The Vinyl Countdown

Last year for my 21st birthday I requested what would be considered ‘vintage’ things, I asked for a polaroid camera and a vinyl player. My step dad got me a vinyl player/turntable and it is probably one of my favourite things I own.

Vinly stackcollage

My turntable is ION Audio Profile LP Record Player and one of its main features is that is converts your vinyl (if you want it to) onto the computer, however, I use it as turntable. It took a few weeks to get it to work. First I needed speakers (Edifer Speakers, my brother suggested this would be the best). and then I needed an adapter and then a stand for the turntable but eventually I got it work. To date I have had no problems with it, well apart from the damn fluff on the needle but so far things have been good. I do have a minor issue with trying to store all my vinyl, yes in under a year I have obtained quite the collection but the large majority are from my dad. My dad gave me (I am still due) a stack of records everything from AC/DC to Pavarotti, I have admittedly not listen to all of them but I am sure there are some gem of records stored away in there.  So let’s talk about my favourite records!

Actual Vinyl Collage

From left to right, we will start with AC/DC. My dad bought this record on a school trip to Holland, he wanted it desperately because it had the time stamps on the back, which the UK record didn’t. Highway to Hell is a fantastic album and it sounds amazing on this vinyl. I really do cherish this album as it was one of my dad’s favourites growing up and now it is one of mine.

The 1975 self-titled album was bought by a friend for my 21st. I love The 1975 and this album is such a strong album, I can just put it on, sit back and read without a worry or a care in the world. I am currently listening to the new 1975 on Spotify (I do intend to buy the vinyl when I can afford it).

I pre ordered 5 Seconds Of Summer new album way back before I had the turntable, I knew I wanted a vinyl player and this would be a great record to listen to on vinyl. I wasn’t wrong. First of the actually LP is bright green, which looks great and all the songs are solid.

And finally Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison. Like my dad, I am a fan of the man in black and this is a classic album so I just had to get on vinyl. It has the full show on the vinyl, not just part of it; it has his introduction and the cheers from the inmates. It is such a classic album that playing it on vinyl only seems right.

Vinyl All 4 Colage

Admittedly I don’t spend money on CD’s like I use to, I use Spotify as my music sources and if I really like an album I will buy it. However, if there is an album I love I think I may just have to buy it on vinyl. So things on my wish list include Sigur Ros, The 1975, All Time Low and whatever I can raid from my dad’s collection.

Edit: I just found American Idiot on vinyl, that was the first one I bought. It gets an honorable mention!

Six Months On

This week I was talking to one of my university friends who was asking if I would be attending an alumni event in London which was begin put on by my former university lecturers.
Lol, no.” Was my reply.
The conversation then fell to what I am currently doing job wise and my friend was angry for me as many people are in the same situation as me. People who have graduated with honours and are still looking for employment be it full time, part time or something within their chosen field.  I could not help but agree with her, I am angry as well.

I graduated university six months ago and since then my university and former lecturers have had very little contact with me. My university had a research company ring me in January to find out what I was doing and to rate the university in terms of success; looking back I was somewhat generous with my answers.

So where am I six months after graduating?

I am in between two zero hours jobs (I wrote apiece how zero hours were not that bad, I still stand by that piece) and I finally have a part time job at a local supermarket. In all honesty having a degree did not help me get these jobs. In contrast to fellow university peers, I am not where I want to be. The large majority have some role within the music and/or events industry, one friend is studying to become a teacher, some students have even had helped from former lecturers. I have not had anything, apart from references.

I have never expected job opportunities to land in my lap but over the past few months I have been applying for a lot of jobs, I have sent my CV off and filled out enough forms to make my head spin. Sometimes I get interviews which I extremely grateful for but it always ends up being down to the dreaded word ‘experience’. My CV is not bare, I have volunteered at events, I have done unpaid roles and I have been doing this since high school yet people still won’t look at you. As my family say “How are you suppose to get experience if no one will give you any.”

Do I feel like the world owes me a favour? Yes and no. Yes, because ever since high school it has been drilled into me that going to university will make me successful, I will earn more money in the end and it will be worth it. No one (I mean teachers and lectures, in fact lectures have said the music industry is a growing business) mentioned anything about the lack of jobs, yet the studies and media have given me plenty of warning.  So yes, I feel like maybe I deserve a chance. But on the other hand, the world owes me nothing. I chose to go to university, I chose my degree. I need to grow up and realise the world isn’t fair.

You could say that is has only been six months and I shouldn’t worry but in another six months there will be more graduates in the world with possibly more experience. Time is not on my side. Part of me is considering a postgraduate degree, if over the summer little has improved with my career prospects I may seriously begin considering this option. I am still going to apply for jobs, jobs that I want, entry-level jobs that will get me to my dream job. But it is hard work and tiring applying for jobs as well as being constantly knocked back. However, all I can do is keep applying and maybe one day someone will open the door and say yes.

Monthly Favourites #6 (February 2016)

I am going to be honest, I completely forgot about having a favourites posts this month until I saw it was the 29th.  Sorry that this post is a tad late but here are the things I have been enjoying this month.

Film – Cinderella
I am talking about the Disney’s live action Cinderella that was released last year. I loved this film, I loved the colour schemes, I loved the characters and I loved how it did not stray too far from the original animated version. I know Disney have done well with previous live action fairy tales such as Maleficent and I have feeling this will be the same for the Beauty and the Beast remake in 2017. I felt the Ella was given a personality as well as Kit, in fact none of the characters were that flat. If you want a classic fairy-tale in beautiful colours this is the film for you.
Cinderella 2015

Playlist – Late Night Synths And Strings
Every now and then I do find myself enjoying a bit of classical music and this playlist fits this bill. It was on the Spotify main page and I gave the playlist a chance. The title of the playlist is what it is, some of the songs have a darker feel to them but they are all beautiful none the less. The music is perfect for dozing off to or getting you in the mood to write!
https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify_uk_/playlist/0K6xHFgCttN4wQCZuXNbIK

TV Show – Happy Valley
Happy Valley is a TV drama that predominately features police sergeant Catherine Cawood and her life in the Calder Valley. The character has dealt with a few blows such as her daughter being raped and then killing herself because of the rape. Now Cawood is bringing up her grandson and keeping an eye on her alcoholic sister. In the first series Tommy Lee Royce, the rapist and father of her grandson makes an appearance. I did not watch the first series but my nanna and BBC one provided a catch up of the previous series which brought me up to date. Series 2 kicked off with a dramatic fashion of sorts, Tommy Lee Royce wants his son and Catherine is facing a lot of dilemmas at work. The writing of this show is second to none, I would recommend you give it a whirl if you are into your drama.

Happy Valley

Programme Name: Happy Valley – TX: n/a – Episode: n/a (No. 1) – Picture Shows: Catherine (SARAH LANCASHIRE) – (C) Red Productions – Photographer: Ben Blackall

Song – Creeper // Black Mass
The chorus is damn catchy and thanks to Radio One playing this nearly every day it was only destined to become a favourite.

Event – All Time Low in Manchester
Ah, yes I was once again saw All Time Low and this time it was in the city of Manchester. Despite a few individuals, the gig was great from start to end. Good Charlotte were phenomenal and I felt like a young teen when they played some of the old classics. All Time Low themselves were amazing, I had a great spot and they played a lot off their new album (I do wish they played some of their old songs though). I nearly teared up when they played Missing You and lost my mind when they played Coffee Shop Soundtrack. I believe this was the  12th time I have seen them since 2009 and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
all time low