Category: Kez Recommends

Nostalgia…or a 1/3 life crisis.

Ever since my little music festival jaunt, I’ve rediscovered my love for live music. For that, I am very grateful. It’s like a spark in me has been re-ignited and I’m seizing what’s left of my youth (if anything haha). I’ve decided that I need to see more live acts and feel that electric atmosphere when a band begins to play, the crowd goes off and even the music that can seem lacklustre on your radio, suddenly becomes the BEST SOUND YOU’VE EVER HEARD.

I’ve also been having my 1/3 life crisis (let’s face it, I’m too old for a quarter life crisis and too young for a middle aged crisis), while enjoying national radio station Triple J’s awesome flashbacks to the last 20 years of Hottest 100 songs recently.

This got me thinking about the bands I’ve seen live. I’ve never made a big list. I’m sure it’s a lot more extensive than I think it is. Here are some of the acts I could see over and over. Some highlights.

Silverchair

I was never into Hanson, the Backstreet Boys or whoever the young, fresh faced boy bands of the era were. I was into Nirvana and Silverchair. Grunge, baby. To this day, I am quite proud of ‘past’ me. I had THE biggest crush on Daniel Johns (lead singer/guitarist). I knew everything there was to know about the band. It was ridiculous.

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Ben Harper

My husband and I walked down the aisle to this song at our wedding. Mr Harper is seriously talented. It’s ridiculous.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHzAVDg4m1Q]

Jack Johnson

My husband and I took our first dance as husband and wife to this song. Now, the Little Mister likes Jack Johnson’s music. I’ve played it to him since he was in my belly 🙂

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Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls)

I could sit on a beach and listen to Mr McHugh’s tunes (in all his incarnations) forever. This music is infused into my soul, I swear.

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Veruca Salt

Look, there’s a girl rocker in me from way back. It was Veruca Salt and Hole. I would screech along like a mad, angsty teen (I was one) until my mum would quite frankly tell me I’d need a day job. I got to see Veruca Salt at a music festival and I was in girl crush heaven. I was also probably one of very few punters there who knew all the lyrics to all the songs. I felt old even then (maybe 10 years ago?).

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyVSKydUxKk]

 

Who are your favourite bands to see live? 

This post is a part of the Blog Every Day in May challenge. 



Blog love.

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When I’m not working on my blog, I’m most certainly p*ssing about on Twitter or Facebook. No wait, that’s not right. I mean, it’s mostly true, but it’s not what I am trying to say today…

I really really enjoy reading other people’s blogs. I find them inspiring and I just love the privilege of having a sneak peek into somebody else’s life. I love to see how another person writes, what their world looks like to them, and if I can get a laugh or a cry out of something then I’m hooked. Bonus points if I can relate and feel like I’m sharing someone’s experience.

I thought about writing a love note to one blogger that I really enjoy reading about, but to be honest I cannot narrow it down to one. If you’d love to sit down for a bit and check out some fantastic reads, then here is my list (I only ever mention bloggers that I believe are so awesome that their awesomeness deserves to be shared). Please note that I have some favourites that will not be shared in this post, due to previous honourable mentions in my post about ‘daddy bloggers’ last year (click the link to check them out because they’re totally worth it).

Don’t Quit Your Day Job – A Chronicle of Mommy Mishaps

I have only just discovered this blogger and I am in bloggy love. Vicki is a SAHM (a former marketing executive – which sounds very exciting and important to me) and because of her professional background, I just know that I cannot sell her to you as well as she does in her ‘about me’ blurb…

“I have searched the blogosphere for other people who share my same appreciation for all things wacky. If for no other reason than to make myself feel like I’m not alone. But most of the ladies out there are way too Martha Stewart for me. I can’t relate to them. They are either really creepy Pinterest-perfect, skinny Supermoms or maybe they are just completely fabricated and they secretly go in their closet at the end of the day and get in the fetal position. (No offense to perfect people). Either way, I’m hoping if you find yourself here you can read a story that you can relate to. No BS, no sugar-coating. Just real life stuff. And maybe my daily life stories can help you get through a situation or maybe just smile a little.”

Now I don’t know about you, but she is totally my kind of person. Her blog is really easy to read and has a massive likeability factor. She’s funny and clever. I’ve not read a single post of hers that I haven’t enjoyed. I’m not just saying that either.

Twinkle in the Eye

This blog by Bree is great. It’s an attractive site and one of the blogs where I never skip over her posts. I literally read every single one. Bree shares her life as a mum, wife and a great individual. I am inspired by how well she has set up her blog and turned it not just into a hobby, but a little business. She’s a smart cookie 🙂

Make-Up and Mirtazapine

This blog blows me away every time I read it. This is basically the ongoing story of someone striving to make their life better, despite having battled some pretty cruel mental illness. Each post documents her ups and downs, along with her amazingly insightful observations on life. No joke, every time I read a new post, I come away inspired by her strength and her journey. She is an honest blogger and she is brave. I don’t know if I could be that brave, but I am grateful she shares her life the way that she does.

Mommy Man: Adventures of a Gay Super Dad

As you know, I really do enjoy a great ‘daddy blog’. This one makes me laugh, moves me and makes me even more passionate that gay people all over the world deserve to have their own families (something I’ve always believed in but this guy should be the poster boy – along with NPH haha). This guy (Jerry) is fantastic. He blogs about his family life with his two gorgeous twin toddlers and he is honest, candid and funny!

I believe that it’s blogs like this that will slowly help to change society’s ignorant views on what a family looks like. Jerry is a parent. Not just a gay parent. All of his struggles, triumphs and funny anecdotes are those of any parent trying their best to wrangle a couple of kids and get out alive 🙂 Truly a great read.

Jill of All Trades

When I first started reading this blog, I thought the blogger’s name was Jill. This was very confusing to me because she kept referring to herself as Samantha. Silly Kez. Once I figured that out, I realised just how funny this chick is. Her blog is made even funnier with her stick figure self portraits and funny illustrations. Samantha/Jill is not afraid of the TMI and I just love that. She’s just so charming about it!

I hope that you will enjoy these blogs as much as I do 🙂

This post is a part of the Blog Every Day in May challenge.