May 9, 2012

As I am doing more and more collaborating with Rachel I asked if she would fancy contributing to the blog. So here is her first in a series of posts about the songs that are soundtracking her life…

Ever since I can remember music has been a huge part of my life. It has accompanied me in the everyday hustle and bustle and soundtracked my many memories. From the teenage years of listening to the Cranberries, Ben Folds, Oasis, Tori Amos to the more modern offerings of Laura Marling, Bon Iver, Ben Howard and the Civil Wars. I love music! I’m always looking to extend that soundtrack, to discover new artists, to keep it fresh…At the moment I am buying music faster than I can listen to it! Recommendations from friends are always welcome and trawling the internet for new musical talent is so rewarding, there’s a lot out there! One of the ways I often discover new songs/artists, is through movie/tv soundtracks. Steve asked me if I’d write something for the blog about a track that I particularly love at the moment. After much deliberation (from the worlds most indecisive person) I chose a track that isn’t new to the world; but is new to me. I discovered this whilst watching the chick flick “Crazy, Stupid, Love” (Don’t judge me…I can’t resist Ryan Gosling!) and had to google the lyrics straight away. The track is called “Blood”, the band is called The Middle East.

I sometimes find that songs I buy from soundtracks lose their pull when they are played without the movie/tv scene. It’s like they need the visual media to draw the emotion from the song. That’s not the case at all with “Blood”, it is already a beautiful song, and is made even more beautiful when used with visual media. It’s one of those songs that works however you’re feeling, I hope you enjoy it and it becomes part of your own soundtrack like it has mine!

Unfortuately the band split up in 2011! Boo!

You can follow Rachel on Twitter on @rai_chull