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Music Makes The World Go Round

This is the music of the night

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==Where Words Fail, Music Speaks== Hans Christian Anderson

Music is a way of life. It shapes your moods and thoughts, opens your mind and lets your imagination run wild.
Since being abroad, my ipod has been my best friend, providing hours of entertainment on many train, plane, bus and car rides. I also have this app, Deezer, which I would highly recommend for those like myself who are restricted technologically to download music. I pay $10 per month for unlimited access to music which you can stream online or make available offline by saving your favourite songs/albums. So, I thought I’d compile a list of my favourite artists I’ve discovered this year.

This is the soundtrack to my life.

1- All This Bad Blood – BASTILLE
Without doubt, the best album I’ve ever listened to. An up and coming indie-synth London band has absolutely nailed how to create an album you can keep on repeat. Dan Smith’s (my future husband by the way) incredibly unique vocals are memorizing, leaving you hanging onto each breath he takes. The clever lyrics are meaningful, quirky and intelligent making them refreshingly beautiful to listen to.
I had the absolute privilege of seeing BASTILLE in Munich where they played in an industrial warehouse. The acoustics were excellent, there’s nothing better than feeling the bass in your chest. Seeing them perform live brought a whole new light to their name. The atmosphere they create is sublime and the feeling is etched into your heart and soul.
My Picks

Overjoyed – Creates a sensitive, evocative emotion with the clean piano and passionate vocals.
Weight of Living, Pt. I – Purely for its lyricism. The reference to famous English poet Samuel Coleridge “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” is prominent and the combination of one of my favourite romantic poets with such honest lyrics and music, it is so enjoyable to listen to.
Flaws – Catchy chorus, simple chord progressions and lyrics, makes it an easy listen whilst giving you a sense of empowerment from the layering and united voices.

2- The 1975 (Self – Titled)
An indie rock band with cool style, haircuts, cheeky lyrics, guitar riffs and slurred words, give this Manchester band an effortlessly sexy, alternative vibe. All of their songs have a similar electronic, synth theme, making it harder to individually identify songs, nevertheless, doesn’t detract from the great compilation of this self-titled album.
After watching numerous of their youtube videos, I feel I’ve come to understand the style of the band. The lead singer doesn’t have technically strong vocals, but definitely has a unique voice with his accent very prominent. He freely slurs his words emphasizing the sex appeal of this band and with an attractive lead singer, they can’t really go wrong.

My Picks
Sex – Edgy guitar riffs, passionate voice, and suggestive lyrics it makes you feel sexy and full of energy.
Robbers – A more theatrical song that takes you on a journey of pain and passion. The effect of his voice is slightly echoed and dull until the chorus where his voice seems desperate and passionate, leading towards a climax at the end of the song where his vocals explode and the song is much fuller.

3- Long Way Down – Tom Odell
This album is technically beautiful, with his almost perfect execution of vocals, guitars and the piano. He has a very unique sound with pretty melodies combined with clashing, not so traditional harmonies, unsettling to hear at first, however, once you begin to understand his style and incredible talent it is strangely beautiful. My favourite aspect of him is the prominent combination of soft, elegant piano chords with his rather husky, full voice.

My Picks
Grow Old With Me – A sweet song with sweet lyrics.
Another Love – More passionate and moving. His almost sad moans are full of emotion accentuating the incredible talent possessed by such a young man.

4- AM – Arctic Monkeys
You really cannot go wrong with these English rockers. The Monkeys new album differs from their previous classic rock albums, the vibe still prominent, however, now complete with sexy bass lines and quirky (sometimes considered thoughtless) lyrics.
This album was the first encounter I had with The Arctic Monkeys and I was thoroughly impressed. You can leave this album on repeat. These guys are definitely on my list of bands to see.
My Picks
Do I Wanna Know? – Edgy, simple, slightly grungy with a strong chorus.
Arabella – Obvious sexy bassline that gets your foot tapping to every beat.

I’ve loved listening to these great English bands, I just can’t get enough. I’m always open for suggestions so please feel free to share.
And just a random fact about my music listening habits, if I’m checking out a new band/album, I pretty much judge it based on their number 5 song. I don’t know why, but track 5 always seems to be a good one, and it’s very rare that this theory doesn’t work out.
Peace and keep on rockin

Xxx
A

Posted by missadelaide 13:36 Archived in Scotland Tagged travel adventure dance life music chill drums pleasure bass songs complete lyrics ecstasy vocals Comments (0)

This Is The Rhythm Of The Night

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=="Rhythm is a dancer, it's the souls companion"==

Sometimes, all you need is a breath of fresh air to re-ignite that passion, motivate your actions and clear your mind, and what better way to escape than jet setting across Europe to the traditional and beautiful city of Munich.

I tend not to write about my travels, however, the past 96 hours have been so revolutionary, mind blowing and incredible that there's no way I couldn't... and now I am back home, exhausted from a very full on weekend eating pretzels, bratwurst, drinking steins and diving into the culture of Munich, I realise just how lucky I am.

So, Thursday morning, my travel buddy and best friend, Jess, and I embarked on our journey. Tube, bus, plane and we were in Munich, Germany!
Thankfully Jess speaks and understands German, whereas I on the other hand know, [i]hallo, ja, nein, danke,[i]... and that's about it, but I was ready to take it all on.
Our hostel was right near the main train station, The Euro Youth Hostel, which I would highly recommend to anyone travelling to Munich. They have comfortable beds, large rooms, hot showers and an awesome bar which we got much too friendly with.
After a quick unpack and gaining our orientation we burst out onto the cold street in search of food and adventure.
Only a quick stroll to the Marienplatz, we were in the centre of the city where Christmas was lingering in the air. Beautiful lights flooded the street and we wondered down the cobblestone path to the Rathaus, a spectacular building with a glockenspiel and clock tower. I bet the Germans play a game called spot the tourist infront of the Rathaus, as we eagerly anticipated the chiming of the bells and movement of the figures in the tower as the clock struck 6... little did we know it only goes off once at mid day, so after a few minutes we awkwardly put our cameras away and kept walking. I swear some guys behind us shared a giggle amongst themselves.
We walked up and down the Marienplatz in search of reasonably priced food. As we were almost about to give up hope, we found what seemed a hidden restaurant. Behind a heavy iron door and down some stairs was the bustle of a cute restaurant/drinking hall which our stomach's couldn't ignore. Sharing a table with a cute elderly German couple and old sleazy Austrian men, we had beer, pretzels, bratwurst and saurkraut. Oh, and believe it or not, the Austrian men pulled the classic German joke, "ah, you are hungry for German sausage?" We awkwardly laughed, finished our drinks, said Auf Wiedersehen and left.
The icy air chased us back to our hostel and we took refuge at the bar. We were both extremely tired so we ordered two soft drinks before two
Australian's (seriously I swear we're everywhere) questioned our choice of beverage and before we knew it, we had downed 2 cocktails and 2 bottles of prosecco between us. Whoops!
We stumbled to bed and knew that this weekend was going to be amazing!

We woke on Friday, slightly hungover, extremely hungry and even more adventurous... so we downed some water and manned up to face the day. Now where else do you go in search of hearty German food in Munich but the Hoftbrau Haus, and boy did that deliver. I had some Ox Goulash which was absolutely amazing and we tried to have a stein but our stomach's were still slightly unsettled from the previous night, so we settled for 1/2L Radler (beer with lemonade) which I still couldn't finish! =( At least I tried haha
Extremely satisfied we retreated to the hostel for a nanna nap = pure bliss
After our much needed sleep, we got pumped up for BASTILLE!
[Quick side note* For those of you who don't know Bastille, go and download their album right now. It will be the best thing you've ever done for your ears. Oh and the lead singer, Dan, we're engaged, he just doesn't know it yet]
We headed out to the venue where we befriended a cute German couple, Tom and Christine who helped us with directions and we hung out with during the show.
Words honestly do not do it justice. They were AMAZINGINGLY INCREDIBLE!!!! His voice is literally hyptnotising.
As soon as he played the opening chords to Overjoyed, my favourite song, I literally broke down crying. It was so moving to experience such musicality and passion coming from one person's mouth/heart. By far they are a million times better in concert than on their CD.
Also, the fact that we made friends with people around us, really does determine how music brings people together, where language isn't a barrier and together we are unified through incredible music.
On a massive adrenaline/emotional high, we headed back to the city, contemplating life as one does after experiencing something so moving, before crashing into bed.

Saturday was an absolutely miserable day, cold, windy and raining, which was fit for our destination, Dachau.
All throughout school I have studied WWII and the Holocaust but no amount of notes, facts, stories or videos could ever prepare me for the pure sickness I felt walking through the gates thousands of Jews walked through 70 odd years ago.
Even as I write this, I feel sick, reminded of the complete emptiness I felt. Tears flooded from my eyes as a pure emotional response to being there, unlike anything I had ever experienced before. I won't continue, you know what's there and what happened, but even still I just cannot possibly imagine what it would have been like.
The strangest thing was the contrasting beauty of the surrounding area. The trees were beautiful oranges, reds and golds and leaves smothered the earth and alongside the perimeter is a beautiful stream. I guess that's Mother Nature's way of reminding us that there is still beauty in the earth despite all the horrendous acts mankind inflicts on one another.
I feel like I will never forget my time there, I never could.

Upon our return to the city, to lighten our spirits, Jess and I did the most joyful, childish, happy thing one can do in winter in Munich, we went ice skating! Ah! We had an absolute ball! Although I somewhat resembled a baby giraffe taking its first steps, I managed not to fall over and actually make it around the rink whilst children zoomed past. After the biggest work out we've had in a long time, we skated until our legs shook and our cheeks ached from laughing, we engaged in some apres ski tradition.
We met up with a friend of mine who took us to a local pub where I finally did it... drank 1L of beer!!! Ta DAAAAA
And devoured an amazing dinner. We drank, ate and chatted for hours before we were given a first class guided tour of the back streets of Munich before getting lost and saturated by the icy rain.
After a lovely meal and drinking sesh we called it a night.
Emotionally and physically drained we slept like logs.

Which brings me to now. Back in London. Same old house, same old room, but definitely a different me.
Munich really is an incredible city which has so much to offer. The thing I love most about it is the vibe. It's not like other big cities, London, Paris or Rome, still bustling but in its unique way, maintaining a strong Bavarian traditional flavour making you feel as though you are experiencing the true Germany. The combination of incredible food and beer, music, history, culture, friendships and adventure was perfect and really made me open my eyes and heart, changing something within me.
I had one of the best weekends of my life and with only 2 weeks left of work before my next adventure, I am hungry for more.

xxx
A

Posted by missadelaide 09:17 Archived in Germany Tagged beer winter history germany music love europe adventures amazing ice_skating cold munich bavaria bastille dachau pretzels steins euros understanding weekends best_friends life_changing Comments (0)

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