Sharing some of my favourite photos ever today. These totally capture a certain moment that was one of my favourites in London so far. It was over the bank holiday weekend on the second day of Notting Hill Carnival, and after having escaped the madness the night before I decided to stay in the area for the second day. At the moment my building is being painted, so I have a very glamorous balcony which I am 100% sure I am not meant to go out onto but here we are. It was a super warm evening and amazing to sit and watch the carnival go by on the road below while having a few drinks. It was like being in the thick of it all, but just from above and without all the crowds to navigate. It was such a lovely way to experience it, and the light was too good to not capture some photos along the way too!
I keep going on about how I am loving photos and posts that capture a moment and feeling, and it got me thinking about how strongly music is linked to that too. I am sure you all have certain songs you listen to that instantly take you back to a certain time and place. Sometimes I intentionally listen to a album on repeat when I want to reminded of a certain moment, such as when I am on holiday. So, while it is a little off topic and because I don't have too much to say about this laid back outfit, I thought I would share some songs/albums that really take me to a certain moment.
The artist that takes me to this moment, and generally to this first month in London is Future Islands. I have been relentlessly listening to about four of their songs on a daily basis, and whenever they come on my playlist I never skip past. I know in months to come when I hear those songs it will remind of my first month here in my flat. Specifically of early mornings working with m music on, and walking to and from Notting Hill Gate listening to music on my phone. We used to listen to them in Manchester a lot too so the memories of them do span beck before living here, but I have fallen in love with their music more than ever in the past month.
The artist that actually inspired me to write this post was Ben Howard. His first album came up on my iTunes shuffle the other day, and it completely took me back to the winter of my first year at Uni. I used to listen to it in the car almost every single day, to the point where I actually find Ben Howard hard to listen to in the Summer months because I so strongly relate him to dark and cosy evenings. It takes me back to driving my little Fiat 500 to and from uni in my first year when I still lived at home, and I can ever remember the clothes I wore - my All Saints leather coat and boots (that I still have and love), and black skinny jeans!
The year prior to that was all about Jay-Z and Kanye West's album, which reminds of my foundation year. Specifically to being in my car (which was when I mostly listened to music) with all the girlfriends I had from that year, listening to the album superrrrr loud and singing along. I still bloody love that album and don't listen to it enough, it also reminds me of so many nights out around that time when their song was on everywhere you went.
One album that reminds of not so happy times is AM by Arctic Monkeys. Despite it not holding the fondest memories, I still love it and listen to it really regularly. It came out in my second year at uni when I had moved out for the first time, and I was going through a bit of a rough patch for various reasons. It, once again, was something I listened to a lot in the car as I was driving back home to my Mum's all the time. Whenever I listen to it now it's a reminder of a bad time, and how we all go through them and all come out the other end too. It's also one of those albums I listened to so much that when I hear one of the songs on it's own, I automatically have the next one on the album sequence in my head.
A song that reminds me of being in Manchester is Miike Snow's Genghis Kahn. This was one of those songs that I love to hate and it is so so catchy so if you have never heard it before then proceed with caution as it will get stuck in your head so bad. I used to play it in the flat all the time and drive both Harry and I up the wall with it! It's a really fond memory of my time there, and it's still a song I sneakily listen to it although it's not one I put on my playlist when I have friends round and want to look like you have good taste.
Sometimes I associate songs with a certain time because I used it in a vlog, even if I wasn't really listening to it a lot at the time. Kurt Vile's Pretty Pimpin takes me straight back to the two weeks we spent in Canada last Summer because I used it in the vlog. I have used it in many vlogs since, but it always reminds of the Canada one the most. I think it's because it's the perfect fit for the vlog. It's also an amazing song for almost any occasion and one I never tire of listening too, and it's just a bonus that it makes me think of long beautiful walks on Vancouver Island.
In similar vein Paramore's newest album transports me back to LA. The first time I went to LA was literally a life changing trip in so many ways. It sparked lots of things that influenced big decisions that followed, and I was somewhat aware of that while I was there too. I made a point of listening to this album on repeat while I was there so that it would remind of being there, and it really worked. Whenever it comes on my iTunes I instantly feel like I am walking down Beverly Drive. I am not the biggest Paramore fan but that album was seriously incredible.
And finally, an artist who really does span a lifetime is Bob Dylan. I know he is an acquired taste, but I honestly feel like anyone who isn't a fan is missing out in a major way. If I am ever unsure on what to listen to, I always go back to Dylan. My Dad spent years trying to turn me into a fan when I was younger, with no luck for a long time. When I was a teenager I wanted as much music as possible on my iTunes, which meant I had uploaded all my Dad's albums on there. And one day I was listening to my iPod (old school one with the scrolling wheels, the best iPod ever) and Buckets of Rain came on. I was converted, and have been a fan ever since, and that song is still one of my favourite Dylan songs ever. Dylan has been with me since being a teenager, on the school bus, in my first car, through funerals, evenings at home... countless events. No artist will effect my life as much as Bob Dylan, and I know for a fact a lot of other people will say the same for his music. And for that reason he cannot be pin pointed to a specific moment, because he really is applicable to every moment.