Merry Christmas 2013

We’re not really up for the seriously festive at the homestead, but I have been enjoying some historic/traditional music which I thought I’d also share here.

Music is good for the soul right?  This is from Of Kings and Angels.

Merry Christmas and a Happy and healthy 2014 to you all.  I hope there are still some of you readers out there anyway!

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New Music: 30 Seconds to Mars – Love Lust Faith + Dreams

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post on music here, so I thought I’d update with some of the new stuff I’m listening to at the moment.

Principally, it’s 30 Seconds to Mars’ fourth album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams.  Really enjoying the first half of the album, the second half is still growing on me.  Album sleeve is also from artwork by British artist Damien Hurst, which is rather cool…

Here is the first single – Up in the Air:

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Looking forward to seeing them in concert again in November!

Have also been loving Hurts’ second album Exile.  I don’t think there’s a song on there that I dislike!  My favourite is The Crow however.  No video for that yet, but you can at least listen to it here.

I thoroughly recommend this album, and their first, which I also loved – Happiness.  Hmm, I should really see these guys in concert too…

Florence and the Machine at the AECC

For those of you that don’t already know – I really love Florence and the Machine.  I bought the first album Lungs fairly early on, but the second – Ceremonials – I bought in July, and absolutely love!

So when a friend told me that Florence was going to be in Aberdeen in December, I jumped at the chance to go, and was not disappointed (apart from the unfortunate traffic jam after!)  Really enjoyed the support band Haim too.

Here is an atmosphere shot from the night:


Bonus was the lovely sets and lighting and great sound quality.

Support the Military Wives for the Christmas Number One!

*Warning* slightly emotional Christmas message ahead…

I don’t normally like to post two songs or music videos in a row, but this is special – so here goes!

The Mum loves The Choir with Gareth Malone (if you haven’t seen it, go now and watch it!), which she’s been watching for a number of years.  The most recent one created was a choir of military wives and girlfriends.  Something to occupy and unite them while their loved ones were away.  It was a particularly emotional experience watching it, and lovely to see them at the Albert Hall in November.

Now it’s time to support them for the Christmas number one – they really deserve it, far more than the manufactured rubbish that is always in the charts.  This has depth and meaning. The song was created by Paul Mealor using letters home – the words are all real.

Please support them by buying the single by download or CD – I’m going to – it’s out today!  All proceeds go to charity.

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Thank you! #Message Ends.

Mars Concert Here At Last!

I never thought it was going to get here!  I managed to get tickets to 30 Seconds To Mars’ tour at the AECC for the 3 December, and that time came around really quickly.  Problem was the really bad snow where we all began to doubt that the concert would ever happen.

Good news is, after walking to the venue and back in the snow we made it and had an amazing time!  I didn’t take my camera, but here is a recording from that show…

(Sound quality is good for this one)

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New Music, and Music Revisited

I’ve been listening to a lot of new music lately.  I don’t know if it’s the time of year, the freedom from study or what.  But I’ll enjoy it all the same!

Some of you may remember my mentioning 30 Seconds to Mars a couple of years ago.  They have now released a new album, and I’m loving the single Closer to the Edge.  My fave from the new album This is War is Hurricane.

Check our Closer to the Edge, it’s fab!

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Also love their cover of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance.

Also loving: Muse, Biffy Clyro, King of Leon, Hurts and Marina and the Diamonds…

Bat For Lashes

Hello everyone – good grief it’s 2010!  I hope you are all ok, especially in the UK with the current exceptional Winter weather.  We have had at least 4ft of snow here, and there isn’t much in the way of gritting happening on paths and roads, so it is quite hazardous at times, and quite arduous getting anywhere.

I am back at work at the day job, have passed (thankfully) all my coursework at Uni, but am now coming up to my exams, so times are a bit busy and frantic here, apologies for the lack of posting.  I have some castle news to share shortly, but this will come after my exams and busyness at work.

I was very sad to see David Tennant go at the tenth Doctor in Doctor Who, only Christmas viewing I really watched, really enjoyed his performance.  I’ve also been experimenting with some new reading and music (relaxation time has officially left the building now).

Here is the music I’m really liking, Bat For Lashes, and Daniel.  Any suggestions for other people/bands appreciated.  Speak soon!

Doctor Who The End of Time

Bat For Lashes: Daniel

A Victorian Christmas to You and Yours

The castle looked lovely for the Christmas weekend, with its’ natural decoration from the estate and other Victorian inspired decorations.  We had a peaceful, but steady weekend along with Father Christmas, and the week of Carol concerts also went well.

We here, have been enjoying the return of the Victorian Farm for Christmas, and a special two part episode of Cranford.

I’d like to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year specially decorated with two of my Victorian Christmas cards from my collection.



Also, why not add a bit of Wizzard and stir, eh?!  Have a good one!