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Soundtrack to 2014

Well I managed another year of blogging and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! And the most special part? Without a shadow of a doubt, it’s the opportunities it’s given me to connect with you, my lovely readers Thank you SO much for all the support, kind words and encouragement you’ve given me here on the blog, my social media pages and via email. It means the world to me.

Since we’ve all been up to our eyes in food this past week, rather than a recipe for my final post of the year, I thought I’d share my soundtrack to 2014. If I need to energise, I just hit the play button for this soundtrack and within seconds I’m bouncing round the house. Most of the tracks remind me of the summer so they’re sure to warm me up, even on the frostiest of Winter days like today.

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Each track has special memories for me and as soon as I hear them, I’ll be transported back to a specific moment of the year, whether that be a road trip, music festival or simply hearing Lil’ L singing along in his bedroom. The full playlist on YouTube can be found here.

Ed Sheeran – Don’t

Sigma ft Paloma Faith – Changing

Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway – Wizard

Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones – I Got U

Lilly Wood & The Prick – Prayer in C (Robin Schulz Remix)

Kiesza – Hideaway

Ten Walls – Walking with Elephants

Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne – Real Love

Calvin Harris ft. John Newman – Blame

 Is there a track that sums up your 2014? If so, please do share below. I’d love to check it out!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

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Soundtrack Summer 2013

At the end of the summer, I love to compile a list of our favourite summer tracks. I only need to hear the opening beats and I’ll instantly be transported back to a certain special moment, event or day I’ve had so much fun this weekend compiling the list with help from Lil’ L and M. This is the soundtrack that’s going to be keeping me warm over the next few months 😉

1. AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It

I was mesmerized the first time I saw AlunaGeorge perform this on a TV show. As soon as it ended, I had to rewind and watch it all over again!

2. Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge – White Noise

I’m loving Disclosure’s album ‘Settle’. It has some great collaborations on it, including this one featuring AlunaGeorge.

3. Duke Dumont ft. A*M*E – Need U (100%)

One of our favourite songs from early summer. I couldn’t believe it when this got to Number 1 in the UK charts! Very bizarre video though!

4. Disclosure ft. Eliza Doolittle – You & Me

 A beautiful track featuring Eliza Doolittle on the vocals

5. Rudimental ft. John Newman & Alex Clare – Not Giving In

We’re huge fans of Rudimental so it was hard to choose just one or two songs to include in the soundtrack. The album ‘Home’ (released this year) is awesome!

6. Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre – Waiting All Night

We didn’t make it to any festivals this summer, but we recreated the ‘festival feel’ at home instead for Glastonbury, T in the Park and Radio 1’s Big Weekend. Rudimental’s ‘Waiting All Night’, featuring Ella Eyre on vocals, would be sure to get us bouncing round the lounge! Their performance at Radio 1’s Big Weekend can been seen here. Lil’ L finds the official video really inspiring. It features San Francisco born BMX champion and actor – Kurt Yaeger, who became an amputee after an accident in 2006.

7. Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky

A friend gave me an ITunes voucher for my birthday last year and I saved it to buy the Daft Punk album ‘Random Access Memories’ this summer. It’s the first album they’ve released in 8 years. I absolutely love it and listen to it most days.

8. Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith – La La La

Lil’ L has been humming this song all summer 😉 The video is pretty bizarre. It’s based on a Bolivian legend about a deaf boy that flees from his abusive home, and later discovers that he has a special talent of perceiving people’s troubles, which he can heal by screaming! You can read more about it here.

9. Emeli Sande ft. Naughty Boy – Daddy

So hard to choose just one or two Emeli Sande songs for this soundtrack! I’m loving her collaborations with Rudimental and Naughty Boy. This track was released in 2011 but I’ve been playing it loads this summer, so it seemed fitting to include it.

10. Naughty Boy ft. Emeli Sande – Wonder

Naughty Boy started his music career in his parents’ garden shed, then managed to buy the equipment he needed to start recording after winning £44,000 on the TV show ‘Deal or No Deal’! He’s a fantastic songwriter and record producer. He’s got a strong working relationship with Emeli Sande, and produces and co-writes a lot of her tracks.

11. Chvrches – The Mother We Share

No, that’s not a spelling mistake… it’s pronounced ‘churches’ but they spell it with a v! They’re an electropop band from Glasgow, featuring the vocals of Lauren Mayberry.  It’s a great track but be warned, there’s one use of strong language in this video :/

12. Hot Natured & Ali Love – Benediction

An uplifting deep house track with an oldskool vibe that I just can’t get enough of this summer!

13. London Grammar – Hey Now

Time to slow the tempo down a touch. Here’s an ambient haunting track by English indie pop trio London Grammar that’s been playing all summer long in our house.

14. AlunaGeorge – Kaleidoscope Love (Live at Nouveau Casino, Paris, May 2013)

This is my favourite track from AlunaGeorge’s album ‘Body Music’. They’re playing at the O2 Academy in Bristol on Sunday 20th October. If I’m lucky, I might get to see them 😉

15. Rudimental ft. Foxes – Right Here

I’m cheekily squeezing in one more Rudimental track 😉 This one features beautiful vocals by English singer and songwriter, Foxes. Lil’ L finds the video really moving. It was shot at the Theravada Buddhist ‘Tiger Temple’ in Western Thailand.

So that’s our Summer soundtrack for 2013.  The full playlist can be accessed directly from YouTube.

I’d love to hear what you guys have been listening to this summer! Have you got a favourite track that sums up your summer? Do you find (like me) that songs can transport you back to a particular moment in time?

 

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Summer Soundtrack 2012

I’ve had so much fun compiling my Summer Soundtrack to 2012 🙂

Each of the following songs has a special memory for me. As soon as I hear them, I’m instantly transported back to a particular moment in the past three months …

… listening to Delilah whilst driving through a sunny New Forest on the way back from my birthday treat

… singing ‘Rise Up’ at the top of my voice whilst driving through the Italian Dolomites

… sitting in the car in the middle of a cold, wet, farmer’s field in the Lake District and being magically ‘transported’ to Majorca where Jessie Ware was singing live at ‘Mallorca Rocks’.

… and the memories go on…

I’ve finished off my summer soundtrack with Underworld’s Caliban’s Dream. This is the ’32 bars of bliss’ that accompanied the lighting of the Olympic Torch at the Opening Ceremony. What an incredible summer we’ve had here in the UK. It’s been epic!

1. Jessie Ware – Running

2. Jessie Ware – 110%

3. Delilah – Breathe (Sub Zero Remix)

4. Sub Focus – Out of the Blue feat. Alice Gold 

5. David Guetta – Titanium feat. Sia


6. Eric Prydz vs. Floyd – Proper Education

7. Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)

8. Delilah – Love You So (Joe Goddard Remix)

9. Nneka – Shining Star (Joe Goddard Remix)

10.  Yves LaRock – Rise Up

11. Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone

12. Underworld – Caliban’s Dream (Radio Edit)
featuring Alex Trimble (Two Door Cinema Club), The Dockhead Choir, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Only Men Aloud, & Elizabeth Roberts

What have been your favourite songs of Summer 2012?

Is there any song in particular that transports you back to a favourite moment during the summer? 

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Buddhas, Shortbread Stars, Winter Soundtrack and WIAW!

Gosh the weather has been rough the last couple of days!  We’ve had wind, sleet,  and a spell yesterday where it rained ‘slush puppy’ (Lil’ L’s words).  I hope you’re managing to stay dry and warm.

Today, it was the last Wednesday Workshop of the term so, this morning, I was busy making certificates …

Wrapping little Buddhas to give to the children at Christmas gifts…

and making shortbread stars for them …

I used my Sesame Shortbread Star recipe, but omitted the sesame seeds just in case any of the children had allergies.

I’ve been spending a fair amount of time in the kitchen over the past few days, and this has given me the opportunity to listen to lots of great tunes and put the finishing touches to my Winter Soundtrack.  The Winter version is way more mellow than the Summer one.  Here are my top 8 tracks (in no particular order).

Winter Soundtrack 2011

1. Joe Goddard ft Valentina  – Gabriel

2. SBTRKT feat. Lil Dragon – Wildfire

3. Emeli Sande – Heaven

4. Drake feat. Rihanna – Take Care

5. Wretch 32 feat. Etta Bond – Forgiveness

6. Coldplay – Paradise

7. Lana del Rey – Video Games

8. Birdy – People Help the People
This is such a beautiful song!  She’s only 15!

Wow do I feel chilled after listening to those tunes again!  This is going to be a very laid back WIAW entry this week.  Thanks once again to our lovely host  Jenn @ Peas and Crayons.

Breakfast
Hot lemon and water (before school run)
‘Festive’ porridge (eaten as soon as I got back from the school run, which was cold, wet and dark.  I wanted to eat this porridge super hot, hence no photo 😉 )

Lunch
2 slices of toast with cashew nut butter, quickly eaten before I had to dash to school
1 orange

Snacks & Drinks
Nettle tea; 1 Black coffee; 1 shortbread star; no way near enough water!

Dinner
Thai-style noodles in coconut milk.  At last a photo!!


This noodle dish is a firm family favourite.  Lil’ L loves this meal, providing that I finely chop the peppers and pak choi for him.  I’m not sure why as he normally eats large chunks of pepper but, in this dish, it has to be finely chopped.  Whatever it takes hey? 😉

This shot of the noodles made me realise that there might have been a slight improvement in my photographic skills over the last 6 months.  I first took a photo of this meal back in June and I was really pleased with it.  Having looked at it again today, I’ve realised that the old photo is totally pants!  I certainly haven’t got ‘natural’ photographic skills, but perseverance seems to pay off 😉

Or maybe it’s my cooking presentation skills that have improved?
Or maybe both have improved??
Well, at least things seem to be moving in the right direction!

I’m still not off the ‘auto’ setting on the camera though.  Every time I try and set the camera myself, the pictures are blurred or over-exposed.  Thank goodness the camera know what it’s doing 😉

Dessert
For dessert, we had stewed apples with crunchy coconut croutons (seeded, wholegrain bread cubes coated in coconut oil, Sweet Freedom fruit syrup and dessicated coconut).  It’s amazing how Lil’ L won’t eat a bowl of stewed apples on its own, but add a topping and he scoffs the whole lot and then exclaims ‘delicious!’

Well that’s me done for another week!  Time to head over to Jenn’s, check out all the beautiful foodie photos and get inspired 😉

Oh and don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win 10 of my home made raw chocolates!  The closing date is this Friday, 9am GMT x


What are you listening to this month?  Do you have a favourite track that sums up this season for you, or perhaps a track that sums up how you’re currently feeling?  I’d love to hear from you! x

 

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My Starry Soundtrack to Summer 2011

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Starry Soundtrack to Summer 2011

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