Its week 3 of my blog! I hope your week has been lovely J
I was incredibly enthusiastic on Monday, much to the shock of my classmates at college. They didn’t understand how someone could be so happy on a Monday :’) We were given the task in a session with one of our tutors to write a happy, but non-cheesy song. Let me tell you that is a lot harder than it seems! I found it difficult to not come up with cheesy lyrics. However, after much procrastinating, we managed to come up with a song. It wasn’t the finished product but it was still a start!
I woke up to a light dusting of snow on Tuesday! Unfortunately, that’s all the snow we got, which was annoying! L I was going to go to an Open Mic night that night. However, before I left, I checked the weather forecast and it said it was going to snow while I would’ve been at the Open Mic night! I didn’t really fancy getting stranded in Brighton so I decided not to go. However, it didn’t end up snowing in the end, which was annoying! -.-
I had a bad case of writers block at college on Wednesday. I couldn’t get anything down and felt incredibly annoyed with myself! However, my classmates said that it’s okay to get writers block as everyone gets it sometimes. Also that day, we started creating out plans that we have to write. They can be as little as 6 month plan to a 4-year length one. I decided to set mine to a year. The whole process was very comforting as I’ve been worried about what I’m going to be doing once the course finishes (which is late June/early July). So to leave the session having an idea of what I’m going to be doing certainly took a load off my shoulders!
I didn’t have a great day at work on Friday. I work in the kitchen normally but this was my first proper day serving out front in the café. I really struggled under the pressure and made quite a lot of mistakes, including a couple of big ones (such as forgetting to send a customer’s order to the kitchen -.-). Luckily, my boss (and that poor customer!) was very understanding; knowing that it was my first proper day out front. I learnt that sometimes, you have to not be so hard on yourself. When you think that you have done terribly, it turns out that you didn’t do that bad! However, it’s always important to apologise if you feel you’ve done badly because then people know that you take whatever you do seriously (or at least, that’s what my parents told me!).
Also, did anyone watch ‘Cucumber’, ‘Banana’ and ‘Tofu’ on channel 4, E4 and 4OD on Thursday? I freaking love it! If you don’t know what it is, it’s 3 different series that all interlink written by the brilliant Russell T Davies. It’s about gay life in the modern world and it’s very funny! However, it’s not one to be watched with your parents!
I also watched this documentary about the Carpenters this week that was shown on BBC4. I didn’t know much about them but their career was certainly filled with a lot of turbulence! I would definitely watch it as it’s an interesting watch, as well as quite emotional. It’s called ‘Only Yesterday: The Carpenter’s Story’ for anyone that’s interested.
Well that’s it I’m afraid. Sorry it’s been a bit boring! It’s still early days for my career so there’s not going to be that much that is incredibly exciting! But hang in there!
Love and smiles,
I’m actually uploading this post on time this week :’) Yayyy! *pats self on back and eats chocolate as a reward*
Referring to the title of this blog, this really was the week where I questioned everything, but not in the sense of where did the human race originated from etc.; it was more on a personal level.
I started questioning whether being a singer-songwriter was the career I actually wanted. It started off with me thinking if I should just be a songwriter; to forget about the whole performing malarkey and becoming an artist in my own right, and focusing more on writing songs for other people. Then that turned into contemplating on whether pursuing a career in this business in the first place is the right thing for me. I started thinking of other job possibilities and trust me, that’s scary to be thinking that when you’ve always known what you wanted to be since the age of 12!
You’ll be pleased to know that by the end of the week, having spent the majority of it wrapped in my own thoughts, I concluded that actually, this is what I wanted to do. I will continue to pursue my ambition of wanting to be a professional singer-songwriter! *does an enthusiastic punch in the air*
I also did my first open mic in Brighton this week at The Brunswick pub. The actual open mic night was held in a separate room attached to the pub. It had a little stage with its own lighting and a sound guy, who was adjusting the sound as you played, which is pretty cool. I went along with some mates from college, and one of them also performed (he’s called Tagore Chayne, check him out on YouTube!). Due to my mind-set that week (as mentioned in the paragraph above), it was quite hard for me to fully enjoy the experience of performing, but now that I’m feeling better about it all, the next time I perform hopefully will be much better.
Also something majorly cool happened this week! I wrote to one of my favourite YouTubers, Carrie Hope Fletcher, about a year ago and I received a reply from her Tuesday morning! It was a signed photo with a message on the back, so that was a lovely thing to start the day with. If you haven’t heard of her, you need to check her out, her content is very uplifting.
There’s also an artist which I think you really need to check out called George The Poet. He does spoken word over music and writes quite powerful lyrics. I would check out his song ‘Tap Dancing’.
Speaking of new talent, what are you guys thinking of ‘The Voice UK’ at the moment? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on it and talent shows in general.
I’ll write to you all same time next week!
Love and smiles,
My first weekly blog post yay!
Yeah, I know I'm a bit late as I said I would upload it either Sunday or Monday evening...and it's now Wednesday evening...apologies!
I guess what I should mention is what to expect from this blog. I want to be as honest as possible with you guys. If I'm having a bad day or week, I'll mention it. I don't want to paint a false picture of my life. I'll also be writing about my thoughts and views on things that I've seen or heard throughout the week that I feel are relevant.
I'll be summarising my week, but I'll try to keep it short and sweet. I don't want it to feel like you're reading an essay!
I'd be lying if I said it wasn't hard going back to routine last week. I'm one of those people that like routines for a while, before changing it to a different one. But doing the same thing all the time that you could probably go through the week with your eyes closed? That's hard for me. So Monday morning was a bit of a struggle!
It was my first day back at work on Tuesday and that was also a bit of a struggle! But I reminded myself what I was grateful for about the day ahead and what I was looking forward to and that actually helped. I would recommend doing that if you struggle to motivate yourself in the morning!
We had an interesting debate at college on Wednesday that was about Meghan Trainor's song, 'All About That Bass'. Points were made that the song was actually more about skinny shaming and having a body that is pleasing for a man rather than being happy with your body shape and I have to say I agree. The line, "Go ahead and tell those skinny bitches that" and then afterwards saying, very quietly and quickly may I add, "Nah I'm just playing", does not make the rest of the song okay! It should be about every body shape being okay, not just that if you're curvy and slightly bigger than others, it makes you better than them. Think about it: if the song was about being skinny, would it be celebrated as much?
I managed to buy 1D's new album when out shopping on Saturday and I have to say, it's much better than their previous one. I feel that the sound is more consistent than the last album. It's quite 80s, with one song channelling Bon Jovi and a couple others are a bit 1975-ish. If you're not a fan of One Direction, I think you might be pleasantly surprised.
I saw 'Into The Woods' on Sunday. A great film! Sondheim is a genius! I would recommend any budding songwriter to go and see the film just to hear his brilliant songs with awesome lyrics.
There's my first blog post! I hope it wasn't too long! I will be writing more next week!
Love and smiles,
Well, I'm back in Lewes.
I start back at college tomorrow. I had a lovely Christmas break, but I'm looking forward to continuing my musicy life! I've got an announcement coming in the next couple of days so keep an eye on this blog!
Love and smiles,
This year is going to be even more musicey (I don't think that's a word...) than the last for me: more gigs, more song writing, going back to doing more YouTube videos (I know, I was really crap with the whole 'uploading' thing!) and even some time in a studio.
I'm really looking forward to it and I hope you'll be with me every step of the way enjoying this journey as much as I am (oh no, I said the 'J' word!)
Love and smiles,