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✮ A Tribute to the Starman in the Sky | David Bowie ✮

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I don’t normally do blog posts like this, but David Bowie has been such a huge part of my life that I had to write something – though no words can describe how much I love and will miss this legend.

I think I took him for granted. Thought that Bowie was immortal and would never die, and I guess in many ways he wont. Today, Bowie fan or not, the world woke up to tragic news… Something that we hoped we wouldn’t see for a long time. He has been such a huge inspiration to many generations that the loss of this immensely talented man has completely saddened the world. I have never been this upset about a celebrity’s death before, but something about today has hit me harder than I ever thought it would. I guess it’s like losing an old friend, someone who was always there for you in your time of need. As Louder Than War put it… “You never felt alone when you had Bowie,” and this is so true.

Even the smallest of things like accompanying me on the bus to college in the rain, Bowie’s music has been there to brighten up the day. He inspired me to take up piano for a while, educated me in soul music and even made my transition to university that little bit more easy. He is an instant pick-me-up and I am eternally grateful for this.

Sometimes I’ve felt as though he has been speaking directly to me through song, especially at the moment with the quote: “Don’t stay in a sad place, where they don’t care how you are.” It’s amazing how powerful and touching his work has been and how someone you’ve never met can make such a big impact in your life. I have learned so much from listening to Bowie.

But it wasn’t just his music that was influential – he was an innovator. He dared to be different and made oddity acceptable. He challenged cultural taboos, views of sexuality and completely reshaped the world of fashion. He really was like an alien that had come down to save the world, and I believe he succeeded.

I’d heard rumours that he was ill, and it was his new album Blackstar which made me think something was really not right. But I didn’t realise he was going to be torn away from us so suddenly.

I really hope he is no longer in pain and has gone to a better place, whether that be somewhere spiritual, heaven or another planet with his own kind. Wherever he is now, he deserves to be at peace.

His death has created a void that no other person will be able to fill and I am so honored to be born in a time that Bowie also lived in.

A new star will shine brighter than ever tonight.

Thank you Bowie for breaking boundaries and being brave enough to be yourself – I hope you knew how much you shaped this world.

You were one of a kind and I will adore you always.

✮ David Bowie – 1947 until the last Blackstar fades away ✮

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Blogmas: Day two | Mika Memories

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I couldn’t not involve Mika in my Blogmas posts. He kind of comes out at this time of the year for me. I think it was around Christmas 2008 or possibly even earlier, my sister bought his DVD. On it was a documentary  of him and all of his songs and I think a live show of his – though I could be wrong there.

I think we must have played this DVD over and over and over again. Literally my mum and dad must have been going mad.

I’m really going to have to dig it out over Christmas sometime and watch it again – it has been too long.

But yes, he is like the Christmas songs of November for me. He is someone who allows me to get in the festive spirit without the bad luck curse. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to put him away throughout the rest December. Oh no… This year Mika is gonna stay a little bit longer than one month.

I think I’m a closet Mika fan and have been for quite some time… One year we got the chance to see him live in Manchester and he really doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He is such an amazing musician with a hell of a lot of energy. Not only this, he supports the underdog, and sings from his heart about a lot of experiences I can relate to.

I really want to see him come back and tour the UK in 2016 – one can only hope!

I’m just going to have to admit it now… I think I’m a little bit in love with Mika.

But shh don’t tell anyone. He’s still just my November soundtrack.

Take a listen to him now… He is great, and very handsome. Teehee (An early Christmas present to you).

P.s – I would like to dedicate this post to my sister, if it wasn’t for her that Christmas, I would not be dancing around my room to Mika right now x

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Celebrating! – John Robb Style

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You have no idea how long I have wanted some real creepers for. I could have ordered some online a while ago, but I never know what size foot I am – it’s either a 7 or an 8 – but my feet like to be awkward and so getting some online is always a risk that I don’t like to take.

My sister came to visit me in Manchester the other day and I decided to take her around the Northern Quarter and look at all of the cute vintage shops. She bought some gorgeous scarfs and shirts and I found an adorable jumper and also snatched up some posters for my new room.

I’ve recently got my first piece published in the new music magazine Louder Than War, and so we took it upon ourselves to hunt down an issue. We must have gone into every single news agents in the center of Manchester and every single WH Smiths and couldn’t find one anywhere! We had literally given up and had headed back to the Northern Quarter. On the way back there we spotted a convenience store that we hadn’t yet been in and so decided to venture inside – expecting disappointment. However there was four copies staring right at you as soon as you went in! I practically ran over and thumbed my way through the pages to sniff out my article, and there it was!

The excitement was unreal – I wanted to cry, my first piece in an actual music magazine.

I had to celebrate, and what’s a better way than celebrating John Robb style, and purchasing some beautiful, vintage leather creepers?

I found them in Afflecks, size 8 – it was like fate had put them there! They fit perfectly and I must admit are probably one of my comfiest pairs of shoes. The night I bought them I went out dancing in them and then the next day I did a two hour trek to the Salford Lads Club – No blisters. I’m really impressed with how comfy they are, they might just be my new favourite shoes.

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Purchase of the day | Primark, The 1975

Shirts – Primark – £12

I don’t usually buy anything from Primark, it’s one of those shops where they either have exactly what you want or nothing at all but when entering today, I couldn’t resist picking up these two shirts. They’re so floaty and colourful and not for a bad price either. I’ve noticed that Primark are putting their prices up, they need to make sure they don’t get ahead of themselves!

The 1975 CD – HMV – £4.99

HMV has gone awesome. I don’t know why or what has happened for it to go awesome but the one in my town has had a total transformation since the scare of it closing down. They now sell Vinyls in-store, have a huge choice of artists that aren’t particularly mainstream and are selling CDs from independent record labels. They’ve also started hosting gigs from local bands and have even had Goldblade perform there. 
Today I purchased The 1975’s album. I’ve been aware of them for a long time, they’ve played at festivals I’ve been to and even ones hosted in my home town but I’ve never taken time to actually sit down and listen to them. It wasn’t until T in the Park was on TV that I heard them properly for the first time and since then they’ve become this summer’s soundtrack. I feel like the album is litteraly a compilation of their singles with a few extras thrown it. Every song is ace!

No17 Blusher Brush – Boots – £2.99

I finally got round to buying a blusher brush today after needing one for a very long time. It’s amazing how expensive they are which did have a big impact on the brush I chose. This one was only £2.99 and compared to £10+ that the other ones were selling for it was pretty cheap – I’ll just have to see how long it lasts for…

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Train Times | Live at Leeds

I caught the train to Leeds on my own the other weekend for the first time which was soo nerve racking but also so exciting! I’ve been on the train many times before and there’s always an automated voice that says where you’re coming up to and what stop you’re at so when boarding the train I wasn’t too worried that I’d miss my stop. However, I sat down, my suitcase besides me and I waited for the run down of places we would stop off at to come on over the speakers. I waited, and waited and the train set off. They didn’t say what stops we were approaching and what stops we were at.  I was terrified I’d miss Leeds!
It wasn’t until about half way round that the muffled voice of the conductor sounded telling everyone which stop we were at – which, thankfully, was before Leeds!
I made it and met my sister on the platform…
Live at Leeds
The rest of the weekend was less scary than the train as me and my sister set off to the festival Live at Leeds. It was amazing! The first band we saw were The Midnight Beast. I didn’t know what to expect from their performance, with seeing their TV show I thought it would just be three guys rapping on stage for an hour. But gee was I wrong. Yes it was three guys and yes they were rapping on stage, but they put on such a performance! There were dancing cats and dogs, confetti, costume changes and even ninjas; pretty impressive stuff especially for a 45 minute slot.
Then there were the Carnabells who had a 50s/60s rock’n’roll vibe going on. Chuck Berry, Elvis, that kinda thing could be heard through their riffs as a heavy influence; it even came out through their hair!
We found a couple of my sister’s uni mates and took off with them to see a band named Syd Arthur. They’ve apparently toured with the Pixies and are getting quite a fan base. They’re originally from Kent which wasn’t surprising to hear as they sound like one of these bands which have spawned from East London. They had a TOY, Horrors vibe going maybe with a bit of Charlie Boyer in there but they are definitely one to go and see.
Out of all the bands we saw there was one that stuck with me. The Scenes. I cannot explain how much talent this band had. How much charisma and confidence. They looked so young and yet they were amazing. I couldn’t take my eyes off the lead singer; he had the facial expressions of Bowie and the moves of Jagger. They are what you’d call a band. They have soo much potential… don’t ever miss a chance to see them!
To round off an awesome day we saw King Charles who was as dandy as ever and even got to chat with him before his gig. Keep an eye out for our interview with him!!

Live at Leeds is something special. It’s not just the bands that make it but all the different venues that you go to. Walking from one to another, catching a glimpse of a gig and then heading off, exploring a new section of the city. It introduces you to a tonne of new music and a tonne of new people. All in all it was such a great weekend. 
He was so excited for this interview
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Transeasonal Tracks | It’s starting to feel like Spring

The other day I was sat on the bus in my own little world when the smell of freshly cut grass came in through the windows. To me this smell represents the beginning of Spring! The air is still crisp but the sun is starting to sine through the clouds and if you stand in its rays you feel their warmth on your back.

I’m so excited for summer this year. It’s going to be one long holiday and there are rumors that it may be hotter than last year which would be awesome!

As spring prepares us for the summer season I thought I’d put together a list of five feel good songs to accompany this transition.

The Temples | Shelter Song 

Coming into their own over the past few months, The Temples are definitely not going anywhere soon. I couldn’t write this list without them featuring on it. They make my 6 o’ clock starts less painful as I currently have them set as my alarm. I have high hopes for them this summer and can’t wait to see what they have in store …. 

The Tribes | Dancehall 

Sadly The Tribes are no longer together, but this doesn’t mean we can no longer enjoy them. I absolutely love this song off their album Wish To Scream and I wish that they were still around!!

David Bowie | Modern Love 

An oldie but goodie. I started getting into David Bowie last summer so all of his songs remind me of the hazy mornings going to college where’d he’d keep me company on the long bus rides. I chose Modern Love as I have a fond memory of running for the bus to the beat of this track and feeling extremely embarrassed – Thank God for headphones! 

The Heartbreaks | Delay Delay  

The Heartbreaks are one of my favorite summery bands. I’ve chosen a song from their old album as I feel as though their new album is more serious. Each song from their old album could be a single – not to mention they remind me of Kendal Calling last year. 

King Charles | Bam Bam

This man is amazing. His mustache is great and his hair is to die for! His songs are on a very thin line of really summery awesomeness and ridiculously cheesy, but never the less Bam Bam has made it onto my list of feel good songs – and that’s exactly what it is!

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