I’m a Fantastic Wreck!

If you know me, you know I am a bit of a Triple J listener and enjoy the “alternative” side of the music scene. Lately this song has been stuck in my head. I’m a Fantastic Wreck by Montaigne. As soon as those first few notes hit my ears my fingers dart to the volume and it’s only up from here folks. Yes. I definitely belt along with Montaigne as I claim I too am a Fantastic Wreck. I cannot get this song out of my head! Montaigne is onto a winner here. If you haven’t already heard of this gorgeous young lady that is making her mark on triple J’s playlist right now, Montaigne is the stage name of 2012 Unearthed High finalist Jessica Cerro. You can find out more about Jessica/Montaigne here. Also, interestingly ‘Montaigne’ is defined in the dictionary as “Michel Eyquem de 1533-1592. French writer noted for developing the essay as a literary form as well as for the lively, personal quality of his prose.”The Free Dictionary

I remember hearing I’m a Fantastic Wreck and instantly feeling connected with the lyrics. A lot of young women and really young people in general would relate to the feelings expressed in the lyrics throughout this sweet tune. Sometimes you do feel like a bit of a Fantastic Wreck. Or maybe always. I’ve been in love with it ever since my first listen. The lyrics are just so relatable and it’s quickly a catchy tune to sing along with. Looking forward to hearing more great things from this young talent! She has a track up on her Triple J Unearthed profile which you can download too. I Am Not an End, which I believe is her original Unearthed High Entry.

I remember totally loving this track she released under her real name, Jessica Cerro in 2012. Anyone But Me. It’s a bit faster in pace than IaFW but it’s also super catchy. I dare you not to get it stuck in your head! She also did Like a Version for Triple J in November last year and did a killer cover of Sia’s 2014 hit, Chandelier.

Check out the quirky video for I’m a Fantastic Wreck though…

I love it. So simple yet effective with the illustrations interacting with her throughout. Clever but not overdone.

Great things to come from Montaigne I’m sure! If you’re liking her work as much as I am you might even want to go and check out her EP, Life of Montaigne, which is available on iTunes. I’ve just collected it myself and am looking forward to it in my playlist this week! I’ll be keeping my ear out for an opportunity to see her perform live! ... Actually I just found she is touring and nabbed some tickets!

Also I quite fancy the EP Artwork! Quirky combination of a portrait photograph and some sweet textures and effects to create a striking composition complimented by the simple type. Gorgeous!

Life of Montaigne – EP Artwork

Have you checked her out? What did you think? I may be gushing a little bit!

Side Note: Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. It’s certainly been a warm one. I’ve been pretty quiet on the blogging front lately, busy chasing my tail at the moment! And it’s not slowing down any time soon but I hope to get on top of things a bit more… Always the best of intentions…

Lunge for and Grasp

Happy New Year! And I hope your Christmas and festive season was as warm, loving, enjoyable and safe as my own was. January is flying away like nobodies business! Here we are about to celebrate Australia Triple J’s Hottest 100 Day already! The Australian Open is well underway and the shortest month of the year is just around the corner. But January has been a busy month as always. Despite the limbo land that is created coming off the back of the Christmas festivities there have been lots of things to bury my head in between side projects, work and job hunting to say the least it’s keeping me out of trouble!  Hence the lack of posting here. But I thought it was about time I got back on track and updated here with this Bitter Sweet Experience of life. Christmas and New Years was a fantastic affair as usual between spending time with family and friends and catching up with everyone back home as well as taking some seriously chilled time out. As usual I was spoilt with gifts and enjoyed watching on as I handed out my carefully selected presents for other people. All of the warm and fuzzy feels! I actually think possibly my favourite gift was a Pillow Pet of all things! My cousin/house mate selected an Olaf(Frozen Snowman character for those that may have been living under a rock) Pillow Pet for me(You can see the newly happy couple here). He’s the cutest thing and definitely takes pride of place on my bed… perhaps I shouldn’t be confessing such things on here… but it was very sweet. New Years was brought in with some grand fun with a few beverages and a lot of laughs. We didn’t manage to catch any fireworks but we definitely put in a solid performance on a few dance floors! The first week of January I got to see two of my favourite music acts performing live in Melbourne. On the 5th I got to see The Temper Trap at 170 Russell with some friends. We all agreed it was an epic evening. I’ve waited so long to see these guys properly. I went to Groovin’ the Moo in 2013 to see them but unfortunately I became ill(not self inflicted) during the event and of course because they were a headliner they were the last of the day and I just couldn’t stick it out. It was heart breaking to say the least. So I can finally say I’ve seen them properly! And they even played one of my favourites, Rabbit Hole, to open the show! They also played some of their new material which got us all very excited for the new music they will be releasing hopefully in the very near future! Also one of my favourite parts of the show was watching  Jonathon Aherne (far right of second picture below, on the bass guitar), one of the band members, dancing. He has such a funny style and it almost looks like he is dancing to a different beat to the dominating rhythm that the audience hears, but it’s just so cute to watch him!
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Also, possibly still the highlight of my year so far, my sister joined me at the Corner Hotel in Richmond for the eagerly (I was actually practically a hysterical fan girl for this one) anticipated show featuring George Ezra. Just wow. He did not disappoint. It was such a great show. He is just so talented. His banter and stories in between songs was so sweet and he even had a cup of tea with him on stage that he would occasionally sip between songs. Words just can’t describe it. I have a ridiculous kind of big fan love for this artist. And I thought his performance was flawless! I may be biased. But from opening in a striking way with total silence falling across the crowd as he began the vocals of Did You Hear the Rain before the instruments kicked in, to bouncing around to songs like Cassie O’ to the classic well known Budapest and his newer single Listen to the Man(the clip even features George with Ian McKellen), it was brilliant. I’ve just found his album so lovely to listen to. I’ve listened to it so many times on my trips back and forth home to the farm and I just love it. Was beyond excited when I was buying the tickets for this show late last year when they were released. Can’t wait to see him again in Australia hopefully not in the to distant future! Though I’m excited for his further success, I have a feeling this will result in a far less intimate gig next time he comes to visit. He even closed the show with the funnest cover of the Cindy Lauper classic: Girls Just Want to have Fun(See George perform it here)! So lots of awesome live music.
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The last few weeks I’ve also been into the job hunt in a bigger way. Organising myself around my current work, a new voluntary position and making sure I’m still working on the actually getting ideally a full time position somewhere is a bit of a juggling act. But I’m kind of enjoying it in a funny way. Between that and all the ideas I am throwing around my brain, bouncing them from one wall to another to decide on how I’m going to go about their execution is also fun but admittedly slow progress. I did have a bit of fun getting my Linked In profile on track. Having a professional portrait photoshoot and going through the editing process was fun. There are some more photos from this which I will be starting to use in my online presence elsewhere soon so watch this space! You’ll also find I’ve added a picture to my About page! I’ve also nearly got my Rachael Brooks Design website ready to launch so you will be able to check all of that out soon too!
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So in short: lots of stuff going on. Lots of exciting changes also going on! Some of them I will talk about more in the near future. Things like my sister joining me in the “big smoke” soon and the adventures that shall unfold from that. It’s such a crazy and exciting time at the moment as you watch the doors floating past and decide on which handles to lunge for and grasp before they fly away. Exciting times indeed! Hope your January has been a good one and that your year is looking as exciting for you as mine is for me! Looking forward to a year of new Bitter Sweet Experiences.

Budapest, Oh George!

So like many other young women out there right now I have fallen madly and deeply in love with George Ezra and his deliciously sweet tunes. His album is amazing! Definitely recommend a listen if you enjoy Ed Sheeran and the likes. It’s not the same vocally but his lyrics are just so lovely. So so lovely. I can’t even describe it with enough love. It’s just so good!

The album is Wanted on Voyage (highly recommend you click that link and look at his website! It’s a bit of fun! I think my favourite tracks are probably Blame It On Me and Leaving It Up To You, Cassy O’, Stand By Your Gun, Breakaway, Song 6, Da Vinci Riot Police along with the sublime single Budapest(and insert the remaining album tracks here)!

My sweet little sister, Jessica Lorraine, has also recently covered this song also so if you enjoy it go and check out her rendition! Budapest – Geaorge Ezra (live acoustic cover) by Jessica Lorraine.

Here is a GIF just to prove how cute she is.

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Powerful

So I had an email come in from You Tube with their top article being about 10 Powerful PSAs. I love a good ad and the ones that actually move you. I’m not going to lie, I may have shed a tear to one or two of these but I also just found they were really powerful, as they should be.

This one has a lot of famous faces in it, they always get me with that… It’s On Us: Sexual Assault PSA

 

This ones just a bit cute really. Global Be(er) Responsible Day | “Friends Are Waiting” | Budweiser

 

This one will get you. Be prepared! DOA Road Safety “Classroom”

 

I viewed this quite a while ago and it really hits home to me. Since watching I’m always so conscious in using the word bossy or trying to avoid using it all together. I’ve certainly had my fair share of being called this. Ban Bossy- I’m not Bossy, I’m the Boss

 

This is also on sexual assault and I think it’s another great one. 1 is 2 Many PSA: 60 Second

 

IF ONLY FOR A SECOND // Mimi Foundation // EN

 

Which one is the most effective? For me the car one certainly gets you. The slight shock factor and the children are cleverly combined without it being to long.

Paramore, Still so Into You

I just came across this in my drafts… I actually wrote it seven months ago…

Sunday the twelfth of January twenty-fourteen. Melbourne has finally decided to give us some weather consistent with the season it is supposed to be. It was a perfect summer afternoon and carried on into a lovely evening. It was six o’clock, the sky was blue, the sun was warm and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl was a buzz of keen fans. As we approached the park we were in awe as our eyes followed the cue of people beyond where we could see. From the entrance to the venue and down the pathway around the edge of the park and back through the middle… and beyond! We were already super keen to see Paramore. I’ve been a fan since I discovered Misery Business in 2007 or 2008 and naturally introduced my sisters as they have become more mainstream popular more recently. It was insane and as we realised just how big this crowd was we opted for the shorter cue at the merchandise tent where we proceded to purchase some gorgeous t-shirts. Props to the designer. They’re epic.

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T-shirts went straight on for those of us prepared for this procedure while my sister, not quite so prepared, proceeded to ponder how she could put her t-shirt on without baring all as we searched for the end of the cue rather than waiting until we got inside to the bathroom. By the time we got to the front of the cue we were all proudly donning our merchandise and excitement was growing.

So we got our spot on the lawn and Twenty-One Pilots came on. They were awesome. They really got the crowd involved with their banter and they were so full of energy bouncing around the stage before they ended their little show with an awesome drumming sesh. It. was. wicked.

Then You Me at Six came out. They were pretty cool too.

We patiently waited as the sun went down for the main show. Finally the crowd cheered as the curtain fell and the epic-ness what was Paramore were present on stage. Oh they were present. Rocking out to Grow Up to get the show started they continued to rock and touch, move and engross the crowd for what I think is the best concert I have been to. They played such a good mix of their songs from the older classics like Pressure from All We Know is Falling right up to their sweet Ukelele interludes from their most recently released self-titled album. The show was Incredible. We had the most amazing time rocking out the one of my favourite bands and I just can’t believe its taken me this long to get to seeing them live in concert. But oh my it was worth the wait! I remember last time they were touring and I didn’t realise until it was too late and then got rather envious as fan friends flooded social media with the amazing time they’d had.

I’m gushing here. Sorry. But it was seriously simply the very best. AMAZINGLY EPIC.