…is “Simple Pleasures” by Jake Bugg from the album Shangri-La, which was featured on Muruch writer Laura’s 2013 Albums List.
Cool voice, cool music, cool hair. There aren’t many artists who can truly be called unique these days, but Fiona Bevan is truly unique. The British singer-songwriter only recently released her debut album, Talk to Strangers, but chances are you’ve already heard her music. Fiona co-wrote the One Direction hit “Little Things” with Ed Sheeran and the 5 Seconds of Summer single “Voodoo Doll.” Her own recordings are even more interesting, such as the London riot-inspired single “Rebel Without a Cause.” You can watch the official video below along with a live performance of “The Machine.” And a free, legal mp3 of the track “Slo Mo Tiger Glo” is available for download at Amazon.
I just finished reading Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a work of contemporary fiction so much.
Much like Rowell’s widely beloved previous novel, Eleanor & Park, Fangirl is an easy but well written and extraordinarily empathetic YA book. Fangirl tells a lighter story than the emotionally wrought Eleanor & Park, which made for a happier albeit less captivating read. But the strength of both books is their authentic, relatable characters.
Fangirl is a love letter to fanfiction writers, replete with excerpts from its own Harry Potter-inspired fic and frequent Twilight references. Yet more endearing are protagonist Cath’s geeky angst, her dysfunctional family (comprised of a rebellious twin sister, absent mother and bipolar father) and her Felicity-like freshman year of college.
I appreciate that Rowell’s heroines remain uncompromisingly independent despite their glaring insecurities and only fall for good guys who treat them with kindness and respect – a far cry from the unhealthy and often dangerous relationships portrayed in other popular YA series.
Rainbow Rowell’s novels expertly capture the awkwardness and blatantly emotional sincerity of teens in a heartfelt, deceptively simple way reminiscent of John Hughes movies. I hope Hollywood starts making movies based on her books, the world needs more of her kind of fiction.