Saturday, 28 February 2015

My Road Trip Playlist #1 | Reckless Link Up

Hey everyone!

Something that is definitely on my bucket list is to go on at least one proper road trip.  I love the idea of packing some belongings into a car or a camper van, then seeing new countries with my friends by driving around and, hopefully, having some crazy adventures and making memories. 

Music is a big part of my life and I love having memories attached to certain songs.  So, I thought I would write a series of playlists that I'd love to play on a road trip and this is the first one.

James Blunt - Heart To Heart

Fall Out Boy - Young Volcanoes

All Time Low - To Live & Let Go

We Are The In Crowd - The Best Thing (That Never Happened)

You Me At Six - Be Who You Are

Pierce The Veil - Hold On Till May

Ed Sheeran - Little Bird

Tonight Alive - Come Home

Panic! At The Disco - This Is Gospel (Piano Version)

Simple Plan - The Rest Of Us

Dodie Clark - A Permanent Hug

Sleeping With Sirens - All My Heart

I think something that I like about playlists for something like a road trip is that the music can be absolutely anything.  Slow, upbeat, fast, loud, heartfelt, climatic, happy.  It can be any genre and, from any artist. 

I think with this playlist I have gone for mostly upbeat songs.  I think this is because (in my head at least) I see the start of a road trip to be really exciting and I think you need some songs that you can sing along to like crazy, while grinning like mad.
But at the same time I've included some songs that are a slower and, more heartfelt songs.

One of my favourite songs that always makes me want to dance around is The Rest Of Us by Simple Plan.  This song always makes me feel so happy and I can't help but tap my feet whenever I hear it.
I absolutely love this song and I think it's perfect for a road trip because it's the kind of song that when you hear it, you can't help but smile.

I am a really big fan of James Blunt's 'Moon Landing' album.  I feel like the whole album would be great for a road trip to be completely honest.  But for this first playlist I've decided to include the song Heart To Heart.  This is the kind of song that is a great 'cheer up' song.  If you're ever feeling down then I highly recommend listening to this song and dancing around your bedroom, hopefully it'll help you feel better.

Young Volcanoes by Fall Out Boy will have you clicking your fingers within the first 5 seconds, it's inevitable.  I think that this is the kind of song that sounds upbeat (seriously, this is such a happy song) but has more of a 'serious' message behind it.  I think I mostly think this because of the line "Come on make this easy, say I never mattered" and it's a lyric that really means a lot to me and, is one of my favourite parts of the song.  I really love this song and I think it would be great to just sing along to really loudly.

I love the piano version of This Is Gospel by Panic! At The Disco so much!  I have a lot of love for the original because I think it has a great instrumental atmosphere.  But I think that the atmosphere in the piano version is absolutely amazing and also is just really freaking beautiful.

I hope that you all enjoyed my playlist and I'll hopefully have my second road trip playlist for you all soon.  Let me know in the comments what songs you'd love to play on a road trip, I'd love to hear what songs you'd play.

Something that I am really excited about is that I'm involved in my first blogging link up!
One of my favourite parts about blogging is making friends and my amazing friend Allie from Reckless nominated me for her link up Liebster Award.  Be sure to check out her blog through the button below and, you can read her link up post here.



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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

My 18th Birthday | Stay Awake (Dreams Only Last For A Night)

You know how you sometimes listen to a song and it's one of those songs that gives you that feeling in your chest and, you want to listen to it all the time and, you want to share it with someone who means a lot to you because the song means a lot to you and, you want to share it with everyone but, at the same time you just want to keep it to yourself because it means so much to you and you love it too much to share it.
Or is that just me?

The first time that I listened to 'Stay Awake (Dreams Only Last For A Night)' by All Time Low I got all those feelings at once.  And yes, you're right, it's pretty weird to feel all those things at the same time but, it's also really amazing.  I get so filled with emotion when I hear this song and I think it's because the song itself is so filled with emotion.  Not only can you hear how much emotion is in this song but you can really, really feel it.

If you've been hanging around with me on my blog for a while them you'll know that I've said this about quite a few songs.  And if you are one of these people (thanks for sticking with me!) you might be getting to a stage when you think that I'm just throwing around these words, I can't possibly feel this way about so many songs.  And I don't blame you if you're starting to think this but, bear with me for this post because this song is different.

 This week is my 18th birthday and I'm feeling a mixture of emotions about it. 
I'm at a stage in my life where I have no idea what my future holds after the month of June and, that scares me.  My future (just like everyone else's on this planet) is a great big unknown.  A part of me feels a slight slither of excitement about this - absolutely anything could happen and that's pretty cool.
But I'm mostly scared.  Instead of my last year at high school, I'm currently part way through a one year college course.  My friends know what they'll be doing in the future; starting university, continuing their college courses, continuing their studies at university,  taking gap years to make some more money or to volunteer.  Then there's me.  I have some very random ideas about what I could do when I finish my college course but to be completely honest, I have absolutely no idea what will be happening and this petrifies me.

I am the sort of person who likes to be in control of situations that I'm in.  I like to be ready at least five minutes earlier than I need to be, I set things out the evening before I'm going somewhere and, I like to know where I'll be and what I'll be doing in both the near and far future.
But recently it seems I've been throwing this out the window. 
I have a (sort of) college assessment that I'm completely unprepared for because I'm so nervous about it (why do I constantly get myself worked up about the smallest of things?), I've started losing really silly things (like my earphones and a bracelet) really easily and this has been making me really upset for some reason and, while my friends are applying for university and college, I'm sitting in a corner eating way too many digestive biscuits in an attempt to make myself feel the tiniest bit okay.

At the beginning of this year I had in my head that 2015 was going to be an amazing year for me.  You're probably thinking "Carolyn it's only February, it could still be a really amazing year" but, me being the pessimist that I am, I'm just worrying about what on earth could actually happen for me this year.  I am aware that I could end up looking back on it and remembering how amazing it was but, at the same time I could end up looking back and regretting the decisions I made regarding my future.
 Since I'll be turning 18 it seems I'm at the age where EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW WHAT I'LL BE DOING WITH MY LIFE AFTER COLLEGE!  I've been telling people that I'm not really sure but I'm thinking about an apprenticeship.  Because this is sort of true, but so far my apprenticeship hunt has been unsuccessful which has been scaring me a lot.

Although I am extremely scared about my future, I am holding onto a tiny piece of hope that I have in that there are a few months (well till June or maybe even the end of May) where I can try and figure out what I'll be doing.

The song that's been helping me to remember this and is stopping me from going from complete meltdown (the stage I'm currently at) to completely unfunctional (a stage that I'm almost at as you probably gathered) is 'Stay Awake (Dreams Only Last For A Night)' by All Time Low - see there was a reason why I was rambling on about it earlier!
If you know me well then you're probably thinking "Here we go again!  She's going to ramble on about how much she loves an All Time Low song, there's no surprises there".  But this is different because for me, this song is different.

From the first time I listened to this song I have loved it as much as I possibly can.  I've listened to it on repeat for hours, I know the lyrics, harmonies, guitar riffs and, bass line almost inside out and, it's a song that makes me feel something different every time I listen to it.

I absolutely adore the lyrics to this song and, these are some of the lines that are sticking out for me in my current situation of being scared about my future:

"I'm on my way to striking out
Go to sleep with the pressure of everyone
Watching, waiting, they're yours for the taking
But I still have my doubts"

I think the line that really strikes me from this part of the first verse is "But I still have my doubts" because as you can tell from this entire post, I am a natural worrier.  For me it's nice to have some reassurance that I'm not the only person like this and that, yes, it's actually okay to be doubtful. 

"Before you ask which way to go, remember where you've been"
I feel as though before I start deciding what I'm going to do with my future, I need to take some time to reflect on my past.  Unfortunately this will involve thinking about high school (a time in my life where I was in a pretty dark place for most of it), and what I learnt there and how the qualifications I gained could have an impact on what jobs/courses/apprenticeships I apply for.
I also want to have a look back at the things I've enjoyed doing over the past few years and see if there is any way that I can incorporate them into my future.
I think that before I figure out where I'm going, I need to think about where I've been.

The entire chorus:

"Stay awake, get a grip and get out
You're safe from the weight of the world
Just take a second to set things straight
I'll be fine even though I'm not always right
I can count on the sun to shine
Dedication takes a lifetime
But dreams only last for a night"
I have so many thoughts and feelings that I want to share with you based purely on the chorus.  But please bare with me because there will hopefully be something worthwhile in my dissection of this small section of the song.
When I first heard this song, the line that stuck out to me was "Get a grip and get out, You're safe from the weight of the world" and it still is a line that means a lot to me.  This is mainly because, like everyone else, a lot of the time I feel like I'm carrying the weight of the freaking universe (not just the world) on my shoulders.  But this line also made me think mainly about the weight that the world is putting on me.
I'm the sort of person who on top of the pressure that is put on by the people in my life and society in general, I put a lot of pressure on myself.
The first time I heard this line it was like I was being told that while I was listening to this song I was safe from all that pressure and that I was going to be okay.

The line "Take a second to set things straight" is helping me so much right now.  Although thinking about how much worrying I've been doing, I might need a bit more than a second to set things straight.  But this line is providing me with some comfort just now, it's okay if I need to take some time to just figure out what on earth I want to do with my life.

The next two lines "I'll be fine even though I'm not always right, I can count on the sun to shine" have been really helping to remind me that I might make decisions that end up taking me down one path and it's okay to change my mind about it part way through.  Also, hopefully things will all be okay in the end.

The final two lines of the chorus "Dedication takes a lifetime, But dreams only last for a night" are pretty powerful, at least they are for me.  I know that whatever I want to do with my future it's going to take a lot of hard work and dedication.  But I also need to remember not to take what I have for granted, nothing lasts forever.

"This ship is sinking, I'm thinking I'm done for
I watch as the sails disappear underwater
'Cause I'm no captain yet"

I think what I like about this part of the second verse is "'Cause I'm no captain yet".  I need to remember that whatever I end up doing in my future it could be something completely new to me.  I may have little or no experience in whatever I end up doing and that's okay.
It's okay to be clueless when it comes to something I know nothing about because, that means I have the opportunity to learn something and that's pretty exciting.

"Believe you me, I'll give them everything,
I'd tell them anything to show them everything"

This part of the middle 8 kind of explains how I'm feeling just now.  I'm at the stage sometimes where I will tell people anything just to stop them asking questions about what I'll be doing after college.  I think this is mainly because not everyone thinks it's okay to not know what's happening in your future and, they definitely don't think it's okay to not have a lot of control over some aspects of your life. 
I will admit that I am sometimes guilty of this but it's something I'm trying not be anymore.
I just wish that I could just be given a little room to breathe (excuse the You Me At Six reference there) to just make an attempt at getting my head straight and, figuring out what I'm supposed to do in the future.

I think what I'm saying with this is that I'm going to be turning 18 this week.  This both excites and scares me.  I'm having to think a lot about my future and this really, really scares me.  And finally, I'm really grateful to All Time Low for writing the song 'Stay Awake (Dreams Only Last For A Night)' and to God for letting me hear it at the right time.

Let me know in the comments what you thought of this quite long, rambly post.  I love hearing from you and in this case, any advice would be greatly appreciated with a virtual hug.


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Sunday, 22 February 2015

My February Playlist 2015

Hey everyone!
This month has been very busy for me.  I've had a lot going on but, as usual I'm always making sure I have time to listen to music.  Also, this month I was lucky enough to go to a concert, which was amazing and has had a pretty big influence on what I've been listening too this month.

This month's playlist is sort of long and has quite a mixture of songs but, I hope you all like it anyway. 

Fall Out Boy - Irresistible

You Me At Six - Contagious Chemistry

All Time Low - Stella

We Are The In Crowd - Manners
BriBry & Dodie Clark - Elastic Heart Mashup (Original by Sia)
Pierce The Veil - The Boy Who Could Fly

You Me At Six - Underdog

Sleeping With Sirens - Satellites

Emma Blackery - Next To You (Version With Charlie Simpson)

All Time Low - Painting Flowers

Fall Out Boy - The Music Or The Misery
Neck Deep - Growing Pains

Sleeping With Sirens (Ft. Matty Mullins) - Congratulations

Fall Out Boy - Novocaine

Rusty Clanton - Novels (Version With Dodie Clark)

You Me At Six - Fireworks

All Time Low - Sick Little Games
Boys Like Girls - Thunder

Sleeping With Sirens - Go Go Go
BriBry & Dodie Clark - Out Of The Woods (Original By Taylor Sift)

You Me At Six - Loverboy
 Yet again I'm going to take great delight in having another excited ramble about You Me At Six.  I was fortunate enough to see them in concert with All Time Low this month (which you can read about here) and since then I have even more love for their music.
In particular I've been loving the songs Fireworks, Underdog and, Loverboy which were all songs that they performed on tour.  And hearing these songs live was actually my first time hearing them which was a new but amazing experience for me.
They put on an live incredible show and I'd love to see them again, especially since I'm getting into their older albums 'Sinners Never Sleep' and 'Hold Me Down', I'd love to get my hands on copies of them.  I've been listening to You Me At Six a lot this month, especially these past few days and, I really hope I can complete my You Me At Six album collection pretty soon.

I've also been really loving Novels by Rusty Clanton this month, in particular the version with Dodie Clark.  I wrote a post on it (which you can read here) but I want to talk about it again.  I love this song so much and I think it's really beautiful.  I'm a really big fan of Dodie's music and when I listened to this on her channel it made me gain a lot of respect for Rusty Clanton as a musician.
Novels is written so well and both Rusty and Dodie perform it so beautifully.

This month I've been loving Sleeping With Sirens.  At the end of last month they released their song Go Go Go from their album Madness that's being released in March.  I really love the song and it's made me really excited to hear the rest of the album when it's released. 
I've also been listening to a few of their older songs and I'd love to get my own copy of their earlier albums.

I hope you liked my playlist for this month.  Let me know in the comments what music you've been listening to this month, I'd love to hear from you.

Also, if you'd be interested in me making public copies of my playlists on YouTube for you to listen too, then let me know in the comments and I might start doing that next month.


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Thursday, 19 February 2015

My Style Icons: Jenna McDougall
Hey everyone!

I've decided to start a little series here on my blog about my style/fashion inspirations because, my wardrobe and where I get my inspiration from is quite a mixture.  So, I thought it would be fun to share with you all some of the people I look too for inspiration when it comes to fashion and style.

In this post I'm going to talk about Jenna McDougall, the lead singer of Tonight Alive.
I love, love, love Jenna McDougall's style.  If I could own her wardrobe I would be so, so happy!
 I think what really got me interested in Jenna's style was watching her Vevo Stylized video.  Her style is one that I had been wanting to replicate for myself for a while but, seeing her piece together outfits made me even more keen to have a style like hers.
Whenever I watch this video I always think of how I want to visit the shop that Jenna goes too, it looks so unique and filled with loads of vintage finds.
But since there aren't any stores like this near me it means I have to find somewhere else to get items that are similar to Jenna's style.
So, when Glamour Kills Clothing (you can read my most recent Glamour Kills Clothing wishlist here) announced that they would be working with Jenna, I was so excited.  I love Glamour Kills and I was really excited to see the personal touches that Jenna would add to Glamour Kills Clothing.
I love the items that she's released with them and I'd love to add them to my wardrobe.
 You can now tell where my love for crew neck jumpers started!
I think one of my favourite things about Jenna's style is that she seems to dress for herself.  She doesn't choose clothes based on what is 'popular' or 'current'.  She wears a lot of band t-shirts for musicians that she listens too and she's inspired by the music she listens too and, I think her clothing reflects that.  I feel this makes Jenna's style one that's really personal to her and also reflects her personality.
I also love that just because she's female it seems as though she doesn't have to embrace her feminine side through her clothing.  And if she does, she does it in a way that suits her and with a bit of an alternative edge to it. 
I really love this because a lot of the time when I wear clothes that are 'girly' I can feel quite insecure and uncomfortable.  So for me, it's nice to have someone to look too for fashion inspiration who dresses according to what is comfortable for her and, that is also a style which I really love.
I really love Jenna's style and I hope that I'm able to find new ways to replicate it for myself, but also put my own twist on it to make it personal for me.
I hope you enjoyed my first post in this little series, let me know in the comments who some of your style inspirations are.


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Sunday, 15 February 2015

All Time Low & You Me At Six UK Arena Tour | The SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow

Hey everyone!
A quick note before I properly start this post, it's probably going to be very photo heavy and, could possible end up being quite long.
Thursday the 12th of February 2015 is going to be a date that I'll never forget.  I travelled through to Glasgow with my friend Sarah to see All Time Low and You Me At Six on their joint headline UK arena tour.  It was my first time seeing both bands and it was Sarah's 4th and 5th times seeing the bands. 
I was extremely excited for weeks leading up to the concert, to be completely honest I'd been really excited since we booked the tickets in November.
We arrived at the venue at about 5 o'clock after getting something to eat in Glasgow itself and, then we got the train to the arena.  We talked to the people in the line behind us, it turns out we'd got the train at the same time as them as well.  I think their names were Kirsty, Amy and, Richard and they were really nice.  But unfortunately I forgot to give Amy my tumblr URL to keep in contact and I'm really wishing that I had remembered.  
We had a good laugh in the line talking about bands we all liked and, joking about how the Hydro Arena had spelt All Time Low wrong on the sign on the arena. 
But they fixed it later on.
The doors opened at about half past 6 and me and Sarah bought some merch then headed to our seats. 
We were in level two seating in the back row because it's all that was available when we booked our tickets.  The support act was group called Walk The Moon.  I'd previously never listened to them but I think they were pretty good.  During their set I was feeling a little anxious, there was a lot of people and I was panicking in my head that we wouldn't be able to see very well when All Time Low and You Me At Six were on.  I think this stopped me from enjoying their set as much as I could have plus, at the this point the atmosphere in the stands wasn't as good as it was later on.
I didn't take a lot of photos of Walk The Moon because I wanted to save the memory on my camera SD card for All Time Low and You Me At Six.
After Walk The Moon there was an equipment change over.  At this point my emotions were everywhere, I was excited because I was seeing All Time Low, I was nervous because I was worried our seats weren't good but, most of all I just wanted the time to go quicker so I could finally see All Time Low.
When they came on the atmosphere in the arena was incredible.


During Therapy Alex got everyone in the audience to put on their flashlights on their phones, it was so beautiful to see and I cried a little bit during the middle 8 of Therapy, I just got completely overwhelmed with emotion.  I think it just sort of hit that I was actually seeing All Time Low in concert.

Some of my favourite moments from All Time Low's set were:
- When Jack first spoke the first thing he said was 'Hey everyone, we're You Me At Six'
- When Alex stopped partway through Heroes to make sure a fan was okay and to make sure that if someone fell over in the standing that the people around them would help them up.
- When they got some fans onstage to sing Time Bomb with them, it was amazing to see some fellow hustlers perform with the guys.
- When a fan got pulled over the barrier and Jack ran after the security guard that was leading her out to give one of his guitar picks to the fan.
- When Adam Elmakias was taking a photo of Jack I saw that when Jack noticed he started making stupid faces at Adam.
- During Lost In Stereo there was a moment when the camera was on Zack and he just had the biggest smile on his face, it was really sweet.
- Rian Dawson putting absolutely everything into his drumming, it was really incredible.

At the end of their set I was thinking about their song So Long Soldier from their album Don't Panic, in particular part of the second verse:

"Give 'em six more years,
And see what time will do, for hopeless dreamers
Singing wishes to their broken stereo"

Because they really are living their dream and it's amazing to be a part of that dream.

After All Time Low went offstage I was a bit of an emotional mess.  I couldn't believe (and still can't believe) that I saw All Time Low live.
There was another equipment change and then You Me At Six came on.  I knew half of their set but didn't know the other half.  They opened up with Room To Breathe and the feeling in the arena was amazing.

Unfortunately halfway through You Me At Six's set my SD card in my camera ran out of memory because, during All Time Low's set I had gotten quite trigger happy and took over 150 photos of All Time Low.  But I switched to my phone to take some more photos of You Me At Six.  At this point my voice was almost completely gone but, I still sang along to the songs that I knew.

Although when I booked the tickets I mainly booked them to see All Time Low but I really enjoyed You Me A Six's performance, they are absolutely incredible live and definitely know how to put on an amazing show. 
Some of my favourite moments from You Me At Six's set were:
 -When they performed Underdog and Fireworks.  It was my first time hearing the songs and it as so incredible hearing them live but also, hearing all the other fans reactions to these songs was incredible.
- When Josh told us about his Granddad who's from East Kilbride near Glasgow.
-Hearing everyone in the crowd sing along to Crash, it was really beautiful.
-All the fireworks and glitter that they had!!
-Although I am a fan of You Me At Six, I'm quite a new fan cause I only started listening to them last year.  But, seeing them live has really made me want to listen to more of their music and I definitely have a new found love for their music now.

I had an absolutely amazing time and really hope I'm able to see both bands live again.  If I do then I'd love to get standing tickets because the atmosphere at the standing looked amazing.
If you've been to any of the dates on the All Time Low and You Me At Six tour then let me know what you thought in the comments, I'd love to hear from you.


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