Friday Jam (Will Young)

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This is my Friday JAM!! I love Will Young and there is something very George Michael about this song. I love it! I even like the music video. I’m always happy when people aren’t following the ‘formula’.

You KNOW I’m gonna try this with a trolley/shopping cart right? Ha ha ha. I am a FOOL.

18 days to go

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There are 18 days to go till we print the album and start sending out. Which means you only have 18 days left to pre-order Invincible Summer. You can do it via PayPal (shipping included in the amount). Go HERE to pre-order.

Today someone pre-ordered FIVE copies! FIVE!!!! I almost fell over. Also, both my parents have pre-ordered the album. I’m so excited and so grateful.

We are sitting at 117 pre-orders right now. I know we can do more in the next few days. Don’t forget that you could win a private performance by me and my band (anywhere in South Africa) just by pre-ordering the album.

Thanks to everyone that has pre-ordered the album. Please keep spreading the word.

January Book (A Mercy)

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I moved from blogger to wordpress in September, so a lot of my old-but-interesting stuff is over at the last spot. I started sharing some of the books that I have read this year over there. Since the year is almost done, I thought I would revisit some of the books that I’ve read this year. Below is the post on A Mercy, by Toni Morrison, pulled directly from the old blog:

I’ve decided that I’m going to try to read at least 1 book a month in 2012. In January I sat down with a book that I had bought and then proceeded to run from: A Mercy by Toni Morrison. I ran from the book for almost a year. I just didn’t feel ready to read it. The ‘right time’ finally arrived and boy am I glad that it did. Anybody who knows me will tell you that I am a Toni STAN. I love her work and cannot be reasoned with when it comes to it.

I don’t believe in reviewing music or books, something about it feels unclean to me. I will tell you how this gorgeous book made me feel though: I was wrapped up in Toni’s words and never wanted to leave the world they created around me.

I tried to read it slowly, but my hunger and curiosity got the better of me. The January book was AMAZING!!

November Book (The Hard Goodbye)

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It was not my intention to read a graphic novel… I didn’t even choose it. My nephew sent me a message one day asking if I would buy him a Sin City book. I had already bought one as a birthday present for a friend and he seemed to enjoy it. So I thought ‘hey why not?’.

I buy my niece and nephew books all the time and I make sure I read those books before I hand them over. Call me a paranoid aunt, but I like to know what the kids are reading. I watched the movie a few years ago, so I kinda had an idea of what to expect.

Cover image. Forgot to take a pic before I sent it to my nephew.

This wasn’t my first graphic novel experience, but it was definitely my first Frank Miller experience. The thing that struck me was that Frank Miller is obsessed with perky ‘surgically enhanced’ type of breasts. I’m guessing this is a common theme in comics/graphic novels. I enjoyed the story of Marv, as dysfunctional as it was. And having read The Hard Goodbye I appreciated how awesome Mickey Rourke’s performance in the film was. Book 1 (The Hard Goodbye) is all about Marv, he is a killer and seemingly unlovable. But he meets a woman who affects him significantly… Look to a normal person it doesn’t seem like a special ‘meeting’ and his actions are a little over the top. But in the mind of poor twisted Marv, it all makes sense. Someone kills Goldie (that’s her name) and all hell breaks loose. If you’ve watched the movie then you know what happens. If you haven’t then I wont spoil it for you.

Mickey Rourke as Marv in the film ‘Sin City’

The Hard Goodbye was an interesting addition to this year’s reading list. I did include some notes in the book, for my nephew, before I sent it off. I wasn’t in love with some of the language and I wanted him to know that. I’m curious to hear what HE has to say about it.

Crazy

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I’m LOVE Aerosmith. I jokingly call Steve Tyler ‘my husband’. My friends think I’m crazy (excuse the pun). I blast this song loud in my car when I need a ‘lift’.

The video is fine, if you like that kind of thing. But the song… WINNER!!

If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursèd lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

-Claude McKay

I’m not a poetry person. I struggled with it at school. But the older I get, the more poetry I read. If We Must Die by Claude McKay gets me through rough days. God Bless Claude McKay.

100 BABY!!

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100 BABY!!

Yes! This morning I woke up to a notification that the album had been pre-ordered by someone. This someone happens to be person number 100 to pre-order Invincible Summer. What an awesome way to start Friday :)

Image via Are You Finished Yet (click on it to go to the blog)

SO CLOSE

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When I first started the pre-order gwan, I did it because I was TIRED. I was tired of old ways of thinking. You know; make music, send it to radio, shoot an uber expensive music video, it gets played on TV, the people know you, the music stores stock your album, people buy your album and it might even be certified Gold.

I thought ‘there has to be a different way to do this’. I didn’t know what the outcome would be. Manager Lady has always been confident that people would be pre-order the album (Invincible Summer). She believed that the Serenades would be a hit. She was right. And I love her for that.

Look at that beautiful number!!!

99 AWESOME people have pre-ordered Invincible Summer. I am FLOORED. I am honoured. I’m scared and I am crying. You have no idea how much rejection and BS, I’ve dealt with. This journey has been lonely and exhausting sometimes and I am so very grateful to the 99 people who have pre-ordered my album. Thank you for making this D.I.Y artist happy. Thank you :)

Have you pre-ordered the album yet?

We’re so close to 100 pre-orders. So close! Please keep spreading the word. If you want the pre-order information, just sms/WhatsApp ‘Invincible’ to +27826436020 and we’ll let you know what to do next. SO CLOSE to 100!!

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