A Very Friday Blog

Happy (almost) Friday! 

I’m doing my Friday blog a couple hours early only because I know tomorrow’s going to be a hectic day with classes and driving back home for the weekend! This past week has FLOWN by. I couldn’t even grasp onto a minute of it because it just flies right out of my hand, but even though it was a fast week, it was an awesome week! 

It all started when I went home last Friday and had a little work get together! Me and Cory had this planned so we could FINALLY tell everyone that we’re dating! ah. So here’s the story - Cory and I have been working together for the last 3 years. We’ve had a couple occasions where we’ve expressed interest to each other but I wasn’t really comfortable making a move because well, we worked together! When I knew I was going back to school, there was a night we both had a couple of drinks and the truth came out! We’ve been seeing each other since then, and made it official as well. We’ve been hiding our relationship from the rest of our friends at work and we must have hid it pretty well! So we decided to tell everyone that we’re dating and teir faces were PRICELESS! No one believed us for a second, until we kissed of course. We celebrated over caesars and laughs! What a great night. 

On Sunday, I went downtown Toronto to audition for the Toronto Maple Leafs National Anthem! I had to be there super early and I’m SO SO SO thankful Cory was a sweetheart and drove me downtown before he had to work. This man has been nothing but amazing to me! Anywho, man was I EVER nervous for the audition. We auditioned in groups of 5 in front of a panel of at least 8 people, of which 3 of them were NHL Leaf players!! I think the audition went well (from what I think) but I won’t hear back for at least another week about call backs. 

After heading back to Georgetown from Toronto on what seemed to be a very long bus ride, it was time to head back to London for another week of school! Cory surprised with coming half way through the week after I had a really crappy day so that was pretty much the highlight through the week. 

Heading home again this weekend to work an event at my old job and to see my parents since they’ve been in Greece for the last week or so!

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Apple & U2 vs. The World

Over the past week, I’ve heard a lot of backlash on how Apple downloaded U2’s new album onto users phone without their consent. Many users were upset because they “didn’t like the music” or “they didn’t want it on their phone” or “how could Apple put something on my phone without me agreeing”. I get it, I do. That’s frustrating, but I knew there was something more to it. 

I’m personally not an Apple iPhone user but as a musician, I wanted to know why Apple and U2 pulled this “PR” stunt. What did they want to achieve? After reading some articles, and many status’ over social media channels, I believe U2 achieved exactly what they wanted to achieve… talk! People are now talking about them.

Although, I don’t usually listen to U2’s music… not that I hate it, it just never was in my playlist, I took the time out of my day and listened to their new album. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed their new album “Songs of Innocence”. Not my typical genre that I listen to, but it doesn’t mean their music is less worthy. The CD was a fantastic collection of songs.

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You’ll notice if you took the time to read the bands album notes or liner notes that the release of their album “Songs of Innocence” was more about what inspired them as a band than making the most money they can fit into their pockets. U2 has released the album to over 500 million iTunes user and Apple announced that 33 million customers have already accessed the album. That being said, I think it’s absolutely outrageous for people to call say that this stunt was only done in exchange for money. 

Releasing their album via Apple’s launch of the new iPhone was a total class act. If you don’t understand by now what I’m saying, let me rephrase this whole post for you. YOU GET THEIR ALBUM FOR FREE. 

And if you don’t like it, then Apple has made it easy for you to delete. 

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Jason Aldean Vs. Tim Hicks

I’m a huge Jason Aldean fan when it comes to country music even after he cheated on his wife. The guy has huge musical talent. So when tickets came on sale, my best friend bought us tickets to go see him (Thank you Candace!).

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Tyler Farr & Florida Georgia Line were both openers for the Burn It Down tour. I’m personally not a big fan of Florida Georgia Line but I will say, they put on an amazing show! It made me re-think my hate for them a little bit. 

But when Jason Aldean came on, I thought he was awesome. He sang all of his hit songs, hit every single note and looked pretty hot. 

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Then this is where the realization came in that he really wasn’t that good. 

The next night, someone special (can’t be named yet) took me to go see Kira Isabella & Tim Hicks at the CNE. I’m a huge fan of Canadian Country Music (considering I’m a canadian country artist myself) but Kira Isabella didn’t impress me all that much. Some songs you could barely hear her at parts, and other songs she was pretty much yelling.

But then Tim Hicks came on the stage. And this is when the night got good. TIm Hicks was the guy playing at pubs across GTA. He’d play at Tanners Pub in Acton, Frank & Steins in Guelph, Grace O’Malley’s in Toronto and then BAM, here’s Tim Hicks on the big stage at the CNE being a headliner. And let me tell you, he didn’t once take that for granted while he was up on that stage. There was a big difference between the show Jason Aldean put on the night before, and the show Tim Hicks put on. One being Jason Aldean played in front of 16,000 people and Tim Hicks had an audience of maybe 5,000 people not even? And secondly, Tim Hicks at the audience way more engaged in his performance than I’ve ever seen before. He was up there passing out beach balls, talking to the crowd, making jokes, actually performing as in moving around, being crazy with his band mates and most importantly thanking his fans for getting him where he is today! 

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It’s pretty sad to think tickets were over $100 to go see Jason Aldean stand in the middle of the stage and just sing his song where Tim Hicks were $20 (which was your CNE ticket as well) and he was way more entertaining to go see. 

I think it’s easy to say that ego plays a big role in musicians and their jobs. I know one thing though, I’ll pay $100 any day to go see Tim Hicks perform! Keep representing Canada Tim.

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I think I can say I’m comfortably moved into my new apartment in London! I love love love it here and it feels great to be back at Fanshawe. I know some of you were curious as to how I decorated my room, so here it is! I’m still trying to find a lamp for either my desk, or a floor lamp to put between my bed and desk. 
I still have a couple more touches to add, but for the most part it is complete! This will be my home for the next 8 months and I’m looking forward to the adventures that this chapter of my life is going to bring. 

Thanks to Kijiji for a couple of my furnishings in my room and IKEA (because who doesn’t love IKEA).

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Vinyl Talk

I’ve recently become obsessed with Songza. If you have not experienced this app or website then I highly recommend that you do! They have music for every feeling/situation/occasion. Usually when I’m studying or relaxing, I’m listening to the singer/songwriters category and I came across The Barr Brothers and their sound is amazing. Their music is full of talented acoustics, folk rhythms, and happiness. 

I love finding new music that I’ve never listened to before, or find new artists that I’ve never heard of before. I guess that comes from being a musician and I’m always looking for new inspiration and The Barr Brothers bring a new stream of light into the acoustic & folk category. 

Take a listen and let me know what you think :) 

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I decided last minute that I wanted to go back to school in London. After just having backpacked Europe, I was back to a student budget. This means that Kijiji became my best friend.

After looking for some furniture that I would need for my new apartment, I came across a FREE (yes free!) dresser on kijiji that was about twenty minutes from where I live. Although it was quite hideous, I figured a little TLC would help. After picking up the dresser, the first thing I did was take off the long handles and sand it all down. Next was the hard part; choosing a colour. I knew I pretty much had a white room to deal with and I wasn’t going through the nonsense of having to paint it if I’m only living there for 8 months, so I figured something bright and fun would do the trick. I’m a really big fan of coral. like really big fan. So i figured I’d paint it pink (somewhat coral). 

After giving it a new paint job, I went to my local hardware store to purchase some knobs. and let me tell you how expensive they are. 4 knobs costed me $25… what the heck? But I must say they are pretty fancy and I love the look. 

The inside of my drawers were just wood so it was pretty plain. So, thanks to Target I got some pretty lining paper and finished it off with that! and now it’s pretty much brand new :) 

Next blog, I’ll be sure to show you what the dresser looks like in my room :) 

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I cannot believe I move back to London in exactly one week. This decision was so quick and stressful but I’m so happy that this change is happening. I was stuck in this stage in life where I wasn’t happy with what I had behind me as in schooling, and I was stuck at a workplace that I absolutely LOVE but it wasn’t doing anything for me. As much as I don’t want to leave my job because I love it, this is the best thing for me. I’m so happy I for once took a step for me. and only me. and yes (like always) I put other people’s feelings before mine but I deeply considered my own feelings in this decision. this is my life. MY LIFE. not only has it made me more happy, but it has already opened so many doors. ➶♫♥

I cannot believe I move back to London in exactly one week. This decision was so quick and stressful but I’m so happy that this change is happening. I was stuck in this stage in life where I wasn’t happy with what I had behind me as in schooling, and I was stuck at a workplace that I absolutely LOVE but it wasn’t doing anything for me. As much as I don’t want to leave my job because I love it, this is the best thing for me. I’m so happy I for once took a step for me. and only me. and yes (like always) I put other people’s feelings before mine but I deeply considered my own feelings in this decision. this is my life. MY LIFE. 

not only has it made me more happy, but it has already opened so many doors. 

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gratitude.

I think gratitude is actually an understatement with the way this last week has made me feel. On Thursday, I was outside re-doing an old dresser (blog to come about that!!!) and I noticed my 90 year old next door trying to mow his lawn. He usually has someone come each week to do it for him, but I guess he way away on holidays so Gerry (my neighbour) was out there doing it himself. The man can barely walk. So I ran over there immediately and told him I’d do it for him!
Have I ever touched a lawn mower? Nope. Did I have any clue on how to work the damn thing? Nope. But I went over there anyways and did the best I could.
I came home later that night from work to find an envelope in the mailbox with a little dove expressing their thanks to me!

Then yesterday happened. HAPPENED. as in it was probably one of the best days of my life. I literally had a smile on my face the WHOLE day. A member at the golf course I work holds a golf tournament every year in Guelph in support of juvenile diabetes. He asked me if I would come and sing before the shotgun goes out and sing the national anthem for all the men. And then on top of that, he had me sit a hole and sell my CD’s! I ended up selling over 90 CD’s in which I donated half of my sales back to Juvenile Diabetes.
It was the most amazing day. I met an amazing girl named Jamey whom I spent the day with laughing! The support for all the players was unbelievable and they were all so kind so the two of us. I ended up heading back to Georgetown on a bus filled with men and went for drinks at the McGibbon.
I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better day or a better cause. Actually, we probably could’ve had better weather considering it was freezing and raining but that’s okay! We raised lots of money and that’s all that matters. In the end, I was given a spa gift card and a Tim Hortons gift card for my time at the tournament. It was so unnessary, but truly so generous.

What a great experience, and even greater memories!

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