Things haven’t been great for me recently – I’ve been really ill, tired and stressed out with uni work and a latin exam that I’m dreading. One of my friends mentioned the other day that she never sees me without headphones on, and it kind of inspired me to write this blog post. Music is very important to me, I studied music at A-Level, I sing and play the guitar / piano, and sometimes I kind of wish that I could study Classical music instead of Ancient History (although I do love my course). In terms of classical music, I enjoy Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Chopin the most, usually when I’m studying or relaxing, but I listen to a large variety of music genres. Anyway, these are 5 singers/bands that I’ve been listening to a lot recently:
#1: Nirvana are literally my all-time favourite band. It would be impossible to choose my favourite song of theirs, but recently I’ve been listening to the MTV Unplugged album. It’s a live concert of all of the best Nirvana songs, such as Lithium, Heart-Shaped Box, Come As You Are, About a Girl and Pennyroyal Tea. Okay, I’m kinda cheating myself by including a whole album in this but I really can’t choose one of their songs as my favourite.
#2 The Pretty Reckless. Taylor Momsen’s voice is awesome, and the lyrics to The Pretty Reckless songs are pretty damn great. I’m particularly loving the song “Light Me Up”, and a few songs from her latest album “Going to Hell” such as “House on a Hill” and “Waiting for a Friend”. I have a Pretty Reckless patch on my denim jacket, and it always surprises me that so many people point it out and say that they love them too!
#3 I’ve always been a massive fan of Elvis Presley, I pretty much grew up on his gorgeous voice. I have a ridiculous amount of Elvis merchandise including posters, cds, books, clothes, a duvet cover and even a blanket… yeah, I’m obsessed. Heartbreak Hotel will always be one of my favourite songs, and I spent the entirety of Christmas listening to the “Christmas with Elvis” album and watching Lilo and Stitch for the Elvis references. I also love The Beatles and Johnny Cash (I wish I was a teenager in the sixties!).
#4 When I listen to Avril Lavigne, it totally reminds me of my pre-teen rebellious years. Recently I’ve been enjoying listening to old Avril songs like “I’m With You” and “Complicated”, which evokes so much nostalgia for me! I do also have her 2013 album – I like the songs “Rock N Roll” and “Give You What You Like”, but I’m all about vintage 2002-2004 Avril right now!
#5 I love me a bit of Dire Straits. In my opinion, you can’t really get much better than Sultans of Swing, Money for Nothing or Tunnel of Love. These songs are probably the most-played songs on my iPhone, I’ve always got them on in the background when I’m working (or dancing in my room slightly tipsy at 3am), and when I’m on the bus at 9am on my way to uni. If you haven’t heard the song Romeo & Juliet, go and listen to it – it’s the most romantic, emotional song I’ve ever heard.