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Thursday, December 15, 2011

HUGE changes!!!!

Just when you thought the blog was taking a nap....

It's moving to a new, amazing home....

You'll definitely want to stick around!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hanging up hat, boots and errr 'beard'??

Hi guys,

Well this is a fairly sad post and I am hoping y'all understand where we are coming from, but after two highly sucessful Secret Santa gift exchanges Elf, (better known as Astrid) and I are hanging up the hat and boots and retiring!

Its been a fun adventure and essentially it has been a victim of its own success. As SGP streeteam numbers continued to grow it has become harder and harder to manage. Some of you may be aware, some not, but the 'extra gifts' that had to be bought and sent last year to compensate for some people 'not playing the game' really made us realise that the community has now grown too much for us to ensure fair play by all.

Maybe some of you will feel inspired by Kasias birthday card exchange, or another Christmassy idea to get everyone in the spirit, and whoever feels they want to embark upon something similar will have our full support.

Thanks to everyone who made it a very special time for us all, with a special wink to my own Secret santas, on and off the record!


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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Musicopedia - U2

DISCLAIMER: Guys I have to be upfront this is something I have errrrrr put together thanks to wiki and some childhood memories, as I knew kasia was out of action this week and wasn't going to be able to post on Thursday as usual!

Hope you enjoy! Titles like this marked my youth, and are marking my kids too, bad or good - yet to decide, but i would rather have U2 than Bieber!

So, I liked the oldies, I love the middle years and the jury is still out on the new stuff. Call me a stick in the mud -

With or Without you is a song that has touched me on so many levels, as a kid listening to my sister belt this out through her sterio, first break up, first family death, first live concert.... This is a beauty and even if Bono has a crap voice, the song does the work!

See, Kasia has been busy, and I am not brilliant at these, but I hope this gives you an insight into my youth! I was about 6 months old, when the band formed in Dublin on 25 September 1976. Larry Mullen Jr a 14-year-old student at Mount Temple Comprehensive School, posted a note on the school's notice board in search of musicians for a new band—six people responded. Setting up in his kitchen, Mullen was on drums, with Paul Hewson on lead vocals; David Evans and his older brother Dik Evans on guitar; Adam Clayton, a friend of the Evans brothers on bass guitar!

I have books on these guys, I have shirts from concerts I wasn't at and I adore the band, but I am not sure what my take is on them now - I think I liked them better then!

(Wiki) 1983 - U2 Live at Red Rocks depicts the band's performance at Red Rocks on a rain-soaked evening. The weather threatened to cancel the concert, but the band had invested in the filming with Island Records and concert promoter Barry Fey and wished to proceed with the gig. The rain and the torch-lit natural beauty of the surroundings combined to dramatise U2's performance. Critics praised the concert and the video, and it subsequently became a best-seller. The video, along with Under a Blood Red Sky, helped establish U2's reputation as a remarkable live band, and it boosted Red Rocks' stature as a live venue in the US. A remastered edition of U2 Live at Red Rocks was released on DVD in September 2008, featuring previously unreleased tracks. Rolling Stone selected the film's performance of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" as one of the "50 Moments that Changed the History of Rock and Roll".

Another moment that marked me was watching the late show with Gay Byrne, and U2 were the guests, in the olden days when they still did this kind of show……. So this is Christmas, its an oldie 16th December 1998 I was 12! Scroll throught to about 3mins40 for the tune.

There is something very haunting about alot of their earlier stuff, and a lot of commercialism in their recent stuff... but a band I stand by all the same!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

In Memory Of ... Amy Winehouse

Undeniably one of the most charismatic and troubled female singers of 21st Century, she left the world and joined the (in)famous Club 27. She joined artists like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix who left this world too early, at the age of 27. All for the same, careless, reason – drugs and alcohol. Amy Winehouse was a music icon while still alive, but she wasn't able to resist her demons. Uncountable number of rehabs she entered, partying hard with complete blackouts and wardrobe malfunctions were her identification mark. As well as her big hair and winged eyeliner. Amy Winehouse lost her addiction battle and may it be an eye opening tragedy for the rest of show business stars who struggle with similar problems.

Amy's rough past had a huge impact on her stage performances. From lively singer she went to a mumbling and barely standing on her feet so her tour dates had to canceled. Contralto singer hit the rock bottom after marrying her (already ex) husband, Blake, who is mostly to blame for her addiction problems. But, before she became tabloids favorite (not for her singing skills), Amy was on top in music business.

After releasing her jazz inspired debut album Frank in 2003 Amy gained worldwide attention that was followed by her second record Back To Black and even more success was to come. With great hits like Rehab and You Know I'm No Good she peaked up in European and US charts and album was a best seller. Amy was awarded with couple of Grammys and other music industry awards. She was performing all over the world and also made special appearances on tv and radio shows. Unlike Frank, Back To Black was inspired by late 50s and early 60s music that beautifully combined with Amy's retro style. She was inspirational to many women as they attempted to copy her hairstyle and funky eyeliner. She climbed up as quick as she fell down, but sometimes people need to crash and burn before they realize their issues.

After marrying Blake, Amy was more often been drugged, drunk rather than not. Her stage performances were highly influenced by her addictions as she performed high. After the divorce not much has changed as she was still using and partying so hard she couldn't walk. Numerous rehabs she entered didn't do much good nor approved her health as she was always going back to her usual ways. Despite being warned by doctors that if she doesn't stop she will die (it was just a matter of time) she did her own thing. She started looking thinner and thinner, dirtier ans from a glamorous girl looks she started reminding Courtney Love.

There was a brief moment in 2011 when friends and family thought she's back on track, but we couldn't be more mistaken. One after another disappointing performance her tour was canceled again, and so was her new album recording that was supposed to be her big come back. However, the record labels have no sympathy for people who pass away and smell big bucks on the occasion, so - who knows? ...

All of a sudden, on July 23rd the world was hit with the news that Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27. Now, she joined the Club 27 of artists who died at that age during their best music days.

But, let's remind Amy from her glory days as a wonderful singer with one of a kind voice ...

And, remember - drugs & alcohol are No, No, No...



Saturday, July 23, 2011

SoGoPro Street Team interview: Laura McCann

Real Name: Laura McCann

Age: Younger than 19

SoGoPro member for: 2 years and 6 weeks


About me: I live in Liverpool, UK with my mum, dad and cat Tolkein (I love Lord Of The Rings). I spend lots of my time with my friends, listening to music, reading, writing the usual jazz. I also live by the motto, 'don't do anything unless it promises to be fun' which can cause problems when it comes to school work lol :D

Favorite Music: where do I begin... elvis costello, david bowie, bon jovi, green day, u2, the honorary title, la rocca, tom waits, dolly parton, taylor swift, martina mcbride, johnny cash, ben kweller, foof fighters, fall out boy, bowling for soup, the wombats, good charlotte, elvis presely, bruce springsteen, franz ferdinand, the illers, travis, thebandwithnoname, yfriday... and so much more

Favorite Books: Harry Potter septology (not sure thats a word), Lord of the Rings trilogy, Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, Secret Life OF Bees, The Boy In Striped Pjamas and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

Favorite Movies: Same as books as well as, A Knight's Tale, Clueless, Tootsie, Sweeny Todd, Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Carribean trilogy and The Addams Family.


The interview:

Peter and Miryam: First of all we would like to thank you that you agreed to be interviewed by us. Hmm, can you guess already with wich question we would like to start off with? ...yes, exactly: how did you find out about SoGoPro and what does it mean to you?

Laura: I guessed correctly! lol Well, I am a HUGE One Tree Hill fan, as I’m discovering lots of us are and Peyton was my favourite character as I find certain aspects of her character easy to identify with. I watched interviews with all the cast, naturally, and during one Hilarie mentioned SoGoPro so I immediately googled it and found my way to the very first SoGoPro blog. I was hooked straight away! Without wishing to sound corny or cliched but SoGoPro does mean a lot. It is a unique community of inspiration and I am entirely grateful for the encouragement I have received concerning my own endeavours.

Peter and Miryam: “A community of inspiration” -beautifully said!!...maybe that should be a new slogan for SoGoPro, definately fits ;) So then what was the best experience you’ve had with SoGoPro so far and how did it influence you?

Laura: I think there have been two ‘best experiences’. The first concerns yourself Miryam. The fact that you have taken the time to edit my own writing really means a lot and has been so incredibly helpful so Thank You! (Miryam: oh my, I think I can’t turn more red!! ...but really more enjoying the read than editing, its great work you’re producing there!) The second is the fact that Aniiyy allowed and trusted me to edit her own wonderful work. It helped me to help her and I really enjoyed myself.

Peter and Miryam: It does sound as if you’re really involved in literature! We know how much you love books (also the ones you don’t write or edit ;p ) and music- can you share for everyone who doesn’t know yet what they mean to you?

Laura: Oh jeez, I have about a year to explain, don’t I? Firstly, books and music are always there, they don’t leave or judge you. You just have to find the right song or story and immediately you have something to identify with. Also I like to describe my self as a escapologist not in a physical sense like Houdini (though that would be awesome!) (yeah, it would!) but in a mental sense. Good books take you away to other lands like Lord Of The Rings (my cat’s called Tolkien), or wrap in you in magical mysteries like Harry Potter, yet due to the craftsmanship of the writing they are still believably and absorbing tales. Even tales of real people that are written well still allow for some escapism whilst teaching you about reality or giving hope that there is something else out there.

Music is much the same. I have a huge interest in Psychology; why is my favourite question. I find that a lot of really genuine artists open out their souls with their music and leave them to be questioned and delved into. The whole idea of knowing how someone feels about a particular event, or at a particular time just excites and fascinates me. This doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy a good old dance to ‘Wannabe’ by Spice Girls or that I don’t watch Eurovision every year because I do! it’s just that I am very aware that music is a big deal. As I described myself in 140 characters on Twitter, Music is the soundtrack to my life, Films are the entertainment, Magic is my friends, Love fills the gaps.

Peter and Miryam: What a way to describe yourself! Speaking of magic and delving into different worlds: as you mentioned before, you yourself are writing as well. How do you find your inspiration?

Laura: How do I not find it? I can literally find inspiration from anywhere, I take a lot of it from experiences and emotions. Writing is my release, some people go for a jog when they get stressed or are in need of entertainment, I write and write and write and write! It does get frustrating as sometimes I have about seven ideas at once and other times I don’t have any solid ideas just wisps of imagination.

Peter and Miryam: Haha, just imagine Laura with 7 hands to write all her ideas down!! ;) So then what got you into writing and what makes you go on?

Laura: I’ve always written I suppose. English and History have always been my favourite subjects at school and I’ve always performed best in those lessons. I go on because as I say it is my release, if I didn’t write then I’d lead a very sheltered and confused life. Also, I’ve become more confident with my writing so I have allowed others to read it (Miryam: And I thank you a lot for that!) and they ask me for it so I feel like I’m performing a service.

Peter and Miryam: It is no secret, that you want to be an author. And it is great that you have started to show your work to others as well. As far as we know, you also write songs and poetry. Could you imagine yourself as a songwriter as well? And what about scriptwriting, could you also imagine writing movies?

Laura: I will genuinely write anything a person will read! I would love my business card to just say, ‘writer’ and I could spend my days sat in a country cottage with people ringing me and asking me to this or that. That would be my ideal ‘job’ mainly because it would be no job at all. Yes, I could definitely imagine myself doing that but before I commit to it full time I think I shall fight crime first.

Peter and Miryam: Nice image! One can really picture you- retired crime fighter, in her little cottage surrounded by flowers and interestingly growing trees, being called up on an old string phone...”Ms McCann, we need you to write down a new adventure...ancient Egypt, thief steals Cleopatra’s jewels, include some supernatural elements; format: filmscript, make it extendable so we could throw in a sequel when it goes well; due date: asap...yesterday would have been good, but tomorrow will do too”...haha!

Anyways, tell us, which is your favorite segment on SoGoPro?

Laura: Hmmm....this is a tricky one. I think it is a toss up between the Sunday Interviews because I love hearing other people’s stories and the Musicopedia because I love music, stories and finding facts that perhaps others have never heard.

Peter and Miryam: We feel honored, thank you. You have also made some friends through SoGoPro- Aniiyy for example, who trusted you enough to edit her book. What does that mean to you?

Laura: It means a lot. That trust someone puts in you and your opinion is really honouring. I am so appreciative of the opportunity. The whole experience aided my work as much as I hope it aided Aniiyy. I really enjoyed it and it was a very easy job as Aniiyy is a brilliant writer.

Miryam and Peter: Ok, now lets just hear a little scoop of your imagination: A while ago Kendall was searching for ideas for a new contest and you gave her the idea of asking us which superpowers the Hellick should have. We thought this was a fantastic idea. Which superpowers did you give them and why? What adventure would they fight in your comic strip?

Laura: (found my original tweet) I decided: KT - time control, Nick - mind control, Hilarie - metamorphosis and they'd all have really cool outfits & invisibility cloaks.

Hmmm.... I think they would be filming one day and suddenly all of the equipment would turn on them thanks to an evil and jealous director. Hilarie would transform into a camera or something and take out some of the equipment from the inside. Nick would make the evil director stop forcing the equipment to turn on them but it turns out the equipment is now acting on their KT turns back time and throws out the equipment, buys new stuff and sends the director on a nice ‘holiday’ :) Yeah, that’ll do for 10 o’clock in the morning.

Miryam and Peter: Haha, that’s fantastic!

So on that note we would like to thank you very much for taking the time to perform this interview with us, especially since you are going on holidays today! Enjoy your travels and don’t forget to upload some pictures after you return ;)

Laura: Thank you both!


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