Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Strange things will happen


As you are probably aware, today is the last day of June which means an end to the 30 day song challenge. I've been so proud of myself this past month for sticking to posting every single day. I know that not every post was very long or very detailed but that's just the way it is - some days I had less to say. What comes next you ask? Well, hold on to your hats because it's very very exciting.

I suppose I could say that I've used this month to have a proper think about where I want this blog to go. Up until now it's been almost completely music based (with a couple of other types of posts that have since been removed) but I knew from the start that I wanted to write about a whole range of topics, not just music. I've also really enjoyed posting every day. So here's the thing. "My Slice" is becoming what it was always intended to be: a lifestyle blog where I give "my slice" on a whole range of topics that interest me and that I think would be interesting to read.

Currently, the plan is to post 6 days a week in a really structured fashion. This not only gives me an idea of what to write but also lets you know what to expect in terms of post types. I know that not all of the categories will be of interest to everyone and so I hope that by posting in this way it will allow you to read some posts and not others if that's what you would like. Here's how the week is looking:

  • Monday's Makeover - Makeup | Skincare | Hair | Fashion
  • Tuesday's Tips - Students | University | Money saving | Studying | Life hacks
  • Wednesday's Wishlist - Weekly wishlist
  • Thursday's Thoughts - Lifestyle | Advice
  • Friday's Favourites - Weekly favourites
  • Saturday's Songs - Weekly playlist

Sundays will be spent planning the next week's posts: taking photos, researching and writing the posts. At this point I have absolutely no idea if this will work. It might be too much for me to cope with and I might have to cut it down. Alternatively, you guys might not like this setup and so it would be really useful if you could comment on this post or any future posts what you think of this plan and if it is working or not!

Thank you for reading! I hope you are as excited as I am!

A song from my favourite album

Kodaline - "Way Back When"

from the album In a Perfect World

Wow. I have done it. This is the last post for my 30 day song challenge and I've managed to post every single day for the month of June. I am unbelievably proud of myself! Don't worry about the month of July as I will be doing something new and taking a giant leap with this blog. But more to come about that later.

I have to admit that I am breaking a rule that I set myself for this challenge but since it is the last post I am allowing it. I told myself that I wouldn't repeat an artist and I already wrote about Kodaline on day 21 for a song from my favourite film.

In a Perfect World is an incredible album, I don't think that there is a single song on it that I dislike which is really really rare for me. "Way Back When" is a really great song about spending days together during your youth doing nothing. I think it's a really underappreciated song from the album and you should definitely give at least this song a listen if you don't listen to the whole album.

Monday, 29 June 2015

A song that I heard recently after a long time

Biffy Clyro - "Mountains"

This track was on Now That's What I Call Music! 71 which was when I first heard it, back in 2008. I recently heard the song again when I had an argument with a guy over which was the better Scottish band, Biffy Clyro or the clearly right answer, Twin Atlantic. In the end I don't think either of us won because we are both really really stubborn and were really drunk. I think we just agreed to kiss and makeup.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

A song from a band I've recently discovered

The 1975 - "Sex"

I think, hang on, I know that I'm a bit behind on discovering The 1975. I didn't like their music after the first listen but after a few listens I really liked their music. "Sex" is one of my favourite The 1975 songs. It even peaked at number 34 on the UK singles chart. Give it a listen if you haven't already.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

A song that I can play on an instrument

Pharrell Williams - "Happy"

I would be utterly flabbergasted if you hadn't heard this song. It reached number 1 on the UK singles chart and in 23 other countries. It was the best-selling song of 2014 with sales of 13.9 million copies worldwide. And it featured on the soundtrack for the incredible film, Despicable Me 2.

It's such an upbeat and uplifting song that as the name suggests really makes you feel "happy". I love playing this song on the piano, even though it is tricky because of the fast tempo. I always feel really proud when I reach the end of the song even although I might not have played it perfectly throughout.

Let me know in the comments what you can play or wish you could play on an instrument.

Friday, 26 June 2015

A song with a number in the title

Noah and the Whale - "5 Years Time"

This was a really tricky category for me to choose a song for because I didn't want to repeat artists that I had written about before which meant I couldn't write about One Direction's "18",  Ed Sheeran's "Grade 8" or Taylor Swift's "22". Tricky tricky. In the end I chose an oldie but a goodie: "5 Years Time".

"5 Years Time" was originally released in 2007 where it failed to chart however when it was rereleased in 2008 it reached number 7 on the UK singles chart. The music video shows the band performing in a pub and in a park.

My favourite part of the song is the second verse:
"Cause I'll be laughing at all your silly little jokes 
And we'll be laughing about how we used to smoke 
All those stupid little cigarettes and drink stupid wine 
Cause it's what we needed to have a good time"

Check out this song if you haven't already!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

A song with a colour in the title

Gin Wigmore - "Black Sheep"

Gin Wigmore is a New Zealand singer-songwriter with an incredibly unique voice. The video for this song is mainly black and white and features Wigmore wearing some pretty amazing boots that she refers to in the line: "I wear my boots to bed...". I really love this song and I would really recommend checking out the full album, Gravel & Wine.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

A cover of a good song

Bastille - "We Can't Stop"

originally Miley Cyrus

I have to admit that I love a little bit of Miley from time to time. Not for everyday listening but getting ready for a night out or whatever is okay with me. The original "We Can't Stop" reached number 1 on the UK singles chart so it's clear that a lot of people really love the song. But I have to say, that I think that Bastille have done a really fantastic job of covering it for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge (which by the way have a YouTube channel that you should really be following - it's fab).

The same as yesterday's post, please check out both versions of the song and comment below which one you prefer. I'd love to know!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

A cover of a bad song

Ben Howard - "Call Me Maybe"

originally Carly Rae Jepsen

Everyone will have heard "Call Me Maybe" at some point. Probably many times, whether they wanted to or not. It was the song of the summer in 2012 - playing constantly in shops, on television shows and on the radio. There was no getting away from it. The first time I heard it it was nice, it was a novelty. By the tenth time I was sick of it. 

"Call Me Maybe" sat at number 1 on the UK singles chart for three weeks and in the top 10 for 12 consecutive weeks. I'm blaming this on those four catchy-as-hell lines: "Hey I just met you // And this is crazy // But here's my number // So call me maybe".

So when I saw that Ben Howard, one of my favourite artists, had covered this song I thought that it was impossible to improve this song. But boy, was I wrong. It doesn't even sound like the same song. Listen to it for yourself if you don't believe me.

Please let me know in the comments before which version you prefer and if you have found any other covers I should listen to. Thanks for reading!

Monday, 22 June 2015

A singer with a beautiful voice

Ed Tullett - "Skeleton"

Apologies that the above is neither an official music video or official audio.

Ed Tullett is a lesser well-known artist who, in my opinion, is absolutely underappreciated. His voice is gorgeous and very unique. It was really difficult to pick a song of his because all of the songs from his album, Never Joy are brilliant! Definitely check out the album. His lyrics are like poetry to music.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

A song from my favourite film

Kodaline - "All I Want"

This was a really difficult decision for me because first I had to choose my favourite film (I narrowed it down to Frozen and The Fault in Our Stars) and then I had to choose a favourite song from the film. In the end I chose "All I Want" from The Fault in Our Stars. Since this is the 30 day SONG challenge I will focus on the song rather than the film as I will probablt 

Kodaline are one of my favourite artists full stop. They were the first band I saw live (Glasgow earlier this year) and this is one of my favourite songs of theirs. It's very slow and very calming. If you haven't listened to Kodaline before then I would recommend this song, "Love Like This" and "Way Back When".

The music video for this song is in 2 parts - both brilliant and really really heartfelt. The second one made me cry. Honestly. A five minute video made me all teary. Give them a watch!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Favourite song at this time last year

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - "Thin Line"

featuring Buffalo Madonna

First of all, I must apologise for the above video not being an official music video or even an official audio - this was all that I could find on YouTube.

"Thin Line" is from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' 2012 album, Heist. I absolutely love this album and I think it's great - in particular, the more well-known songs like "Thrift Shop" and "Same Love". However, my favourite song for a very long time was "Thin Line".

The song is about a decaying relationship as a result of his career. Later in the song, he wishes that he had made different choices and not focussed entirely on his rap career because it brought about the end of his relationship. What is interesting is that Macklemore has been in a successful relationship for 7 years and so this song appears to be about artists in general.

The reason I love this song so much has to be that there are so many really memorable lines: "The greatest trick that the devil ever pulled //  Was convincing women that they looked // Better in their makeup" ; "She walks that thin line // in and out of my bed // Each time I love her less" are just some of the great lines in this song.

Give it a listen if you haven't already!

Friday, 19 June 2015

A song I want to play at my funeral

The Civil Wars - "C'est La Mort"

I couldn't find a music video or an official audio for this song so I thought that the above live version would do the trick. It's actually interesting because in the above video the duo's personalities really shine through. This was performed over 4 years ago and within that time they went from laughing on stage to being broken up.

Another interesting point is that they say that it is a love song and I have to agree. It might seem a bit strange to chose a love song to play at my funeral, but it's a song about life and death after all. The two other contenders were Band of Horses - "The Funeral" (a bit obvious maybe?) and Death Cab for Cutie - "I Will Follow You Into The Dark".

"C'est La Mort" is an incredibly beautiful song performed by a truly amazing duo who I wish were still creating music.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

A song I want to play at my wedding

Fatboy Slim - "Praise You"

When I clicked play on the music video for "Praise You" my first thoughts were: What the hell? Is this the right video? It says official... What are those dance moves? Oh. Oh. Hang on. Wait. This is epic. Yes. This needs sent to my closest friends right now.

It's a pretty unusual music video by any standards. Maybe instead of 1D, I should have chosen this song as a song with a great music video. The video was shot in public, flash-mob style, and cost $800 to produce. The dancing is pretty funny but I also think it's kind of artistic. But, anyhow, the main point of this post is not to discuss the music video.

"Praise You" is, undoubtedly, an unusual choice for a song to feature on anyone's wedding playlist. Let me explain. It will make sense I promise. Let's take a trip down memory lane. I'm living in my old house, in Northern Ireland. I'm old enough to be walking but this is still one of my earliest memories. "Praise You" is playing through my dad's speakers and I'm standing on his feet, dancing around the room with him. Picture that. Magical.

Am I crazy for wanting some sort of repeat of that at my wedding?

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

A song that clears my head

Jay-Z and Kanye West - "Ni**as in Paris"

"Ni**as in Paris" is, undoubtedly, one of my favourite songs of all time. I have absolutely no idea why I love this song so much. All I know is that I'm still trying to get it word-perfect. One day I'll manage it. One day.

I've mentioned in a previous post this month that this genre of music is probably not what people expect me to like, but tough. I do. I really do. In particular, this song. And a hell of a lot of other people seem to agree with me. "Ni**as in Paris" peaked at number 10 on the UK singles chart and remained in the top 40 for ten weeks.

My favourite lines in the song are: "She said Ye can we get married at the mall? // I said look you need to crawl 'fore you ball // Come and meet me in the bathroom stall // And show me why you deserve to have it all" because I just think that the "crawl(ing)" and "bathroom stall" could somehow be related....maybe? Is it just my dirty mind that makes that link? And, of course, the most well known line: "Got my ni**as in Paris // And they going gorillas".

Whenever I'm feeling a bit stressed I put this song on just because it clears my head entirely. I think it might be to do with how much focus I have to put onto thinking what the next lyrics are and then forming the words and singing them (or if I'm in public, just moving my lips). Last month when I was sitting my end of year exams at university I would put my headphones in and have this song on repeat while I walked to my exam just to stop me panicking and getting me in the zone (the last line is "I'm definitely in my zone" after all).

Let me know what songs you listen to when you need to clear your head.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

A song that makes me laugh

Kate Nash - "Mouthwash"

I really like Kate Nash's album Made of Bricks - most people will know of "Foundations" from the album or would probably at least recognise the song if they heard it. It is the lyrics of "Mouthwash" that really make me laugh - "I use mouthwash // Sometimes I floss" being one line that stand out. The whole song really is nonsense lyrics. The music video, too is quite funny too with people dressed as robots rollerblading around a stage. I really like the song, especially during the parts where you can hear the piano in the background.

Monday, 15 June 2015

A song I listen to when I'm angry

James Bay - "Running"

I have a playlist on Spotify titled Breathe filled with slow, calm songs for me to listen to when I'm so angry that my heart is racing and my blood is boiling. "Running" is the first song on the playlist because (and I appreciate that this might sound ridiculous), often when I get really annoyed I find that going for a really long run that makes my lungs burn really clears my head, and this song is called "Running". So if it is a time of day (i.e. the middle of the night) when I can't really go for a run and I am cooped up in my room then I put this song on and it honestly helps.

This whole album (Chaos and the Calm) is absolutely incredible. It went to number 1 in the UK. "Running" is actually on the Deluxe version. My music tastes have changed so much within the past year. I used to really love pop-punk type music like You Me At Six and Mayday Parade and although I do still like that type of music, I find myself listening to artists like James Bay, Jake Bugg and Benjamin Francis Leftwich a lot more often.

I'm half way through this 30 day challenge and I'm loving writing these posts - I hope you guys are too! Let me know if there are any other similar artists that I should listen to.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

A song with a great music video

One Direction - "Night Changes"

"Night Changes" is the second single from One Direction's album, Four. It was released last year and peaked at number 7 in the UK singles chart. It is, I think, my favourite song by One Direction, not just on this album but in fact overall! 

The music video does play a huge part in my love for this song as I think it's really well done. The video shows each of the five boys going on a date and is filmed from the perspective of the person that they are on a date with. Each date is in a different location and coincidentally, my favourite date (the romantic dinner for two in a fancy restaurant) is with my favourite member (okay, ex-member now *crying*), Zayn Malik.

The dates start off going really really well, the boys are all smiles but as the dates progress, they go from the best date ever to the worst. Zayn's date is stolen by their ex-boyfriend, Harry injures his date while ice-skating, Liam throws up in his date's hat, Niall tips a jug over and stains his date's dress and Louis is arrested. It's definitely a very memorable video.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

An acoustic song that I love

Benjamin Francis Leftwich - "Pictures"

Benjamin Francis Leftwich is an incredibly talented singer-songwriter and this, "Pictures" is my favourite song from his album, Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm. It's a really beautiful song, very calming and of course, acoustic guitar only. The music video is the same, slow snapshots of several characters in addition to Leftwich playing the guitar. This song is one that definitely features on my slow and soft music playlist which I listen to to calm me down.

Friday, 12 June 2015

A song by an artist from the same place I'm from

Nina Nesbitt - "Stay Out"

Choosing an artist for this was really difficult because I like quite a few Scottish artists: Biffy Clyro, Twin Atlantic, The Fratellis, Chvrches are just some but I chose Nina Nesbitt as she's less well known and so (I think anyway) a bit more interesting to read about. And then, I had to chose between "Stay Out" and "Hold You" (which features Kodaline, a band I really really love). In the end, as you'll know from the title above, I chose "Stay Out".

Nina Nesbitt is a 20 year old singer-songwriter and guitarist from our capital - Edinburgh. I first listened to Nesbitt after seeing her appear in Ed Sheeran's music video for Drunk when I thought she was absolutely stunning! From there, I found her music and fell in love with her voice. (As an aside, Nesbitt is the subject of Sheeran's song "Nina" which is not that well-known but very good).

"Stay Out" is, as the name suggests, about a night out. The music video is filmed in Edinburgh and shows Nesbitt and her friends on a night out: getting ready in Nesbitt's flat, travelling by bus, getting chips and getting asked for ID by some scary looking bouncers - just a regular night out for most people then! I like the line "She thinks she's in Barbados / But outside it's minus three" because it's true, especially in Scotland, you go out in a teeny-tiny dress and massive heels and practically freeze to death waiting for a taxi at the end of the night. It's a really fun, upbeat song that you should listen to if you haven't already.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

A song by a band I didn't use to like but now love

Arctic Monkeys - "Do I Wanna Know?"

Arctic Monkeys released their album, AM, in 2013 but despite several songs from the album being played on the radio I tuned them all out until about a year later when I heard some of their songs again and fell in love. I went home and added a bunch of their songs from this album and previous albums to my Spotify and basically listened to them on repeat for a week. And I haven't stopped since.

"Do I Wanna Know?" peaked at number 11 in the UK singles chart and is one of my favourites from this album, as well as "R U Mine?" and "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?". My favourite line from the song is "'Cause there's this tune I found that makes me think of you somehow and I play it on repeat" because it's pretty much what I did with several songs on this album. I also love the line "Maybe I'm too busy being yours to fall for somebody new".

The music video is animated and shows a black background with white sound waves which correspond to the drum kit and lead guitar and then to Turner's vocals. Throughout the song the animations become line drawings and then full colour animations.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

A song that no one would expect me to like

Kanye West - "All Day"

featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney

I chose "All Day" to be the song that no one would expect me to like simply because hip hop is not the genre of music that I generally listen to. I also think that from my appearance and personality that people would not expect me to have ever even listened to a song by Kanye West let alone actually like one. The truth is, I really like this type of music and I love artists like Kanye West or Jay-Z. One of my favourite songs of all time is "Ni**as in Paris" by Jay-Z and Kanye West. (Spoiler: I'm doing a full post on "Ni**as in Paris" in, coincidentally, a week's time.) However, I really really like this song from West in which he says the n-word 45 times in just over 5 minutes. This, of course, is not the reason that I like this song I just think it's an awesome statistic.

"All Day" was released just this year and peaked at number 18 on the UK singles chart. It features some really great lines, most of which point out West's success. There's also a line taken from "Ni**as in Paris". The music video is all black and white and features West performing the song, some creepy bald guys standing around and a naked girl flashing between shots.

All in all, I would give this one a listen if you haven't before. And if it isn't your thing then why not click on a different genre on Spotify than you would usually listen to. You might be surprised to find something you love!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

A song that is a guilty pleasure

James Blunt - "You're Beautiful"

"You're Beautiful" was released in 2005, when I was 8 years old. This song played everywhere: on the radio, in shops, in my mum's car, in my childminder's car...and of course when the CD version was played my childminder would sing over the one swear word to protect our young ears. It reached number 1 in the UK as well as in 9 other countries around the world. Somehow, people actually liked this fairly average love song and I think you would be hard pushed to find someone who hasn't heard it. 

It's a well known fact that James Blunt is pretty crap and that the only people who actually like him are middle aged woman, or as they're sometimes known, "Blunties". But I do sometimes find myself singing along to this when it does pop up on Spotify... and yes, that does mean that I have it saved on Spotify.

The music video really caters to the middle aged women market as it shows Blunt undressing himself in the rain. To be honest, it's one of the most boring music videos I've seen recently. The song is still alright in a terrible kind of way. It was an obvious choice for the category of guilty pleasure because I do still kind of like it. However, I won't be putting it in my favourites playlist anytime soon.

Monday, 8 June 2015

A song that I know all the words to

Ed Sheeran - "You Need Me, I Don't Need You"

"You Need Me, I Don't Need You" was the second single from Sheeran's album, +, and peaked at number 4 on the UK singles chart. I chose this song to be the song that I know all the words to because there are a hell of a lot of words in it and I wanted it to be somewhat impressive. I love this song, it's really different from most of Sheeran's other music but is still a great song. My favourite line is:"They say I'm up and coming like I'm fucking in an elevator" - I just think it's quite funny and clever.

The music video for this song is great too, all in black and white with snapshots of Sheeran playing guitar and other characters too but with the main focus being on the guy performing the song in sign language. I think it's a really great concept and particularly when the speed of this song is taken into consideration, it is really impressive that he manages to sign along.

I've only once been challenged to sing this entire song and as both I and the challenger were very drunk at the time, I am not sure that we sang it word-perfect. I still very much enjoyed that night though!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

A song that reminds me of a certain event

The Killers - "Mr. Brightside"

"Mr. Brightside" is, I think, The Killers' most well-known song and it is definitely one of my favourites. It has sold over 3 million copies in the US and in the UK is one of the fifteen most downloaded rock songs ever.

This song is played just about every weekend in my flat because I and all of my flatmates love it. It's even played every night we go out to a club. But the particular event that this song reminds me of is the first day of university, moving into my new flat and the uncertainty of living away from my family with four strangers for a year. I remember one of my flatmates knocking on my bedroom door and asking if I minded having The Killers to play on the speakers in the corridor. It was a bonding moment for us all.

My favourite line from the song is: "It started out with a kiss // How did it end up like this // It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss". The song is about a jealous, paranoid man who thinks he is being cheated on. There is something wonderful about screaming the words to this song and over-exaggeratedly wringing your hands while dancing around the kitchen/club with friends.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

A song that reminds me of an ex

George Ezra - "Budapest"

"Budapest" peaked at No. 3 on the UK singles chart but I never really liked it all that much. Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate it, but I only really listened to it when I was with my then-boyfriend. He loved loved loved George Ezra.

We used to lie on my bed and take it in turns to choose a song to listen to. We would joke about how the songs I would choose would be slow and sad whilst he would pick the catchy upbeat songs like this one. Even when we agreed on an artist (let's say Imagine Dragons), we would always disagree on the best song from the album (he loved "On Top of the World" and I loved "Bleeding Out"). Somehow though, it just worked.

I can't listen to anything by Ezra without being reminded of my ex. For a while it was too hard for me and when someone played the song I would ask for it to be skipped. More recently, I have move on from what happened between the two of us and have actually chosen to listen to Ezra. Out of all of his music, "Budapest" brings back the strongest memories of him softly singing "Baby if you hold me // Then all of this will go away". It is incredible how a song can hold such strong memories. I am grateful for the time that he and I had together and I might actually be becoming a fan of Ezra! We'll see.

Friday, 5 June 2015

A song that reminds me of someone

Dolly Parton - "Jolene"

My Granda played a huge role in my childhood. When I was two years old my parents and I moved back to the town in Northern Ireland that my mother was from. With my parents both working full time jobs far from our house, the morning school run was down to my Granda. He is a huge fan of country music and in his car I heard my fair share of many country songs. I haven't listened to this style of music for years but as I write this post I am enjoying listening to the classic country playlist on Spotify.

"Jolene" reached No. 7 in the UK singles chart in 1976. It has been covered by many artists, notably recently: Miley Cyrus and Ellie Goulding. They have both covered it in entirely different ways - I like both but Cyrus unquestionably has the stronger voice. Also who knew that Parton is Cyrus' aunt?!

Recently, I've been (secretly and quietly, with headphones) getting back into country music. It's a kind of guilty pleasure that takes me straight back to sitting in the front seat of my Granda's car as a child.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

A song that makes me sad

James Blake - "Limit To Your Love"

I first heard this song at some point over the past year. I was in my bedroom one night with a friend, drinking in the dark and this song was so captivating that I haven't stopped listening to it since. The haunting vocals and the steady piano accompaniment go hand in hand. When the drum kit finally starts, even it is understated. The song is simple and yet is absolutely breathtaking.

While writing this post I realised I had never watched the music video for this song and so I immediately went and did so. The video features a rather somber and solemn looking Blake in a dark and depressing apartment. I don't know why he looks so down because I cracked a smile at the floating fruit moving in the shape of planets in a solar system, orbiting the mango.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

A song that makes me happy

All Star - "Smash Mouth"

I knew that this song would be included at some point as it is one of my favourites. Listening to it cheers me up and takes me back to the first time I heard it when I watched Shrek for the first time.

My favourite part of the song is the first verse which goes: "I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed // She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb // In the shape of an "L" on her forehead". I always act that part out when I sing it. I have also used "ain't the sharpest tool in the shed" as an insult before which was, as you can imagine, well received. haha

After writing this post, I really want to watch Shrek! It's been far far too long since I visited the kingdom of far far away.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

A song from my childhood

Fountains of Wayne - "Stacy's Mom"

"Stacy's Mom" was released in 2003 but I didn't truly begin to love it for several more years until I would spend Saturday nights at my mum's friend's house playing the PS2 with her daughter. Our favourite game was SingStar Pop and of course, "Stacy's Mom" (along with Blink 182 - "What's My Age Again") were our go-to tunes.

"Stacy's Mom" reached No.11 in the UK singles chart and was nominated for a Grammy. What really stuck this song in my head over other songs from my childhood was the music video. It's hilarious.

I love rediscovering songs that I used to love and songs like this are so important because they take me right back to where I was when I would listen to them.

Monday, 1 June 2015

My favourite song

Taylor Swift - "Style"

Taylor Swift is, without a doubt, one of my favourite artists. I have listened to her music since her self-titled debut album and I have heard the style of her songs shift from country to pop. My favourite song from her latest album, 1989, is "Style".

"Style" is said to be based on Swift's relationship with One Direction member, Harry Styles. If using his last name (just about) as the song title isn't enough to persuade you then surely the line: "You got that long hair, slicked back, white t-shirt" does?

I love the way Swift sets the scene of the song (tongue-twister much?) - the late night drive, the danger, the rebellion. I love the juxtaposition of the bad boy and the good girl. I love how unique the music video is (beaches, broken mirrors and crazy effects - yes, please!). Hell, there isn't much I don't love about this song. If I had to choose my favourite line it would be this: "I should just tell you to leave cause I // Know exactly where it leads but I // Watch us go round and round each time." Sometimes it is impossible not to just let something happen even though you know how it will end.

I can't wait to wait and see what Swift releases next. 1989 was an incredible album but with one or two disappointing songs (Welcome to New York, I'm looking at you here) and so I am confident that Swift can produce something even better.