Musical Problems

By the title, I mean as a buyer of music, I’m currently finding a lot of good music that I love, but there’s something which prevents me from adding it to my music library.

To give you some examples, here are some songs that fit into this problem, and I’ll try and give some reasons why…

1. Summer by Calvin Harris

This song’s melody is amazing, but I think it’s the verses that put me off this song…

2. Nobody to Love by Sigma

Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good drum and bass song, but there are some parts of this song that ever so slightly ruin this song for me. The vocal pause (uh-huh-huh) doesn’t fit well with the song. Although the melody is great, having some vocals in the verses would make it a little less repetitive…

3. I Will Never Let You Down by Rita Ora

Catchy synth melodies and excellent vocals make this song great to listen to, but there’s just something that’s preventing me from buying it, and I don’t know what it is!

4. Budapest by George Ezra

This song’s chorus is great, but I feel as though it is too laid-back with little development.

5. Waves by Mr Probz (Robin Schulz Remix)

The repetitive melody throughout the song is what makes it so great. But I think it’s the repetition of the lyrics that puts me off buying it. Also, the song is similar to the work of Chris Malinchak – and I’m not really a fan.

Are you similar, or is it just me? Do you have a song that you like, but something’s preventing you from liking it completely? Comment below!

Liam

Weekly Update: The Two Stages

At the moment, I am sorting things. Not right now of course, but this week, I was sorting things…

This week allowed me to get more stuff done, as usual. But this time I realised what tasks were at which of the two stages: Completed or Outstanding.

Earlier this week I put more onto the completed pile, but now there is more outstanding things to do. One of the things that is the main resident in this pile is my university application…

With journalism still being mind-boggling to comprehend in terms of a career path, I’m slowly trying to come up with a plan of action. But now that there are deadlines in place, there’s still a lot for me to do (I think the next stage is the mighty “Personal Statement” – yikes!).

But at the same time, I have tasks outstanding, but I don’t know what there is to do next (or even where to start!). For example, my book is like this at the moment, but getting there…

Nonetheless, for someone that loves being busy (good busy, I mean), it looks like it’s going to be a couple of productive months ahead! Yes!

How has your week been? Comment below!

Liam

4 Exciting Book Adaptations

Over the next few weeks and months, exciting book adaptations will be appearing on some screen – be it on a cinema screen or TV screen. So, here are 4 book adaptations that I’m looking forward to!

The One Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

This is set to become a motion picture, and it is on my to-be-read list.

At first, it looks like it may be difficult to make a film out of it, but I mustn’t judge the book or film before I’ve seen one of them!

Gone Girl

I am currently reading this, and already I have a feeling that this could be a great cinematic thriller. It’s out in the cinemas soon, so I hope to read the book before the film!

The Casual Vacancy

Unfortunately, after Rowling’s success with Harry Potter, her novel after the series – The Casual Vacancy – was one of those books with an interesting plot, but I didn’t feel compelled to read it.

Although, with the BBC making brilliant drama, I shall have to see how they adapt the book. It may be that I watch an adaptation before the book!

Before I Go to Sleep

This is the one book I have read out of the four. A very gripping book, but with an ending I personally found disappointing. Only recently did I manage to understand it. Nonetheless, this intriguing psychological thriller should be a great movie adaptation that will be released soon.

What book adaptations are you looking forward to seeing? Comment below!

Liam

Top 4 SEO Tips and Advice

Disclaimer: I am not an SEO expert! These tips come from my experience after blogging for two years.

Right, disclaimers aside, here are my top 5 tips and advice regarding Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

1. Update often.

In order to keep on the front page of top search engines, you need to update your blog content often. Otherwise, that one-off blog post will be brushed aside by similarly named blogs and posts, and the views will decrease.

2. For Google, a Google Plus account can be beneficial.

Not only is it great as it can encourage visitors to follow you on Google + to keep updated, but from what I’ve gathered, Google values links with a Google + account associated with them, therefore, it may be a good move.

3. Get a lot of social networks, and post often on these.

Obviously social media for your blog is almost completely essential, but if you update content on these sites, they may also appear on search engines. Although they are not as direct as the search result of the actual blog itself, they can still act as a link which directs you to the site.

4. Comment on current affairs – when relevant, and when you can.

For me, I love Sherlock. So, when series three of the programme was on, I reviewed each episode of the series. Through the use of hashtags (on Twitter), and the above tips, my posts are now some of my most popular on my blog.

So those are my tips for now. Hopefully these should help, and do let me know in the comments below if you have any more to add!

Liam

Musical Discovery: “Right Here” by Jess Glynne

After her successful collaborations on tracks such as Rather Be with Clean Bandit, and My Love with Route 94, Jess Glynne has now released her debut single.

Entitled Right Here, it sees Glynne showcase a variety of her vocal talents. For me, it took a second listen for me to get used to the song, but now I am finding it an interesting listen.

The funky bass and trumpet solos give it a light electronic feel similar to her previous collaborations, but the vocal melody allows her to make this song as unique as her other releases.

It has already proven successful in the charts, and it’s clear that Jess Glynne will make a brilliant debut when her debut album is released in the future.

Liam

Thoughts on my Grade 7 Drum Exam

If you follow me on Twitter (if not, go do it!). Then you may have heard that I did my Grade 7 Drum exam yesterday. So today, I thought I’d tell you all how it went!

Before the exam, I knew what was going to happen, my mind was thinking of a million ways to postpone the exam. A last minute dash to the toilet, or some random ache or pain that prevents you from playing the instrument. Turns out it was just nerves…

I had time to practice a bit, which is always nice, before the exam started. The first part of the exam was the pieces – which overall went OK. Although, I fear that I was out of time.

The technical exercises went OK too! This is all the professional stuff such as sticking and footing when playing and so on. This went better than I thought!

Then came the Quick Study Piece, which, as the name suggests, is when I have a piece played in front of me and I have three minutes to practice and then recite it. For this exam, it was nice and easy!

Lastly, the Musicianship Questions… Apart from one, these all went OK! I think I’ll pass at least…

Wish me luck as I get my results soon!

Liam

Musical ReDiscovery: “Control” by Matrix and Futurebound

This discovery came after browsing the charts. I remember this song late last year, but it was one of those songs I stupidly overlooked…

Some commenters on the track say how similar it is to Sub Focus’ Tidal Wave. Personally, I think it could be agreed that it is similar, but it explores a far different melody. The drum and bass chorus is completely different as well.

Also, Max Marshall’s vocals are brilliant in this song, and fit the theme perfectly, allowing for a perfect balance of different emotions and soul. Overall, this adds to the essence of a great drum and bass song.

What do you think about the song? Comment below!

Liam