NEW MUSIC Paramore HARD TIMES with New Wave 80s Style VIDEO

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Paramore emerges with a new song and a smashing new video for Hayley William’s first album release since 2013. Initial RATING: Video 9.75/10 Song 7/10 …

in short, the star of this show is THE VIDEO, and it’s great.

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The Music: I LIKE this new song, it’s somewhat unique for Paramore, in part because melodically, Hayley Williams has tended to go with a familiar melody flow throughout most of her songwriting career. There have been exceptions to this (ironically, a good example is “The Only Exception” a song I quite love), but on the whole, if the band has employed the typical Paramore pop/rock rhythm in a particular song, it follows that one can  pretty much count on the lyrics and melody line to read and sound much like what’s come before. So, many reviewers and article writers throw around the phrase “headbanging” when speaking of Paramore’s rockier music…

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Gorillaz *new tracks* pre-release HUMANZ 2017 pre-review?

I really excited for this! Read the review, written by my good friend iconiclight 😊

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Coming in April, the new album by Gorillaz is expected to create quite a buzz, in a manner of speaking, in the music world. The group, represented by a quartet of strange, and apparently socially disturbed cartoon characters, includes a rather large number of collaborators over the years since it’s debut in the late nineties. In fact, Gorillaz are a British virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The animated  band consists of four members: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs. (Wikipedia) The animation front-concept has developed a backstory over the course of the years, and has somewhat of a cult following itself. There’s no question that the animated part of this concept has carried the music at times when otherwise the organization  would’ve went off the radar and out of sight. I can think of more than a handful of groups that…

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Product Review: Fidget Cube

Those of you who read my previous posts will know that I purchased a Fidget Cube about 2 or 3 weeks ago, and I said I would review it – so here it is 😀

I’m one of these people that constantly has to have something in my hand. If I don’t, I resort to biting my fingers and making them sore (I don’t realise I do it half the time), which I’d say is down to the fact I’m always worried or anxious about something or other. So when I saw an ad on Facebook for a Fidget Cube, I was instantly hooked. This product was created to “satisfy every fidget” and is a “good tool for ADHD & concentration” **

I’ve yet to see one in a shop but a number of online websites sell them. The cube I bought retailed at just £3 from wish.com, and they’re available in a number of different colours. 

The actual size of the cube is perfect to fit in your pocket or handbag, and the spacing between each activity is good. Obviously, because it’s a cube, there are 6 faces, each with different things on. I’ve described them below.

This is the face that I’ve assigned as the front (mainly because it’s a different colour!) It’s 5 simple buttons that you can press. I press them in a particular pattern, just to make things a bit more interesting, that goes:

  • Top Left, 
  • Middle, 
  • Top Right, 
  • Middle, 
  • Bottom Right, 
  • Middle, 
  • Bottom Left.

On the top of the cube, there’s a joystick that is excatly like a video game controller. You can move it in any direction and can also press it in. This is one of my favourite sections.

This is the right face. As you can see, it has a metal ball which you can roll in any direction, and 3 cog like sections that spin left and right. This is probably my least favourite side because the cogs click when they’re turned, so if you’re turning all 3 at the same time, it can get quite annoying.

This is the left face, which contains a disk that you can spin either clockwise or anti-clockwise. This one is good for if you just have your hand in your pocket and need to do something, because it doesn’t make a noise, and you don’t need any effort to move it.

This is the back, and another one of my favourites. It’s simply a switch (like a light switch.) If you’re using your thumb for the front face, this face is perfect for your index and middle fingers to alternate between ‘on and off’. The positioning correlation between these 2 faces seems very well thought out.

This is the bottom face. It doesn’t really have an ‘activity’ as such because it’s just an imprinted face where you can put your thumb. It’s quite satisfying to the touch but doesn’t do anything for my brain.

I would say that the design of this product is very successful. I like that there are a number of different textures on the item and I love the reasoning behind the product. I rate it 10/10 and would definitely recommend it. It’s one of my favourite purchases.

Peace and love to you all ✌💚

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Happy First Year #AMDGMAAF (page 9) – w/ The Goddess of Dawn Story

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Happy First Year to AURORA’s EPIC (yes, I said epic) album “All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend”

The word “epic” applies to that “pertaining to a long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style” and I personally feel that way about AMDGMAAF – So, who is the hero of this story? AURORA and you, dear reader. Discovery, challenges, dreams, pathos, achievements, all related in a remarkable way with remarkable wisdom and skill for a person of such young age as Aurora Aksnes (some of these songs were written before she was even a teenager!).

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“LET LOVE CONQUER YOUR MIND”

Collecting and collating AURORA photos is one of my favorite pastimes, been so for about a solid year ( I “discovered” AURORA in March 2016 the day of her US TV debut).

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Latest Endeavours

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a very awkward person, and I detest meeting new people. I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember. When it comes to being socially active, I have the social skills of a wet wipe, so the thought of physically meeting someone new scares the shit out of me.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been feeling quite down about myself and my social situation. I’ve had one real friend since 6th form who I still speak to, but as time goes on, I realise we’re growing into 2 very different people – so much so that I struggle to find a topic of conversation anymore. This saddens me alot because I have no other proper friends apart from this person.

So these past few days, I’ve been asking myself ‘how can I make new friends without actually meeting new people?’ and the answer to that is to find a penpal. Yesterday, I signed myself up to a website where you can find people looking for penpals and I’ve already had a positive response. I’ve received emails from around 7 different people, asking if I want to exchange letters with them! Although the idea of introducing myself to a complete stranger is still daunting, I’ve found it a lot easier than if I was to approach these people in person. It will be much easier when we get to know each other more and exchange more and more letters, but for now, I’m concentrating on not making a complete arse of myself by saying something stupid. I know it’s early days but I’m hoping to find some good friends.

If you’re in a similar situation to me and find yourself lacking in the friend department, I would recommend trying a penpal because you can go at your own pace, and you can talk in the comfort of your own home.

I might update you guys in a couple of months if I get anywhere with this endeavour. Let’s see what happens.

Peace and love to you all ✌💚

Meadowlark.

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Source: Meadowlark’s Official Facebook

Meadowlark are an enchanting duo from the UK and I’ve been a fan of them for a couple of years. I first heard of singer Kate from her Youtube channel, who then shared the news on social media that she had paired with Dan to create this wonderful partnership (they originally had a 3rd person, who later decided to part ways). The pair have been producing awe-inspiring sounds ever since.

They have a main website, which is quite simplistic but allows you to navigate to all the desired areas, particularly links to their social medias.

What I like about the band are the angelic melodies which are sung in harmony with either piano or guitar or both. I also like the fact that there are lots of percussive sounds in the songs – not just your bog standard kick and snare drum. The songs are all well constructed, with the majority of them beginning with a nice riff in the introduction, quiet chords in the verses and then a mixture of both in the choruses to create a nice contrast of volume and depth.

Meadowlark have released 4 EP’s (the latest one Nocturnes was only released earlier this week), and numerous singles (1 of which is a cover of Sugarbabes – About you now) I’ve listed all of the songs I could find below and highlighted my favourites:

  1. Eyes Wide
  2. Family Tree
  3. Forlorn
  4. I’ve Got You
  5. Sail Away
  6. Fly
  7. Fire
  8. Paraffin
  9. Satellite
  10. Quicksand
  11. Headlights
  12. About you now

If you’re feeling a bit stressed and need to wind down, I highly recommend this band! Check out their website and social media, and take a listen to their stuff – you wont be disappointed!

Peace and love to you all ✌💚

Worry ring story.

The other week, my mum and I were discussing my intentions of focusing on the psychological side of my mental health. I mentioned that I wanted a fidget cube, because I get very fidgety when it comes to social situations, but then she suggested that I buy a worry ring. I had never heard of one before so I had a look on the internet and researched them. Basically, for those who dont know, it’s a ring/ with at least 1 additional band around it that moves/spins. They’re also known as a spinner ring. 

They vary in prices but the best ones I could find were from Ebay (I found a really nice one,) which leads me to my story about the hassle I had to go through in order to actually receive this ring. A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from Ebay to say that my account had some unauthorised use on it so my account was frozen. I did the normal security procedure of changing my password blah blah blah, but in order to confirm this change, Ebay were going to text me a verification code. Now this is where the trouble came – I created this account about 8 years ago, for somebody else, so I used both their phone number and my old mobile number. Bizarrely, there isn’t an option (not to my knowledge anyway) of changing telephone numbers on your account so I was in a bit of a stick wicket.

I called Ebay to ask if there was anything I could do and the lady on the phone replied that they had no authorisation to change phone numbers so I’d have to create another account. At the time I thought that it was so much hassle to go through just to buy a ring, but nonetheless, I did it – and I’m so glad.

So after making a new account (with totally new email address) I purchased a ring, different to the one I saw previously. It cost £21.99 and I received it the next day. Since then, I haven’t taken it off! Here’s what it looks like:


It’s a 925 sterling silver ring and fits so snug, I forget I’m wearing it sometimes. The 3 bands in the middle (gold, silver and copper effect) spin completely around. I find that the time I use it most often is when I’m driving, or sat in a waiting room somewhere, which is where I get very anxious. The bands aren’t too loose but aren’t too tight either  and there’s something fairly satifying about spinning them. It’s not too bulky so it doesn’t catch on anything and it has a fairly decent weight to it.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone that likes to fidget with their hands because it’s so pleasing to touch. I’m very glad that I bought it, even after all the palaver beforehand! 😂 

Peace and love to you all ✌💚