Artist In Focus: Tom Petty

The second in a series of posts about some of my favourite musicians and their music. Tom Petty is from Florida and has been a musician since 1970. I saw him in concert in Dublin five years ago (2012) and he was stunning live. It has been tricky narrowing this down to six songs – I could have easily chosen a different set; he has so so many terrific songs. Some of these songs also prevented me from going crazy while writing my thesis! Okay, here we go:

  1. Free Fallin’ (from Full Moon Fever, 1989) This was my introduction to Tom Petty and his catalogue. Still sounds amazing.
  2. A Thing About You (from Hard Promises, 1981) Love this track, great upbeat number.
  3. The Waiting (also from Hard Promises, 1981) I first heard this one on a greatest hits album which I have. I decided to track down the album in the library – and in true Tom Petty style, it blew me away. Every song on the album is a smash.
  4. Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid) (from Damn The Torpedoes, 1979) Apart from the greatest hits, this album is the only Tom Petty album I own. I fell in love with this song instantly. Perfect summer music.
  5. You Wreck Me (from Wildflowers, 1994) I came across this one when I was cataloguing all the music on my dad’s computer. I love this, I put it on my iPod straight away. The punchy beat just makes me want to dance. It’s a fantastic one to put on at a party.
  6. Runnin’ Down A Dream (also from Full Moon Fever, 1989) Probably his best-known song after Free Fallin’. An awesome driving song!

 

Stay tuned for more music soon! #ArtistInFocus #TomPetty #MyLifeInMusic

Book Hunt! #10

It’s been a while since I did one of these posts! Last week I went to Tallaght and Ballyroan libraries in Dublin, and here is what I came home with:

Tallaght-Ballyroan books 19-6-2017

This photo is a tiny bit blurry so here’s the rundown – from top:

The Book Of Hygge by Louisa Thomsen Brits

French Women Don’t Get Facelifts by Mireille Guiliano

Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard & Beyond by Phil Collen

A Fast Ride Out Of Here: Confessions Of Rock’s Most Dangerous Man by Pete Way

True Whit by Whitney Port

The Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree

How To Bewitch: A Manual Of Modern Witchcraft by Raven Tempest

B Is For Ballroom by Anton du Beke

The Complete Idiot’s Guide To The Paranormal by Nathan Brown

Understanding Social Media by Damian Ryan

Style A To Zoe: The Art Of Fashion, Beauty & Everything Glamour by Rachel Zoe

The Encyclopedia Of The Paranormal by Rupert Matthews

Style Inspiration: Marc Bolan

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I am a huge fan of Marc Bolan. I love his songs (20th Century Boy and Cadillac are two of my favourites) and his style was flat-out awesome!

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I have a couple of photos of Marc Bolan and Sweet-inspired pieces to share today. Rock music in general and glam rock (also known as glitter rock) does inspire my fashion and style choices.

studded leggings

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I have had these leggings for a couple of years now. They are very comfortable and with the gold and silver studs on the sides, they’re perfect for a party look. Definitely have that glam rock edge. For a complete look try this top:

silver top

This silver top is lightweight and perfect for a special occasion. I bought this last year; I wear it every few months or so. No outfit is complete without footwear of some description. This look can be worn with Converse trainers (and I have done so), but to up the glam factor, how about these shoes:

gold shoes

 

gold shoe close-up

These gold shoes are fabulous! A unique find from Clarks a few years ago (I have not seen a similar pair since!)

Gold or silver jewellery (natch) to finish the look and you’re good to go!

The leggings were from Penneys (AKA Primark), top was from Villa and shoes from Clarks. This look would be the only glam rock look in my wardrobe for now, but I plan to look for more pieces in the same vein.

Artist In Focus: Black Stone Cherry

This is the first in a series of posts about the music I enjoy listening to. Today I am covering Black Stone Cherry, a quartet from Kentucky in the States. They are a modern rock band with a classic rock edge. Their sound is a mix of classic rock and southern rock, with a pinch of grunge thrown in for good measure. They have released five albums, the latest of which is 2016’s Kentucky.

My top songs by Black Stone Cherry:

  1. White Trash Millionaire (from their third long-player, 2011’s Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea)
  2. In My Blood (also from Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea)
  3. Cheaper To Drink Alone (from their fifth and latest, 2016’s Kentucky)
  4. Soul Machine (also from Kentucky)
  5. Bad Luck & Hard Love (from their fourth LP, 2014’s Magic Mountain)
  6. Dance Girl (also from Magic Mountain)

I love these songs because all six are quite upbeat and you can move to them. Another post in this series on the way very soon!! #ArtistInFocus #BlackStoneCherry #MyLifeInMusic

My Blogging Goals

I have been planning my future blog posts for the past month. So a quick update on what I plan to blog about:

  • My three favourite genres of music – Rock, Metal and Country. These posts will show my music personality. I will split these over several posts. I will have an artist in focus for each post, and I am currently drafting these in longhand before typing.
  • I will continue my quote packages – my current status on these centres on finding themes to slot these into.
  • I plan also to write about my spiritual life. I don’t particularly follow conventional religion, preferring instead to focus on New Age things such as crystals, angels and spells. I also find Wicca very healing. I am currently researching more about these areas, with a view to drafting these in longhand before typing.
  • Finally I will continue my book posts, as they are proving quite popular.

Hope to start on one of these ideas very soon!

My Favourite Bon Jovi Songs

When I was in my teens, I’d heard of Bon Jovi. Translation: I heard the hits, and I loved them. Now I am in my twenties, and my partner loves Bon Jovi – in other words, he has all of their albums. I on the other hand have only one, which is their greatest hits (2010). I got some of their albums from the library and also browsed them on YouTube. The albums I got are:

Cross Road (1994)

These Days (1995) – wasn’t as keen on this; liked a couple of the songs

Have A Nice Day (2005)

So here are my favourite tracks from each album:

These Days:

Diamond Ring (Diamond Ring)

If That’s What It Takes (If That’s What It Takes )

Cross Road:

Keep The Faith

Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night

Blaze Of Glory

In These Arms

Bad Medicine

I’ll Be There For You

In & Out Of Love

Runaway

Have A Nice Day:

I Want To Be Loved

Welcome To Wherever You Are

Last Man Standing

Last Cigarette

I Am

Complicated

Novocaine

Story Of My Life

Dirty Little Secret

There may be another post if I find other Bon Jovi albums…..

 

Book Hunt! #5

I haven’t done one of these in a while. These books come from Tallaght and Ballyroan libraries in Dublin.

Off we go!

Tallaght books 28-4-2016

That Summer – Sarah Dessen

What Happened To Goodbye – Sarah Dessen

Ireland’s Suffragettes – Sarah-Beth Watkins

Dead Gods – Chris Salewicz

The Life I Left Behind – Colette McBeth

Queer:The Ultimate LGBT Guide For Teens – Kathy Belge & Marke Bieschke [for research]

Codependent No More – Melody Beattie

Devil’s Food Cake Murder – Joanne Fluke

Freak Out! My Life With Frank Zappa – Pauline Butcher

Digital Wars – Charles Arthur

Dot Complicated – Randi Zuckerberg

Losing Hope – Colleen Hoover

Life On Tour With David Bowie – Sean Mayes

Bi: Notes For A Bisexual Revolution – Shiri Eisner [for research]

Feminism In The News – Kaitlynn Mendes