The First Days of Spring

Hello sweeties,

Yeepee, Spring! Spring and rain. Less yeepee. But yeepee anyway because I did my first *real* nail art thing.

FDOS 1 © Wina

That’s not the neatest work in the world, but I feel pretty proud about it. I thought it would look worse ha. It’s not too bad after all.

FDOS 2 © Wina

Here’s the steps for those happy feeling nails :
– Base with All in one from Essie
– 3 coats (yes, 3) of Muted Lavender from NYX
– Cloudy effect with white nail polish applied with a make up sponge
– Branches drawn with a thin brush and black nail polish + Smoldering from NYX to soften (but you can barely see it, meh)
– Flowers done with dots of white nail polish, Nude Peach from NYX and St-Tropez from Mavala for the pinks
– Topcoat with Good to go from Essie

Et voilà.

FDOS 3 © WinaYup, this thumb is my pride.

You’re now ready to watch Noah and The Whale’s film for The First Days of Spring, their best album. One of the best on Earth ever, actually.

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Sweetness

Hello sweeties,

I’m back, eventually!

Yesterday I went to the cinema and watched Searching for Sugar Man, the documentary about Rodriguez’s incredible story. I didn’t know the artist yet but the summary my friend did about the film really intrigued me.
A guy, Sixto Rodriguez, records two albums in the early 70’s USA and it’s a flop. It doesn’t sell. And by some fortune, it’s an unbelievable success in South Africa. They don’t know anything about the guy, except that it’s said that he killed himself. Fascinating, isn’t it?

I believe that most of the people who saw the documentary are Rodriguez’s fans. I wasn’t. But for those who are in the same case than me, you guys should definitely go watch it, it’s absolutely worth it. There’s a freaking twist in the middle of the film. I was like :

wut
I also learned a lot about South Africa. My knowledge on this country is close to the void. Of course, like everyone on Earth, I’ve heard of the apartheid period. But what do I really know? Nothing actually. It was very interesting to know more about it. I was really surprised about the impact that Rodriguez had on South Africa’s history. And I guess he was too when he knew it!

The whole story is so incredible that it’s hard to believe. You almost wish that it’s not true as it’s too wonderful. I really felt in love with the story. It represents Humanity’s magic, what people could do for the love of music and how beautiful people might be (apart from the cruelty of music industry, meh).

And of course, the soundtrack is fantastic. I’m listening to Cold Fact and Coming From Reality on repeat since yesterday. I have to say I rather like Cold Fact though. Sugar Man is probably my fav song. Not a very original choice, but I really find this track powerful. When he sings the first line, I feel like an instant sorrow is invading me, but it’s not a *bad* sorrow, if you see what I mean. It’s just something intense that makes you want to cry, but the tears don’t come up.

It’s still on display in Paris, France. I don’t know if it’s the case wherever you guys are, but it is, go to the goddamn cinema.

Because it always sounds better with violin

Hello sweeties,

Youtube is a wonderful place, isn’t it? My last Youtube discover is JuNCurryAhn’s videos. I discovered him through an article of the french webzine MadmoiZelle. They were talking about Peter Hollens’ full acapella cover of Misty Mountains from The Hobbit and the cover he made with Jun Sung Ahn aka JuNCurryAhn (go check the videos out by the way, it’s crazy).

So, basically, Jun Sung Ahn makes amazing violin covers of popular songs. Adele, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, One Direction… Wait no, don’t quit the page! He does a fantastic work. Songs that usually sound uninteresting to me magically become great. Like Payphone by Maroon 5. I used to like Maroon 5, but it’s not really the case anymore. God forgive me for this affront, but Payphone sounds nicer without Adam Levine’s voice.

Other example of Jun Sung Ahn’s awesomeness : his cover of RED by Taylor Swift. I don’t like her music. Neither her face. Plus, she dated Jake Gyllenhaal. You. Know. It. Happened.

shut up shut upNow, dry your tears. And make peace with her. I know it’s hard to admit, but you’re about to like Taylor Swift.

But you know what’s cool with Jun Sung Ahn’s covers? He makes originally nice songs sound better. Like Rolling in the Deep by Adele. 

Basically, go check his channel out, he also made a cover of Gangnam Style by PSY. And he’s dancing in the video. Yup.

Cute as hell, talented as hell

Hello sweeties,

I’d like to talk about some wonderful artist today. She’s called Abi Wade and she’s insanely talented.

I discovered her music when I was at Patrick Wolf’s acoustic show in Paris in November. For those who don’t know it yet, Patrick Wolf is my favorite artist ever. I said E-VER. I love his music, I will love it forever and even, I will love it five-ever, maybe even six-ever if I could. Anyway.

Abi Wade was opening this night. Before going to the show, I didn’t have the time to listen to what she was doing. So it was complete surprise. And when she started to play and to sing, good Lord, she literally blew away. She hypnotized me. That was crazy. She is fantastic.  I was almost open mouth. 

This cute girl. Alone on stage. Playing cello, box and tambourine at the same time. Oh and she also plays the piano. She perfectly controls her hands, feet and voice (people like that always amaze me at the highest point). And good heavens, what a voice. So powerful and touching.

Go check out her music (my favourite song is Perfect Form), it’s definitely worth it.

Kingfisher

Hello sweeties,

Recently, I listened to Ellie Goulding’s last album, Halcyon. I put it on repeat a whole day, while I was working on the blog’s banner artwork and other stuff. And even after something like 10 listens, my opinion is mixed. It still is Pop music with a bit of Electro in it, something easy listening. But I’m pretty disappointed compared to Lights. I know I shouldn’t make this comparison, but how could you not do that? You always do.

It started “””well””” yet. The beginning of Don’t Say a Word is great, I really enjoyed it. But the rest of the song didn’t convince me. At this point, I was like “come on, there still are 12 songs”. But at the half of the album, the magic still didn’t happen. There was always something wrong in the songs.
For example, Only You. It’s a nice song. Until you get to that moment when there’s this super modified pitched voice and you’re just like :

Y U NO HAVE USUAL VOICE

“Y U NO HAVE USUAL VOICE”

It ruined my pleasure.

But after the first half, the album became interesting to my ears. Ritual and Explosions are brilliant, I enjoy them from A to Z.  I Need Your Love is pretty cool, you can clearly hear that Calvin Harris is in the place. Without Your Love makes me think of a feminine version of Friendly Fires in some ways. Figure 8 is not bad, if you’re not a Dubstep hater. It’s not Dubstep-Dubstep, but you can hear a bit of it in this track. I also liked Hanging On‘s rap passage. But only the rap passage.
Also, Atlantis made me laugh, because I thought that Goulding was singing “Think Zazu”, which makes absolutely no sense when you think about it (what I obviously didn’t do).

"WHAAAT"

“WHAAAT”

Last words about the name of the album. As English is not my mother tongue, there are a lot of words that I don’t know. “Halcyon” was one of these. So, like anyone sensible, I googled it. And I bumped into this :

WoodlandKingfisher

No, that’s not Zazu IRL

First thought : “WTF, where am I, who am I, is this 4th dimension?”

Then, I took a deep breath and read what Wikipedia was telling about it. Halcyons are birds and it seems that if you meet one of them, it’s a rest and peace omen.
The name’s album kind of make sense. I still think that Lights is way much better than Halcyon. But, if there’s one thing I do like about this album is that Goulding sounds fulfilled on it.