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What I have been listening to ( Hard Times)

Hey everyone,

I’m back again with a post about music I have been loving lately.

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Now today I will be talking about Paramore’s comeback effort “Hard Times”. This fresh and vibrant sound from the now three piece band which include Lead vocalist Hayley Williams, Taylor York and Zac Farro’s return after leaving the band in 2010.

The song’s sound echoes the New wave genre which was popularized in the late 70s till the mid-80s. The New wave is a genre of rock music which incorporates electronic, experimental music, mod, and disco. It also can be described as synthpop and pop rock.

I love this track as it feels honest and vulnerable. The song starts with Hayley stating “All I want is to wake up fine and tell me that I’m alright and I ain’t gonna die.” The statement echoes a truth that many people can relate to. This world can be a confusing and hard place to navigate.  For Hayley Williams, this song describes her battle with depression. Anyone who has struggled with Mental health problems wants that the reassurance that despite the fact things are hard that everything will be ok. Mental illness can be a lonely and isolating place to be and any reassurance by friends and family and society is important and needed.

This song is taken from Paramore’s new album that is set to be released on the 12th of May which is entitled “After Laughter”.

Hope your all having a great week!!! 🙂

Godspeed.

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Trepidation’s way (part 3)

The wet soil made a squelching sound underneath my Nike runners, which frightened me at first as I thought someone or something was following me. My nerves already feeling acutely aware that maybe this wasn’t such a good idea after all. Yet, I kept walking as I felt like I would find something important down Trepidation’s  way. What that was, I had no idea.Yet, without even looking back, I entered the looming undergrowth.

The overnight rain had left the trees dripping with rain drops that fell onto the back of my neck. This made me jump. Then left me speechless for a reason I did not comprehend. My body felt like it had been struck by lighting. Suddenly, a forceful wind blew furiously through the trees. The wind so powerful, I could barely keep my eyes open. As I stumbled forward, tripping over a particularly large rock. Everything went black.

 

 

 

Trepidation’s Way (Part 2)

Now, it’s important to note at the time I didn’t know what Trepidation meant. I had no phone reception to google such a word on that infamous day, etched in my memory forever. This sign stood before me. The eerie bold letters that made me fearful and excited all at the same, kept my gaze fixed.

After what felt like many minutes, I  finally broke from the trance that this unearthly sign had pulled me into. Now, if you were wondering why of all the days I went down this road and Inever noticd this sign. Well, the weather’s dismal mood seemed to make me notice that particular sign unlike the summer days in which I went down this road with a dazed sense of awareness.

I began to walk towards the path. My brain said no but my heart said yes. The path was made of soil which made it possible for its wet surface to create a trail of footprints to leave behind. This gave me the comfort that I could find my way back if something went gravely wrong.

 

 

 

 

Copyright Illuminate 2017.

Trepidaton’s way (part 1)

One day I fell, from the highest of heights. Well, at least that’s what it felt like.

The day began like every other day. I woke up with a great sense of optimism while my vision began to clear from a night that left me feeling strong. I decided not to eat breakfast that morning as the morning’s cool air and scattered sunshine seemed strangely inviting. My wind chime rattled in the wind as I stepped out to feel the surprisingly icy wind blow against my face.

I began to walk at a quick pace so I can warm up and get my heart racing and blood pumping. I saw a path in the corner of my eye that I had never noticed before on my provincial surroundings that had become so familiar. I stopped suddenly in my tracks. At the beginning of the path stood a sign that read Trepidation’s Way.

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright Illuminate 2017.

Music Moments (1)

Hey Everyone,

Hope you’re  having a great week. Today is my first music moments post where I talk about a song that means a great deal to me and has got me through some pretty rough times in my life. Ironically the song I am going to be talking about today is called Times by Tenth Avenue North.

 

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When I listened to this song a lot, life was pretty sour and I was really struggling not only with my faith in God but also my emotions weighing very heavy on me. A lot was happening in my family at the time (as well as me personally) and I was struggling to cope with it all. I cried a lot then, I would find myself sobbing in the dark curled up in my bed late at night. With headphones in my ears just feeling so much weight. Music was an important tool for me to stay strong and continuously reminded of God’s faithfulness. I felt a lot of shame and hurt as my self-esteem was low. I can’t remember all the reasons why I felt the way I did.It was such a long time ago. All I know is the song gave me hope and reminded of God’s faithfulness even when God felt distant or life was really hard. Through those hard times, my faith in God grew as I learned to trust Him despite the fact He felt distant sometimes.

In fact, the whole album Over and Underneath album by Tenth Avenue North (which Times comes from) would have to be one of my favorite albums of all time. The lyrics to each song gave me such hope and peace and still does. I will leave a link below. 🙂

 

but the Lord can be trusted to Make You Strong and Protect You from harm. 

2 Thessalonians 3:3 

 

 

 

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Hope everyone is having a great day and Godspeed 🙂

 

Music is a powerful force

Hey Everyone,

I’m back again and I’m here to make an announcement. Once a week I am going to feature a song that has impacted me personally as well reflect part of my journey. I’m also going to be chatting a little about what music means to me.

The power of music can be so underestimated in modern day culture. We often say a song is just a song… but is it really? Music has the power to shape culture in a powerful way; either in a negative or positive way. In more recent times we have seen an increase in politically motivated music like what was seen from Nina Simone in the 1960s. Some examples in recent times are Beyonce’s Formation and Freedom from her recent Grammy-nominated effort Lemonade. We have also seen a surprising entry to this movement is Chained to the Rythm by Katy Perry. Admittedly, when I first heard this song I thought it was your typical empty hot 100 Pop tune that has no real substance. However, I did some digging and the message is a very serious one despite being disguised with your typical generic Pop music sound. I won’t give it away and would like to hear you guys interpretation of the song. Pay close attention or you might miss the meaning.

Despite music being a tool in political movements, It often used to bring happiness to our otherwise mundane lives or peace to very troubled storms in life. For me, music is one of the most powerful forms of art on the planet as music unites people in a powerful way. Despite all of us having varied tastes in music, we can all agree music whether Rock, Pop, R&B or Classical and the list goes on, has the power to change how we think, feel and behave. Music can make us sit in silence with awe, wonder, and contemplation while other times it can make us want to dance.

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To finish off today’s post, I will highlight two song which captures emotions and thoughts I have previously experienced and currently experience.

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Hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you’re having a great day!!! 🙂

Godspeed. 🙂

A Monster Calls (Book reaction)

Hey Everyone,

Welcome to another blog post. Today I am going to talk about “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness. If you have never heard of “A Monster Calls” never fear, I have the lowdown right. So, this novel was published in 2011. I had never heard of this novel until I saw the trailer for the film adaption of the novel of the same name. When I first saw the trailer it gripped me emotionally and made me very excited to see it. I soon discovered it was a book and was curious about the original source material. I had the pleasure of reading this novel in the last two days and was instantly gripped by the emotionally raw portrait of a young boy’s journey of self-discovery and the pain of letting go of those you love.

 

 

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Here is the official synopsis on goodreads:

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his         nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her                             treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild.                 And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

 

One thing this book does well is create a great sense of realism about what it’s like coping with a mother who has been threatened with life-threating illness. Something I have experienced myself, I was easily able to relate to some of the feelings Conor experiences throughout the novel. While I have never been bullied like Connor or saying ‘the truth’ Conor ultimately has to speak, I can relate to the isolation of adults in particular, but also other kids not knowing how to show compassion about the circumstance you find yourself in.

This section, in particular, jumped out at me when I read it:

“The teachers in his new year were even worse because they only knew him in terms of his mother and not who he was before. And the other kids still treated him like he was the one who was ill”.

I won’t give anything else away from this novel as it’s a book worth experiencing but I highly recommend this novel if you enjoy coming-of-age stories.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this week’s post and I can’t wait to see the movie when it hits cinemas in Australia. 😀

Until next time, enjoy your week and Godspeed.

 

Link to the song written for the “A Monster Calls” film which I love:

 

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Link to the movie trailer:

Rapid Fire Book Tag

Hey everyone,

I was nominated to do the “Rapid Fire Book Tag” by Shadow Summit.

This is my first tag, so I’m super excited to take part. 😀

Here we go:

 

Ebooks or Physical books?  

Physical books all the way. There is nothing more awesome then smelling and feeling the pages of a book. The feeling of holding a book is so comforting and so much better than holding a hunk of metal while entering a different world. An ebook is so impersonal and cold rather than nice friendly pages you find in a physical book.

Paperback or Hardback?

I prefer hardback as it’s easier to keep the book open. Paperbacks are harder to put down and keep your page If you don’t have a bookmark handy. However, I will read paperbacks If I have to.

Online or In-Store? 

It can all depend. I like Online shopping because you can get books that you may not find in your own country and also might get a cheaper price. However, In-store can be good as you may discover a book you have never heard of when browsing the shelves for a book that catches my eye.

Trilogies or Series? 

Once again it can very much depend. Trilogies can better particularly if all the entries of the trilogy are strong, leaving the story on a high note rather than dragging it out. Series can sometimes drag on too long and the quality of the stories tend to dwindle as it progresses. That’s not always true because the Narnia series is epic all the way through. 😀

 

Heroes or Villians?

Deferentially heroes. I like characters that I can not only connect to as I could never see myself being a villain but also characters that challenge me to be someone greater than myself. I see a hero as not only the obvious kinds of heroes like super-heroes like Batman or Spiderman but everyday people who face adversity and overcome.They are my favorite kind of heroes.

 

 

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A Book You Want Everyone to Read? 

Hmmmmm. Tastes are very different among people, one book could be my Picasso while it might someone else’s snooze fest. A book that I would defiantly recommend reading is The Memory Of Light by Fransico X. Stork. It is a very serious book that tackles the tough subjects of suicide and mental illness. I can’t say the book is for everyone as it may be too much for some readers, but those who can tackle the emotionally intense subject matter I hope you would enjoy this book like I did. I experienced this book in audiobook form and especially like it as my interest is mental health and social issues. I was impressed on how they handled the subjects with care and respect and tackling stigma around mental health problems.

 

 

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Recommend an Underrated Book.

An underrated book I would recommend is Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. It’s the first entry in The Overlander Chronicles. I think many people have missed this series after the release of The Hunger Games series became incredibly popular for the author Suzanne Collins. I read the series when I was much younger but I absolutely loved it at the time. I would have to recommend the whole series which contains 5 books. Kind of cheated on this question 😛 oh well.

 

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The last book I finished? 

 

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The last book I finished was “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness. I just finished it today and I loved it. Full of metaphors and raw emotion made this the ultimate book for me. I am super excited to see the movie also.

Weirdest Thing You Used as a Bookmark?

Two words. TOILET PAPER. 😛

Used Books, Yes or No?

If it’s in good condition, then Yes used. Also, older books can have more character as a name may have been written in there and also it has an awesome old book smell.

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Drama, Coming-Of-Age, Fantasy/Science-Fiction

Borrow or Buy?

If I have never read the book I mostly prefer to borrow before I buy. Then I know I like it if I decide to buy it which means I save money and time. 😀 🙂

Characters or Plot?

I think they are both equally important so I am going to have to say both. Even if you have great characters, if the plot doesn’t serve the character very well then it just falls flat.

Long or Short book?

I am happy with both as long as the book engages me enough then I don’t care about the length. Connection to the characters and story is key  to keep me actively interested.

Long or short chapters?

Short chapters can be good as you get through a section of a book without getting into midnight. However, If you have plenty of energy and can keep your eyes open then I don’t mind as long as it keeps me interested.

Name the first Three Books that You can think of. 

The Giver by Lois Lowry (amazing book)

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis (classic)

Hard Times by Charles Dickens (which I borrowed from the library today)

 

Books that make you laugh or cry? 

I love books that make me cry as It solidifies the fact that I am connecting deeply with the book and makes me think deeply. I can’t remember the last time I read a book that made me proper cry but I almost cried reading A Monster Calls. Does that count? 😛

 

 

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Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional worlds most defiantly. Especially where happy endings happen frequently. However, our world is pretty awesome too as God created this one to live in for a season.

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

YES. YES. YES. I love audiobooks as they are really good to enjoy when you’re too tired to keep your eyes open or to focus on pages properly. They were super awesome de-stress go-to in year 11 and 12 of high school.Even now they are really good method relaxation at least for me, especially when the reader has a really nice voice.

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Yes, admittedly I do. I know you shouldn’t but if a book looks really weird or super girly then I will most likely skip over it. Covers that appeal to me is something that either captures your attention with an epic visual or even just a simple but creative one. Font is also important in making me interested in it

 

Book to Movie or  Book to Tv Adaption?

I think it all depends on what the book is your trying to adapt. Some movies benefit from the Movie treatment as the budget is usually higher and are more likely to attract more seasoned actors. If a movie needs a lot of special effects, then movies work better most of the time as more of the budget can be spent on needed visuals. However, book to Tv adaptations can work much better as the story is able to be fleshed out more effectively. This is really true when it comes to big books adapted into BBC period drama mini-series e.g Bleak House, David Copperfield etc.

 

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  • David Copperfield (starring the little Daniel Radcliffe  BBC 1999)

 

 

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  • Bleak House (2005 BBC mini-series)

 

 

Series or Standalone?

I love both. However, I do enjoy a novel as you can finish an entire story and not go crazy waiting for the next book to come out, wondering what is going to happen next(that can be fun too). Series can better as you can develop a character more and get to know them better which is a good benefit.

 

I hope you enjoy my attempt at the Rapid Fire Book Tag as I had a lot of fun writing it. 🙂

Godspeed and hope you’re having a great day!

Until next time 🙂

 

MUSIC Highlight (Martin Luke Brown)

Hey everyone,

I’m back again with another singer/music highlight. This week I’ll be talking about British singer-songwriter Martin Luke Brown. His debut single is entitled Nostalgia in 2014 and has since released one EP in 2015 entitled Take Out Of Me and 4 other singles.  His most recent single released in 2017 is titled 65 Roses in which he tributes to his ex-girlfriend who sadly passed away from Cystic Fibrosis. 65 Roses is a low-tempo with piano being the key instrument used. Martin captures the feelings of sadness but also of affection that Brown feels/felt as he grieves due to his loss.

: And though I’m not broken, I will never be the same
Since you were taken higher up
And although I’m healing, I will always hold a piece of you behind my eyes

He achieves this lyrically but also through the entire vibe that song encompasses. He creates a song that is able to give the right balance between a sad song but also a song that celebrates her memory with happiness. I would highly recommend checking out this song.

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Another song that I would highly recommend is Scars on Scars which was one of my favorite songs of 2015. This track was released in 2015. This is another song that explores serious subject matter but is more upbeat. The song explores that while pain can hurt it reminds us that we are still alive and we can become stronger because of it.

Once again, I hope you find some music that you enjoy this week and I will see you next week. If you have any suggestions on what I could call my weekly music highlight let me know in the comments below.

 

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