, so today has been great! I posted this on my Facebook and my auntie comments on it, sending me hugs. She's going through treatment for breast cancer at the moment and I moan about losing my phone.... I now feel really shallow. My parents are going to kill me when I see them tomorrow night so yeah, bring it on. Hope your day has been better than mine, not hard to be. :(

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Album Review - The Overtones: Higher



Hey guys! So a much needed album review on this blog has been long overdue so I'm now going to review to you the brand new album from the Overtones called Higher. If you liked the old doo-wop from the 50's, the Overtones are a 21st Century equivalent with that pop edge. I'm so excited that I am going to see them on the 20th of November so I had to buy their new album to know the songs before the gig. So yeah here we go with the review!

1. Loving the Sound - This was the first single released from the album which they also performed on Red or Black a while ago. It's such a cheery and uplifting tune. Best choice for the first track as when you play this track, you instantly want to dance along to it. You can tell that the band has gotten stronger voice-wise from their first album, it's a big improvement.  Great start!
2. Perfect - First cover of the Fairground Attraction hit, with that doo-wop twist. The use of horns in this track really give it that old fashioned swing-like feel to the tune. The group do this song justice, one again another groovy number.
3. Higher - The piano at the start sounds really dramatic and then the drum beat comes in and brings up the pace. It's good to hear another main voice at the start than hearing Timmy all the time, no offense he's a great singer but it's great to see the other guys getting a solo part. It's an exciting song this one, it's hard to explain but it's just a motivating number if you know what I mean. Listen to the track to understand what I'm saying.
4. Runaround Sue - The slow humming intro really brings you in and then the swing beat comes in. This cover of the Dion song is another up lifter and yet another tune to dance to, you can imagine this playing in an old 50's dance where couples do a quickstep number to this song. And again, each member gets their own little solo. And who got the trumpet solo at the end, that was impressive.
5. Reet Petite - With this Jackie Wilson hit, you would expect to hear either Timmy or Darren to sing this one, then the surprise hits you when Lachie begins to sing (the bass voice). It's funny to hear an Australian sing this song, but it's a great cover. He gets the rolling r in 'reets' which is the main thing. These notes are quite high in Lachie's range but he belts them out with vibrato which makes you shimmy to the song. Of course, you can't be the original but that doesn't mean this is a bad cover.
6. Groovin' - As the title suggests, you expect to hear a groove and boy golly, do you get a groove! Things finally slow down a little but the tune still gets that happy feeling in it, just makes you want to click your fingers along to it. Very soulful, very gospel like, so after dancing to all those previous tracks, it's an amazing track to chill out to. Key change is done really well too and Timmy hits very high notes quite a lot which is impressive. Adore this track, hope they play this live!
7. Unforgettable -  We slow down even more with this cover of a Nat King Cole beauty. Still has that slowed down swing. Love the delicate piano in this track, very jazzy. Harmonies are really good in this track and Lachie once again gets the main vocal, those low bass notes are just so smooth.
8. Love Song - We're finally back with some original material. This has a slight reggae element added to the swing which is probably my favourite thing about the track. This song gets stuck in your head for days, trust me, I can't stop singing it. Plus, you can't beat a bari sax bass themed riff. If you've listened to Gambling Man from their first album, it does sound kinda similar but it's still a good track.
9. The Glory of Love - Lachie's ba-doom-ba's are adorable in this cover. We're back to the 50's sounding element to this album. This is very bluesy, smooth and sophisticated. But a little short, which it was slightly longer.
10. You've Lost That Loving Feeling - Violin's at the start make the piece sound intense and dramatic, then Lachie's smooth voice seems to just blend in with the arco strings. Then the plucked bass brings in the groove, the bass and the horns makes the tune to be honest. It's quite slow at the start but after the second chorus, it starts to get more interesting. I also feel as if it's missing the harmonies a bit in this track. It's not a bad track, but not a favourite.
11. When You Say My Name -The whistle and the 'Say My Name's at the start gets you dancing once again, you know this is going to be a good track from that intro. And it is, brings a smile on your face, plus the laughs at the end add to the fun element.
12. Keep Me Hanging On - The guitar brings in the groove to this Supremes cover. This has more of a straight rhythm to this track. The drumkit is a bit light here, if I have to be super picky. Doesn't bring the track down, but is missing that little something and there's not a really ending to it.
13. Call Me Up - Now this is more like it with the drums, plus the bari sax, gets you dancing to it again. This is another upbeat uplifter, that also gets stuck in your head.  One of my favourites, especially with Lachie's bass notes, ooffft, so sexy! This is another track I hope they play live, can't wait to see their dance moves to this one. Nice cherry end to the album!

Overall Rating - 9/10. Sure this album has its flaws but if you're looking for bright, cheery music and if you like 5 good looking men in tight suits dancing to some swing, then you'll love the Overtones forever! Favourites from this album are Call Me Up, Loving The Sound, Higher, Groovin', When You Say My Name and Love Song, so as you can see I liked most of the original material in this album. It could do with a lot more of that, not that I'm saying the covers are bad, there are just too many. Apart from that, this album has soul, character and that cheeky element that makes you fall in love with the Overtones and right now, is getting me hyped up for seeing them live! CANNOT WAIT!!

Monday, 5 November 2012

Happy November! Enjoy the fireworks!

Thought I would do a little blogpost from the fancy university library!

Yeah, wolfwhistle alright! Tres posh, what not? How did I mix up an old English saying with French, that makes sense right? So I don't really have much to say, except I am so glad it's finally November. And it's bloody freezing. Also the location of my halls is starting to freak me out, let's just say there are a lot of peados close by ready to strike. Either that or the university sent an email to all the 1st year girls just to scare them. That's why I'm trying to refuse going out at night as much as I can. And if I do go out, it's with someone I know, as this place is pretty messed up.

Work is starting to pile up now, got three assignments for Gaelic I have to submit by Friday, woopie. It's currently reading week for the music course, so I have no music lectures and then next week, it's reading week for all Language courses so I will have no Gaelic classes that week. Would've been amazing if they were both on the same week instead of having to change everything once again. I'm in a moany mood today so try to deal with it, or you can just click the cross sign on this tab.

Next weekend, I'll be home, which is going to be so strange but I can't wait to see my family and of course see my friends from the music groups I used to go to. It's going to be a right laugh. Dunno how to pack though, should I take my laptop with me and my saxophones? It's for one weekend but I don't want Parker or Dixie to be stolen by peados.

Bet you're glad you're reading this post, right? This is what happens when I have spare time before my Gaelic aural lecture. Better go and listen to an OAP yell in Gaelic. It's fun, no really. Ciao..... Every YouTuber has a nickname for their subscribers or viewers, maybe I should come up with something.... I get distracted so easily! Bye guys! :) ♥

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Hallowe'en! Apologies for the blog hiatus... is that even the right word?


Hope your hallowe'en has been spooky so far. Mine has been ok but I've been pretty unlucky today with the little things in life, like walking in the rain, rip on my jeans, losing my tenor saxophone mouthpiece cap for the 2nd time, you know. Rain always falls on my parade, and I never bring a jacket but I still try to smile because that's all you can basically do in these situations.

So once again, it's been ages since I've blogged, which is unacceptable. I would use the university excuse but I've been uploading YouTube videos regularly so I don't think you would believe me. It's probably because I've lost the spark for it a little. But I thought I would give you an update as to how I'm doing.

So I've been living at university for over 6 weeks now, even though it's feels like I've always been here. Work has been ok, pretty steady so far but it is reading week next week where I have to read a shitload of pages for my course and possibly sit an assessment on Music History. So yeah, that's poopy. I haven't been home yet but I will be going home in a fortnight, which I'm so excited about! That's one of the reasons why I can't wait for November to actually start. Another reason is that I'm GOING TO SEE THE OVERTONES ON THE 20TH!!!! SO FREAKING EXCITED, OMFG!!!!
As you can see, I rarely go to gigs, infact technically this will be my first proper gig since I was 8.... yeah. Anyways, I can't wait to see these 5 hunky men live, I mean how cute do they look in suits?! I recently got their second album, which my dad got me when the family came over to visit two weeks ago, and I adore it. Just puts a big smile on my face. Maybe it's time for another album review, what do you think my friends?

So yeah, that's pretty much it I think. Hope you have a scary Hallowe'en! I will as I look at the work I have to do for tomorrow's lecture.... EEP! Oh by the way, if you just happen to read this blog randomly, I have a YouTube channel where I'm trying to upload a video every Friday so I would love if you can watch my videos or subscribe to my channel.


Plus I have a surprise for you on there....... trust me, it's not that exciting. But if you are intrigued, then take a look at my channel later on tonight to see what this so-called surprise is! hehe. Anyways, I'm going to go and watch random YouTube videos and then heat up my microwave meal for dinner tonight, just your basic student meal! BYE GUYS!

Saturday, 13 October 2012

So, yeah, Brian May tweeted me, no big deal. :)

I asked him about Kerry Ellis' new album, not expecting to get a reply. Low and behold at 1:52am this morning, I get this tweet. I literally screamed and jumped up and down, I was so excited. I still can't believe it, my true inspiration in life has tweeted me. ME of all people. So I went a step further, and finally decided to send him an email, before I was scared to even write to him, but after this, I just want to tell him how much he means to be. So I sent the email at 3am and now fingers crossed, he will read it and send a reply. Still fangirling, think I'm annoying all of my Twitter followers, but I do not care! BRIAN MAY REPLIED TO MY TWEET!! BEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE SO FAR!! :)

Saturday, 6 October 2012

I've just heard the best news ever!

Brian May now has Twitter. No joke. I literally screamed when I found out. That is all. :)

Friday, 28 September 2012

A post from my uni room... creepy post!

Sorry, I've been watching too many danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil videos recently so I've inherited their weird and wacky personality traits. Anyway, I haven't posted anything since I left home, but I did upload a video basically saying that I'm still alive and I've moved into the university room I'll be staying in till June. FREAKY! So I'm still here, I still exist but classes start on Monday so I'll probably die then. So yeah, if I talk from beyond the grave, don't be scared, I've just gone to the peaceful place. Anyway, on that awkward note, it's time to disappear! Cheerio old loonies! :O

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Moving day eve-eve. :O

Hello. So I haven't done a post in weeks. I've almost packed everything for university. I've got my last full day at home tomorrow, and then on Saturday, that's it. I'm off. Brand new life, living on the edge if you could call it that. And I am shitting myself at the moment and have been for weeks. I'm excited of course, but oh I don't know, I guess it's just a whole bunch of emotions. I've lived in this house for 18 years and I'm finally packing things and moving away. Pretty darn scary if you ask me. I have been away quite a few times from home before, but it's only been for a week at a time, and I haven't had to cook my own meals, I've known most people before hand and I would always come home afterwards. I might be ok the first week at university and then I might just crumble under the pressure, knowing me. It's going to be fine, I know it. Hopefully my flatmates will be nice and will like me for who I am. Hopefully I won't burn the house down with my cooking. Hopefully I won't end up with student debt. A lot of hopefully's isn't it? pfffffft. Man. Ahhh. (Good ending, Eilidh, well done.)

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

DOE-eve post! :P

So I'm off DOE-ing tomorrow. Basically it's camping for a night, which is organised by the school, and when you're done, you get the DOE Bronze award. Which helps you in interviews for jobs and stuff. So yeah, I haven't finished packing yet, and my bag is almost bulging at the seems. Not good. I don't remember it being this full the last time, probably because I'm with different people. So yeah, that's it really. Hopefully the weather will be nice, but knowing Scotland, I seriously doubt it. We've been getting random heavy showers of rain, so camping in that will be so much fun! Hint the sarcasm there. Anyway, ciao for now amigos! :P

Monday, 20 August 2012

Wassssssssssup?

So I haven't posted on here in a while, I guess I have no excuse but considering it's my blog, I can choose when to post! That doesn't make me sound shallow at all doesn't it? Hope everything is going well. So since I've last been on here, I've now been accepted by the university to study music, and I have got a room in accommodation, so basically it's now getting near the time where I'll have to prepare for leaving in a few weeks time. Scary much? Hopefully I'll be able to fit in with everyone else there, but we'll see as time goes on, I'm sure I won't be the only scared witless soul there. She says hopefully. So today, I've done basically nothing so far, and it feels brilliant. Although, I did wake up from an amazing dream last night, which featured Brian May and a park bench. I'll leave you to figure out what happened. By the way, it was the younger Brian May and not how he looks today, even though he still looks fine, it's a bit weird to think that to say the least. Anyway, suppose I better go back to doing nothing. Wooo. In the words of Joey Graceffa, PEACE OUT HOMESCOUTS!! :D

Monday, 13 August 2012

Album Review - Birdy

So I have another album to review. I bought this a couple of months ago, along with a few other albums I wanted for a while. This album came back into mind after I heard Jim and Tanya on YouTube rave about it on their monthly favourites video. I remember the first time I heard this album, I was a little disappointed about it. But I've decided to give it another chance, considering the artist is 15 years of age and has an amazing voice. This is in the easy listening genre, with a pop sort of edge to it.

1. 1901 - I first thought it took a while for this first song, originally by Phoenix, to get going. The piano sounds great in this track as it has this mysterious echoic feel to it. Then she starts singing, and it's amazing to think she's only 15. The maturity in her voice is beautiful.  I haven't heard of this song before this cover, but it does sound great, very relaxing yet optimistic.
2. Skinny Love - This was the first single from the album, based on the Bon Iver version, and this was the song that made me fall in love her voice. Just piano and voice in this song, not many tracks are like that nowadays, and it's just simply stunning, emotional at its very best.  The high notes she sings send shivers down your spine, pure beauty. Definitely a favourite of mine.
3. People Help The People - Originally a song by Cherry Ghost. An eerie and almost sad piano intro to the song. The cello is great in this track too, making it sound more dramatic. It's a bit slow at first but then the drum kit comes in and brings in a bit more pace, but just a tiny bit to keep it steady. Her voice is absolutely brilliant, very natural in this song, she doesn't try too hard to bring out massive notes which is great to see.
4. White Winter Hymnal -  A Fleet Foxes song, the drumbeat seems to annoy me a little bit in this track. And to be honest, the repetition of the lyrics does irritate me a little, but the harmonies are stunning. It would be great if they lost the annoying drum beat and just left it with the piano and the harmonies of this beautiful young lady's voice. Another thing, this song is very short, just over two minutes, just thinking there could've been a lot more to add to it.
5. District Sleeps Alone Tonight - Once again, drum beat is a little annoying. Think they've gone a bit too techno like which doesn't really mix in with the beautiful reverb like sound coming from the piano and Birdy's voice. This version of Postal Service's song is pretty good, optimistic once again, her voice is still strong, but the drum beats are seriously going downhill.
6. I'll Never Forget You - Quite an interesting intro to this version of a Francis and the Lights song, not too sure what key it's meant to be in. Dunno what they effect they did to Birdy's voice, but it doesn't sound as genuine this time which is a shame. The octave in the piano is quite nice to listen too. Then there's a sort of build up to the chorus with the violin, and it's one of those sun rising moments. I want to love this song, but I wish they didn't put an effect on her voice, and it was real as it was on the previous tracks as I would absolutely love the song, but it's the little things that stop me.
7. Young Blood - Another annoying electronic drum beat in this Naked and Famous cover. Maybe it's just me who loves a natural, realistic sound but oh well. Once again, it's not amazing, almost as if I'm listening to the same stuff again. Her voice is still great but there's something missing. Not sure what but it's bothering me.
8. Shelter - The xx is the only artist I recognise that she's covered, but I still don't know their stuff too well. No doubt that she's a great piano player, a more mysterious sound to this track. This song is winning me back, her voice is sublime in this and the harmonies, oh my god! Quite an emotional song this is, and the loss of the drum beat isn't missed at all. Absolutely adore this, beautiful!
9. Fire & Rain - A cover of a James Taylor song. We're back to the cheery side of her music. Drums are sounding a lot better in this one, more realistic, thank goodness. She really owns this song, really great and happy, makes you bounce in your seat. Really like this. :)
10. Without A Word - This is the only original song in the album, the rest are all covers. Have no idea what that electronic intro is meant to be, it was one of those, 'oh god, not again' moments. But the piano comes in and she sings, and it warms you a little. Makes you wonder why she didn't add more of her own material to this album, she's a great songwriter. The rhythm of this is slightly confusing, whether it doubles in speed or it's irregular time changes, can't put my head around it. But it's a beautiful song, once you get over these minor things, and listen to the voice, it's great.
11. Terrible Love - This final track is a cover of a song by The National. Sung in a nice key, but the lyrics are basically the same all the way throughout. I know that's not her fault, but it's irritating. The violins and electric guitar reverb is absolutely stunning in this song. You can feel the emotion and happiness in this song, which is great. This song has a big sound to it, quite amazing.

Overall Rating - 7/10. I am still shocked that this album was by a 15 year old. Second time I've listened to it, I'm more convinced. She has a big future ahead of her, I'm sure. Also, she looks amazing in the album cover, natural and youthful which is a huge breath of fresh air, she's being herself and not slapping her face with make up and being fake like most people nowadays. One thing I would say, she should loose the electric drum beats and bring in more original material, have more songs like Skinny Love where it's just her and the piano but with her own written material. Maybe I'm being too picky but still, it's better like that. My favourites are Shelter, Fire & Rain, maybe Terrible Love at a push, but it's definitely Skinny Love that is the best track on the album. I would recommend it to others, but listen to it on Spotify before buying the album first, so you can get your own opinions of it. But overall, good album and I can't wait to hear more from her.

Goodbye London 2012!

So many of you will have watched the closing ceremony yesterday and once again, it didn't disappoint. With many musical acts making an appearance, John Lennon's face formed in the stadium, the whole ground covered with newspaper, it had it all. Of course the most magical moment was when Freddie appeared on the screen singing to the crowd. Now being a massive Queenie, and knowing how much they've inspired me in life, I did burst into tears at that moment. But it was incredible to see how he still captivates the crowd and controls them with the palm of his hand, nearly 21 years after his death. And then the roar from that Red Special, soared into view as Brian May, with his coat with Badgers and Foxes and that familiar Q, walked to the stage, still looking bloody marvellous rocking out that incredible Brighton Rock solo. As for Roger Taylor, now he's shaved his beard, he looks young again. That familiar drum beat for We Will Rock You filled the stadium, as a young Jessie J joined them. To be honest, she didn't blow it, but she wasn't incredible. It didn't matter as Brian and Roger were in a class of their own anyway for most people to notice. I am so proud of them, still shaking with pride today. Then it was soon time to extinguish the Olympic flame. Where Take That made an appearance without Robbie... I prefer them as the four of them anyway, considering Gary lost his stillborn child just a few days ago, it was great to see him sing again. Overall, the closing ceremony was incredible, as were the overall Olympics. Shame it's all over now, nothing to watch on TV for the next four years. Bring on Rio 2016 and well done to all the athletes, especially the one's in GB who got us 3rd in the Medal Table. :D

Thursday, 9 August 2012

SQA Results

Two days later, still can't believe these are my exam results! Did someone else sit my exams for me?! I must've taken some kind of intelligence pill or something. Most people are only happy getting A's in their Highers. I'm over the moon that I got B's! And that Advanced Higher Music grade is a beauty, considering I just missed out on getting one for Higher and my appeal didn't work. :) Hope your results were what you wanted as well! :D

Sunday, 5 August 2012

What a joke. For youths to rely on.

This is a poster from last year, and this is the heading it gives you. Basically, you can find out your results through text or email whilst you're away. Last year, it worked in our favour, as I was one of the 30,000 pupils who got their SQA results early. This year, they claim they're going to send the results on Tuesday to people's phone or email in boxes before we get them through the post. So we find out a couple of hours earlier. Here's an idea, how about we find out much earlier than that, so we can organise for the university we're willing to go to instead of every teenager in Scotland freaking out so much, some of them are close to committing suicide! Ummm....? No of course not, that's a stupid idea, completely against the bloody Curriculum of Excellence! :O Sorry, I'm a bit nervous about getting my results in under 48 hours or so. Don't really know exactly, I've lost count. AHHH!

Proud to be Scottish. :D

In pictures: Scottish Olympic medal winners
Just thought I would show you this link today, just to show that us Scots should be proud of the athletes representing our country. We should be proud of everyone winning medals for Great Britain, but of course, it's always amazing to see someone from your actual country, whether you're Scottish, English, Welsh or Northern Irish, winning medals and achieving their goals. Of course last night, was a stunning night in British Athletics, and today gave us for once, a smiling Andy Murray. :)

Saturday, 4 August 2012

You gotta love the Olympics! :)

I got to admit, at the start of the Olympics, after the opening ceremony, I had little to no hope in our British athletes. We didn't get off to the best of starts, waiting for ages for our gold medal to arrive. But looking at it now, we're doing pretty well. Considering the National Lottery gave all of its money into the athletes training for this event, we can now clearly see it's paying off. I guess not many people will be able to experience the feeling of winning an Olympic gold medal, or even a silver or bronze, it's a terrific achievement. Just goes to show, with dedication, passion and true determination, we can all achieve our dreams, big or small. So I'm actually enjoying watching the Olympics this year, especially the swimming. Big muscular men in tight swimming shorts, oh yeah, sign me up for more of that! haha. :D

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Don't Just Hear - LISTEN

Haven't shared this on here yet, but it has such a vital message. From one of my favourite YouTubers ever, it would be great if you could all share it.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Post of the day, bye bye July 2012!

Thank you to all the Glamberts or Non-Glamberts for reading my album review, the response has been incredible. If any of you have any ideas as to what the next album I shall review could be, let me know below. I try not to be biased in these reviews and try to be as completely honest as I can. I mean yes, my Kerry Ellis album review got full marks, but there really wasn't a single track on there you could put down. It was her talent, and Brian's producing that made it work. I am a Queen fan, but I mean with the Paul Rodgers album and even a couple of tracks on certain original albums don't really work. I really hate being picky, but being a musician, you kinda have to be picky to survive in this world. So in other news, I've been ironing around 50 different items today, and I've had enough. I mean who would want to do ironing as their job? It's the last day of July, my cousin is still here, making a mess and tomorrow is my little brother's 16th birthday. Bloody hell, he's turning 16. Jeez louise! So we're going bowling tomorrow which I'm really excited about, for months I've been having this bowling fetish and now I'm finally going! Yay! Anyway, hope you're enjoying your last day of July 2012, that's one half of the year over already. This time next week, I will find out if I'm going to university or college, god help us! AHHHHH!! I'm now going to find out who the raspy voice is for the gymnastics at the Olympics, I'm loving the sound of his voice, which doesn't sound creepy at all. Haha, take care guys! :D <3

Monday, 30 July 2012

WOWZA!

Bloody hell! At least 500 pageviews in under 6 hours more or less! Wow, thanks guys. Maybe I should do more album reviews in the future. Music is my life and I really enjoy finding out new stuff to listen to. :D

Album Review - Adam Lambert: Trespassing


So Adam Lambert finally released his brand new album Trespassing in the UK this month so I've been listening to it on Spotify. I've always quite liked Adam Lambert, way before he joined with Queen this year to play concerts. His song from his first album, Whataya Want From Me, was played a lot when I visited Switzerland for a school exchange in my 4th year so it brings back good memories. And Adam's music seems to blend elements of rock, pop, glam and dance together which is interesting to listen to. I'm not a lover of dance music, there are a few exceptions of course, but that irritating beat and the autotune on most tunes nowadays just drives me crazy. But on this album, you can hear real vocals and a more natural sense to the music, which is a huge breath of fresh air. Once again, this is my own personal review on this album, I'm not a professional critic, but hopefully this might persuade some of you to go and buy this album, because I'm going to! :D

1. Trespassing - This song really gets you going. The stomps and claps make you want to rock along with it. This is the more rock side to Adam in this opening track and it's one of my favourites. Adam's vocals soar over the amazing bass riff and heavy guitar.  As soon as this track plays, you just want to dance to it. Love it.
2. Cuckoo - We then move on to the more dance-pop era with his track. The dance beats are good because they're not right in your face like most artists these days.
3. Shady - The vocals in this are sooo good. The bends at the end of vocal lines are so smooth and sexy, it's sizzling. This song has a funky edgy sound to it which just makes you want to swing along to it. And it's also good to hear Sam Sparro's voice again
4. Never Close Our Eyes - A dance track to make you move. Adam's vocals in this are sublime and this track is filled with colour and life. It has a certain hidden retro style to it which is fascinating to listen to.
5. Kickin' In - At the start I wasn't sure about this track, and it's still not really growing on me. Have to say though, the harmonies, Adam's high notes and the bass riff are all amazing in this track but for some reason, this song isn't getting to me as much as the other ones did. Probably because I find the lyrics a bit repetitive. I hate being picky. :(
6. Naked Love - I absolutely love the guitar in this, sounds almost Latin American like. This song gets you dancing that's for sure.
7. Pop That Lock - This dance number has a sense of mystery to it, yes it has that dance beat but something in the key which makes it sounds eerie and mysterious.
8. Better Than I Know Myself - This was the first single and that's where I saw the maturity in Adam's music. This song is sang beautifully, and is so addictive to listen to. Here you can hear his personal side, his hidden fear of being himself, and he communicates it so well. The emotion in this is beautiful and the high notes are sang so effortlessly, it does send shivers down your spine.
9. Broken English - I never thought I would like the electronic beat in the chorus, at first I thought it was too intense. But after listening to it a couple of times, this song has grown on me. Once again it has it's mysterious eerie side to it. Very well done.
10. Underneath - The emotion in this track almost made me shed a tear, not even joking. Here we lose all the dance beats and just hear the raw power of Adam's voice. Other reviews have been complaining about the second half of this album as it's too 'emotional and emo'. I completely disagree, it's stunning to listen to. The ghost-like feel for this highlights this pure emotion.
11. Chokehold - We return to the more rocky side with this track. Once again it sounds very mysterious. This song is really good, one of my faves. You could easily headbang to this track.
12. Outlaws of Love - This song, once again has this emotional melancholy feel to it, and it's nice to break away from the dance beat again. This is a beautiful ballad like tune, with a powerful message. The beauty of Adam's voice fits this perfectly, the serious side to this album.
13. Runnin' - The drum beat in this is powerful and heavy which makes it really dramatic. It's also nice to hear Adam use the lower notes, which he can make sound as beautiful as his higher notes. This is a strong, exciting song, with that thumping beat pumping throughout the whole thing. Not meaning to be picky again, but ending that one note on the bridge before the last chorus with autotune wasn't necessary, kinda annoyed me. :P
14. Take Back - The piano sounds great in this rock like track. You realise why his fanbase is called Glamberts because there is always a theatrical and diva side to his tunes.
15. Nirvana - This track has that edge with the piano chords, making it sound dramatic and having that oomph. (good review there Eilidh.) The chorus does warm up and makes it sound more cheery in a way without making it so mushy about love.
16. By The Rules - The techno sound is really recognisable in this bonus track. It also has this continental sound to it, which is interesting. The guitar part is great, smooth and sexy.  Vocals are not as exciting as the previous tracks, not sure why. But like I said, that's my opinion, you may love this track.
17. Map - The final two bonus tracks have the techno element to them. This tune has this optimistic feel to this, which is nice to hear but it's losing its power a bit. Nice song, just wish it had a bit more of a big ending. Maybe I've been listening to Queen too much. :P

Overall Rating - 8/10. This album is great, you can really tell how much Adam has developed as a music artist. Ok, some of the tunes weren't that good, but that's the case of most albums. Haven't really listened to his first album but with some of the singles I've heard from there, this new album is a big step in the right direction. And with 17 tracks on this, there sure will be something for everyone to love. My faves are Trespassing, Shady, Better Than I Know Myself, Never Close Our Eyes, Underneath and Naked Love. I'm glad Brian and Roger were able to recognise Adam's talent with vocals and they did concerts with him. So even if you're not that fond of dance music, like myself, but you want to hear amazing vocals with that hint of drive and power, Adam's your man. I think I have turned into a Glambert! :)

I don't even know what to call these posts anymore.... BLAAAAGGH!! There we go, good title. :P

Hello! So apparently, my YouTube channel is two years old today. Well I made it two years ago, even though I didn't start posting videos with my face on them until a couple of months ago. But anyway, Happy Birthday YouTube channel! Hopefully I'll have better videos in the future. And also on here, it apparently says there have been 100 pageviews. Now I don't know if you were just passing by or if you're a follower (wink Harriet wink!) but you guys are crazy! I mean you really want to read ranty, messed up posts from an immature Queen-obsessed fat 18 year old ginger? Ok, that's fine with me. Meeeheeehe. So yeah, right now, nothing is happening which SUCKS! I suppose I better go into town tomorrow, applied for a job at the local Co-op three weeks ago and have never heard from them since. I need answers! And money! If I'm ever going to survive at uni... if I even get in the uni.... god that's the next step, bloody hell. Anyway, signing off now. Ciao amigos!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Another ranty post, but what's new?

One thing that annoys me so much these days: Talent Shows. I mean come on, who are we trying to kid here? They used to be ok, I mean I was 8 when Pop Idol was on the screen and I really enjoyed it. I mean everyone remembers the whole country going crazy as to whether Will Young or Gareth Gates were going to win that important recording contract. And of course at 8 I had my first crush on a celebrity and it was on Gareth Gates. But then X Factor appeared and replaced it. It was as if X Factor was a lot more serious and a lot more intense. I mean we didn't see the Ant and Dec sketches anymore, we didn't see Foxy having a good time, it was all serious and down to the wire. And now of course it's the same thing year after year after year. Of course I didn't watch X Factor last year with all it's new judges, because I think talent shows are just getting old. And the prize is always the same. Whoever wins gets to be owned by Simon Cowell. He gets all the money, he gets all the fame. One album and maybe a number one single later and then that's it. What the next thing we're going to hear? The runners up in these contests always do better in these competitions, they get a recording contract before the winner, release their material before the winner and become more well known. Like Olly Murs, JLS, maybe Cher Lloyd at a push. And another thing that annoys me about these programmes, they always do cheap tacky cover versions of other artists songs. So original. And they use autotune and all that crap afterwards. Shows how a singing competition really turns on its head. I mean Alexandra Burke for example, had a great voice, her last song featured an Elephant and her voice was completely autotuned. Just why? Can someone else explain it to me? Because I don't understand it. Coming from my point of view, some musicians work their butts off to reach for the stars and these programmes just makes you famous for being on that programme, and it's easy to be recognised from there! Don't know about you, but that is irritating. Wanting to work in music, I can see how it's slowly dying and we're completely relying on electronics now. Anyway, rant over. Hope you're having a good day. This weather today is weird....... :P

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

One of my rants about how this human race can be horrible to each other.

So today, I've been going through all sorts of thoughts in my mind, the strange person I am and I keep thinking to how human nature is such a horrible bitch sometimes. The main reason I keep thinking about it is due to the news of how the church is against same sex marriages in Scotland. I just think it's wrong, and to be honest it's on the lines of discrimination. And the reason the church is like that, is due to some people's stereotypical views on what they think is right or wrong in the world. Now, I'm not writing this saying I'm a complete saint, thinking against this, but it just annoys me how some people nowadays are so cruel and against people being gay. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, and if they find the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with, then we should just let them. Some of the most amazing musicians in this world are gay or bisexual, Freddie was and he was the most stunning person ever to exist. Elton John is a knight, has a son and is considered the greatest pop artist in the past 60 years of British Music. David Bowie is bisexual, even though he's been married to his wife for a long time now, he wasn't scared to admit he was bi. These three gentlemen are inspirations today for many people who struggle to announce to their peers that they're gay. I think people treat it as some kind of tag now, which just annoys me. Just because they're gay, it doesn't make them any different to anyone else, they know their goals in life and know what they're looking for. I mean, I made a friend at NYJOS last week, and she asked me a question which was, 'If you could be a man, would you be gay or straight?' I had no idea how to answer that question, but I did say I would love to have a gay best friend. And she turned around to me and said, I'll be yours. She was so brave in telling me that she's been out with girls as well as boys, and I really admired her for that. But she was scared in telling me that she was bi, that she would lose me as a friend. But I just brushed it off and said, thank you for sharing that with me. I thought it was great that she was able to share that with me, as she didn't tell that many people before. I guess, what I'm trying to say is, listen to people and get to know their personality. Not just brand them in terms of orientation.

Monday, 23 July 2012

NYJOS, NYJOS, Where are the forms for next year?

So I haven't posted anything on here for a while. I do apologise, this past week has been hectic as I'll explain here. If you watch my YouTube videos (one of them is above this text) you will have seen a vlog I edited of my time at the NYJOS Summer School 2012. I had such an amazing time, it was great as it was the 20th Anniversary of the group. As you can tell with the background to this blog, I play the saxophone. And I've always been a lover of jazz music and have always wanted to learn more about it, especially as my teacher specialises in classical/exam pieces. He recommended this course to me last year and of course I jumped at it. So my first year was last year where it was held at Strathallan and it was incredible. I met so many people there from all over Scotland who also had a love of jazz and had the opportunity to learn how to play amazing music and make lifelong friends. So this year, it was great to see some of these people again but also to see some new faces and make even more new friends. Yes the course is pretty pricey and some people can't afford it, I mean £330 is an awful lot of money, but the amount you learn and the experience you get is second to none so if you play a jazz instrument and live in Scotland, you have to go to the NYJOS Summer School, I'm now ordering you to go. And who knows, if I save enough money next year, maybe you might see me there. Now that would be funny. :) And to finish that post, here's how we spent our time in our combo room. :D