Rudimental sunshine

I don’t browse YouTube nearly as much as I used to, and I don’t listen to mainstream radio or Spotify or things like that, so I’m particularly slow with discovering new music these days (or I just don’t). A few weeks ago, though, I was on YouTube, and happened to see that Rudimental had a “new” song.

By “new” I mean that it was supposedly released mid-last year, but I hadn’t heard it before, hadn’t listened to it before.

Well, now I’ve listened to it many, many times. The other day, I had it on loop/repeat for … a really long time (?) while I was browsing blogs and reading Pharmacy journals.

And just like any Rudimental song, the acoustic/stripped version is as good as the original:

If you like this one, and aren’t very familiar with Rudimental’s discography, you might want to check out “Go far” and “I will for love” (both featuring Will Heard). “Free” (featuring Emili Sande) is another favourite of mine. When I need something to lift my spirits, or just something to give me a boost of energy, these are my go-to songs.


water under the bridge

I’m gonna take an ever so brief break from these Japan/holiday posts. I’ve already got a Tokyo-themed Thursday Doors post scheduled for this week (i.e. tomorrow), so I really do mean brief.

I really would have liked to have written and published this post on Monday night, but I suppose the universe had other plans. I ended up staying back at work until 9pm. And that was from a 7am start after no more than five hours of sleep the night before. Subtracting my lunch break, that’s a 13-hour day.

Longest. Day. Ever.

But I got through it thanks to the miracle that is coffee, and also chocolate. Oh, and the efforts of my team.

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Over the last few days, this song has been drifting in and out of my head:

It’s kind of an old song – an older song – and I don’t think I’ve heard it anywhere recently, but I still like it as much now as I did back in 2004 when it was released. Perhaps it’s just one of those songs that randomly reappear out of nowhere, but maybe it was also that line, doesn’t that make you shiver, the way things could’ve gone…

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Just because I’ve been listening to this song so much over the last few weeks (but more so over these last few nights when I’ve realised that listening to The Script over and over again (as much as I like their music) is possibly not the best idea if I don’t want to become dangerously emotional (even though I reckon “Good in Goodbye” and “Six Degrees of Separation” are such beautifully tragic songs)) – just because this song just feels like a good marker for this time, I want to share this song: Stronger by Clean Bandit.

There’s something about that song that never fails to put me in a good mood. The song itself is fantastic, but I reckon the music video makes it really great.

I cannot tell you how weird it feels to be publishing a post this short, but that’s really all I wanted to say.

Oh what the heck, I’ll throw in this random couplet:

Love completely and unreservedly,
For hearts will always mend and grow stronger

take me home

Just wanted to post this quickly to share this song: Take Me Home by Jess Glynne

I did mention Jess Glynne in a post a while back, and I’m still loving her music now, so I thought it was worth another post (albeit a short one – a very short one by my standards). Here is an excerpt from the video info explaining how the song came about:

This song was written to you. Not to the person who broke me in so many ways but the person who helped save me from drowning in something that wasn’t worth drowning in.

I’m filing this post under “reblogged” as well as “music” because I reckon that blogging is mostly about sharing stories (often personal ones), and, really, this is just a blog-type story in a different format.

Also, just quickly (because it’s not like it’s that big of a deal or whatever), my last post was my 500th post on this blog. I knew I was approaching 500, but had stopped keeping track a long time ago. In a sense, I reckon it was better to have written my 500th post without knowing that it would be the 500th one (less pressure and all that). How fitting for me, though, that the post is about thinking (and running).

79 and counting

I feel like there’s been a resurgence of posts on my Reader this last week compared to the weeks leading up to the end of the year. This is not a bad thing; it makes me smile, like seeing a familiar face again. I mean, after all, I wouldn’t be following blogs that I don’t want to read, right?

This afternoon, I caught up on some blog reading. I spent almost two hours reading blogs, and I’m kind of wondering if that’s a bit much. Granted, there were about three days’ worth of posts to read from various bloggers, and I’m not exactly a fast reader, but two hours seems like a long time. I could have watched a movie in that time.

Just checked my Reader, and it tells me that I’m currently following 79 sites. To be fair, though, I scrolled through part of the list quickly, and there are a lot that I don’t even remember because they haven’t posted anything in so long. I’m kind of wondering if I should unsubscribe from these dormant blogs, since it’s kind of pointless to follow them; or if I should just leave it as is, since they’re not posting anything anyway (but might resume posting one day!) Well, I’m feeling a bit lazy tonight, so it’s probably going to be the latter option.

I’ve already been limiting my Facebook time, so maybe the next step is limiting my blog-viewing time too. But this means I’ll have to be more selective about what I decide to read, and I don’t know if I’m ok with missing out on good content because I’m supposedly time-poor, or should be doing other things (what other things??)

Theoretically, though, I should have more free time this year. My CPD and reading goals are lower, and I’m not attempting to write a book. (Side note: reading goal is probably not going that well, seeing as I haven’t done any reading these last two days, and I’m only on page twenty-something of David Copperfield.)

The question then, perhaps, is ‘Do I want to reallocate this loose concept of “extra free time” into blogging?’ Maybe I should just reallocate it to reading my books…

Something else that I’ve been doing more and more of in recent-ish times is listening to music – either on the radio or on my phone/computer. I’m almost always doing something else while listening to music, but I suddenly feel more productive (and less like I’m wasting time) if I have some music on (irrespective of whether I’m actually, really productive or not).

What else is great, though, is when a song I really like comes on, and I pretty much just stop what I’m doing, and just listen to it. Something so simple, but it really is great to know that I have that luxury of time. That would be a good enough use of my free time, right? I wouldn’t consider that a waste.