Make your time count

“No matter how old we are, age is just a number, it’s never too late to love, to reach out or care for each other, to forgive a brother, or to find a lover. Life is a mystery waiting to be discovered.”

Make your time count.

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The world’s magic

  

The world is full of music for those who learn to listen for it. Laughter and chatter. The breeze against the trees and the raindrops against the rooftop. The first cry of a newborn and the first i-love-you. The world is full of beauty for those who learn to see it. The turn from winter to spring. The bustling of the city. The ocean. The earth. The sunrise. The world is full of magic for those who learn to feel it. The sincere apology, the declaration, the inspiration, the choice, the love. Endless possibilities. The world is full of wonder. Explore and open yourself up to it.

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Song of the Week: ‘Gold’ by Britt Nicole

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It is amazing to think that music has the immense power to influence our moods, thoughts and actions. They can pick us up and console us. Britt Nicole’s upbeat and powerful anthem, ‘Gold’, along with her slower but equally powerful, ‘The Sun is Rising’, are perfect examples. They give vitality to those who are determined and driven but who need the encouragement to keep going. They are for those who need a lift, who need a splash of confidence, who need somebody to believe in them. They are a reminder that we are never trapped alone in the darkness and that the darkness will dissipate. Never give up on yourself or underestimate your worth. You have meaning and purpose. You are beautiful, both on the inside and outside.

‘Gold’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u_TcXJIbcA

‘The Sun is Rising’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGBNAylWe1I

Song of the Week: Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

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I have come to realise that it is inevitable for people to complain about what other people are doing and twist truths and situations to fit their scenario, but after watching Taylor Swift’s new music video for her single ‘Shake It Off’ and then reading the YouTube comments and articles responding to it, I feel as if I’m losing faith in the general public. Taylor Swift has been dubbed the ‘New Miley Cyrus’ and has been criticised for being cringe-worthy, offensive, even racist, and someone who has bowed down to popular culture’s traits.

But, to me, this video celebrates all the different forms of dance performance and highlights the skills of these dancers. Sure, there might be some twerking involved, and that might not be appropriate, but she’s illustrating it as a legitimate and talented piece of art and culture. In fact, whilst doing this, she makes fun of herself and owns her flaws; she shakes off the negative comments and she does her own thing anyway. Isn’t that what we should be encouraging everyone, especially young people, to do?

Even if we decide to stay away from the video, can’t we appreciate the song itself? Taylor Swift inspires her listeners and fans to be the stronger person, to find inner confidence, and to embrace our way of life no matter what others think, by brushing off their negativity and scrutiny of things they don’t understand. She said in an interview with the Guardian about negative comments: “You can either go crazy and let it make you bitter and make you not trust people, and become really secluded or rebellious against the whole system. Or you can just shake it off and figure that as long as you’re having more fun than anyone else, what does it matter what anyone else thinks?” With this mindset, we can be much more positive people, live our lives the way we want to, and leave the fear of other people’s opinions behind.

 

Song of the Week: Cannonball

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I haven’t grown tired of this first single for Lea Michele’s album Louder since it was released in December. It not only marked an important time in Michele’s life, having to move forward after losing someone very close to her, but it can easily be an anthem for anybody going through a hard time in their lives. Mourning and grieving and crying for something or someone are always important stages in the event of a loss or hardship. But there also needs to be a moment where you realise that you should make the most of life. Sometimes we hold onto the sadness and the pain because we feel that that is the only way to remember and keep the feeling of that person or thing we have lost in our memory. But memories are meant to be looked back upon fondly and with love and happiness; living your life to the fullest is the way of honouring what you have at that moment and what you have lost in the past. Give yourself time and allow yourself to heal.

Sunday’s Question: Albums or Songs?

Listening to Coldplay’s new album Ghost Stories has only solidified my belief and personal preference of always listening to an album I really like from start to finish. There are songs on this album that you could easily on their own, one of my favourites at the moment being ‘A Sky Full of Stars’; the lyrics are simple and beautiful and the melody coupled with Avicii’s magic make the song powerful and hopeful. But to me, this album is all the more beautiful when all the songs are put together. Love and heartbreak is poured into this album like a confession or a letter, something that needed to be put out there for peace and closure and perhaps to recognise and define those feelings into the world and life’s history. 

Its not a particularly hard-hitting topic but I’m just curious. How do you like to listen to music? Do you like to mix songs by different artists into playlists or do you enjoy listening to a whole album in one go?

Three Laid-Back, Inspirational Songs

Here are three of my favourite, more laid-back but still inspirational songs at the moment. These are just my interpretations of these songs, and I’d love to hear what you think of when you listen to them, because I think listening to any song is quite a personal experience. I hope you enjoy!

Satellite Call by Sara Bareilles

This is so you’ll know the sound, of someone who loves you from the ground, tonight you’re not alone at all, this is me sending out my satellite call.

This song was written for the lonely child. It is the perfect combination of soft melody and comforting lyrics. We have all felt lonely at one point or another, sometimes out of choice and sometimes we find that we are. We have all felt that we are to blame for things that go wrong in our lives or in those lives of the people around us and who we love. I think this song is a reminder that we are never alone, because there are other people who feel lonely too. It brings a sense of community and love to a situation when you are in the greatest need of it.

Storm Comin’ by The Wallin’ Jennys

Don’t run from the comin’ storm, ‘cause you can’t keep a storm from comin’

I think this song could have many interpretations, but here is one particularly inspirational interpretation for you. The storm could be a metaphor for a change happening in your life. This could be something unexpected, something saddening, or something frightening, among many other things. Hiding away from problems and letting them bottle up inside will not make those problems go away. It is always best to try and embrace those changes instead of running from them, because in the end you might find that you are a better person or it will bring something rewarding and pleasant. It’s about being optimistic and having courage.

Magic by Coldplay

And if you were to ask me, after all we’ve been through, still believe in magic, oh yes I do

Running on a similar theme to the other two songs, this song reminds us that when those unexpected, saddening, or frightening things happen and when things change, we shouldn’t give up on the faith and hope that things can be better again, that we can rectify and work on mistakes we’ve made, and that brighter things are yet to come. We cannot always choose what happens in our lives, but we can choose how we relate to and are affected by them.

Go check these out on YouTube, iTunes, or Spotify!