The last days of the summer holidays are always the worst. Fearing the commencing school year, dreading all the piles of work ahead. Shortly said: it is no fun. I can’t say the past few days in Holland actually felt like the summer. It’s been awfully cold, that if I didn’t know any better I’d think it was autumn! No? Well, mother nature had me fooled. I’m particularly anxious about this school year because it’ll be my last year which means: the finals will come to haunt me. Anyway, let’s try to think about that as little as we possibly can and enjoy the bliss of ignorance. I purchased an HTC Wildfire not too long ago and I’m so happy with it! The Android OS is really the best. Secretly I’d rather have an HTC Desire, but I thought that was just a little out of my budget and not worth it. I’m not such a big ‘tech’ geek, so I probably won’t even be able to use it up to its full potential. I used to own a Sony Ericsson K700i and let me tell you, those joysticks are the worst. All the people I heard that owned one of those had trouble with it within a couple of months. I was lucky enough to have found a little trick around the problem, but it was still a pain in the butt! So yay for touch screens!
Now onto a little update of the site. I added a “Music” section under “Other” which for the moment only contains: Merlin: Series Two Original Soundtrack – the entire album! It took me ages to find online so I felt like sharing it, making it just a tad bit easier to find a trustworthy file without any viruses. I personally am a big Merlin fan, so I love listening to the Medieval Music – guilty pleasure. Anyway, I’ll be adding more music there in the future so keep checking. If you have any recommendations on what I should put up there, let me know.
Okay, so maybe the weather in Holland hasn’t really been summery but that’s okay, I never really minded rain as long as I don’t have to bike through it or well basically – be in the rain. Today was a different case however, we were lucky enough to have to play rugby (football for all you Americans) in the pouring rain while the grass was as slippery as ever. Contrary to my prejudices, it was so much fun! Anyway, enough about the weather. I added a new feature on the blog, filed under “Other” and then “Fonts”. Yeah, I’m lame enough to lure you to my site so you can download some snazzy fonts. Go check it out if you’re looking for a snazzy font , no credit required mate (: Ah, I’ve been craving a new pair of sneakers, Vans Off The Wall to be precise. They’re so lovely, I believe they’re going to be as big of a hype as the Converse sneakers were, and still are.
The title of this blog post is a reference to a song by one of my favorite musicians: Vanessa Carlton, Private Radio. You should definitely give it a listen.
Five weeks of school left until the summer holidays kick off – I’m stoked. Okay, not so stoked about all the exams that’ll I’ll be facing within those five weeks, but snazzy things are happening in between and about. I’ll be seeing one of the sickest bands of all time on the 19th of June in Goffertpark, Nijmegen – Muse! For those of you who have only heard snippets of their music, don’t judge. I suppose it took me a while to get used to Muse’s sound, and once you do – you’ll love it, I guarantee you. On the 24th of July I’ll be going back to Thailand for three weeks to visit my fam down there. Really excited about that (: I’ll be sure to catch a couple of waves down at the beach and take loads of photos. Speaking of other things to ‘look forward to’, my 17th birthday is approaching. Five days to go, five days of being sixteen left. Loads of people think the age ’seventeen’ is shit because it’s not like your sixteenth birthday, which allows you to drink (in Holland, at least) or eighteenth birthday which permits you to drive a car. But hey, there are upsides to being seventeen. For one, you get to enjoy your last year of ‘technically’ being a teenager, get to use the excuse of being a child as much as you like because you can only use it for 365 days. You can feel ‘connected’ to the song “Seventeen Forever” by Metro Station, and well yeah .. this is me trying to be all “glass half full, not half empty” here, okay? Bought the book: “The Council of Dads” (Vaders voor mijn Dochters, in Dutch) written by Bruce Feiler. I’ve only read a small excerpt of the book so far, but I kind of love it. It’s about a young dad, diagnosed with cancer and worried about the future of his daughters. It’s heartbreakingly beautiful, pick it up from your local library if you ever come across it. Anyway, here’s Muse’s newest song: “Neutron Star Colission (Love is Forever)” which was written for the third movie of the Twilight series, Eclipse.I’m not quite sure if I like the song – I mean, well I do like the song because it’s Muse plus Matt Bellamy sounds amazing as always. Even though I like the Twilight books, I’m a little appalled by the fact that Muse specifically wrote this song for the movie. Maybe it’s just me.
PS: I’ve been pondering what to add to the site. Any ideas are always much appreciated! Leave a comment below or send me a tip @ firstname.lastname@example.org
This year I attended the popular Dutch music festival: Pinkpop. I was really excited to see musicians like Paolo Nutini, John Mayer, the Prodigy, Biffy Clyro and so on. It was quite wonderful to attend, we planned to say there for the full three days which included camping out close to the festival. That meant the second camping trip I ever attended, which explained my clumsiness when trying to pinch in when my mates were all busy setting up their tents. The trip to Landgraaf, where the whole deal was going down was rather hectic. My mum was the one behind the steering wheel, and she’d pretty much go into hysterics as soon as we made a wrong turn, but eventually we arrived at Camping C, safe and sound. The weather was great, except for Sunday. During Slash’s performance rain started pouring down, and I was lucky enough to be wearing a jacket which wasn’t completely waterproof, so nearing the end of Slash’s show I found myself shivering and cold. Thankfully the sun came out to warm us all up later that day.
Still can’t believe I went into the mosh pit during the Prodigy’s performance. My brain was probably temporarily malfunctioning during those three days, haha. And I saw John fucking Mayer – live. How sick is that?
Recently I’ve been listening to this band from New York called Broken Bells. Their music very different from anything I’ve ever heard before. It’s sort of Death Cab For Cutie meets The Black Ghosts with a faint hint of Muse mixed in there. I definitely recommend giving October and Vaporize a listen.
Check out their myspace: http://www.myspace.com/brokenbells