A new Taylor Swift era…

So as I am sure most of you know Taylor Swift recently released a new track titled “Look what you made me do” and she premiered the music video last night at the VMA awards. The release came after much speculation and a social media wipe from the artist’s side. She wiped her social media pages clean and started posting very strange snake content. Ahead of the official release, there was already a vibe surrounding this new era of what is T. Swift up to…

I first heard a snippet of the song when Shonda Rhymes released a teaser video of her new TGIT season. She used the song as a background to her teaser content. At first, I thought ok, it seems different. Let me hear the rest of the song before I decide. I watched the music video last night and I must say, my feelings are very mixed. The song and record are created around the concept of her reputation, which in itself is not odd for an artist in the limelight. Their reputations are always under scrutiny and we do live in a very judgmental society. So I understand her wanting to speak out about her reputation.

The video takes on a rather synical approch. There are so many signifiers of the end of the ‘old’ Taylor Swift. She repeats many of the characters she has previously played in old music videos and makes so many refrences to stories that she has been involved with in the past year. There is a reference to her feud with Katy Perry, the incident with Kim and Kanye West and even a reference to her recent law suit which she won. There is no doubt that the video is beautifully crafted- which all Taylor Swift videos have in common. (Remember her trip to Africa for wildest dreams?)

It is clear that Taylor worked very hard on the minor details within the video. Many of them are not even visible on first glance but after the third or fourth time watching the video, it becomes clear how many Diggs the star is stabbing at her past. It is a really brilliant music video. There is so much to look at and it is clear that this video was not made on a small budget. I get it. I understand that she felt like it was time to speak out about all the shade she has been receiving from all ends. However, part of me is sad that she is trying so hard to kill off old Taylor- I loved old Taylor. 1989 was and still is one of my favorite records to date. That music inspired me so much and I still listen to it on a regular basis.

I understand that there comes a time where stars feel like they need to evolve and grow. However, Taylor Swift has always represented such positivity within the industry- a trait which should always be encouraged. So I am not completely sure of why she felt she needed to make this music so dark? Having said that, the video is really brilliant and clever. T.Swfit always manages to bring some wit into her work and this is no different.

All I can say is that the next Taylor Swift era looks like it is going to be one hell of a ride…

Have a look at her video on her VEVO channel 🙂

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx

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Michael Buble- Nobody but me (2016)

Hi guys,

Michael Buble’s new album was released recently and well I have to write about it!! (#1 Fan right here) ‘Nobody but me’ is Michael’s 9th studio album. On the Album he covers some of the best-loved Jazz songs and  has 3 original songs co-written by Mr. Buble himself. Needless to say, I was VERY excited to hear this Album and even pre-ordered my own copy. Overall, I think it is a solid CD and I am enjoying it a lot.

My favorite songs on the album, ironically, are his original ones; Nobody but me, I believe in you and Someday. Someday is my favorite since it features Megan Trainor- I mean is there a more perfect collaboration? I think not! There is something about Michael’s voice that just hits me in the all the right places. His passion for old school Jazz and his beautiful voice are a match made in heaven and I regard him as the 20th century, Frank Sinatra. It’s fantastic.

My only criticism is that I wish he could write more original songs. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good cover but I feel like he is doing it too much. We know he is talented, we know he can sing and we know he is great at jazz so why not bring some modern jazz into the world? I have been a fan of Michael Buble for as long as I can remember. I have seen him live twice and I cried both times. With all that in mind, my favorite songs are his own ones. There is nothing like ‘home’, ‘lost’ or ‘Everything’ those songs are timeless and will live on forever- he just needs to carry that on.

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx

New from OLLY MURS

Hi guys,

So there is a lot of new stuff being released in the music world at the moment! DNCE released a controversial new music video this week, Michael Buble released his new music video for ‘nobody but me’ (Look out for a post on that) and Olly Murs released his new Music video for Grow up.

I just finished watching his music video and it is so great! The title of the song gives the concept away a bit- it is about growing up! In a relationship sense, that is. Realizing that in a relationship there are two sides and to make it work it requires you to give and take. It is about overcoming your insecurities in order to make your relationship last. It has a pretty universal message to it which is great.

I have always loved Olly Murs, ever since he was on the ‘X factor’ in 2009. There is such a friendly vibe to his music and it is really refreshing to hear. His music has a bit of an Indie theme throughout and in its own unique way, it celebrates what British music is all about. On top of his talent, he is VERY easy on the eyes which never hurts…

Back to his music video, he has very cleverly used little kids to showcase the theme of the song. The story goes as follows: he is creating his music video and his production crew consists of little kids! And it is extremely cute. I was able to pick up the concept right away- He is the ‘grown up’ in the world of children. Instead of belittling the children, however, there is the idea that even though they are children he (Olly) can respect them and they can all work together. I presume this is to contrast the immature behavior he is singing about.

I kind of love it when artists write songs that are personal and they don’t keep it a secret. It shows that they are human but are able to channel their frustrations/ feelings/ experiences into their music- a healthy way of dealing with conflicts in their lives. This is what Olly has always done and I respect him for not giving up on who he is as a person and artist. After almost 8 years in the industry, he still remains authentic. Good Job Olly!!

His video is able to watch on youtube on his VEVO channel 😀

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx

Bollywood Blonde by Gene Gualdi

Hi everyone,

I just finished reading an awesome book called Bollywood Blonde. The book is written by a South African author,photographer and creative, Gene Gualdi. Gene was living and working in the film industry in Cape Town and was picked up by an Indian producer and offered a job in India. What started out as a 6-month stint turned into a 6-year adventure full of ups and downs. What first drew me to the book was the idea that a young South African, just like me, could find herself with a ‘dream’ job in an exotic country. Since I study film, it seemed like a perfect book for me to read. As I began to read the book I came to understand that Gene’s story is so much more than just an adventure, her book is a brave testimony of an experience that changed her life.

Throughout the book, I caught myself thinking ‘how did she do it?’ How did she leave her family for something completely unknown?  How did she trust a man she didn’t even know? How did she wake up at 4:30AM every morning? How did she stay excited and positive when all she wanted to do was crash? How, How and How?? The conclusion that I came to; bravery, passion and an enormous sense of adventure!

The book is written in such a wonderful way, there is no wafting. As you read the first sentence you are immediately transported into Gene’s world. The story is so fast paced that I simply could not stop reading it in fear that I would miss something. (As a slow reader being able to finish the book so quickly makes quite the statement) There are no fancy words taking up space for lack of story. Gene tells it like it is and I loved it.

The book is her true story about her time spent in India. It follows her dramatic life there and introduces the reader to all the amazing people she met along the way. The book is an honest roller coaster ride culminating in a dramatic event that changes Gene’s entire mindset. The book is not only about India but rather it is about adventure, self-realisation, the not so glamorous film industry and how a little bravery can go a long way.

I MOST DEFIANTLY recommend this book to not only aspiring filmmakers but to anyone who loves a true story. I found her story inspiring and it has given me a new perspective about filmmaking and self-confidence. I sincerely hope this book becomes a movie one day because what an exciting movie it would be!

*lights out*

Natalia

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Michael Buble is back!

Hi guys,

OK, so VERY exciting news! The one and only Mr (wonderful) Michael Buble just released a brand new song off of his new album which is due to be released on October 19th! How exciting is that? Nobody but me was released today and having already listened to it at least 6 times, all I can say is.. I love this man!

I have grown up listening and adoring Michale Buble and have been fortunate enough to see him live twice. I have watched every Christmas special he has done and I have been glued to my screen for all of his facebook live chats. He closed his last tour right here in South Africa and I was lucky enough to attend his final concert of his ‘To be loved’ tour. He brought his entire team, including his wife, onto the stage and announced he was taking some time off to concentrate on his family and his music.

Now he is making his return and I am so excited. His new single which was released today on the radio is called Nobody but me. It is an upbeat, happy song that gets your feet tapping from the moment you hear the first bar.

There is not much news about his new album out yet but we know that it will be landing on the 19th of October so keep an eye out and I can’t wait to share my thoughts about this new album when it is released!

😀

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx

 

 

Finding Dory 2016

Hey guys,

So yesterday the 13-year long wait ended. We finally got to go see Finding Dory! I was really excited to see this film because Dory was my favourite character in Finding Nemo. So what could be better than a whole film dedicated to my favourite character?

Let me start by saying the film is super cute. Baby dory is the cutest fish you will ever see! I really want someone to get me on for my birthday… Nemo is as charming as ever and Marlin is even more caring, if that is even possible. The storyline is similar to Finding Nemo. The fish set out on an adventure to find something. For the first film Marlin sets out to find Nemo, in the sequel they set out to find Dory’s family. While the plot may be the same, personally I didn’t go to see the film because I wanted to hear a new story. I went to see the film because I wanted to catch up with old friends. And I feel like this is where everyone is clashing.

I have read a lot of reviews of the film and many people are saying that it was nothing new. However, it is not a new ‘family’ so to speak of characters. We know the characters of Finding Nemo and we love them. If I wanted to go, see a new story I would have waited to see ‘The secret life of pets’ (which by the way looks great!) But I wanted to see what Nemo, Dory and the gang were up to. The film had a comforting sense of familiarity, which I loved. As people we grow, we develop it only makes sense that our favourite characters develop with us.

Disney and Pixar are experts when it comes to creating heart warming moments and tear jerking sequences and they didn’t disappoint. It is moments like these that give the adults in the audience something to watch. Animation is not only for children; the parents need something to hold their attention too. I can honestly say that I enjoyed the film just as much, if not more than my little brother did and it is because it is filled with emotion and memories.

The film is also beautiful. Animation just seems to be getting better and better. The colours of the reefs where the fish live are so bright and happy. It makes you wonder why any fish would want to leave home in the first place. I love watching animations because it is almost magical how animators create these detailed worlds from nothing. Every fin, every scale, every piece of sea weed needs to be carefully planned out and drawn to absolute perfection. No wonder it took such a long time for the film to be released! Disney and Pixar animations are done so well, that you forget it isn’t real, the characters draw you in to their worlds in such a way that you feel for them. I want to be a part of their world, and that’s the magic of filmmaking.

Not only did it look beautiful but it sounded great. Ellen did such an awesome job being the voice of Dory. She kept her hilarious charm that we all love and transported it into Dory. She didn’t try and mask her voice, Dory did sound like Ellen and being a avid fan of hers I could tell in an instant that it was her but it didn’t matter because there is no better person to give Dory a voice. Dory is Ellen and Ellen is Dory and that is just how it is.

Disney and Pixar always manage to comment on the importance of family and supporting people you care for. Family is very important and sometimes it does not necessarily mean your blood family. Family can be anyone who cares about you and wants you to be safe and happy. This message was apparent in the film however I felt like there was another message laced within the film. This one about change. Some fish enjoyed living in the aquarium and some wanted to go free, but any animal should not be restricted to a small box. They should all be free to live how they are meant to.

There was an octopus in the film who wanted to go on to become a permanent exhibit at the aquarium but Dory convinces him that he needs to be brave in order to live out his destiny in the ocean. Before Dory, the Octopus, Hank, would never had had the guts to go free and live a carefree life. Dory shows him that with a little love and care you can do anything. She also speaks about the unpredictability of life and how sometimes the best memories and experiences come from things that weren’t planned. It is amazing how much we can all learn from Dory.

She has her challenges; she suffers from short term memory loss (or as Dory likes to call it ‘short term rememoring loss) But she does not let that stop her. When she puts her mind to something she achieves it and it goes to show the power of the mind. People sometimes like to give up because things get to hard. Work is difficult, exams are stressful, relationships are effortful and life is just a whole lot of curveballs thrown at you from every direction. But all these things aid us in becoming happy and life is to short to be unhappy. Sometimes we all just have to be like Dory and Just keep swimming, no matter how strong the current may be…..

Natalia

xxx

 

 

Thank you- Megan Trainor

Hi guys,

So as you all know I was so excited for this album and I could not wait to hear what Megan had up her sleeve. Well, since I got this album I HAVE NOT STOPPED LISTENING TO IT. I love it! The album includes the happy go lucky, bubbly, life loving sound that Megan is known for with a softer side of her that we haven’t heard so much of yet. I have heard some people say that her album is ok and it is not their favorite CD but i happen to think that it is great and I have been happily jamming to it in my car for the past week and a bit.

The first single that was released from the album was no and I did not love it at first but it has certainly grown on me. It introduced us to the ‘growing’ sounds of Miss Trainor and almost set the theme for the album. However when I got the chance to listen to the whole album from beginning to end, I was pleasantly surprised by the softer songs that are there. Songs like hopeless romantic, kindly calm me down and just a friend to you really let us in to the ‘human’ side of Megan. I put human in inverted commas because sometimes we make celebrities out to be immortal beings when in actuality they are just normal people like us.

Other songs on the album like Me too, Champagne problems and I love me reminded me of why I love Megan. Her priority in her music is to make her audience feel good and I love that. We all have our dark, hide away days when we need music that expresses how dark we feel inside but Megan’s music is just happy music that you can always listen to if you need a kick. I really believe that this is what sets Miss Trainor apart from other artists. Her music might not be on the same scale as songs like “Wind beneath my wings” by Bette Midler, but her music is certainly different because of the positive messages she sends out through her lyrics.

I am really happy to be able to add ‘Thank you’ to my iPod and I foresee many hours lying on the beach singing “If I was you, I’d want to be me too.” Her album is available to purchase on iTunes and hopefully you guys all go out and get yourselves your own copy 😀 I hope you all enjoy the album as much as I am and I can’t wait to follow Megan Trainor into her very bright future ahead!

Natalia

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