100th Post for Thinking Moon! Look Book with Jeffree Star Cosmetics

Preamble

My dear Moonlings, somehow I made it to 100 posts. For those of you who have been with me from the beginning, thank you so much. I know recently indie royalty Lee Hall has published his 200th post and to him I say chapeau!

If you are new here, let me extend a warm welcome. We love to talk about the world, books, philosophy, and my hero Buffy Summers. Today I offer you a video I’ve been working on for several weeks now. It’s a look book centred around 4 Jeffree Star Cosmetic’s liquid lipsticks.

I explain all in the video below, but if that’s not your thing just have fun looking at the pretty pictures, we’re all friends here.

Look Book

So I love clothes, and makeup, I really do. It’s a form of artistic expression, and I can see how happy it makes people. In recent years I’ve become ever more environmentally aware, so I’m trying to buy things that are good for the environment, safe for animals, and ethically produced. Fast fashion is very dangerous not just to the environment, but for those forced to make the clothing in horrific conditions.

Thinking Moon Look Book
Thinking Moon Look Book

Therefore I endeavoured to create a look book with 4 Jeffree Star Liquid lipsticks. These are a wonderful product because they are vegan and not tested on animals. I’ve coupled them with clothing I’ve either had for a long time, thrifted, or got from ethical sources. I tried to let you know where possible I got certain items, but like I said most of them are from second-hand shops and even hand-me-downs from my family. (I love my dad’s old flannels and my brother’s old jeans).

Thinking Moon Look Book
Thinking Moon Look Book

Conclusion

This is the video, I spent many an hour on it for you guys and I really hope you like it. Let me know in the comments below if you’re interested, I’m thinking of making more of these and including Le’Boo, so make sure you’re subscribed so you get to see those videos in the future.

Love,

Jaycee xxx

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Seagulls Watch

The warmth, and the quiet, a rock in my hand.

If there was another place, I wouldn’t go.

The maiden, the mother, and the crone call to me.

Across the expanse, and the material.

Eleven, Eleven. There are too many signs, so I acquiesce.

The fire burns as I lay sleepless, yet still.

The answers come slowly, so I attend again.

The many aspects fold through the day,

He spreads his salty wings and glides into the future.

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Indie Reviews: Lee Hall

Preamble

Being a writer can be arduous. You have to power through imposter syndrome. Next, you have the fun exercise of convincing your family and friends that you really are a writer. Finally, after all of that, when you’re emotionally and physically exhausted, you need to take on the world.

It is my opinion, that you shouldn’t need to get the word out alone, and authors should support each other. Someone who embodies this wholeheartedly is indie author Lee Hall. If you didn’t know already Lee Hall, who works a day job, while writing awesome books on the side, also manages to read and review fellow indie authors. How he finds all the time for all of this astounds me.

On his website Lee’s Hall of Information, he has a section dedicated to indie reviews which can be found here. So what could be better than to give some of that love back by reviewing both of his books I have read. I also have a third book, so watch this space.

*warning, spoilers lay ahead!*

The Teleporter

We’ve all read the superhero books, and with the war between Marvel and D.C, it’s hard to imagine a place for a new superhero. In the midst of all that Lee Hall manages to slip in Kurt Wiseman. He’s not a regular hero, he’s not even an anti-hero, he’s just a guy.

The Teleporter - Lee Hall
The Teleporter – Lee Hall

He certainly doesn’t scream superhero. He’s a lazy drunk who doesn’t have much going for him. He gets transformed into the Teleporter by falling into a vat of goo at work. This provides him with the handy ability to teleport short distances, once he has been there before.

While he starts out by taunting bouncers who have mistreated a patron, he soon realises that there are more duties involved than simply causing a scene outside of a bar. He finds that his drinking diminishes his power and he nearly gets one of his friends hurt.

We are also offered a strong female character who doesn’t need Wiseman to get her story, she is a journalist extraordinaire. The noir superhero trope is heartily made fun of and we come away feeling refreshed in a world where superheroes are more than often imperious. Wiseman just comes out and says it, sometimes being a superhero sucks.

Here is my review on Amazon:

The Teleporter - Lee Hall
The Teleporter – Lee Hall

Darke Blood

As a fan of vampires and their lore, I always welcome a new story surrounding them. In this intriguing new perspective, you can see Hall’s influences shining through. The classics such as Stoker and the modern such as Whedon (yes you guessed it, BTVS). The story immediately begins with intrigue, and you are hooked by the main character Blake Malone. He is the classic new kind in town, except Malone not only a stranger to everyone in Darke Heath, but to himself as well. He can’t remember anything before he arrived.

Darke Blood - Lee Hall
Darke Blood – Lee Hall

Throughout the book, we are fed a back story from (in my opinion) the true protagonist, Caitlyn. We discover early on that she is a vampire, and although she is happily kicking ‘amp (vampire) ass in Darke Heath, she wasn’t always this pure soul. When we find out how she came to be a vampire along with her sordid past, and we feel very uncomfortable about it.

As the tale unfolds we are introduced to more of the mystery and intrigue. The book is ‘un-put-down-able’ as the reviewers say, and the ending is more than enough to wait for.

Here is my review on Amazon:

Lee Hall - Darke Blood
Lee Hall – Darke Blood

In Conclusion

Could y’all please head over to Lee Hall’s blog and follow him? He’s so close to 200 followers and he really deserves it. He does more for reviewing fellow indie authors than anyone I know. Also he has a new book coming out soon and you won’t want to miss that. He has more than enough books to choose from, and I’m already on my way to reading them all (like Pokémon). All his links are below.

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To quote my favourite musician Zac Brown 'ain't nothin like the real thing' 4 books published before turning 30 is pretty good going, 2 of which came out this year! Now comes the real work, promoting and convincing readers to read them. You've probably noticed I went hard on the promoting side of things recently and that's gonna slow down for a while. It's up to you guys now to spread the word whilst I take on my next project which I'm dramatically staring at in this totally non staged photo. Just what that project is you'll have to wait and see but it's not a book. Let's just say it's more of an adaptation… and remember folks don't ever accept fruit from strangers… #spoliers #cemeteryhouseselfie #bookselfie #bookrelease #paperback #rockandroll #zacbrown #zacbrownband #inspiration #indieauthorsofinstagram #bookinstagram #amwriting #horror #ceneteryhouse #writerslife

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Liebster Award & Happy Birthday Thinking Moon!

Preamble

We cannot begin one of these posts without serious gratitude towards the person who nominated me. Thank you Dear-Internet-Kats for thinking of me.

Please visit their page and follow them. There is so much offered over there you will not regret it! They offer advice on how to handle negative thoughts. They write poetry, and they are just an all-around lovely blogger.

Happy Birthday, Thinking Moon!

It’s my blog’s birthday. Sort of. Let me explain, I started this blog in 2016 with my first ever blog post on February 25th. I was ranting about sexism in an advertisement that made me pretty mad.

During that year I posted sporadically, but I didn’t really start my weekly journey until the 15th of February where I posted a story called Shadow Self . I had entered it into a competition, and it didn’t win. Rude.

That was the year I took blogging seriously and I finally connected with so many wonderful people here on WordPress and beyond! If you want to know why I got into blogging I have written about that before in a previous award which you can read here.

So without further ado, I would like to get into the Liebster award, and once again thank you so much Dear Internet Kats!

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award by bloggers given to fellow bloggers. This started around 2011. The idea for it comes from the German word Liebster, which can be translated as:

Sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

Here are the rules of the award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  2. Answer the 5 creative and unique questions given to you.
  3. Write a small post about what motivates you in life (not just in blogging)
  4. Nominate 2 – 6 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award
  5. Create 5 creative and unique questions for your nominees
  6. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link to this post.)
  7. Once you have written and published it, you then have to: Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post.

The Award

1. Let’s say something happens with the economy and you only get to choose 3 different dinners (maybe for each season, or a change between the 6 months) to eat for the next 5 years, what would you choose based on what’s available locally?

I would pick potatoes because I’m a predictable Irish person, with real butter (There is nothing like real Irish butter). Potatoes are so flexible I could make many things with them. I would want it with kale, onions, and probably some local meat. Also because I’m veggie during the week so I would need baked beans as well as eggs for the protein.

Liebster Award
Potatoes

Is that ok? I feel like that covers all bases.

2. What song describes your mood today?

If you have known me for a long time, I’ve always loved Miley Cyrus. Yes I know she went a bit mental for a while, but if I grew up in the spotlight I’d probably have pulled a 2007 Britney.

Award
2007 Britney

Sorry I can never just be succinct (that’s Le’Boo’s thing) but basically: Miley Cyrus – “The Climb”.

3. What is your favorite reading genre, this year so far?

For sure it’s indie horror/thriller books. Can I mention my current read here? Ima do it anyway!

“Darke Blood” – Lee Hall, is my current read. Look out for my review soon! (Also go check out his blog, he’s a fellow WordPresser!)

Darke Blood - Lee Hall
Darke Blood – Lee Hall

I’ve always been a huge horror fan, Stephen King and Shirley Jackson are probably my all time favorites but I made a goal to read more indie authors this year.

4. What do you consider to be the most fun way to get exercise?

I always need to trick myself into exercising so the best ways for me are the most obvious. It’s either dancing or walking. Or just random stuff as such:

5. Do you have (or what seems like it could work) some advice on how to stay focused or non-reactive in a scary/emotionally rattling situation?

I feel like I can talk about this with some authority because I’ve lived with anxiety and depression since I was around 13. The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you are only in charge of your mind. If someone says something to you that is mean or horrible remember, that is not a reflection on you, it’s a reflection on them.

This sounds generic but honestly, for most of my life, my extended family (not parents, siblings) have always thought I was odd/weird. I don’t care about getting married, I don’t want children, and honestly, I act really strange. Now I could take that in two ways. I could feel bad because people think I’m not normal.

Or I could realise we all create our own realities. If you are happy with your life, and not hurting anyone, your life is valid, you are vaild. If you like how you dress, what you do for fun, and the people you surround yourself with then you do you boo.

My Nominees & My Questions

Nominees

Lee Hall’s – Hall of Information. This guy is so supportive of fellow indie authors and an all round sweet guy.

The Vintage Toy Advertiser. This blog brings me joy because it’s so nostalgic.

Sunilmdabral. This human is so supportive of everything I do, and I want to pay it back in kind.

Sheree. Always is the first to like my posts.

Michael Jordahl. Another supportive blogger.

If you have been nominated and don’t feel like doing the award that’s fine there is no pressure. I also have forgotten 100’s of supportive followers and I’m sorry I promise to get you next time!

My Questions

  1. Who was the last indie author/musician/podcast/lemonade stand you supported and why? If not who do you think you will bring your support to this year?
  2. I’m obsessed with tattoos and I know not everyone is, but if you were to get one what would it be. Or if you have one already what is it and why?
  3. What was your favourite childhood television show?
  4. What scares you the most, that most people consider to be irrational?
  5. What is your favourite place to bring an out-of-town guest?

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Adventures: Amsterdam

Preamble

My dear Moonlings myself and Le’Boo went on a trip to Amsterdam in January. It was truly magical despite the bitter cold. I made a YouTube video of the trip which I have linked below. However, I will bring you through some of the other stuff we did too which I didn’t have footage of.

The reason we went was to surprise a friend for her birthday so that was thrilling. We also got to go to Amsterdam and it was the first time for both of us although.

Thursday

So we left Ireland early enough and went on planes, trains, and automobiles which you can see here. Of course, Le’Boo is excellent at posing for photos.

We came across gems like this throughout the city. It’s a water fountain that changes colour when you put your bottle underneath it. Also, the city was covered in bicycles. Everyone seemed to cycle, from the very young to the very old.

Amsterdam Adventure
Amsterdam Adventure

We also snuck along to the red light district to see what was happening there and it was… interesting. We saw a guy getting directions from a scantily clad lady, and it was the funniest thing.

“Yes, you go down the road, turn left, then left again.”

He wasn’t concentrating very well on her directions.

Friday

My dreams came true on Friday. We were able to get tickets to the Van Gogh museum. We weren’t allowed to take photos inside, but I didn’t care. I got to see his paintings in person, the letters to his brother Theo, and even modern art inspired by his body of work.

This is my favourite Van Gogh and I got to see it in person. I stared at it for ages, (Le’Boo is very patient). It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend the museum it to everyone.

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We went on a canal boat ride too and that was really cool, which is documented better in the video. It was really cool it brought you on a circuit of the city, which meant we got to go out through the port.

Amsterdam Adventure
Amsterdam Adventure

Saturday

We got up a little later and headed straight for a pancake house Le’Boo had espied with his little eyes. It was built around an old carousel. Isn’t this enthralling!?

Then we wandered around, had a drink in a Lagunitas bar. The bartender was so nice, I wanted to buy one of their Lagunitas glasses and he just gave it to me. We ended walking along the canals before catching our bus to the airport.

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So if you have any further interest in this please feel free to check out my video below, and maybe give it a like. Subscribe if you are interested, perhaps leave a comment. Anyways until my next adventure or a previous which can be found here! Or perhaps I will upload retroactively. Would you be interested in previous Jaycee adventures from the archives? My hair will be very different. If so leave me a comment. Ok. Thank you Moonlings, bye!!!

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30 Day Song Challenge

Hello Moonlings

How are you getting on? Happy Friday! Firstly I would like to thank Bereaved Single Dad. I seen this challenge on his blog and you can read his version here. Also if you aren’t following his blog, please go check it out here.

I made my own version of it. Basically, I videoed myself reading the challenges for the first time so the answers would be more off the cuff. You can watch that here if you’re interested. I sing quite a bit in it but if you’re not into that then read on instead.

30 Day Song Challenge

Also if you’re on YouTube could you follow me there. I’d really appreciate it if you could.

Day 1: A song you like with a colour in the title.

I chose “Yellow” by Coldplay and I do genuinely love Coldplay, but I’m not mad about this particular song. So after further consideration, I think that I much prefer “Paint It Black,” by The Rolling Stones. Much more of a kick to it. I love the guitar in that song.

Day 2: A song you like with a number in the title.

In the video P!nk’s “18-Wheeler” from her album ‘Mizzundastood’ was the only song with a number in it I could think of. While I do love P!nk my alternative for this would be “Edge of 17,” by Stevie Nicks. Stevie Nicks is one of those singers who makes your bones vibrate.

Day 3: A song that reminds you of summertime.

This is so funny I thought of Will Smith’s “Getting Jiggy With It.” Like no idea where that came from, but that was really a childhood summer throwback. Whereas Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” reminds me of summer while being of drinking age.

Day 4: A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget.

Eagle-Eye Cherry’s, “Save Tonight,” and really I couldn’t listen to that song for years so it’s pretty accurate.

Day 5: A song that needs to be played out loud.

I stand by my choice of the Foo Fighter’s “I Am A River,” and any other Foo Fighter song. This is one of those tracks that I loved from the moment I heard it. It’s off their album ‘Sonic Highways’ and has a full orchestra in it. Exquisite.

Day 6: A song that makes you want to dance.

While I choose “Aura,” by Lady Gaga, one of my favorite songs to dance to of all time is “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston. Just thought I would clarify, that Whitney Houston cannot be surpassed.

Day 7: A song to drive to.

Again I hit the nail on the head with “Double Down Under,” by The Crystal Method. If any of you played the racing game ‘Need for Speed’, The Crystal Method’s “Born Too Slow,” was on their ‘Need For Speed Underground’ soundtrack. So definitely excellent driving music.

Day 8: A song about drugs or alcohol.

I choose A Perfect Circle, “Passive,” which I discovered through the movie Constantine. I loved that movie and was sad it didn’t get a sequel, and yes I’m aware John Constantine is originally a DC comic book character. It was also off their album ‘Emotive’ not ‘Mer De Noms’, you idiot (Me not you).

Day 9: A song that makes you happy.

Foo Fighter’s “Learn To Fly,” is one of my favourites of all time. I don’t know if you guys realised my grá (Love) for Dave Grohl, but he is the one man I’d leave Le’Boo for. Don’t worry Le’Boo has been previously informed of this addendum in our relationship.

Day 10: A song that makes you sad.

Sarah McLachlan’s bittersweet, “Full Of Grace.” I first heard it in Buffy like I mention in my video and it started my life long obsession with Sarah McLachlan. Honestly, her music has so much depth and intrigue to it. If you are into albums as concepts, her album ‘Fumbling Towards Ecstasy’ is perfect.

Day 11: A song you never get tired of.

“Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer,” was a staple in our house. My parents are both huge music fans, so there was always music playing. Dad has always had a great sound system and one of my earliest memories is listening to music. “Boys Of Summer,” has been part of the soundtrack of our lives throughout the ages.

Also, it didn’t come out in 1992 as I implied in the video but in 1984.

Day 12: A song from your preteen years.

Blink 182, “All The Small Things.” While this did come out when I was a preteen (I was 9 when it was released), I still love it to this day. I also remember my Dad playing “Blue,” by Eiffel 65 which coincidently came out the same year…

Day 13: A song you like from the 70s.

When The Levee Breaks,” by Led Zeppelin. When I was in my teens a boyfriend introduced me to Led Zepplin. I was cleaning the house one day and listening to the album ‘4’ for the first time with headphones on. When this song came on I literally dropped what I was doing and sunk into the couch.

The music astounded me, it was haunting. I would always recommend listening to music with good headphones if you can because you will get so much more out of it.

Also yes it came out in 1971, as I was concerned in the video I’d been incorrect.

Day 14: A song you’d love to be played at your wedding.

Ok, I answered this quickly because I didn’t want to go into a diatribe in my video, but I can’t imagine myself and Le’Boo having a wedding. Getting married sure, but a wedding? Too much effort.

Hypothetically “Simple Song,” by The Shins. Le’Boo and I technically have a ‘song’ but it’s sad. Typical us!

Day 15: A song you like that’s a cover by another artist.

“The Ocean Breathes Salty,” by Sun Kil Moon. Hands down no competitors. It’s absolutely gorgeous. The song in itself is beautiful, there’s a line that haunts me,

“You wasted life why wouldn’t you waste death.”

It reminds me to get out and live because honestly, your time flies by.

Also, the singer is called Mark Kozelek, and the album is ‘Tiny Cities’.

Day 16: A song that’s a classic favourite.

“Highway To Hell,” AC/DC. The bagpipes in that song live on in our minds and hearts forever.

Day 17: A song you’d sing a duet with someone on karaoke.

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” by the wonderful talent Elton John with Le’Boo! Could you imagine how cute that would be?

30 Day Song Challenge

My darling Le’Boo

Day 18: A song from the year that you were born.

This was funny I had to google it… I discovered that Madonna’s “Vogue,” came out in 1990. Score! I’m a Madonna stan although she is quite insane. Also, Sinéad O’Connor’s version of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Genuinely I’m not a fan of this version people. Might be controversial, let me know your feelings about it.

Day 19: A song that makes you think about life.

“Drops Of Jupiter,”  by Train. I heard it when I was maybe only 16 and I fell in love with the lyrics. I’m a poet as you know, so when the lyrics of a song are glorious, I get obsessed. That happens to me very often with songs.

Day 20: A song that has many meanings to you.

Take it to the limit,” by The Eagles, with Randy Meisner as the singer. I could talk about this song forever. My parents sang this to each other at their Wedding.

“You can spend all your time making money, or you can spend all your love making time. If it all fell to pieces tomorrow, would you still be mine?”

Day 21: A song you like with a person’s name in the title.

Dear Prudence.” by The Beatles. There is a movie called Across The Universe which is a wonderful musical composed of Beatles songs. Bono is in it for a spell but don’t let that ruin it for you. It helped develop my love of the Beatles with dazzling reinventions of their songs.

Day 22: A song that moves you forward.

Perfect,” P!nk. I will love Alica Moore forever and for always. She reminds me that perfection is not attainable, and we are all own kind of wonderful. It’s nice to have an idol in your life that makes you feel good about yourself. Also, she is a babe. Might leave Le’Boo for her (just kidding…).

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Day 23: A song you think everybody should listen to.

Janelle Monae’s, “Crazy Classic Life.” Go watch her music video right now, it’s amazing!

Day 24: A song by a band you wish were still together.

I chose Queen’s “Somebody To Love.” I’m sure I’m not the only Queen fan on here, so there isn’t much point me trying to sell Queen to you. You either love them or you’re wrong (Just kidding… sort of!).

Day 25: A song you like by an artist no longer living.

Although I said Nirvana’s, “Come As You Are,” I love Jeff Buckley’s, “Hallelujah.” It’s a Leonard Cohen song that’s been covered frequently, however, this one is the superior one.

Day 26: A song that makes you want to fall in love.

“Tale As Old As Time,” by Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson. In fairness falling in love is different for everyone, and Belle’s Stockholm syndrome love isn’t probably the best example. The song is stunning though.

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Le’Boo had this made for me.

Day 27: A song that breaks your heart.

Sugar We’re Going Down,” by Fall Out Boy. Pretty self-explanatory, I relate too much because of a previous unhealthy relationship. It’s a killer song though. I thought of another song also, Placebo’s “My Sweet Prince.

Day 28: A song by an artist whose voice you love.

Sarah McLachlan, “Fumbling Towards Esctacy.” I explained this in my video I just adore this song and the album it’s off. McLachlan’s vocals are stunning, she has a classically trained voice. Her first album ‘Touch’ is an example of her classical voice. She became more pop as she developed but ‘Fumbling Towards Ecstasy,’ is one of those remarkable albums that straddles pop and the ethereal.

Day 29: A song you remember from your childhood.

Garth Brooks, “Friends In Low Places.” Another staple in our house, and so is Garth Brooks, I  love him. Our family love him, we have so many of his albums.

I would like to add that myself, my parents and brother love this song. Not Le’Boo so much.

Day 30: A song that reminds you of yourself.

Wasted Time” by The Eagles. As I said in the video there are lyrics in this song that reminds me of how I felt at the end of my previous relationship. I had a really tough time afterward, and I felt like the failure of the relationship was all my fault.

It took many years of self-reflection and self-care to realise that there are 2 people in a relationship (or more I don’t judge) and you are only responsible for your own behaviour. You cannot change others, you can only change yourself.

Phew got a bit serious there at the end. If you’re looking for levity after that I do sing quite a bit in this video. Thanks, Moonlings have a wonderful Friday and weekend.

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Happy New Year!

Happy new year to all my followers that celebrate the new year at this time. If your culture celebrates it at a different time, I still wish you well during this time of winter renewal.

I’m going to have surgery today and will be off my feet for 2 weeks afterwards. I won’t be able to blog in that time and I hope you can forgive me. If I don’t reply to your comments I will get to them afterwards.

Talk to you soon my lovelies. Create in my absense!

Peace & Love

Jaycee

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10 Favourite Albums From 2018

Music is so wonderful. There are albums that I’m obsessed with and I’ve been listening to for over 10+ years. However, I indulge in new music every now and again. For fellow music lovers, I’ve ranked my top 10 albums of 2018.

Before we begin, let me know about your favourite albums/bops from this year in the comments. Also is there any new music coming in 2019 that you’re so excited for? I want to know, please!

 

10. Biosphere – “The Hilvarenbeek Recordings.”

One of my most beloved ambient electronica albums is by ‘Biosphere’. He is a Norwegian artist called Geir Jenssen. He creates incredulously atmospheric, chilling albums through sampling and loops. His album ‘Substrata‘ will always be my favourite of his, but he really delivered with his 2018 album, “The Hilvarenbeek Recordings.” It quickly became an anthem for my writing and studying this year.

If you’re looking for music to work to, I recommend any of his stuff. Other great albums include “Departed Glories,” “Patashnik,” “Substrata,” and, “Man With A Movie Camera.”

9. Scotty Sire – “Ruin Your Party.”

Viner turned YouTuber turned musician Scotty Sire surprised me this year. While there have been many attempts by YouTubers to transition to music I think Sire really pulled it off. Genuinely I was a fan of his self-deprecating humour, as the sad man in David Dobrik’s vlogs. Somehow he translated this very well to music.

Not only can he sing and rap, but he also’s a pretty decent songwriter. The best parts of his personality shine through. This is not novelty music, it harkens of real modern pop. Notable tracks that really caught my attention were:

American Love.” – Elijah Blake & Myles Parrish.

Take Me Away.

Stick Around.

“Get Better.” – The Weekend Riot.

8. Louis Cole – “Time.”

While Louis Cole is better known for his work with ‘Knower’, (and silly music videos), you can’t deny his solo musical chops. This recommendation from Le’Boo quickly became one of my favourite albums to listen to while reading or chilling out.

His groovy style and high voice is soothing in an unexpected way.

If you’re into music videos you should check out some of Cole’s they’re pretty strange, albeit attractive. Like a train wreck, you can’t look away. Notable tracks:

When You’re Ugly.” With – Genevieve Artadi

Things.”

7. Vulpeck – “Hill Climber.”

Look if you haven’t heard of Vulpeck yet… haha you thought I was going to go full hipster, didn’t you? Acting.

No seriously though yet another recommendation from my musician “I went to jazz school,” Le’Boo. I couldn’t pretend to dislike them if I tried. Their inexplicable rhythms, lyrics, and grooves actually vibrate into your organs. The resulting dancing is a side effect of their brilliance.

I’ve seen them in Dublin twice and both times came out exhausted yet elated from singing and dancing. Stand out tracks you ask? All of them. If I had to choose a couple I suppose:

“Half of the way”

“Lonely Town.”

“It Gets Funkier.” With – (That’s right) Louis Cole.

Also if you are a Christmas music fan, they have one of the best Christmas songs out there.

6. Fall Out Boy – “Mania.”

 

I’m a huge Fall Out Boy stan (that’s what the kids are saying right?). Ever since I picked up a copy of “From Under The Cork Tree,” in 2005 I’ve followed their evolution as better pop punk than Blink 182, superior lyrics to Greenday and musical chops The Ramones might raise their eyebrows at.

This is just another fantastic album, like their last and the one before that. It spawned 5 singles and all those songs were great. They appeal to my inner ansty teenager that still refuses to give up hope of becoming a rock star.

“I lived so much life I think God’s gonna have to kill me twice.”

5. Christina Aguilera – “Liberation.”

There was Britney Spears, and there was Christina Aguilera. People took sides, it was a whole big thing. In fact, some people like to compare it to the Blur / Oasis fiasco of the 1990s. It wasn’t like that. One of them had a message, the other just wanted to be a pop star.

Aguilera comes back swinging with singles like “Fall In Line” featuring Demi Lovato, soothing tunes such as “Twice,” and mooning love songs like “Unless It’s With You.”

This was a great album, arguably better than Ariana Grande’s “Sweetner” (yes I did listen to it for fairness) even though the latter did better commercially. If you want to hear some fresh Aguilera give this album a chance.

 

4. MGMT – “Little Dark Age.”

In 2007 I listened to “Oracular Spectacular” over and over again. I then promptly forgot all about MGMT until their album “Little Dark Age” appeared on the lists of 2018’s best albums. Right between “EVERYTHING IS LOVE” by The Carters, and “Scorpion,” by Drake I almost missed it. Thinking to myself what harm could it do, and how charming the cover was I gave it a spin.

(Well no I didn’t I don’t have a record player sadly, I just went to Spotify).

The album blew me away. The soothing tones of the ’80s incorporated with the unique vocals both harkened back to their 2007 album, yet detached from it too. A difficult task to say the least. I danced around the kitchen to “One Thing Left To Try,” like a maniac.

Standouts:

Me and Michael.”

James.”

One thing Left To Try.

3. The Crystal Method – “The Trip Home.”

Whatever happens, do not drive while listening to this album. It will cause speeding and possible death. Electronic music is one of my fever highs and The Crystal Method have been sweet sweet providers of that for a long time.

I can’t pick out standouts. This album has a coherence that demands you listen, and you will have no choice. They have a way of grabbing you by the proverbial cojones and bringing you along on their crazy ride with them.

When the album is over, you’ll feel a mixture of fatigue, euphoria, and a little hungover.

 

2. A Perfect Circle – “Eat The Elephant.”

This was a gift this year I’d been waiting for since “Emotive”  in 2004. Yes, that long of a hiatus. Then they came back with this gem. There was divisiveness with this album among fans, yet I loved every drop of it.

The musical side of the album has a distinctive eerieness to it (like the original Doom 3D game) coupled with precision production. It very nearly took my number one spot.

While the whole album was, in my opinion, one great song after another, “Get The Lead Out,” will be one of my favourite’s for the rest of time. I implore you to listen to that song, if not the whole album.

 

1. Janelle Monáe – “Dirty Computer.”

I mentioned this album earlier this year in a post about female musicians I adore which you can read here. Regarding our girl Monáe I said the following:

Albums 2018
Albums 2018

I stand by what I said, except listen to “American” because that song really draws the album to an almighty crashing close.

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My Hogwarts House – Ravenclaw

Hello friends, any fellow Harry Potter fans on here? I myself am a Ravenclaw, which makes sense in certain aspects of my personality. However if I were a blend of two houses I would be a Huffleclaw (Ravenpuff?) for sure.

Ravenclaw

I was thinking the other day about Hogwarts houses, and obviously, no one fits into their house completely, but I thought it would be fun to go through the traits of the house according to Pottermore and see how well I do fit.

Harry Potter - Ravenclaw
Harry Potter – Ravenclaw

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,

If you’ve a ready mind,

Where those of wit and Learning,

Will always find their kind.”

– The Sorting Hat

 

So we will start with the colours of  the house which is blue and bronze. (They were blue and silver in the movies I’m afraid). My favourite colour is blue so it was truly meant to be. Not really much to say about the colour bronze though, but it’s meant to represent the wings of the house animal which is an eagle. Blue was chosen to represent the sky and bronze for eagle feathers.

Harry Potter - Ravenclaw
Harry Potter – Ravenclaw

Speaking of the house animal, I love birbs (yes birbs) and the eagle is a majestic bird. It represents broader vision and strength of mind and heart. I think this reflects who I am as a person. As a writer, I can see beyond the conventional and have been blessed with an overactive imagination. The strength of the mind and heart is also something which I feel I have. I may not be physically strong but I know I’m mentally strong, and I love freely.

According to Rowling all the houses represent or correlate to one of the four elements, which creates balance when they are together. Ravenclaw is related to the element of air… I’m sure there is a quiz for this hold on.

So I got water…

Harry Potter - Ravenclaw
Harry Potter – Ravenclaw

Ravenclaw prizes wit, learning & wisdom. Other traits include; intelligence, creativity, originality, individuality, and acceptance.

Wit: Le’Boo says his favourite thing about me is my sense of humor.

Learning: I love learning, I’m doing a PhD, I’ll have completed 9 years of university when I’m done.

Wisdom: Mmmm I suppose I’m wise beyond my years, but I definitely don’t know everything. In fact the more I learn the more I realise it’s impossible to know everything.

Intelligence: People think I’m smart…

Creativity: Well this I agree with I’m a writer but I also draw/paint/write music etc…

Originality: Aren’t we all?

Individuality: Again yes I would say so. I’ve found my path through life to be tough as I don’t like to do things conventionally, and people often distrust me or find this weird.

Acceptance: Unless you’re being a complete a$#wipe to other people I don’t mind what you choose for your own life. You do you, friend.

Harry Potter - Ravenclaw

“Wit beyond measures is man’s greatest treasure.”

– Etched on Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem.

Some interesting thoughts.

According to legend, Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem was meant to increase the intelligence of the wearer.

An eagle-shaped door knocker asks you riddles before you can enter the Ravenclaw common room, and while this sounds amusing at first, imagine coming back after a long day studying in the library?

“Ravenclaws tend to be curious about the world and pay attention to the world around them. Ravenclaws are known to be logical and rational.” – Fandom Wikia

Professor McGonagall and Hermione Granger were both almost Ravenclaws, but ultimately the hat decided on Gryffindor.

Clearly, Luna Lovegood was one of the best characters in the series, and she was a clever, albeit strange Ravenclaw.

So shout out your house below in the comments. I want to see the Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin homies! Also where are my fellow Ravenclaws? If you don’t know your house yet that’s ok, I’ve linked Pottermore below. Go treat yourself to the sorting ceremony.

Have a great day guys!

Love,

Jaycee

xxx

Harry Potter - Ravenclaw
Harry Potter – Ravenclaw

 

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