My love of vinyl.

I have been obsessed with getting my own record player ever since I saw my parents’ record collection coming down from our attic a few years ago.

A year ago last Christmas this dream of mine came true, along with the start of my very own record collection.

To me, a record is one of the most precious forms of music we have. They had me hooked from the first time I heard the wonderfully satisfying crackling noise coming from the speakers, that anticipation before the tracks begin.

The fact that records have returned to the public eye and are actually selling is probably one of my favourite things to have happened over the recent years. Seeing current artists releasing records is super cool because it gets younger generations involved in the vinyl world too.

I mean, people are actually going out and buying records now. Supermarkets stock them again for the first time in ages. We’re seeing soundtracks as records, the classics making a comeback, and just people’s love of music coming out to play once again.

My record player is a luxury to me, an object that I miss dearly when being in university. Not bringing it with me was a choice I made to make sure it wouldn’t get ruined. But the weekends I am home are ones where I wake up on a Saturday morning pick out 2 or 3 of the records that I’ve missed a little bit more than the others – it varies weekly – and either lay in bed hypnotised by the music playing over me or dance around my room in an oversized pyjama top.

But I suppose the only downside to this is when you dance a little too hard and make the vinyl jump. Both Oasis albums of mine have ended up coming to this fate. A little scratch never hurt anyone though and I know exactly when to expect it now.

It’s when you get more than one scratch that the issue properly arrises but it wouldn’t be a record if you didn’t get the odd jump here and there. It’s what makes a vinyl so unique I suppose, having to care for it and look after it more than you would a CD or any other modern music format.

I’d like to think that others are starting to dust off their records and playing them again because I feel as though a record means so much more than if you were to listen to it online.

Like I mentioned, a record isn’t just a form of music that you can get at a touch of a button and you have to look after it to get the best result out of it. It may cost a little more than a CD but you’re paying for the artwork involved on the sleeve, the actual vinyl itself and the experience of placing the needle on the edge and watching it spin as the first track begins. To me, all of that is worth the extra couple of pennies.

Song of the day: Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac

Why? ‘Rumours’ was one of the first records that I had listened too and even though all the songs are wonderfully amazing, ‘Go Your Own Way’ is a classic in its self.

The Wombats: 10 Years On

One of my all time favourite albums turns 10 this year (!!!), and I still can’t quite believe it, so today I’ve decided to reminisce.

The Wombats’ debut album ‘A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation’  was released in 2007.

Although I didn’t discover the band until I was 15, 5 years after the initial release, this album helped me a lot through my latter teen years and it quickly became one of my most listened to.

I’m not sure why it had such an impact on me, maybe it was the fact it was completely different to the music I was listening to at the time. There was something about it that made me constantly listen to it.

The super catchy tracks – Kill the Director, Let’s dance to Joy Division, Moving to New York being my favourites – remind me of a time when I used to (and still do) dance around in my room, singing my heart out and not really caring about who was listening.

The escape these songs gave me was important at that stage in my life too. I would question and doubt things about myself, my body, my grades at school and get myself down for no reason (like every teenage girl would), and knowing I had a kind of happy place where I could go and take a step back just made things easier.
The lyrics in the songs were the most relatable I had ever heard. They were fun, different and totally real, and still put a smile on my face when I go and listen to them now. I think that for the first time, I understood the songs I was listening too.

The fact the album consists of songs about love, loss and desperation related to what I was going through. I was still growing up, still learning about how different emotions made me feel and this album gave me everything I needed in that period. The stories and concepts put my experiences into context and also gave me different perspectives on puberty, romances (etc.) and how it would affect me. Adolescence was difficult and this album was my kind of safe haven.

Whenever I go and listen to the album now, it’s almost like an old friend that I haven’t seen in years and as soon as ‘Tales of Girls, Boys and Marsupials’ starts playing I just know how good the next hour or so is going to be.

Song of the day: Kill the Director – The Wombats

Why? It was the Wombats’ first full single. Plus, it was the first track I learnt all the words to.

My Blog: Music

Why did I choose music for my blog?

Music is probably the one topic I feel most comfortable writing about. I have been a musician all my life and when it comes to it I just understand it and  know what’s going on.

With Mum being Irish and Dad being Welsh,  and both coming from a traditional musical background,  I have been fortunate enough to grow up to appreciate a whole range of different music genres from traditional music to the absolute classics.

Everyone in the house plays at least one instrument and I’m pretty confident in saying that there’s probably one kind of instrument in every room in our house.

That being said we’re all into different music genres, my favourite being a more indie rock/pop kind of thing. But that’s not to say I only like and listen to that genre, it’s just the one I listen to the most, my go-to genre as such.

The idea for my blog is to just chat about music, the gigs I’ve been to over the last and next couple of months, opinion pieces on albums/singles, any anticipation that’s been building around a band/album, festivals, and any newsworthy stories that have come about that fancy talking about.

Hopefully I’ll publish one or two more posts in the next couple days just to get the blog up and running.

See you soon.

Song of the day: Young chasers – Circa Waves

Why? Well because it’s the inspiration behind my blog name of course. Plus it’s one of my favourite tracks on Circa Waves’ debut album, Young Chasers (2015)