Music is such a huge part of my life, I’m shocked that I’ve never really spoken about it on this blog! I couldn’t imagine my life without music. There isn’t a moment when a track or rhythm isn’t playing in my head. I listen to pretty much everything (except country) and the more I learn about music theory, the more I love music. I thought I would share a few artists/albums, both new and old, that I’ve been really adoring lately.
AM by The Arctic Monkeys — this album was released a few days ago and I can’t get enough of it. Seriously, just go check it out. I’ve linked a youtube video of the entire album.
All of Daughter‘s music – amazing vibes. She’s been around for a while but I recently came across her music and I absolutely adore it. A lot of it is mellow and sad, but it’s truly chilling and beautifully orchestrated. Her lyrics are incredibly honest and raw.
Explosions In The Sky – I absolutely adore instrumentals, and this band has six whole albums of them. Their songs and quite long and the music is written in a narrative style, without lyrics. I think I could listen to them forever. My current favorite song of theirs is Your Hand In Mine.
I love being introduced to new music, so tell me your favorite song or artist and I’ll give it a listen!
In the spirit of flexing my writing muscles for this year’s NaNoWriMo (and possibly also my Advanced Writing portfolio this year) I’ve been doing a daily poetry challenge. I began in July, writing one poem every day. I’ve missed a few here or there, but on the whole I’ve really enjoyed it and I’ve decided to share a few with you guys! They’re basically rough first drafts but I’ve received a fair amount of positive feedback and I enjoy writing in this “slam poetry” style.
The poem that inspired this whole challenge!
“Her Body, His Prison”
We biked across the island and trekked down a long beach behind a lighthouse to get to this spot. (P.S. – I am wearing pants in this picture, I promise.)
A freshwater pond in the middle of the island just before sunset.
Sunset at The Oar.
Block Island features a small, exotic animal “zoo.” This is an emu!
We trekked down 172 stairs and a steep rock face to get to this beach, and it was full of unreal seven-foot-tall rock piles! (There are nicer pictures of me, but this one was so funny I had to share. If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re doing it wrong.)
My family had never been to Block Island, RI before, so we booked a last-minute, three day trip. It was such a quaint, peaceful area–you can bike across the entire island in an hour. I’d love to go back for a day trip or an overnighter at some point.
photography by yours truly.