Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Top Ten..... ?

So i was just thinking today about my top ten books, and i thought, well why don't i make a blog about it. So here it is a blog of my top ten favourite books...and top ten favourite other things as well.


The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
Looking for Alaska- John Green
I am the Messenger- Markus Zusak
The Shadow of the wind- Carlos Ruiz Safon
Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban- JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince- JK Rowling
Paper Towns- John Green
The Poison Throne- Celine Kiernan
Enders Game - Orson Scott Card
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams


Green Day
Mick Flannery
Ingrid Michaelson
Rise Against
Julie Nunes
The Beatles
Bright Eyes
Owl City
The Weepies
Blue October

Songs (on 30/06/10)

Kangaroo Cry - Blue October
Wake me up When September Ends - Green Day
Maybe I will - Julia Nunes
You and I - Ingrid Michaelson
Lua - Bright Eyes
All Star - Smash Mouth
Savior - Rise Against
Pressure - Paramore
The Trial - Pink Floyd
If my Heart was a House - Owl City


Lord of the Rings (I'm counting the three as one)
Young Frankenstein
Star Trek
Finding Nemo
Toy Story
Pan's Labyrinth
Monthty Python and the Holy Grail

Harry Potter Characters( the last 2 are in no particular order)

Luna Lovegood
Harry Potter
Severus Snape
Hermione Granger
Neville Longbottom
Remus Lupin
Bellatrix LeStrange
Fred Weasley
George Weasley

School Subjects

C.S.P.E (even though i don't have it anymore)

That's the lot. I'm sure you'll all disagree with me on most of them, I'd love to hear your thougths.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Time for seconds ?

As some of you may know, Green Day is my favourite band. They just are. I love them, and as you may not know, i saw them last October, and that was a night to remember!

But enough about that, this blog is to tell you about last week, when i saw them again! For me it was too good to be true, twice in 1 year ? It was like wow.

When i saw them back in October, it was an indoor gig, they'd played the O2 depot, formally known as the Point. It was amazing, the best "big" gig i'd been too. I was really close too. I was about 2 people from the barrier. It blew me away. So as the date for the second time came around I wasn't sure if it would live up to that.

This was mainly because it was an outdoor gig, and i haven't had good experience of outdoor gigs, and it seemed to me it was rather hard to get in the pit. But i was still extremely excited.

When i got to Marlay Park (the venue) i saw that the line was fairly long, and i thought all hope of getting in the pit was lost. So i stood in line and then the moment of truth. I GOT A PIT PASS! I was so happy to have that little piece of paper around my wrist that i didn't really care about the waiting

Some how i ended up further up the line then when i'd started, but i wasn't complaining. When we were released in to the field people swarmed to the pit, i took my time and took a spot at the back of the pit as i knew if i went into the masses i'd end up with one too many elbows to the head. I took out my camera and then came on Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

Now of course I'd heard of Joan Jett, but i knew all of one song, but the set just blew me away. They were some really good songs and i made a note to youtube them when i got home. I played photographer as i always do at gigs, as i like having the memories and well it was a great way to start of. Then came paramore.

I am a Paramore fan, have been since I first bought their album in a small underground record store. I'd seen them before so i knew what to expect and they delivered. I sang along with all the songs, or at least the ones i knew the lyrics too and again took some photos, the thing about Paramores set was that they were a bit more well known among the crowd and really got the crowd pumped up for Green Day.

I personally think Green Day are the best live band in the world, but i am bias. I just love the whole crowd interaction and the way they can play songs from before i was born and then dive into American Idiot. So i had high expectations, even if i didn't think it was going to be as good as before.

They started off with the the first few tracks of the new album and got the crowd going and it was a great start and the rest of the show improved from there. They played such a varied amount of songs, from East Jesus Nowhere, to 2000 light years away to the always funny King for a Day.

Of course the show has a set plan, but we had our own little incidents, like a person dressed as scooby doo got pulled on stage and well that was just awesome, we had a ten year old kid with a thick Dublin accent on for east jesus nowhere who was just so cute, and then we had the woman dressed as a nun who got a kiss from Billie Joe, i think she became the envy of every girl there! But one of my favourite moments was during longview when a young man from wexford got pulled on stage, hugged Billie Joe and sang his heart out. That was pretty awesome in itself, but the best was yet to come, Billie told him to do a stage dive so he moved to the back of the stage as if to run and jump, but it was like a jog and a fall, even Billie said it was "awful". It was just a great unique moment.

My favourite song of the night, well it was really two songs, was Wake me up/good riddance. They sang wake me up and then went into Good Riddance, it was beautiful, at the end of good riddance they sang the last line of wake me up. But i think the most beautiful moment of that song was when he sang the line "here comes the rain again" and it started to rain, it was very apt and brought a tear to many an eye, i think.

I was wrong to think it wouldn't be as good as the first time, it was better, so much better. Perhaps it was because they just put on a better show. But i think it was because i decided to stay back instead of be clobbered by the crowd and i could see everything rather then just one tiny segment of the stage. I just had a better experience i could appreciate it all so much better, and get some better pictures. Best gig of my life to date ? Yes. Best day of my life to date ? Maybe so, i think it just may have been.

there's a picture for y'all to enjoy somewhere up there ^ : ) game with the roundy thing you put in the net

Its world cup time, in fact it has been for a few weeks now! So i think this prompts the reaction

WOOOOOOOOOOOO GO IRELA....wait we didn't qualify, and of course i being Irish, well partly irish, i blame Mr Henry.

But really i don't know why i'm so worked up about it, i'm not that big into soccer. Yes i support a team (spurs) and yes i guess i do follow the Premiership and champions league, but its casually. I can't even name 5 players on the team I support.

But there is something about the irish football team, it just invokes a sense of, for lack of a better word, patriotism. Most people in Ireland will tell you that ireland is a sorry state. Our Government is running us into the ground, we're in debt and don't get us started on those banks! But for football we all join in support behind our team.

Maybe its because we are seemingly always the underdog, that we a small country can make it in the big leagues! I'm not too sure myself, but i know that every time the play i will don a green t-shirt and shout, scream, wince and celebrate from infront of my television.

But of course this year i can't do that, as we aren't there. So this year i'm supporting Holland, as of course i am half dutch, and would you believe it were not doing too badly! Its a nice feeling to have a team that can do well!

This year, as with most years there is some controversy. The ball, the linesman, the goalies..*cough Rob Green cough* and of course the always faithful "why aren't we using technology instead of the human eye" debate! The ball, is a problem i can live with my self, as is the linesmen and the goalies. But the technology argument is one i'm am completely behind. I being Irish, can't really show my support for England, but they should've got that goal against Germany, and it may have changed the game, who knows!

So football, soccer, that game with the roundy thing you put in the net, whatever you want to call it, is here. Its big and its got the noise of a mosquito up to a microphone and well I love it and i don't know why.

Monday, June 28, 2010

oh the memories....

Well people, today is a big day in history, well my history at any rate. Are you ready for it ? I deleted my bebo page!

I know, i know, how could i get rid of my beautiful page, my first social networking experience. Turns out it was rather easy. I've been thinking about doing it for a long time, i mean whats the point of having something there if you never use it ? I went on every now and again, you know to see how things were doing, had any new friend request, did my long lost cousin bob finally find me ?! Turns out he didn't. Nothing new ever happened.

Outside of Taraland, in the real world, bebo has been dying a slow death. Its rivals myspace (a site i hate by the way) and facebook (a site i love) have dominated America, really one of the few places Bebo couldn't get off the ground, and then bebo started to lose its European users, its main market were leaving them for facebook. It just wasn't going anywhere fast.

This is partly why i deleted it, I mean, as a young person of course i feel under pressure to have the newest watchmacallit and the best dohicky, but a lot of the time i can't so this in a way is my version of that. Being on the new trend, saying that though i was on facebook nearly 2 years ago, so i may have been a bit before my time back then.

Another major reason for it, is simply music. Yes, i use social networking sites primarily to interact and talk to my friends, but for me it offers the opportunity to showcase my music and to try and build up a fanbase. I just felt that bebo didn't offer as much as facebook does uploading music wise, and twitter does interaction wise.

I guess a reason i won't readily admit is that, facebook is just that bit more grown up, and i guess i have grown up since i got my bebo page. Hell i've stopped typing like i'm missing half my brain! Thats major progress! I feel like i'm moving on, if that makes sense.

Bebo has many bad memories for me, that mostly take the shape of broken hearts. One in particular is very memrable as it was my first broken heart. That incident also saw that loss of my best friend. I think i've been hanging on to bebo in the hope of repairing not only that friendship but others aswell and that maybe now its gone i have truely left it all behind.

Reading that back, it strikes me that perhaps i'm reading to much into it. Maybe i'm just deleting something i never use.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Music, music, everywhere

So i guess its been a while, and we're gonna have to go throught that awkward getting to know each other phase again, but....awh shucks i just missed you! That and i have something to talk about.

My Music

For the longest time i've been saying "i'm gonna be a musician, a singer/songwriter, i'm gonna do what i love" but really i haven't done much about it. Yes i set up the myspace, which i can't bloody use, and yes i have the youtube, which i can't bloody upload to, and yes i set up the facebook which i both can use and upload to, but it hasn't really done much for me. My fanbase is pretty much friends of either me or my family and well thats not really ideal.

So i'm taking action, later this summer, sometime in July hopefully, i'm going to record 2 demos and send one of them out. That isn't really a big move its going to take me all of a weekend and several envelopes but i think its a big move for me, i'm going to send one to anyone and everyone, maybe someone will listen, maybe they won't.

And i know what your thinking "Isn't she getting a bit ahead of herself, i mean she doesn't even gig!" were you not thinking that ? Well even if you weren't its true, i don't gig, not properly, its not because i don't want to, god how i want do, its because i can't. The only venues i can really play are pubs, and i can't play there until i'm 17. So come this December (or maybe next summer depending on when i can get my stuff together) i'm gonna start gigging, just me and my guitar, and yes i did just quote the belgian eurovision entry.

I guess work experience this year made me realise that i don't want to work in an office or 9-5 I want to be playing music that people like and listen to. I want to do what i love. I know there are so many other people who are like me and nothing happens for them but i'm still gonna try. I've given up on a lot over the past 7 years, friends, boys, dreams even getting good grades in Maths but this is something i feel i have to do.

As you can tell i've been thinking a lot about my future, especially university. Of course i want to go and further my education, but currently i'm thinking about maybe going to American and try and make something happen if nothings happening in Ireland. I just feel that for me personnaly them four years in university might change a lot. I know people who do both, gig and study, and maybe they're not mutually exclusive, but if music is what i want, and it is what i want, then i have to put my everything into it, not just my spare time, i need to give it my all. I'm chasing a dream, and i'm very happy doing so.