Thursday, 12 December 2013

What I am listening to this Week #8 (Christmas Special)

Its finally round to my favourite time of year, Christamas!! (closely followed by my 18th birthday, double the excitement!!). I love everything about Christmas, buying people gifts and seeing their smiles, the frost and snuggly jumpers, the food and that excitement which you can feel in the air, you name it, I love all of it. I especially love the songs!! I just went out last week and bought 'Now that's what I call Christmas' and have been playing it in my car repeatedly (sorry to all those passengers out there who have had to endure my singing). So this weeks playlist is filled with Christmassy songs. YAY!!!

1. Fairytale of New York- The Pogues ft Kirsty MacColl This is my favourite chirstmas song, as its the one I remeber most from my childhood, as it is one of my Dad's favourite songs too. I also used to find the rude words hilarious when I was about 10, I like to think I am a bit more mature now.....
2. Do they know its Christmas?- Band Aid Probably one of the most well known Christmas songs of all time. At the time of making this track no one had done anything like it before, and Bob Gedolf has said on many occasions that when he asked his fellow musicians to join him, he had no expectations, but so many turned up, making it one of the world's most famous charity tracks of all time.
3. All I want for Christmas is You- Mariah Carey Now, I dont know about anyone else, but this song always makes me want to sing out loud. Anyone else fail to reach Mariah Carey's high note....?
4. Santa Baby- Kylie Minogue This is a bit of a sultry Christmas song, and one always played in shops. Kylie here looking pretty fine if I do say so myself.
5. Little Drummer Boy- Pentatonix This is a slightly alternative version of this song, but I love this band, and I really like their covers. So why not give it a try?
6. Let it Snow- Michael Buble This guy has serious charm. And it wouldn't be a Christmas playlist without something from his album. I chose this paticular song because I really really want it to snow!!
7. The Power of Love- Gabrielle Aplin I hadn't really associated this song with Christmas until it appeared on the now album, but now it seems like its always been a Christmas song. And as much as I love 'Frankie goes to Hollywood' this is my favourite version of the song, I just love Miss Aplin's voice.

8. Silent Night- Kings College Choir, Cambridge Now I am not a paticularly religious person, but every December I find myself going into church just to listen to the carol services, as they are just so beautiful. This song is so peaceful and moving, just beautiful really.

9. White Christmas- Bing Crosby My favourite Christmas movie, hands down. We used to watch it in our little flat in Scotland, in the middle of nowhere (often with the wind howling around us) every Christmas Eve, complete with a box of Roses. If you haven't watched this movie, I highly recommend it, mind though, its a tear jerker.
10. Slade- Merry Christmas Everybody 'IT'S CHRISTMAS' (nough said).

Hope you all enjoyed my favourite festive songs, I could of gone on and on with this playlist, but I limited myself to just 10 (challenge, I know). I would love to know what your favourite holiday songs are, and possibly add them to my list of favourties.....(cause you can never have too many Christmas songs) H x

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Let the festivities begin...

Christmas has finally arrived in the Butler household (albeit slightly late) and I got very excited. Firslty I got the Christmas decorations out of the shed, and all the twinkly lights somehow managed to get tangled up, like every year...but a few hours later I had them all on and was humming festive tunes. I then proceeded to make my boyfriend (the least enthusiastic Christmas person I have met, and I practically live with Scrooge) listen to my Christmas album everywhere I drove and watch 'A Christmas Carol' with me, whilst I quoted the film. 'Marley was dead, as dead as a doornail...'

Next up came the Christmas shopping!! I had the day off school so me and a few friends decided to tackle the hard job of buying everyone Christmas presents. I had my list all sorted, my Reindeer skirt on and my snowflake earrings, just to get me in the mood. I even had festive snacks, in the form of snowbites (oh how I have missed those delicious Cadburys creations). And lets just say, I have a whole line up of festive outfits that I will hopefully get to show you guys, and maybe even a festive wrapping idea or two. H x
Fenwick's Window! I queue every year to see it

Christmas Shopping, complete with a super healthy lunch to fuel the hour my friend spent in Primark....


Tuesday, 3 December 2013

What I am listening to this Week #7

I decided to lay off the christmas playlist till next week, as I have really been too busy to get into the proper festive mood, and I haven't had time to find my Chrimbo albums (I suspect my parents have hidden them from me anyway...) So although this week's playlist may be slighlty lacking in festivity, it's still worth a listen!!

1. Daughter- Medicine This first song is quite personal to me. When I first started to get sick (I will explain my illness at some point in a later post when I am ready) my friend said this song reminded her of me. At the time this made me very sad, but I have grown to love the song, as I realised that it helped her to understand and feel better about what I was going through. A song that has the power to do something like that is very special indeed.
2. Nneka- Shining Star A beautiful song by a beautiful women. I love the slight laid back reggae vibe this song has, and it gets me smiling everytime I hear it. Also check out her song with Ziggy Marley here.
3. Dexy's Midnight Runners- Come on Eileen My Dad was a big fan of punk and this era of music, and songs like these just remind me of car journeys as a child, my Dad singing along and me dancing in my car seat. Apparenlty I was more of a 'The Jam' fan as a child, but this is one of the first song's I can remember my Dad singing to me as a child.
4. Emily and the Woods- Small Song I am quite a small person, so I enjoy the name of this song. The best things come in small packages, just like this song. And I love her name aswell, there's something eiry and cool about adding 'and the Woods' to your name. Hope and the Woods anyone....?
5. Hudson Taylor- Lose Yourself/Walking on the Flume A mash up that I would never have imagined, but it seems to work really well, and I think part of that is down to the talent of these guys. As well as covers with the likes of Gabrielle Aplin and Lewis Watson they also write their own songs, served with a slice of delicious harmonies, so please go check these guys out!
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