So this week I saw how evil people can be but also how amazing they can be. On Monday night, at the Manchester Arena, a suicide bomber killed 22 innocent people and injured many more. I really have no words when it comes to trying to explain why a person would want to target innocent people at all, but especially a concert full of children and teenagers. That Ariana Grande concert should have been one of the best nights of their lives, like so many concerts at the arena have been for myself, but instead it became one of the worst. That type of evil is just indescribable and inexcusable. However, the way the city banded together was something beautiful to come out of such a horrendous tragedy. Free taxis, people taking in stranded children and relatives, the Queen visiting victims, poignant vigils and Ariana Grande herself organising a benefit… all of these things helped to reaffirm my faith in humanity. I am absolutely devastated for my city and for the victims, their friends and their families, but I am also proud of the way Manchester has responded. Shocked, shaken but never broken. Obviously this has been on my mind a lot this week, so I thought instead of mentioning it by day in the rundown, I would just write a little something at the start. I hope from the bottom of my heart that something like this never happens again in Manchester and that the terorists are aware that they cannot break our spirits or rob us of our hope. In terms of myself this week, I shall keep it brief.
Monday: Not a very busy day music wise for me!
Tuesday: I went into college and worked on Alive again. This time we recorded some guitar parts for the outdo (that I won’t actually be using it turns out!) and I wrote the lyrics for the final verse, which I have been meaning to do for ages! I’m ready to put the vocals on next week, which is a great feeling! Hopefully, I’ll have something to share soon!
Wednesday: I recorded my first loop cover at my keyboard. I chose to do Charlie Puth’s new song ‘Attention’! I’m actually a big big fan of this song as the bass line is so catchy!
I then had rehearsals for my gig on Friday in Chester, with my guitarist. I then went for tea in Chester and had a little wander around!
Thursday: Thursday was the most exciting day of the week as it was the day the Poison video premiered! It was featured on Indie Music Central and I was so happy as I’ve been waiting to share this for ages! Think powder paint, drums and glitter….
It was also a sunny sunny day, so I decided to work on my balcony in bikini. It’s funny how much a bit of sun can improve your day!
As usual, I made my Thursday Twenty playlist and here are the tracks!
Wonderwall by Ryan Adams – Manchester has obviously been on my mind a lot this week, so I wanted to include this song as it’s an amazing version of Oasis’s classic. It’s so emotional and felt really poignant after Monday’s tragedy.
Most Girls by Hailee Steinfeld – This is my favourite track this week! Just such an amazing message about all girls being unique and not having to apologise for that!
I Was Wrong by A R I Z O N A (Robin Schulz Remix)
TiO by ZAYN – I surprised myself by liking this song as I’m not usually a ZAYN fan!
I’m In Control by Trinix
Deja Vu by Post Malone and Justin Bieber
Table for One by Liana Banks – Super catchy and cool and I love the independent vibe of the lyrics!
AM by Brooks Brown
May I Have This Dance [Remix] by Francis and the Lights (feat. Chance The Rapper) – I was recommended this song by my guitarist, Keenan, as he’s a massive Chance fan and I actually love it! It’s so chilled and the melody is beautiful! I love the fact it’s got an almost 80s Peter Gabriel vibe 🙂
Higher by Maximilian – This is gorgeous and full of intensity and understated drama. Amazing production and vocals!
Poison by Sally Caitlin – I decided to include my track Poison this week as the video has just premiered!
Come Back by Willie Shaw
Body Talk by Julius – I instantly loved this due to the ‘lime and the coconut’ reference… but it’s actually such a feel good song! Perfect for sunny summer days!
Crying in the Club by Camilla Cabello
Bad Liar by Selena Gomez – I’m a hugggeeee Selena fan.. so I was super excited when I saw she had a new song out. I’m so glad she’s stuck with the sultry vibe from Hands to Myself and Good For You… I love it!
I Like Me Better by Lauv – Such a fun song! I find the chorus gets stuck in your head for hours… a great sing-a-long one!
Not Ready by Naffz
Breathe by Lesko
One Last Time by Ariana Grande – I’ve always been very moved by this song and it was my favourite on the My Everything album. Now it has taken on a new meaning across the world as a tribute to the innocent victims of the Manchester attack and I think that’s amazing. I really hope it gets to number one in the charts and sends a message to terrorists that, although we will always mourn victims of their attacks and we will never forget, we will also never be broken and terror will never win.
Champagne Supernova by Oasis – This is my favourite Oasis song as I think the lyrics are beautiful. This pick is for the 22 that lost their lives, the injured, the families of those affected and my amazing city of Manchester.
Friday: I was performing my covers set at a lovely country restaurant in Macclesfield, called the Windmill. It was very different to most of my gigs and a lot more chilled, but I really enjoyed singing there!
Saturday and Sunday: I’m up in Scotland for Bank Holiday weekend! I’m focusing on relaxing, hiking and hopefully getting some writing done!
Thank you for reading as always! Next week should be exciting as I’ll be able to talk about my gig in Liverpool 🙂