Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Song's for Amy

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the death of Amy Winehouse. Although not necessarily a shock, her passing was a sad day for British music. I'm a massive fan of Amy's songwriting and style. I feel she led the way for stripped back British female artists such as Adele, Palama Faith and Emelie Sande.
I seem to find myself looking for and attracted to artists with Amy's flair. Lots of people (myself included) choose to cover Amy Winehouse songs but few are able to capture her effortless soul. However I had the pleasure of seeing a young girl called Rosie Holloway (@Rosieenglishrose) perform at one of my favorite open mic night's, #sessions 58 at The Looking Glass Cocktail Club in Shoreditch. She sang with such simple emotion, I felt it was such a beautiful tribute to Amy and want to share it with you all. I have so much to say about #sessions 58 jam nights I have to save it for another post. But for now follow it on twitter, Google it, Youtube it. Do what ever you have to do to get yourself there on a Monday night. Check out JamesGuitar's channel on youtube for videos.

Here's Rosie.

Stronger than me- Rosie Holloway feat. Ike Lee on Sax:




Here's all the links you'll ever need.

http://www.youtube.com/user/JamesGuitar/videos

http://lookingglasslondon.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/sessions58

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Don't worry, be happy :-)

Hello blog world. Life is good in here. People greet with a thumbs up when they pass by and it’s full self expression and loving communities. But let me tell you something. The real world isn’t always fragrant with daisies. Sometimes it’s hard just to stay happy within our daily struggles and juggles. So I wanted to start my blog with 3 songs that turned my frown upside down today. Music is an international dictionary of emotions and today I’m looking at “H” for Happy J

Blurred lines- Robin Thicke ft. T.I., Pharrell :
I have recently declared that I was moving away from commercial music in a bid to find some organic inspiration. However, like most of the world I have not been able to resist the sultry drum beats of this tune. This songs makes you want to move and it smells like Summer! “Eeeeverybody get Up”





Heart of life -John Mayer
I have recently become a devote John Mayer fan. Only about 7 years  late, I discovered his 2006 album "Continuum" in March of this year and it’s been plugged into my ears ever since. I’m not exaggerating, I played it on repeat for 4 hours yesterday. The emotional journey of this record is immense but "Heart of life" is the definite pick-me-up of the Album. The message: sometimes life is crap, but at heart it's good.
Here he is live in LA



Three little birds- Bob Marley
This is my ultimate happy song. It was my alarm song for a number of years and was the perfect message to start my day feeling positive (until I ungraded to an iPhone and couldn't work out how to do it). I bet you've never seen this video.It needs little introduction. Just listen, bounce and smile. :-)