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2014 Update

March 3, 2014

Let me start this post by saying I hope everyone had a peaceful, happy Christmas and New Year, yes I know it’s been a while. For reasons which I’m about to divulge.

A few posts ago I asked someone to hire me as I’d just graduated university and like a lot of new graduates, was without work.

In early October I was offered some freelance journalism work at a group of radio stations in Warwickshire. After a few months living in hotels and driving 200 mile round trips from my home in Essex, they offered me a full time job.

So here I am, writing this in my new flat in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. I’ve moved out of my parents house and now live on my own.

So I hope you’ll excuse these last few months of silence, but as I’m sure many of you know, moving house and settling in to a new job takes time and is very stressful – especially over the Christmas period.

But I now feel like I am in a better place to pick up where we left off and give this website the care, love and attention I’ve always had for it and that I know it deserves. 

Coming up soon on musicformygeneration:

– David Bowie at the Brits

– My Top 5 Rolling Stones songs

– What I’m listening to at the moment

Ladies and gentlemen… The Rolling Stones!

September 13, 2013

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I’m afraid it’s going to be another one of those articles where I just gush about how amazing an artist is when I’ve had the fortune of being able to see them live.

This time, The Rolling Stones.

After the initial disappointment of missing out on tickets for the November dates at the O2 in London which were ticketed at around £1300 – much more than my poor student bank account could afford. Then they announced that they were playing the British Summer Time festival also in London but in Hyde Park in July 2013 and I knew I had to be there.

The Rolling Stones play in Hyde Park

I’m also aware of how overdue this article is, well my answer to that is that I’ve been working bit by bit on it since the day I saw them. I wanted to get it right, I wanted to do them the up most of justice. So after a long battle with my university computers, mid lecture, at 9am when usually I wouldn’t be properly functioning, I got them. I had to keep checking my Ticketmaster account. Because I couldn’t believe I’d actually got them!

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Now, I’d never even been to Hyde Park before, but it’s somewhere I’d always wanted to go because of the iconic “Stones in the Park” on 5th July 1969, and knowing that they hadn’t played there since made this time round all the more special. There was only one person I would have considered taking with me to such and important and again, in years to come, iconic gig, and that was my Dad.

Although showing subdued interest at the news that I’d managed to get tickets, I could tell by the spring in his step the closer and closer we got to the park that it was getting harder and harder for him to hide his excitement. I think this had a lot to do with the fact that he’d seen the Stones before back in the July of 1995 on their ’94 – ’95 Voodoo Lounge tour (you know, the one with the giant mechanical fire-breathing snake?) and had assumed that it would probably be the last time he would be able to see them all alive and playing together. But no, here he found himself, about 15 rows from the front, on a gloriously sunny 13th July 2013, waiting for The Rolling Stones.

As they started up their set, I thought to myself that the sound was better than what I’d been able to take from the Glastonbury set they’d done earlier in the year and my Dad agreed, there was a better clarity and the noise went right through you like a good rock concert should.

There’s only one song you can start a Rolling Stones set with and that’s ‘Start Me Up‘ – which happens to be one of my favourites. I just love the idea of a woman having so much effect that they can make “a grown man cry”.

This was then followed by:

It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)

Tumbling Dice

Emotional Rescue

Street Fighting Man (By Request)

Ruby Tuesday 

I was really surprised to see that they then played Doom and Gloom. Now I LOVE Doom and Gloom (as you can probably tell by my older articles about it) but I was surprised to see it in their set, what with it being a new song, I had just assumed that they’d stick to the classics. Pleasantly suprised!

Paint It Black came next. Shoot me down if you like, but I’d completely forgotten about Paint It Black. I know, I know. But you have to admit, there is something very un-Stones about it? Well, I think so anyway, or maybe I’m just trying to find a reason to justify my mistake! Either way, there is something very dark and almost hurried about the track, something which came to me when seeing it live, seeing all these thousands of people dancing as if in a trance to it. It was hard not to join in!

Honky Tonk Women

You Got The Silver (with Keith Richards on lead vocals)

Happy (with Keith Richards on lead vocals) – This was completely brilliant! My Dad really loves Keith Richards and it was great to see him up front, his voice really was not what I was expecting. It had an almost southern American drawl and bite to it, husky, weathered but oh so perfect!

Miss You

Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)

Gimme Shelter

Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Sympathy for the Devil… WOO HOO! What more can I say? Well, a lot actually. This was my favourite of the whole set. Red smoke, Mick Jaggers outrageously over the top floor length black fur coat, strutting around as per usual. Then the crowd joining in with the whole “WOO HOO” throughout (and for most of the train journey on The Underground home too…)

I did film it for musicformygeneration when I was there but looking back on it now, my version was such shocking quality that it didn’t justify how good it actually was, so here is the one they did at Glastonbury.

Brown Sugar

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want (with the Voce Choir and members of the London Youth Choir)

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (with Mick Taylor)

One of my favourite moments aside from the music was when Mick Jagger essentially dragged Charlie Watts to the front of the stage and said “Go on Charlie, say something.”, Yeah, yeah alright Mick, you can give it a go, but it might be like drawing water from a stone we all thought…  Watts was getting deafening cheers just standing there before, amazingly, after pausing for a while just said one word. “‘Allo.” and returned to his drum stool, sending the crowd wild. What an incredibly cool man!

The whole gig for me was just magical. I’d go see them again in a heartbeat and it was so nice to share the experience with my Dad who never thought he’d see them again live! Here’s to the next 50 years!

 

So I updated my ‘Band List’

May 24, 2013

typewriter_girlFor someone with such a bad memory, and having seen so many people in my life, I keep what I like to call my ‘Band List’.

Every time I have been to see a band, I add them to my list.

Big, small, global, unknown, they all go on there.

Just because you never know who will make it big in the future.

My perfect example of this is Lady Gaga. She supported another band I was seeing back in 2008 and nobody knew who she was. But I popped her down on my list… and look at her now!

So I’ve just updated my bands list from the last 12 months or so, was really behind on it all. Took me a while and I won’t share it all with you unless you want me to?

But here are a few of my highlights:

ELTON JOHN

PAUL WELLER

STEVE WINWOOD

RONNIE WOOD

ROGER DALTREY

TOM JONES

HUMAN LEAGUE

PET SHOP BOYS

I plan on adding lots more to this list over the coming months. But I also want to know… who have you been to see? Who was your favourite?

09/05/13 – On the home straight.

May 9, 2013

So this week I have been wrapping up my final year of university (very scary – now I have to be a proper adult and get a job!) and these are the songs that have been getting me through this week and my final pieces of work.

Comment below and let me know what you have been listening to this week – I’d love to know!

1. Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls

LOVE THIS. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I can’t help but do the bass line “badow badow” and sing it out loud when I hear this song.

 

2. Dire Straights – Sultans of Swing

The guitar riff in this is just so iconic and is one of the very few songs I will bring out the air guitar for! One of my Dad’s claims to fame is that pre-Dire Straights, Mark Knopfler was a guitar teacher at his high school and used to occasionally borrow my Dad’s guitar for lessons. I have used this guitar once, although I have to admit, just because the great Mark Knopfler played it, none of his magic rubbed off onto me… I was, and still am rubbish.

 

3. Tom Jones – Delilah

I saw Sir Tom at V Festival last summer and he was incredible. For a man of his age (Sorry Sir Tom!) and to still have such power, tone and clarity in his voice is a real rarity! I’ve chosen this flamenco version because this is the version he played at V, and I personally prefer it to the original. What do you think?

 

 

I GOT ROLLING STONES TICKETS!!! YESSSSSS!!!!

April 13, 2013

ImageI cannot portray strongly enough how excited I am. I managed to buy tickets to the Rolling Stones 13th July gig at Hyde Park and wanted to share with you all my excitement! Will no doubt be posting a review and photos from the concert which I am going to with my Dad who isn’t showing his excitement just yet but I think he is secretly as buzzing as me!

Someone hire me!

March 24, 2013

ImageSo I am really close to graduating and I have been applying for literally 1000’s of jobs and I figured making a website would increase my chances of employment.

So have a little look and forward to anyone you know who is looking for a journalist or presenter or anything media related – I’d really appreciate it!

http://www.abbiechesher.com

Abbie x

Hold the line!

March 23, 2013

I’m really sorry I haven’t been posting on here lately. I am in my final year at university and I am currently working on my final project and dissertation which is taking up all of my time at the moment. 

Do not fear – I haven’t forgotten about you all, I’m just super busy but will get on here when I can and will be returning very soon with lots of exciting things!

Lots of love,

Abbie

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