Tuesday, 11 February 2014

I'm Taking a Break

Hi!!!
In case you haven't noticed, I haven't been updating much lately. I'm just quite busy with new classes at school as well as settling into my Gold Duke of Ed activities. I also have nothing that about music that I want to put into writing at the moment. I thought I'd take a bit of a break from this blog instead of feeling bad for never updating.

Once school gets into the swing of things more, I'm doing choir, music, singing lessons etc... I'll probably start updating again. Occasionally I might just do a small My Music Moment or Playlist if I feel like it but until I start planning posts vigorously and it becomes part of my routine I'm  going to stop for a while.

If you're interested I have another blog here: www.millycroft.wordpress.com,  so go have a look. I'll come back sooner rather than later. So I'll see you then I suppose.

- Milly

Thursday, 6 February 2014

My Music Moment: New Music Videos

One Direction - Midnight Memories
Depending on how you look at it this video is either hilarious or terrible. I like it. Although I'm probably quite easy to please. It takes away the the fictional world most people dream up in music videos. They're at a lame party and go to a kebab shop. Probably something they've all done. Maybe the riding around with old ladies on their mobility scooters and stealing a police boat while Niall gives the officer his autograph is a bit fictional though. I like how a few of the boys make fun of their stereotypes a bit too. Niall takes a bite right out of some meat while Harry tells an old lady to call him. The only improvement I'd make is to have Zayn more, and not have Harry in every second shot. Maybe you could have Zayn in every fourth shot and then everyone would be happy. This video is very One Direction.

Justin Bieber - Confident feat. Chance the Rapper
Is it bad that Justin Bieber doing music like this actually makes me uncomfortable. I'm a teenage girl. The video is visually really cool. I like the setting and the colours/lights are done well. The dancing in this video is also good, well done to the choreographer. The clip is 6 minutes long and to be honest the story is a bit weird. This girl is walking in this place for basically no reason so Justin follows her and hits on her. Then they happen to be at the same party and get together. It's a bit weird. I suppose they only wanted a simple story line for the video though.

- Milly

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd has been background music throughout my whole life that I've never really noticed. For instance the opening guitar for 'Wish You Were Here' is played every time I go to my dad's house. I never knew it was Pink Floyd. In 2012 when Roger Waters came to New Zealand with 'The Wall' mum brought me along. Not only was it my first concert and probably the best concert I'll ever see but I enjoyed it because I could sing-a-long to quite a few of the songs.

Wish You Were Here

After that experience I tried to listen to Pink Floyd but couldn't really focus on it. They only songs I really listened to were 'Hey You' and 'Comfortably Numb. Only throughout last year did I begin to listen to it more. I found 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond' and absolutely love it, only to find that my brother loves it too. It's my first favourite song that exceeds and almost triples 6 minutes.

Hey You

Comfortably Numb

Shine on You Crazy Diamond

Now that I've had some free time, Us and Them, High Hopes, Another Brick in The Wall Pt. 2 and Money are all a regular part of my playlist. I'm becoming more annoyed with radio and if I'm sick of all of my other songs then Pink Floyd is the go to because it never gets old. No wonder it's lasted through out time.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

London Grammar - If You Wait [Review]


Strong, somewhat grand, relatable, vulnerable and excellently made. Hannah Reid has an amazing voice which isn't quite given justice in the remixed version of 'Strong' on the radio. This album feels like real music but not done in an arrogant 'this is real music and you just don't realise it because you listen to the radio' sort of way.  It's just good music that is unique enough to be special and intelligent enough to appreciate.

This album is really long but totally worth it. Other albums have approximately the same number of tracks but the songs are an average of three minutes, not four to four and a half minutes. Being aware of that the songs do vary in this album after the 'interlude' track. Which brings up another potential problem with this album; there is risk that all the songs sound the same. They don't. I can put in on shuffle and usually give the title of the song, just from the chorus. I've only listened to some songs about two times.

London Grammar definitely aren't afraid of silence and simplicity and they shouldn't be as it works. There are some awesome melodies in the songs, they are repetitive and don't stray too much from the initial idea but are still stimulating. I like instrumentals they definitely aren't done enough these days. I like the instruments with their different rhythms at points it keeps the song interesting without seeming too crowded. There are quite a few songs I can see being on T.V or in movies, even ad campaigns. I think that's where quite a few of these songs will go.

I can tell that each element of the band has their own distinct style, not the same in every song but you can tell it's the same people playing. That's what I really love about this album. A must buy.

- Milly

Monday, 27 January 2014

Grammy Winners

Album Of The Year
"The Blessed Unrest" — Sara Bareilles
"Random Access Memories" — Daft Punk
"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" — Kendrick Lamar
"The Heist" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
"Red" — Taylor Swift
Prediction: "Red" — Taylor Swift
Winner: "Random Access Memories" — Daft Punk

Record Of The Year
"Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
"Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons
"Royals" — Lorde
"Locked Out Of Heaven" — Bruno Mars
"Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
Prediction: Royals (Get Lucky, Blurred Lines)
Winner:  "Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Song Of The Year
"Just Give Me A Reason" — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
"Locked Out Of Heaven" — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
"Roar" — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
"Royals" — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
"Same Love" — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)
Prediction:  Roar (Royals, Same Love)
Winner:  "Royals" — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor, songwriters (Lorde)

Best New Artist
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran
Prediction:  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Ed Sheeran, James Blake)
Winner: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Pop Solo Performance
"Brave" — Sara Bareilles
"Royals" — Lorde
"When I Was Your Man" — Bruno Mars
"Roar" — Katy Perry
"Mirrors" — Justin Timberlake
Prediction: "Mirrors" — Justin Timberlake 
Winner: "Royals" — Lorde

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
"Just Give Me A Reason" — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
"Stay" — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
"Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
"Suit & Tie" — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z
Prediction: Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams (Get Lucky - Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams)
Winner: Get Lucky - Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Vocal Album
"Paradise" — Lana Del Rey
"Pure Heroine" — Lorde
"Unorthodox Jukebox" — Bruno Mars
"Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke
"The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience" — Justin Timberlake
Prediction: Pure Heroine - Lorde (The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience - Justin Timberlake)
Winner: "Unorthodox Jukebox" — Bruno Mars

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Grammy Nomination Predictions 2014

The Grammys are tomorrow! I've looked through the Grammy nominations that I kind of know about/are relevant to me and predicted who I think will win. It's a bit late but hopefully I can do better than my last award predictions. So good luck to everyone nominated and go Lorde!

Album Of The Year
"The Blessed Unrest" — Sara Bareilles
"Random Access Memories" — Daft Punk
"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" — Kendrick Lamar
"The Heist" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
"Red" — Taylor Swift
Prediction: "Red" — Taylor Swift

Record Of The Year
"Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
"Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons
"Royals" — Lorde
"Locked Out Of Heaven" — Bruno Mars
"Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
Prediction: Royals (Get Lucky, Blurred Lines)

Song Of The Year
"Just Give Me A Reason" — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
"Locked Out Of Heaven" — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
"Roar" — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
"Royals" — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
"Same Love" — Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)
Prediction:  Roar (Royals, Same Love)

Best New Artist
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran
Prediction:  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Ed Sheeran, James Blake)

Best Pop Solo Performance
"Brave" — Sara Bareilles
"Royals" — Lorde
"When I Was Your Man" — Bruno Mars
"Roar" — Katy Perry
"Mirrors" — Justin Timberlake
Prediction: "Mirrors" — Justin Timberlake 

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
"Just Give Me A Reason" — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
"Stay" — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
"Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams
"Suit & Tie" — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z
Prediction: Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams (Get Lucky - Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams)

Best Pop Vocal Album
"Paradise" — Lana Del Rey
"Pure Heroine" — Lorde
"Unorthodox Jukebox" — Bruno Mars
"Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke
"The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience" — Justin Timberlake
Prediction: Pure Heroine - Lorde (The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience - Justin Timberlake)