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Friday's Final Say - Earl Nightingale & Dreams Quote
Friday, 15 August 2014 15:00

Friday's Final Say from Earl Nightingale:


Time goes by so fast. Don't regret not trying for your dreams due to time.

Write Short Wednesday - So You Won't Be Alone
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 12:10

So You Won't Be Alone

I know that I am not in the place
that you need me to be -
willing to give it all up for you,
just so you won't be alone.
But what can you really offer me?
Nothing that I need.
You know this as much as I.



Friday's Final Say - Albert Einstein & Limits Quote
Friday, 08 August 2014 15:00

Friday's Final Say from Albert Einstein:


How far can we go today?

Write Short Wednesday - Over 50 metres Out
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 12:10

Over 50 metres Out

From over 50 metres out
he kicks three goals.
As do two others.
I listen via the match centre
and sing along to our team's song -
wishing I was there.


THIS is what I'm talking about:


Friday's Final Say - Don't Wait Quote
Friday, 01 August 2014 15:00

Friday's Final Say:


Do it. Now. Today. Don't wait a moment longer.

Write Short Wednesday - What More Do We Need?
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 12:10

What More Do We Need?

The Boulder bubble is enthralling to me.
Let it wrap its leafy
branches and completely
engulf me.
Tell me,
what more do we need?



Music Monday - The 1975
Monday, 28 July 2014 10:05

In two sleeps time, I'm off to Sydney for the Sydney Vegan Expo on Sunday and to see one of my favourite bands, The 1975 at the (sold-out) Enmore Wednesday night.


I first discovered The 1975 when I found a wonderful article by Brad Nelson on my favourite band Haim (see last week's Music Monday) and The 1975 - especially in regards to their percussive sounds and their 80s influences.

I first saw and heard their song, Sex (EP version) and I was hooked:

I immersed myself in all of their wonderfully shot black and white visual representations of their songs, including Chocolate:

and The City:

Then this black and white world was turned upside down with the wonderfully colourful pop of Girls:

I love this song and the video - it's very tongue-in-cheek and such a contrast to their previous visuals.

As well as listening to Haim pretty much everyday, I do the same with The 1975. If you know any music that's similar to these bands, please let me know!

It's not just the 80s-influences and percussive sound of The 1975 that I adore, it's also their whole marketing. Their Tumblr-style website, their arty/B&W photos and videos, their posting style etc.

This year they once again, released some new black and white music videos. Starting with another favourite, Settle Down:

Followed up a few months ago, with the full colour, Bonnie and Clyde styled, Robbers:

These guys from Manchester, UK are quite well known back in their home country, but only now are more people knowing of them, especially in Australia.

I really hope you have discovered some new music and I hope you love this band as much as I do. Can't wait for the show Wednesday night!


Image Source: The Music Universe

Friday's Final Say - James Baldwin & Masks Quote
Friday, 25 July 2014 15:00

Friday's Final Say from James Baldwin:


Let's see what we can see of each other without our masks.

Write Short Wednesday - Just Get to Boulder
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:10

Just Get to Boulder

Let's just get to Boulder,
it will make everything alright.
Too many hours on the road,
not too long in one spot.
But the hills are changing
and the mountains beckon.
We are home.



Music Monday - Haim
Monday, 21 July 2014 14:20

In about 2012, I first came across a band named Haim (pronounced Hi-um) doing a pretty good cover of a Fleetwood Mac song (Hold Me), in an otherwise lack lustre collection of Fleetwood Mac covers, the Just Tell Me That You Want Me CD.


There wasn't much online about the group then, so I soon forgot about them. A year or so later, many friends were telling me that I would love Haim - most notably because they were always compared to my favourite band of all time, Fleetwood Mac. In most cases, this is never a good thing and usually a let down. I brushed these suggestions aside for awhile.

I arrived back home to Brisbane in late 2013 after my latest 5-month adventures to SE Asia and North America. I made a pact with myself that I would only travel if someone paid for it. This has been really great to tick a hell of a lot of things from my to-do list, and it's helped me immerse myself in some newish music that I've missed the past 5 years.

I finally listened to the girls from Haim and was instantly obsessed. I love 1970s Southern Californian sounds - in particular Buckingham Nicks and when Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac. But the sound from this era also included such greats as The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, America, Journey, Bonnie Raitt, and Linda Ronstadt. Haim remind me so much of this era of wonderful music.

I've been really into percussive music lately - and I always love any melodic music. The Haim sisters are from the San Fernando Valley in California, and were in a band with their parents when the were younger. They write their own music and play many instruments. I listen to these ladies just about everyday and I'm really excited to hopefully see them perform live one day soon.

If you've never heard of them, here's some of their music videos for you to enjoy. I hope you love them as much as I do.



Don't Save Me:


One of my favourite songs, Falling - second best music video of theirs:


This video isn't the best, but the music is wonderful - The Wire:


Released early this year, this music video is THE best visual of the band - LOVE the video and song, If I Could Change Your Mind:


And this is a wonderful live cover of Peter Green/Fleetwood Mac's Oh Well:


Image Source - The Guardian