27 Apr 2011
in Music Tags: Leeds, live at leeds, music festival
This weekend I will be heading to Live at Leeds, a festival put on over the bank holiday. Events are happening across the weekend, but I will be at the main event on the Saturday keen to catch some fantastic live music from both local and bigger bands.
As I continue to involve myself in Leeds Music Scene I wrote a little, well quite long, feature on it; where it came from and what to expect. You can see it here.
08 Apr 2011
in Music, Reviews Tags: 500 days of summer, film, soundtrack
A couple of weeks ago I watched the film 500 Days of Summer and was 100% surprised at how good it was. The film is about a boy who is intent on finding the ‘one’ and thinks that a girl called Summer is that ‘one’. A rather eccentric and indie film is set amongst some beautiful scenes, but what struck me most was the music. This varies from Carla Bruni to The Smiths to the Doves to Simon and Garfunkel and prompted me to buy the soundtrack. The tempos is very up and down, but this somehow keeps you alert and waiting for the next track to do something different. It is not maybe a traditional add to an ipod, purely because of the mix of artists, but does maybe spice things up a bit, adding a bit of variety.
Each song reminds you of a certain moment in the film, which I think is a very clever way to build up quite a bit of emotion. The soundtrack starts with the opening words from the film that this isn’t a love story, but a story about a boy who meets a girl. If you haven’t seen the film I would definitely recommend, just for something light-hearted and thoughtful. However if you are looking for a soundtrack that offers something just a little bit different I would advise that you seek it out, just to hear something a little bit different and put you in the mood for spring and summer.
03 Apr 2011
in General Tags: being busy, just for fun, superpowers
Recently life has been busy and as far as I can work out this is true for the majority of people that I know. All of a sudden an influx of work has come into play making the working day that little bit longer and on top of this more pressure to do the things that you set out to do in January’s new year resolutions. Being busy means that you are not bored, most of the the time there is some sort of entertainment, but it can mean that you forget to stop and think about the other things that you should be doing.
I have been thinking of ways to combat this and come up with a few silly solutions;
- Employ a science geek to make a time machine for you so that when you miss a deadline, are running very late for something you can take it back. This is an excellent way to ensure you always remain in control of the situation and also will allow you to go back in time and pre-empt discussions that you could have already dealt with.
- Borrow Bernard’s watch. This is not quite as sophisticated as the time machine, but Bernard’s watch will allow you to stop time, therefore creating just a little bit extra in your day. I would advise that if you are fortunate enough to own a watch like this, you share with others who may need it more than you.
- Create a sleep bank. I have noticed that weekday early mornings have been encroaching on my weekends, so that I am awake and up far too early on a Saturday and Sunday morning. By creating a sleep bank you will be able to cash in some of the hours you lost in the week for the weekend and actually sleep just a bit longer.
- Steal a super power – mine would be to fly. If you can’t do any of the above then, through an elaborate and entertaining plan, find the right sort of meteor, glowing rock that will give you the ability to fly. This means that you will never be late for anything, won’t have to take public transport and certainly won’t have to join the masses in their cars. This one could be a bit tricky to explain to people, but I would just brush it of as normal or convince people you are doing a strange documentary and are actually attached to strings in the air.
- Create a new double life. This won’t necessarily help with the being busy situation, but leading a double life is bound to always keep things interesting and will allow you to develop a hundred and one excuses, even if it is just purely “I lead two lifes simultaneously and right now I’m of to lead the other one!”
This is all for fun and a little bit silly, but there is something to be said about closing your eyes and imagining what it would be like to have Aladdin’s flying carpet, just to make life a little bit easier. One of the main things I have learnt recently is that the best thing to do is to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’. When life throws something just a little bit unexpectedly your way take a deep breathe, sometimes sleep on it and then address it head on.