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The Book Chat {Vol 9}

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Thursdays are Book Chat days! You can link up on Jessica’s blog Sweet Green Tangerine 🙂

Today’s question: Choose a book and make a playlist for it! 

I should probably start off by saying that this is such a Jess question it made me laugh out loud. I know that she LOVES making playlists to go with her books, and I love seeing what she comes up with when she does it. (Remember her guest post while I was in Florida?)

I am ashamed to admit that as a book lover AND music addict, making a playlist to go with books is not something I’m very good at. Although to be fair, I’ve never tried. Usually when I’m reading, I turn on my ‘Faves’ playlist. It’s constantly refreshed (like, daily) with whatever songs I’m listening to on repeat.

So today, I’ve decided to share with you a good book & some good music. They don’t necessarily go TOGETHER but it’ll give you a little peak into what I’ve been reading and listening to all at once! I actually finished this book just yesterday, so I thought today’s post would be a great reason to do a little book review & share some of the songs I listened to repeatedly while I read it.

The Book

Book: The Truth About Forever

Author: Sarah Dessen

Type: YA Contemporary Fiction

Release Date: May 11th 2004

Publisher:  Penguin Group

This was my very first dip into the world of Sarah Dessen and I must admit I quite enjoyed it! The story revolves around Macy, a young girl who lost her father suddenly to a heart attack a year and a half earlier. Since then, she has mastered the art of seeming perfect. Her looks, her behavior, her grades, even her boyfriend.

But when the perfect boyfriend leaves for the summer, sticks Macy with his extremely boring job at the library, & breaks up with her, Macy finds herself looking for something more to life. She comes across a job at WISH, a catering company owned by the wonderful, chaotic, imperfect Delia.

With Delia & her crew, Macy begins to truly grieve for her loss and realize that being perfect is not only unnecessary, but not possible. With the help of Wes, the gorgeous boy who works for Wish and becomes Macy’s best friend, she learns that there is more to life than perfect grades and a desk job that makes her unhappy. She is in control of her forever, and with Wes Macy begins to see that she can be happy once again.

Truth About Forever is a story about loss, love, truths, and a great coming of age novel for girls at any age.

The Short Review

I would normally make this a bit longer, but since this is like a three-in-one post I’ll try and keep it short and sweet! Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think Dessen has a great style of writing & she gives each of her characters a depth that I had almost forgotten could exist- it’s been a while since I’ve read a story who’s characters felt so incredibly REAL to me. 

I’ll be honest, this book was a bit tough for me to read. Not only because the first 100-150 pages are a bit slow going, but the topic itself. I’ve gone through losing my father & I connected with Macy on A LOT of levels. We’ve had completely different lives of course, but being inside her head and reading things that felt so real to me too was not easy. It was, however, wonderful. This book definitely made me cry. 

Other than the slow start, the only thing that I wasn’t crazy about in this book was the slow plot development. The “climax” of the novel wasn’t until MUCH further in the story, and that made it hard to want to continuously follow along. I wish there had been more development between Wes & Macy, but that’s just my romantic side wanting to read more about them- not a fault on Dessen’s part at all. I actually really like that the focus was so much on Macy and her grieving process.

I would definitely read more Sarah Dessen, so let me know which are your favorites so I know what to pick up next!

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The Playlist

Here are a few songs I obsessively listened to these last few days while I made my way through this book:

Hold On by the Alabama Shakes — This is currently my favorite song. SO GOOD. The whole album! Thanks Jess 🙂
Give Me Love by Ed Sheeran — You should be listening to this guy. What a talent.
Called Out in the Dark by Snow Patrol— I love this music video!
From Finner by Of Monsters and Men— My ongoing love affair with OMAM continues
Body Work by Morgan Page (feat. Tegan & Sara)— Thank you random radio station for this. Love!

What are you reading & listening to these days?!

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Snow Patrol & CONFRONT

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Today you can find me over at CONFRONT Magazine’s website, where I recently finished my article about Snow Patrol! After the amazing opportunity to interview one of the members earlier in April, I had lots of fun writing it up.

I’d love to know what you think!

You can read it by clicking HERE. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the new issue while you’re there 🙂

Feel the Music

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Music has been one of my biggest loves for as long as I can remember. As a teenager I would spend countless hours sitting in my bedroom, doing homework or surfing the internet, with the familiar sounds of my favorite bands in the background. I would become addicted to a record and have it on repeat for months, or I would have a rotation of a couple of favorites and play them over and over again, one after the next.

It’s almost no surprise that my life has led me further into the music industry as I got older. The only surprise is that I’m lucky enough to be able to say that. So many people love music, and I am fortunate to have little inside views on the workings of the business through my job with CONFRONT magazine.

Me & one of my favorite female artists, Juliet Simms, last summer after my interview with her at the Vans Warped Tour. You can now catch her on Cee Lo’s team on The Voice! Don’t forget to vote! 

Me & Jeremy from Our Lady Peace after my interview, just 2 weeks ago! 

But working for CONFRONT is really just an experience that was lucky enough to fall in my lap, and I have made the absolute best of it in the last three years. I’ve interviewed dozens upon dozens of musicians- both well known and some still making a name for themselves- and it’s just been very humbling overall.

An interview earlier this year with the incredibly talented Charlie Winston from England

I’m feeling kind of introspective about this today for a few reasons:

1) Yesterday, I interviewed one of my all time favorite bands, Snow Patrol

2) I also got to attend the Snow Patrol concert after, opened up by the incredibly talented British solo artist Ed Sheeran

3) Earlier this week I interviewed another overseas band, Of Monsters and Men. They were not only AWESOME and HILARIOUS, but so down-to-earth. I love when that happens!

4) The magazine is really beginning to make a name for itself here in Montreal and I’m so proud to say that I’m part of it’s success over the last 3 years.

5) I really wanted to talk about music in a way that differs from my regular album reviews

In the last two years or so, I’ve had to tone down the amount of concerts I attend because of money. I spent a couple years around the age of 18 going to every concert I wanted, and it took a serious toll on my bank account. I can’t do that anymore because I have other priorities and things I want to accomplish, so I really make the best of each experience I DO get to have, like last night.

My interview yesterday went really well. I sat down with Nathan, and he was such a sweetheart and so incredibly polite. It’s a weird thing, but when I have the opportunity to chat with a band that I’ve adored for so long, I tend to love them even more when I know that they’re actually very humbled about their fame. It’s the mark of a band that’s never let the bad parts of the industry get to them- they’re still in it for THEIR passion, and I love being able to see bits and pieces of this through 15 minute conversations. I’m so excited for exams to be over so I can sit down and write a great article about a band that I’ve followed for over six years now.

Nathan is second from left!

The show last night was truly amazing. My city is well known for being an EXCELLENT crowd, as artists are often incredibly humbled on stage and sincerely say so. As an avid music person, this makes me very proud to be a Montrealer. I know we’re awesome, but when a band that has been together for over 15 years and sold over 10 million records are speechless on stage, that’s just a really incredible moment.

So last night Ed Sheeran played a half hour set and it was phenomenal. He’s a one man act, and he’s amazing at it. He stood on stage with nothing but himself, his acoustic guitar, and a loop pedal, and he played a better set then MANY opening artists are able to do. I love his album, so please DO check him out! His single A-Team is fantastic and his music video Lego Houses features Rupert Grint so… Yeah. Awesome.

Ed Sheeran on stage in Montreal last night

It was the third time I got to see Snow Patrol live, and it was just amazing. I love every record they’ve put out, and their music is even BETTER in concert. They played all their hits as well as a few other random tracks, and came back for something like a 5 or 6 song encore performance. Some of my favorite moments of the night? The song ‘Lifening’ during the Encore, as well as Chocolate, Chasing Cars, All I Have, Run, and Crack the Shutters. But honestly the entire thing was still more than I could have imagined.

The one and only Gary Lightbody 🙂

The best part though was a toss up between a solo version of ‘Set the Fire to the Third Bar’ and a duet between Ed Sheeran and Gary Lightbody for the song ‘New York’. You can watch an acoustic version of their duet New York that was recorded in a Montreal piano store below, it’s well worth the three minutes:

What are some of your favorite concert experiences?

Music in 2012 [January Edition]

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A few things before I get to today’s post:

1) Back in December I interviewed the incredibly talented musician Charlie Winston and my interview is finally up on the CONFRONT website. Check it out here and don’t forget to check him and his music out too! You’re in for a treat 🙂

2) Have you entered my giveaway for a 50$ gift certificate towards Xperience Days yet? It closes on Sunday night and I’ll be announcing the winner using random.org on Monday morning!

3) I was featured on Erin’s blog yesterday as a sponsor which I think is an awesome way of introducing bloggers to each other! You can check me out on her blog here & leave her a little bit of love 🙂

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to spend more time talking about music around here, which I don’t think I’ve done once in 2012. So I thought today would be a great day to start!

Here are a couple albums that I’m loving so far this year (and that I think you should be listening to as well!):

Snow Patrol- Fallen Empires

I’ve been a Snow Patrol fan since 2007 when I first saw them perform live. I had only been to a few concerts by that time, and I remember leaving that one in COMPLETE awe. My heart literally ached the moment it was over because I wanted to be there all over again.

I’ve only seen them one more time since (2 years ago) but it was equally as amazing. Every album these guys put together is a solid compilation of really fantastic music, and then it turns out even better live. I don’t think there is any truer testament to a bands’ worthiness than what they sound like live. When an artist blows you away more in person than on a record, you know they’ve got real, raw talent. And that’s what Snow Patrol is like.

I’ve given this album 5 or 6 listens all the way through now, and each time I love it more and more. The tracks are starting to really resonate with me like every other album they’ve released. I can’t wait to see what they do with it live (when I see them in April, yay!) but until then, I’ll just keep on listening to the record and falling more in love with it.

Listen to: “Called Out in the Dark”, “New York”, “Lifening”

Anthony Green- Beautiful Things

A year and a half ago I had the real pleasure to sit down with Anthony Green and interview him for CONFRONT magazine. At the time, I’d only kind of heard of him in passing but didn’t know a whole lot about him. Today, I think he is one of the best musicians I have ever interviewed. He was so honest with me and completely open about his life; I was not only impressed but really glad that I took the interview in the first place.

After interviewing him, I saw him perform live with his band Circa Survive and I have been in love with the band ever since. I think it’s kind of hard to LOVE a band when you see them for the first time; I can appreciate music when I hear it in the beginning and learn to enjoy it more as I get to know it better- but I can say that I actually loved Circa’s music after that live show. His live performance had such a profound effect on me and I can’t wait for him to come back to Canada!

This week, Anthony Green released his second solo record and let me just tell you right now; it’s amazing. His voice is so unique and conveys his emotions and his talent from the very first track. I am listening to the album as I write this and I’m really just amazed at the things his voice can do.

The sound on this album is VERY different from the work he does with Circa; it’s definitely less sad, for starters, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. I think it just reflects the place he’s at in his life right now with his family, and I love that you can feel the different energy from his other work, despite the fact that it’s still the same voice. That’s just my interpretation of it after a few listens to the record- I could be completely off, but the recent pictures he took with his son don’t lead me to believe that in the least. When a musician is happy, their music is often a testament to that fact!

Listen to: “Do it Right”, “Can’t Have It All At Once”

So basically those are the two albums I’m getting to know and really loving in the last couple weeks. There are a ton of records coming out that I’m SUPER excited about, and I just love that feeling!

What are you listening to and loving these days? 

Currently… #2

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I did a post like this once before, you can read it here!

Reading

1) The Fault in our Stars by John Green. I literally just finished it, and all I can say is prepare yourselves for a review in the near future.

2) Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

3) Next up is The Marriage Plot for #twookclub… I can’t wait!

Listening

Snow Patrol. I’ve been listening to their albums on repeat for the last 2 days since I found out that THEY’RE COMING TO MONTREAL IN APRIL. Yes I already bought my ticket. YES I’m incredibly excited to be seeing them again after 2 years!


I can’t wait! 

Watching

1) Grey’s Anatomy is back and I’m still so in love with that show. I am in LOVE with this season, even though it breaks my heart into millions of pieces every Thursday night.

2) One Tree Hill is starting back up TONIGHT. It’s the final season and I just know I’m going to cry after like every single episode.

Needing

In my last ‘Currently’ post, I listed 4 things that I was really needing, and as I look over them I realize that I don’t need ANY of those things anymore because I took care of it all. THAT, feels amazing.

1) Right now, all I’m needing (or rather wishing that I had) is a little extra money. I want to travel this summer but I don’t feel like I’m paying off my debt and saving up fast enough. I’m working a lot these days though, so hopefully it pays off!


I’m hoping to end up here in June with my brother’s family & my mom!

2) A little extra time to meal plan for a week of vegetarianism coming up WAY too soon. I need to make it happen, and I keep forgetting to do it!

Avoiding

1) Getting ready for class, I need to leave in less than 2 hours but I practically just woke up! So weird.

2) Blogging, I feel like I haven’t written anything good in quite a while.

Loving

1) Harry Potter humor that is just so accurate accurate

2) John Green’s newest video about his newest book

3) I need new blogs to read. Leave me links to your favorites in the comments!

What are you currently up to?!

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 20

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Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry

When I’m in an angry or stressed out mood, I need three things from my music.
1) Songs from a band that I adore & can sing along to
2) Something more calm, to ease my nerves
3) Something that is mellow but that has a lot of passion and intensity

This song, fits all of the above. I adore Snow Patrol more than I can describe. When I listen to them, I’m immediately a calmer person. I just want to slow down to listen to the lyrics and to really just enjoy the song. Especially this song, it builds up throughout the entire thing, and at around 2:42 it just bursts into the most amazing part ever. I remember when I heard this live for the first time I thought I was just going to burst from the amazing energy. I love when music can do that to me. It just diffuses all my anger.

On that note… Dear Snow Patrol, Come back to Montreal soon? We miss you terribly!

Do you have a song or a band that has that effect on you?