Question of the day.

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What was the title and artist of the last album you bought?

My answer:

It was one of my fazas/crushes Gwilym Bowen Rhys’ last album called Arenig, which I bought last May. It’s a great album and I’ve shared some of the music from this album on my blog.

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Question of the day.

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Do you remember the title and artist of the first album you ever owned? What is it, and do you still have it?

My answer:

Vavamuffin – “Inadibusu”. I got it from Olek on my… hm, I guess 11th birthday. Vavamuffin is a Polish reggae band and I was very crazy on Polish reggae and generally all kinds of Polish alternative music at the time. I still do like some Polish reggae though am not quite as crazy anymore and I have to be in a special kind of mood to listen to it these days. I think I still must have this album somewhere, although it was a physical copy and I no longer have a CD player or anything like that so I don’t know where it actually is and haven’t listened to it in ages, if I want to listen to Vavamuffin now I do it on Spotify.

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Question of the day.

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What was the #1 Billboard song the week of your birth? Do you like this song? To look it up, search “List of Billboard number-one singles” and go to your birth year. If your year isn’t listed (or you just feel like it), do the week of your kids’ (or pets’, if you don’t have kids) births.

My answer:

In the week I was born the #1 Billboard song was “Everytime I Close My Eyes” by Babyface. I don’t think I’d ever heard it before, but no, I don’t like it at all. That’s why I am not including the video because I only share music I like on this blog. I can’t quite say what it is that bothers me about this kind of songs, and what I actually mean by “this kind of songs”, but I just dislike the feel of it very much, my brain goes all EWW at it, and just completely not my thing! Can’t be more precise. πŸ˜€ Maybe it’s the synaesthesia or something.

I also did Misha’s week of birth, and the #1 then was “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber. Obviously I have heard this one since Bieber is so awfully popular right now and you can still hear it quite regularly on the radio and my Zofijka likes him. I think the overall feel of the song is better than that Babyface guy’s but I don’t like it either, not because there’s something that I can particularly dislike about it (other than I dislike Bieber), but just because there’s nothing to like about it and it feels kind of empty to me and I don’t feel anything specific listening to it other than feeling bored.

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Song of the day (21st March) – Ivory Layne – “Boy Loves Me”.

I found this song on a playlist made by one of the people I follow on Spotify. Our tastes are not super similar, and I am generally not into those kinds of countrypop tunes, but I do like the sound of this one, and I like Ivory’s voice as well, so thought I’d share.

Song of the day (20th March) – Ida Laurberg – “Grayzone”.

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I’m sure those of you who visit my blog at least sometimes know or can quite easily figure out that I like a lot of Swedish music, from different genres, but also I quite like Scandipop in general. Despite that, we haven’t had much Danish music here so far. So here’s a song by a young Danish singer for you. I really like the way it sounds, especially the stripped version but it’s really good in general.

Song of the day (10 March) – Ofelia – “I Will Meet You There”.

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I have a very nice Scandipop tune for you. It comes from a seventeen-year-old Swedish singer Adele Ofelia Cechal, known mononymously as Ofelia, and has been featured in the Swedish TV series “Jordskott”. I haven’t watched the series and have very little idea of it, it appears to be a crime series, but I do like the song a lot, so I’m sharing it with you.

Moddi – “Little By Little”.

Moddi is Pal Moddi Knutsen, a singer from Norway, who is quite folksy but also draws inspiration from many different genres. I like some of his music, and some I don’t, mostly because I simply don’t agree with some of his views, and he’s very vocal in his music about them (pun intended). This song however I find really lovely and positive and just like it a lot, so thought I’d share it with you. πŸ™‚

Song of the day – Casi & The Blind Harpist – “Dyffryn” (Valley) & “Rooted”.

Casi Wyn, also known simply as Casi, or as Casi & The Blind Harpist which is her solo project, is a fabulous Welsh folk-pop singer from north Wales, Bangor more exactly, who sings both in English and Welsh (and has such a delighthful north Welsh accent in English!). I first heard her, quite unsurprisingly, on BBC Radio Cymru, although as for this particular song it’s something I’ve discovered only some weeks ago thanks to the online radiostation called Cymru FM. I’ve always liked Casi’s music, the way that she blends folk and pop influences, her very clear and bright voice, and as I said her Welsh accent as well. This piece is a bit more electronic than most of Casi’s music that I have listened to, but I like it just as much anyway.

It has two versions – a Welsh and English one – though they’re not literally the same of course as that would be difficult to achieve in music and I suppose the Welsh version is the original one. – I much prefer the Welsh version of this song, probably because it feels somewhat richer and it just sounds better in Welsh in this particular case. As I said their lyrics differ a bit, and I am not able to make a literal English translation of “Dyffryn” for you as I don’t understand everything perfectly and there are no lyrics of it online that I could help myself with, but the general feel of those lyrics is very much the same as with the English as far as I can tell. Here are both versions, hope you enjoy. πŸ™‚

 

Song of the day (1st March) – Bird Of Figment ft. Cody Francis – “Beauty In The Mundane”.

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I heard this song recently for the first time and I quite liked it for its chillaxed, friendly feel, so I thought I’d share it with you. Cody Francis is a singer from the US, though I don’t know much if anything about who Bird Of Figment is, I can only assume that they might be Swedish because they seem to have a lot of audience in Sweden.

Elina – “Wild Enough”.

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I have a really cool artist from Sweden for you today. She started out only as a songwriter, writing lyrics for Scandipop artists like Astrid S whose music I’ve shared with you too, but then she went on to making her own music, and this is her debut single, about her self-doubt and inadequacy in a relationship. I think it’s really beautiful and I like her voice a lot.

Aoife Scott – “Do MhuirnΓ­n Γ“” (My Darling).

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Today I have an amazing, beautiful Irish folk song for you. As far as I know, it’s title means “My Darling” in English, though I could be wrong about that. Aoife Scott is a young artist but her family environment was very folksy – she is the daughter of a famous Irish folk singer Frances Black – and thus the niece of Mary Black as well, they’re both quite acknowledged as vocalists and also used to sing in a family band that is quite a legend in Celtic music. Aoife’s cousin, RΓ³isin O’Reilly, is a singer as well, and if I get it right RΓ³isin also has a brother who is a musician.

I must say that I quite prefer Aoife’s music to her mum’s and aunt’s, though I appreciate that they are both very talented and have helped to make Celtic music more popular in the 20th century. But this song of Aoife is by far my most favourite. I just love the Celtic, melancholic feel of it. I have no idea about the lyrics other than understanding a couple words, and couldn’t find a translation, which is a shame, but I think the music alone and the sound of the Irish language are beautiful in their own way, even if you don’t know the lyrics.

Daisy Clark – “Complicated”.

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I’ve shared with you some covers since I’ve started this blog, not necessarily always of the songs I like in the original, and very often acoustic covers. So, here is another one, and also by a British artist.

Daisy Clark is from Newquay in Cornwall (how cool, I know so few Cornish musicians, but I wouldn’t expect her to speak Cornish haha) and she has become very popular because of her YouTube channel where she publishes her own acoustic covers of popular songs. In fact apparently she has hardly ever left Cornwall, and her videos are now streamed by thousands of people around the world, so it looks like a huge success. But I’ve become familiar with her only very recently.

The song by her that I want to show you was originally performed by Avril Lavigne and is her so called signature song, so it’s quite a famous piece. I am quite neutral about Avril’s version, but I think Daisy’s is nice.

Nina Nesbitt – “The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change”.

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I have another song by Nina Nesbitt for you today, and another British pop song after Jack Vallier’s, that I like. It’s topic is something very trivial and obvious, but sometimes, especially when life gets a bit hectic, or perhaps boring, we tend to forget about it, that things in our lives are constantly changing, and next year on the same day, we may be in a completely different place and state of mind. I’m just re-reading a fabulously written biography of Bronte family, by a Polish writer, she has translated Bronte sisters’ books as well, and there’s the same motif. Anne and Emily Bronte have that tradition on writing birthday notes on Emily’s birthday every three years, and they write on what has changed in their life since the last note, and muse on how life is changing and where they will be in next three years’ time. For some reason, I found the way they do it quite hilarious. Okay, so here’s the song.

 

Jack Vallier – “Copenhagen”.

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So, those of you who have been following my blog for a while know about my fazas/crushes and that lately I’ve been in a limbo, which is never a pleasant situation to be in, but is particularly unpleasant when it’s a faza limbo and when your existence is pretty much driven by fazas and stuff that they generate whatever that might be. And because that limbo is my first one – that is, previously I always went smoothly from one dominant faza into another – I feel very uncomfortable in it and am doing a lot of desperate faza hunting, particularly in the world of music because, albeit I do have literary fazas as well, it’s the music ones that are the strongest. You also know then that I’m a Jackophile and that my dream is that my next crush would be called Jack, or something else Jac-. It’s not a requirement whatsoever, I don’t really care what they’re called because as soon as I get a faza I will love their name anyways as far as I know, but that would be just extra nice, I’m just clueless about how to go about active faza hunting so I just had to have something to look out for, so primarily I look around for musicians called Jack or something similar. That doesn’t really help much but at least it is something that I can use as a criterion in my searching.

So there have been a few stronger candidates – one that I won’t even mention by name even though it’s highly unlikely any of my readers would have ever heard of him, but he’s too cringey for my “snobbish”, as a lot of people say, music taste πŸ˜€ even though he was actually Sami, and I suspect he has a developing alcohol problem because some kind of alcohol is present in almost all of his music, and I’ve already had a crush who was an alcoholic so I don’t want it to become a pattern hahaha, plus that crush of mine – Cornelis Vreeswijk of course – was so much better of a lyricist, and could write beautifully even about wine, while this guy here cannot. Then there was Jack Christopher Alsopp a.k.a. Just Jack (yeah, I have shared his song here). A nice guy, but too normal for me. I can’t even imagine myself having a faza on him so that was just wishful thinking, I don’t even like his music enough. Then there was Jack Rutter – very folksy and pleasant, from Huddersfield in England (which made me realise I’d just love to have a northern English crush!), I do like him a lot, he’s also a guitarist like all my previous major male crushes, and a bouzouki player like my last dominant crush Gwilym Bowen Rhys. – But, sadly, it didn’t work out. After that, Spotify recommended me a song by Jack Hawitt and Nyaki called “Dark Hotel” (I’ve intended to share it with you but somehow never have, but hope I finally will some day), and then I was familiarising myself with Jack Hawitt’s music, which was pleasant, but… you may have guessed it – too normal, too mainstream-y. – Then there was Hamish Napier, a fantastically versatile musician from Strathspey in Scotland – he’s a flautist, pianist, singer and what not – and his musical comfort zone is very wide. Versatility is something I really appreciate in a crush, I can’t imagine myself having a crush on someone one-dimensional because, if you are familiar with the meaning of the word faza for me, it helps me to develop, and it’s easier when there’s more diversity, but somehow my brain and Hamish Napier’s and his music didn’t click strongly enough. Also one of his parents is a harpist – I don’t know which one, though of course it most likely must be his mother, and I don’t know her name, but that’s a nice fact isn’t it? – It didn’t help anything. My faza is not going to be on Hamish Napier. There also was Jack Pantaleo, I believe he’s from California and also seems fairly versatile – he’s a social worker and has some background in psychiatry, but also is a certified harp therapist. – If you didn’t know, harp therapy and harp healing is a thing in many places all around the world, there are academies, online courses, certificates, and then such people work in hospitals, care homes, other institutions, do music therapy and such. I’ve been interested in it for a long time as a harp lover, and I thought it would be really cool to have not only a crush who is a harpist (such a rare thing for a guy to be a harpist these days isn’t it?) but also a harp healer. He has apparently written a book, and that book is accompanied by a CD with his music, and this seems to be his only album. I had a listen to it, and while obviously I love harp, and so I enjoyed listening to it, I didn’t find anything special or above average in his play, though then again, I am neither a harpist nor anyone with music background so I’m just saying how I feel very subjectively about his music. Also, while I like my faza objects to be unpopular and not frequently heard of in general, there has to be at least some info available about them in whatever language of the world, otherwise there’s not enough fuel to get my faza going for long enough. And there’s not much info on Jack Pantaleo. I wouldn’t even know how he sounds or probably not even what he looks like. There have been a few songs on his albums, with vocals, but I really disliked the voice of the vocalist.

And so, finally, getting to the actual topic of this post, there has also been Jack Vallier whom I have discovered a few days ago. Very normal, too, but I do like his music, and this one song in particular, it’s been sitting in my brain since I first heard it. As I was reading on him and immersing myself in his music, at some point Zofijka heard him in my room and she said she likes him – he does sound very much like something Zofijka would like – and then we were talking about him, that I thought he could be my new crush, and then, because Sofi liked him, she got very excited about it and wanted to see what he looks like, because that’s always my mission for her when I have a new crush, that she has to see what they look like and describe them to me and give me her opinion. Usually it works so that the more Zofijka is disgusted, either by their music or looks, the more this person is worth my attention. πŸ˜€ From my previous crushes she has only approved of Declan Galbraith but only until he matured and changed his looks and music style a bit. So, while I told her that it seems highly unlikely that Jack Vallier will be my next crush even though I do like his music despite it’s just pop, she ran to her laptop and looked him up. At first I thought it was very promising because Sofi kept making all the gagging noises and choking and such very spectacularly for a very long time implying that she’s throwing him up because he’s so disgusting, but when she finally was capable of speaking coherently she said “Well, no, actually, he’s just… he’s okay, he’s just… normal. I just don’t like guys with earrings”. πŸ˜€ Me neither for that matter, haha, though if I got a serious faza on him I probably would care very little about that.

Jack Vallier is from Bournemouth, UK, as far as I know, and his music is really cool, and pleasant, albeit normal. I hope that if, by any chance, Jack ever sees that post he won’t feel that it’s a critic or an offense or sarcasm or anything because it’s not meant as such. I seriously like a lot of “normal” music, as you can clearly see from my blog, and I don’t perceive it as inferior or wrong as long as it’s not trashy or overly cliche. This song of his is my favourite. πŸ™‚

Before Breakfast – “Buddleia”.

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This band is completely new to me, I actually only know this one song by them and I heard it a few days ago for the first time, but I really like it! The band is based in Sheffield and consists of four women, who met each other at uni, Gina Walters – who is the leader and the vocalist – the celloist Lucy Revis, Annie Rushworth and Debra Finch. I think I am going to listen to more of their music, if it sounds as good as this I think I’ll really like them.

No. 4 – “Mens Alle Andre Sover” (While Everyone Else Is Sleeping).

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I have a song for you today, in Norwegian this time. This band is made up of three women – Emilie Stoesen Christensen (who is the leader of this project, seems to have a firm background in jazz and also is an actress), Ingeborg Marie Mohn and Julia Witek (I wonder if she has Polish roots or perhaps actually is Polish?). I like their music, it’s quite pop but good quality pop, but at the same time just nice to listen to and very easily digestible so to say.

 

Nina Nesbitt – “Is It Really Me You’re Missing?”.

Nina Nesbitt is quite a well-known singer and songwriter from Scotland. I think it’s also cool and worth mentioning that she’s also part Swedish – her mum is from Sweden. – I really like her music, along with other similar British artists like Gabrielle Aplin or Lauren Aquilina or Birdy or the like. And I like this particular song for a good few reasons so I thought I’d share it.