Day 13: Performing

I love performing live. It’s clichéd and silly, but when you’ve worked incredibly hard on learning a song, and you know it sounds good, there’s no better feeling than sharing it with people.

Most of my time on stage has been in school – BTEC Music requires a few performances – and most of them were really good. A few were… a bit crap and may mean that I can never listen to the Goo Goo Dolls Iris ever again, but I’m working past that.

There was one time I wasn’t in school… The first time I got my guitar strings changed (after playing guitar for ten years I still can’t do them myself lol) I was in town with friends and we had a little jam session in the city centre. This older woman came up to us and it was clear she was looking for somewhere to put money, but we weren’t busking so we ignored her.

Aside from the fact that I was terrified of being shouted at by strangers, it was fun! I would like to go busking properly, but I’m working on that too. I need to learn more songs first.

For me, it’s easy to feel powerful on stage. You have control of a room full of people and, depending on the song you’re playing, you can manipulate them any way you like. I like making audiences laugh, so I play silly stuff, but one of my friends has this knack for singing sad songs and I’m so envious of that because I can’t manage it like her.

 

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Day 2: Top 10 Songs Ever. Of All Time.

Music is one of my favourite things in the whole world – from playing and singing it, to sitting in a darkened room with headphones in. Music has a way of explaining what we’re feeling, even more than poetry does, because the chords and melodies add a new level to the story.

Here’s a comprehensive list of my top 10 songs – they’re a mix of genres so I’m positive there’s something for everyone!

10) High School Never Ends – Bowling For Soup

With guitar riffs and a great drum beat, Bowling for Soup are one of my favourite punk-pop bands. This song is so nostalgic and accurate, you can’t help but love it!
Fans of classic punk-pop will love this!

9) i know this: – Rachel Kann

This is so brutally honest and from the heart– it’s like listening to a slam poem with a funky drum beat and trumpet solo.

Just pure poetry, I love this song for the rhymes and rhythm and Rachel’s damn fantastic lyrics.

Would recommend if you like anything a bit weird and different.

8) Room Where It Happened – the cast of  Hamilton

Let’s be real, I probably could have put any Hamilton song on this list because they’re all my favourites, but this song is objectively the best. There’s rap if you’re into that (I am) but there’s singing if you’re into that instead (I am) and it’s not too hard to play on guitar (a necessity for me)!

As far as musical songs go, this could be in the Charts. The normal, not-Broadway-related charts. And no one would bat an eyelid.

7) Nine in the Afternoon – Panic! At The Disco

Just the concept of this Panic! song is interesting and weird and cool. It’s so happy and cheerful and positive, you can’t help but want to sing along to these bizarre lyrics.

6) Thatcher Fucked the Kids – Frank Turner

Yes this song contains swearing, so maybe don’t listen to this around your family (sorry family!) Frank goes in a different direction than first appears; it reflects a popular idea, however, and I love the disdain for the wealthy in this song. Unfortunately, I could only find a live version, but the quality is still really good.

5) High Tide Rising – Fox

THE RIFFS IN THIS SONG OMG

Sorry. Bit of a geek for guitar riffs. Ahem.

Though the vocals and lyrics are good, I love this song for the riffs. God damn.

4) Uma Thurman – Fall Out Boy

There was no way I could make this list without putting my fave on the list; we’re going back to the riffs again. Every time I hear this, I have to dance. It’s almost compulsory – if you need a feel good jumpy jumpy song, this is by far the best one on the list for that.

3) I Am Disappeared – Frank Turner

I’m sorry, I know, another Frank Turner song. He’s just so good though – just listen to everything he’s put out!

This is my favourite song to play on guitar at the moment, not mention, it’s fantastic for practising harmonies! The lyrics are unparalleled: Frank’s lyrics are always unparalleled.
There’s just a couple of songs I like more…

2) This Too Shall Pass – Danny Schmidt

This song tells a story from the bible (I think) though I’m not sure what that story is. Again, like number 9, there is poetry here, both in lyrics and music, that just sends shivers down my spine.

1) The Contract – Area 11

My favourite band. You know everyone has a couple of songs on an album that you don’t particularly like?

With Area 11, I love everything they’ve put out. And they’re amazing live.

As with Frank Turner, I would say to listen to all of their music. But, if you’re going to choose one, pick this one – fantastic vocals, outstanding guitar and drum beat, and I think it’s a step up from their last album – the whole of Modern Synthesis is, in all honesty.

And there we go! My top 10 songs of all time, ever. I’m always looking for new songs to listen to though, so leave me some recs in the comments and I’ll be sure to check them out! 🙂