Life / Music

April.

April has been a month of ups and downs. I haven’t had much time to write so I’m going to attempt to catch you up on what’s been happening.

Firstly, I moved house. I’m now living with my paternal Grandparents a few suburbs over from where I was, it’s closer to work and it’s a nice area with an awesome library. Four months was a long time to trespass upon my uncle’s kindness so it was time to move on and give them a probably long overdue breather! I have the chance to be useful to my Grandparents here. My Grandad’s hearing and mobility are not good now so I have the opportunity to help out where I can and give my Nan someone to chat to. I’m looking forward to the next few months with them.

Secondly, I’ve seen plenty of art. I took a day trip down to London on crazy cheap train tickets and took the opportunity to pay a visit to the Tate Britain and the National Gallery. I fell in love with the Tate immediately. The building, the spiral staircase, the cavernous rooms. The actual collection was out of this world with a perfect balance of classical and modern. They’ve got a gorgeous set of Pre-Raphaelites including Ophelia by John Everett Millais which was a stand out and they’ve even got a whole Turner wing which was utterly captivating. If I’d had time I would have loved to go on the highlights tour they offer but alas, I was on a time limit so it will have to be next time!

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The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square I was less impressed with. Sure, it had breathtaking art spanning hundreds of years including Da Vinci, Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir and many more but it was so huge and so busy that it was hard to take in what I was looking at. Seeing the Monet and Van Gogh was really special and I was awestruck stood in front of Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ which seemed to emanate a warmth and golden light that drew the eye of everyone in the room. What a phenomenal painter.

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Enough about art! I hear you cry.

I’ve also been to see two concerts this month, the first was the supremely talented and smooth as hell Leon Bridges who brought the sound (and the dance moves) of the 60s to Liverpool’s O2 Academy. The crowd was loud, the songs got everyone moving and Leon’s band were on point. A truly brilliant perfomance. If you get the opportunity to see this guy play, drop everything and go because he is incredible.

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Leon Bridges at the O2 Academy, Liverpool, 7 April 2016

The second was Orla Gartland who played at Liverpool’s Arts Club. She’s a ginger, Irish wunderkind with lyrics that will tie you up in knots, (I’m an extrovert with an anxious mind// I’m a contradiction, what do you do// as a dreamer //with a cynical view?) an amazing voice and she’s also really awfully nice. I was lucky enough to have a chat with her as the majority of the crowd were there to see headliner Bry and she was really bloody lovely.

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Orla Gartland at The Arts Club, Liverpool,  13 April 2016

Otherwise, I had my friend Victoria come up from Torquay and stay for a couple of days and we did the tourist sights in Southport and Liverpool and saw My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (It was average. Wait for the DVD!). It was great to see her though and to chat to someone in real life that shared my accent!

There is still a lot to say but I’ll save that for my next post which will be coming in the next few days.

In the meantime, be good to yourself and the people around you.

Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle you know nothing about, be kind, always.

Until next time.

A.

 

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