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Happy Tunesday again, folks!

General Fiasco

The Song: Ever So Shy

The Band: General Fiasco

Today’s choice for Tunesday is a song called “Ever So Shy” by Belfast band General Fiasco from their debut album Buildings.  This is not another XFM find, in fact I have no idea how we came to listen to this band first, but I know that S takes all the credit.

To be honest with you I could have chosen any of the ten tracks on this album.  I love it and I have listened to it non-stop since we bought it last week.  I am telling you right now that you need to go buy a copy of this album as soon as possible.  If I had it in my power I would  buy a copy for everyone I know, that’s how much I love it. Listen to it in your car on a sunny day with the windows down and the volume on high. It’s awesome.

Ever So Shy by General Fiasco

Let’s get wasted
It’s all we ever do,
We’re so stupid
But that’s ok the drunks are your friends
We’ll just sit here
Wasting our time
Thinking out loud
There’s nobody listening

Well I’m ever so cold
Is all I get told, I’m ever so cold
You’re ever so shy
You keep it on side
It’s more than just lies
You’re ever so cool
And I’ll be a fool if you let me
I’m ever so shy,
You’re ever so shy,
We’re ever so shy

And oh we are
Counting up the reasons to be shy, she is
Counting out the reasons to try
I know, I know we’re getting there
I know we’re coming now well let’s pretend
Waiting around in the back bored and i think
5 minutes more of this well this is wearing thin
I know I know we’re getting there
I know well come on now yeah let’s pretend

Well I’m ever so cold
Is all I get told, I’m ever so cold
You’re ever so shy
You keep it aside it’s more than just lies
You’re ever so cool
And I’ll be a fool if you let me
I’m ever so shy, you’re ever so shy, we’re ever so shy

Stop!

You must be kidding..
You must be having me on

And it’s easy yeah yeah
And there’s no reason to be shy
Go ahead and let her lie
I can not figure it out
I can not figure it out

Whilst you know the ones they’re coming for and
Whilst you know the ones they’re calling for you

Why you know the ones they’re coming for and
Why you know the ones they’re calling for you
They’re calling for you..

Well I’m ever so cold
Is all I get told,
I’m ever so cold
You’re ever so shy
You keep it on side it’s more than just lies
You’re ever so cool
And I’ll be a fool if you let me
I’m ever so shy,
You’re ever so shy,
We’re ever so shy

Next week maybe something I’m not entirely brand new to so perhaps I can give you information about the band or the song or something like that. Either that or I will post the other song I was going to use today instead. Wait and see. Until then, GO BUY THIS ALBUM!!

Also, yes I know they are 12 years old (well, almost), I don’t care because I think they are good. Great, actually.

xo
A

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What a wonderful day we’ve had!  We woke up to gray skies and decided to take a drive further south to where the sun promised to be. I’ve always wanted to visit the Gem & Rock Museum in Creetown so away we went down to Dumfries and Galloway to see it.

We took the forest road down which didn’t take too long.  It rained on and off for a while, but there was nothing too heavy. Creetown was lovely, a typical main-street village with tons of little shops and such.  We did not spend any time there at all, just went to the museum and the left again after that. I’d like to go back, though because it was beautiful!

As a precursor let me say that I am a sucker to gems and rocks and minerals and anything that comes from the Earth.  In another life I am pretty sure I was a geologist.  I love crystals and all of that, so the museum was right up my alley.  S on the other hand, well, he only went to please me!  Which is lovely, don’t you think?

Anyway, we spent the most of our time in the gift shop where I bought some tumbled stones and lusted after some jewelry. It was a nice place if you like rocks, pretty boring if you don’t.

We took the coast road back home through Stranraer and Girvan and stopped at Turnberry Hotel for afternoon tea.  I have always loved Turnberry Hotel.  I got a certificate for a free night’s stay there in January of 2008 which was lovely. The certificate was for dinner, bed and breakfast and we still managed to spend £160 in just over 24 hours.  How did we do that, you ask, well… The certificate only entitled us to £50 each for dinner which covered only food, so any beverages were on top of that.  And we took tea the day we arrived, and had a coffee I think the next day.  Anyway, it all adds up pretty quick in a place like that.

Last summer we went down to The British Open at Turnberry and it was amazing.  The hotel is just iconic, sitting on a rise above the water all windows and white wash – it truly is a sight to see.  I love it.

So on the drive home today we stopped in to have afternoon tea.  For £24 per person.  No joke.  Why would we agree to pay £24 each for a few finger sandwiches and a couple of cups of tea?  Well, this may give you a small idea of how very worth it it was:

Also, just as a note, there has never been a better time to go to Turnberry – they had an all over renovation last year for The British Open and it is absolutely gorgeous inside. Honestly, it is a sight to see. Especially on a day like today with the sun seeping through the clouds and sparkling off the water and the hulking mass of Ailsa Craig in the distance. Swoon.

So, all in all, it was a fantastic day.

xo
A

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Please go to The Pioneer Woman and look at the Flour & Sugar Drawers she has in her kitchen.

I have truly and honestly never, ever wanted anything more. We only finshed installing our new kitchen in January yet I am fairly certain we need to rip it out and start from scratch so I can have these drawers. Yes, I know there is no room for them in our tiny kitchen. Yes I know that would be prohibitively expensive but I don’t care! Just look at them!!

They remind me of my years at the bakery, except our flour was kept in a huge rubbish bin (never used for rubbish, obviously) and not stylish drawers.

I could go on and on drooling like an idiot over these, but instead I am going to place them firmly into the kitchen of my Dream Farmhouse – join me there for breakfast sometime, won’t you?

xo
A

p.s. While you are there go ahead and download this picture in the largest size available and get yourself an oversized print of it, because I think you will agree with me when I say it is one of the most stunning pictures you’ve ever, ever seen.

p.p.s. Also while you are there check her recipe for Fried Mozzarella Sticks.

p.p.p.s. Yes I have a girl-crush on Ree. She is amazing and it can’t be helped. OK?

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i heartily agree…

Well said, indeed.

xo
A

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my garden!

At the beginning of the season this year we put down two packets of throw-n-grow wild flower seeds. Our garden now looks like a paint colour sampler:

There’s a few more here if you’d like to see them: My Garden

xo
A

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Happy Tunesday!

This week I have chosen a song that is brand new to me.  I heard it the first time on Sunday afternoon on, you guessed it, XFM radio.  I’m obsessed.  Actually, I only listen to the radio once or twice a week; they just have a varied and awesome playlist.

The Song: Northern Skies

The Band: I Am Kloot

I was in the kitchen on Sunday baking when this song came on.  Since I had the computer in the kitchen with me I was able to Google it immediately before the song even ended.  That’s how much I loved it. Oh, the lyrics. Oh, the melody.  I love it.

 I have heard of the band before but I don’t like their name and that totally put me off. Shallow, right? But that’s how I roll.  “Northern Skies” is the first song on their newest album, Sky at Night which was only released on the 5th of July.  The album is produced by two members of another band I love, Elbow.  I would like to tell you that the album is awesome, but having only bought it off iTunes yesterday I am afraid I have not had time to listen to it enough to form an educated opinion, mostly because I have listened to “Northern Skies” over and over again all day. 

The album is available to stream from The Guardian website, HERE.  At least it was when I posted this.

There is an exclusive video of I Am Kloot performing “Northern Skies” on that site, too.

Northern Skies by I Am Kloot

Above there are no stars tonight
Just northern skies, reflected light upon your face
People think stars rule our lives,
Some people they think otherwise;
They can be replaced.

Where did you go on that big, black night?
Did you take the coast road back through your life?
See the sand, the moon, the stars that shine the light
And say, well, they’ll do all right for me?

We shroud our lives in mysteries,
Shooting stars and storming seas, if we have any sense.
Storm clouds roll, they’re free to break
And we’re free to make the same mistakes again and again.

Where shall we go on that big, black night?
Shall we take the coast road back through our lives?
See the sand, the moon, the stars that shine the light
And say, well, they’ll do all right without me?

Above there are no stars tonight,
Just northern skies, reflected light and fields of snow.
Some people think stars rule our lives,
Some people they think otherwise;

What does anybody know?
Where shall I go on that big, black night?
Shall I take the coast road back through my life?
See the sand, the moon, the stars that shine the light
And say, well, they’ll do all right for me?

Where shall I go on that big, black night?
Shall I take the coast road back through my life?
See the sand, the moon, the stars that shine the light
And say, well, they’ll do all right for me?

See the stars and constellations,
Sit beneath their congregation.

The lyrics are my own estimation and I apologize if I’ve gotten them wrong.

Listen to the song, watch the video – you won’t be disappointed. As for the album, well, I’ll have to let you know. I’m assuming it is going to be great.

[UPDATE] I’ve had a chance to listen to the album now and I can confirm that it is, indeed, awesome. I can’t say with any certainty that I like any of the other tracks  better than this one (because of how much I love Northern Skies), but they are all pretty great. So, the moral of the story is that you should buy the album. Now. 🙂

xo
A

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t in the park

This weekend is T in the Park weekend. For those of you who don’t know what that means, T in the Park is a three-day music festival held in Kinross, Scotland. Mostly it is for Rock and Indie musicians, which means it is smack dab in the middle of my street.

As in ,that’s right up my street, etc.

Anyway, tickets prices are always crazy high and tickets for the following year go on sale the weekend after the current event and they always, always sell out. People queue overnight to be first at the shops when they open to buy tickets. So getting them is difficult.

Kristina & Me on the Sunday morning

After you buy your tickets you are faced with a year’s wait to see what the weather is going to be like. Which, I think, is the hardest part. Because if it is going to be sunny and wonderful (I’d say a 10% chance, because it is Scotland after all), then you are going to have a fantastic, wonderful, amazing time. As long as you can avoid sunstroke. If it is going to rain then you are quite possibly not going to enjoy yourself much. Unless you do what the majority of T in the Park attendees do, get drunk and/or high off your face. Then, it really doesn’t matter if it is pouring down rain, and it also doesn’t matter that the port-a-potties are the most disgusting places on the surface of the Earth.

My friend Kristina and I went to T in the Park in 2006 and we had the good fortune of having lovely weather, most of the time. I won’t say there weren’t moments of rain when we considered holing up in our tent to avoid being trampled to death as the entire site quickly turned into a giant slip-n-slide, but overall it was an amazing weekend.

Some mud.

Because of the revolting state of most of the port-a-potties we spent the weekend drinking as little water as possible and then holding it all in. In the mornings we took the little bus into town and went to a local church who put on an edible breakfast with all you could drink orange juice (from concentrate) for something crazy like £3 or something. They also had clean bathrooms. With running water. So we took care of all our business at the church and that is how we survived.

I can honestly say I think we were the only two people there that were completely sober for the entire time, as well. Refreshing? Yes. Terrifying? You have no idea. One of the most memorable moments was when I was awakened at three in the morning on Sunday because an extremely drunken guy was peeing on the outside of our tent right next to my head. And singing. Loudly.

People!

But I digress. The point is that T in the Park is on this weekend and, despite the fact that it hasn’t stopped raining all day, I really wish I were there. Every year I think I’ll buy tickets when they go on sale because I know darn well when the festival rolls around 12 months later that I am going to be dying to go. I never buy tickets. I think it’s equal parts my feeling too old to attend and also the fact that they cost £200. Plus you have to spend the weekend in a tent surrounded by thousands of people you do not know. The joys.

When we went we saw the following artists. I can’t be bothered to link them all, so if you want to know who they are, use Google.

The Guillemots
Corrine Bailey Rae
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
Ben Harper
Sigur Ros
The Cribs
The Feeling
The Kooks
Maximo Park
Placebo
Editors

Tom Editor

The Spinto Band
My Latest Novel
Jose Gonzales
Kasabian
Milburn
The Fratellis
Morning Runner
Dirty Pretty Things
Richard Ashcroft
Paolo Nutini
The Magic Numbers
Hard-Fi
Arctic Monkeys
The Who

I know, right? In case you didn’t count, that’s 25 bands.  Well worth the £200!!

My favourite artist of the weekend was Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, although Sigur Ros gives them a run for their money. It was also amazing to see The Who close the show on the Sunday night, complete with fireworks going off in the background. My favourite single moment? Watching Paolo Nutini sing Caledonia mid-afternoon on the Saturday. There is something about a crowd of a few thousand Scottish people swaying with national pride, some of them even wearing kilts.

Will I go again? Oh, yes, I will. Maybe next year?  I hope so.

This year, though, I am at home and I am dry, but I am really sorry I am not at T in the Park.

Who am I going to regret seeing the most?  MUSE, Vampire Weekend, Biffy Clyro, Eminem and The Stereophonics.  Plus about 10 others.

To everyone at T in the Park, I am sorry it has rained all day but I hope you are all enjoying yourselves.

Me? I’m trying not to think about it! Here’s to next year!

xo

A

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