Shaking it off, breaking it down

Tuesday was definitely one of the highlights of my week. Work was slow and life was boring, but Taylor Swift debuted her new single from her forth coming album 1989. Its no secret that I wish Tay Tay and I were besties, and like this hot new track says, if you don’t like her, shake it off.

I love the refreshing sound of this track. Taylor says that her priorities have changed as she has grown older, and this is reflected on the album, which is heavily influenced by 80’s pop. I love the new sound and I’m keen to see if there will be any of her iconic ballads on this album, particularly because she hasn’t had any notible heartbreaks since Red.

The A-Z of shuffling

I've shifted from shuffle to alphabetical.

I’ve shifted from shuffle to alphabetical.

I’ve been trying somewhat of a musical experiment on my IPod recently. In fact, I got the idea from one of my Twitter followers, who mentioned that he is doing the same thing at the moment.

If you are anything like me, you have reams and reams of music on your IPod and if you are like me, you permanently have it set to the “shuffle” function. Yet no matter how much new music I put on the thing, it always seems to go back to its firm old favourites, meaning that I probably haven’t heard some of the songs on my IPod for years.

So, I have changed from “shuffle” to playing songs in alphabetical order and I’m loving what I’ve discovered. Not only will I have listened to every song on my IPod by the time I get to Z (which will probably only be in a few months time) but there seems to be somewhat of a trend within letters themselves. This is what I’ve found so far:

A- Is populated by very “worshippy” songs, like Hillsong and WOW compilation type-tracks.
B- I found this to be a very profound section, with titles like “Beautiful Love” (The Afters) and “Back to the Beginning” (Switchfoot) in fact, there is a lot of Switchfoot in this section, they seem to favour the letter “B” for many of their songs. B is full of thought provoking rock songs with deep lyrics and excellent construction
C- This is where I am at the moment. “C” is fun, and full of dance tracks, the kind of thing you would put on when you’re planning on going out on a Friday night.

I’ll have to let you know what I find when I get to “D”, but why not try this experiment for yourself and let me know what you discover about your IPod and your taste in music.

A story of faith, hope and love

 

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People always ask me how I can read (and enjoy) a book after watching the movie. The fact is (and I think many will agree) is that the book is almost always better, and a lot of the time, I only find out that the movie is based on a book after watching it.

I didn’t particularly enjoy the movie Salmon fishing in the Yemen, but the book was an absolute delight. Carefully constructed as a series of journal entries, letters and interviews, it came across as far more realistic than the movie.

The story of boring Dr Alfred Jones and his sudden immersion into what many call a hair-brain scheme to introduce salmon fishing into an arid country is a powerful tale of what it means to believe. For a first time author, Paul Torday does an excellent job of exploring the themes of faith and belief in Western society. His travels and his insight into fishing clearly provided the inspiration for this story.

I found that the end (which is different to the movie) petered out a bit, and I was slightly disappointed but it was much more probable than the movie ending. This is definitely a must-read.

I paired this book with two wines. Although I’m not a fan of pink drinks, the Buitenverwachting Blanc de Noir was exactly as the name says: outside of my expectations for a pink wine. If you’re not into pink you can try the Klawer Chenin blanc with notes of honey and gooseberries.