I have had a couple of book reviews sat in my drafts for ages because I simply couldn’t find the words to write a full length book review but then I came across a blogger called Sian from Rebel Angel and saw that every now and again she does a condensed post where she talks about books that she has read, what she has been watching, music she is listening to and what she has been up to and I thought, wow – this is genius and I could do this on a monthly basis! So here’s my first one for December 🙂
I love reading but have not really read much this month for some reason. I have actually made it a goal to make time to read more in 2018.
I had been meaning to read this book for a very long time as I am a huge fan of Jes Baker. When you read this book, the first thing you will notice is Jes’s personality shines through and she manages to somehow keep such a deep subject fairly humourous. She is also on mission to help everyone embrace who they are and love themselves regardless of size, shape, gender, ethnicity, etc. The book is an extremely interesting and informative read, is thoroughly researched and is written in a way that makes you question the way you see the world and most importantly, yourself. My favourite part of the book was he little challenges that Jes gives the reader, I did a lot of them and to be honest, it makes life a lot more enjoyable and proves that just because society says that people over a certain age shouldn’t play on the swings or people over a certain weight should jump on a trampoline, doesn’t mean we can’t!
I don’t usually watch a lot of television or movies but over the Christmas period I had a bit of extra time to snuggle on the sofa with Matt for some epic movie marathons. I did notice a recurring theme of music biopics and documentaries this month though 🙂
Despite being a huge Johnny Cash fan I had not seen this movie so I decided to take the plunge over Christmas and watch it. The film takes you into JR’s childhood and explains how he became the legend that we know him to be. It shows his struggles with drugs and alcohol with a focus on the love story of Johnny and June. The movie was pretty much what I expected and I was very impressed by the performances by both leads, especially Reese Witherspoon as June Carter.
This movie chronicles the era of Chess Records and covers the rise of stars like Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Etta James. If you are looking for something entirely factual then unfortunately this film just isn’t for you as they have made quite a few changes in order to make it Hollywood ready. That said, it is a great story with a kick ass soundtrack and in my opinion, the worst thing about the film is the fact that Beyonce’s singing is a little soft and doesn’t have the Etta James roughness to it which is something and nothing. If you like the blues, hell, if you just like good music then you should definitely give this one a try.
This has to be the most interesting movie I have seen in a long time both because of the story and the way the movie is made, I just can’t believe I wasn’t aware of it up until recently. The movie is basically about an American singer-songwriter who went by the name of Rodriguez in the 1970s. Although he didn’t do very well in the US he was actually a massive hit is South Africa, so much so that he sold more records that the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself but his fans in South Africa knew very little about him and various rumours circulated about his very public death. This film follows two of his biggest fans while they search for the truth and what they find out is absolutely astonishing.
I think it is because of the pure cult status of Nirvana but I have always been somewhat intrigued with Kurt Cobain and the events surrounding his death and have pretty much watched every documentary or film there is so when I watched this I was expecting it to be much of a muchness but I was actually quite impressed as it gave a lot more insight into who Kurt Cobain was as well as never before seen footage. Some of the animation is a little weird but it’s definitely worth a watch and if you have any opinions on the circumstances surrounding hi death this movie may make you re-evaluate them.
Yep, another Kurt Cobain movie! This is a complete opposite of Montage of Heck and is actually from the perspective of the Private Investigator hired by Courtney Love in the days leading to Kurt’s body being found. After watching this film and seeing the evidence presented I find it very difficult to believe that his death was a straight forward suicide and cannot understand why the Seattle Police Department did not reopen the case and investigate further.
I first came across these extremely talented sisters on Instagram when they came up as a suggestion. I follow a lot of unsigned country musicians so occasionally the odd gem slips through. I first checked out a couple of their covers and was immediately hooked. They have a slight country sound which is routed in blues and as well as being talented musicians their voices melt together like butter to provide some gorgeous harmonies.
I discovered Little Walter after watching Cadillac Records and I have not been able to get My Babe out of my head since.
I spend a bit of time in a local record shop called Rubber Soul Records and was lucky enough to find a few LPs from the 70s and 80s so have been listening to these A LOT!
Well the holidays have been a very quiet time for us as we like to spend as much time as a family as we can before heading back to work and life taking over once again. That said, we did travel up to Manchester to collect my new Fender Strat which I got for Christmas and it wouldn’t be December without heading out for the work’s Christmas meal…
For the meal we headed out to a local Steakhouse called Rare and I’m not sure if it was just the sheer amount of people there but unfortunately I was not massively impressed with the steak as it tasted a little too chemical for my taste (maybe they used liquid smoke or something). The guys at work are pretty cool though so the company was good and we ended up going for a few drinks afterwards. Now I don’t drink often anymore as alcohol just doesn’t seem to agree with me and it doesn’t matter how much or how little I drink I tend to be really sick the next day so it was a massive shock how busy it was in town – literally you couldn’t move without tripping over someone, despite that though, we did have a really fun night (even if I did pay for it the next day) 🙂