U – Undiscovered by James Morrison

A-Z Blog Challenge - Undiscovered by James Morrison - Lauren Mayhew AuthorUndiscovered by James Morrison – 27 Plays – 18 ‘U’ Songs in Total

I think I would have first heard Undiscovered in 2006 ish. It’s almost twelve years since James Morrison first reached my ears. How crazy is that? I remember the day that I discovered him too. I was watching one of the many music channels and his second single, Wonderful World started playing. I immediately fell in love with the song and must have asked for his album for my birthday or Christmas that year. He has four albums now and I can’t wait for the next one, whenever that may be. The video for Undiscovered can be watched at the bottom of the post.

I have a lot of fond memories of James Morrison. He helped me get through a lot of Maths homework back in the day. I distinctly remember listening to his music as I sat at my dining table working through something like simultaneous equations. I just love his voice and he’s a fantastic lyricist too, which only makes things better! He was the first artist that I ever saw live in convert. It was a relatively small theatre venue, but it was fantastic to hear him live. This was back in 2008, just after the release of his second album, Songs For You, Truths For Me. I had such a great time, but I do remember that the rest of the audience was quite tame. I think he was a little disheartened with the fact that no-one seemed to be dancing or getting up on their feet. I had fun though. Continue reading “U – Undiscovered by James Morrison”

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T – Too Close For Comfort by McFly

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Too Close For Comfort by McFly- 38 Plays – 88 ‘T’ Songs in Total

Too Close For Comfort is from McFly’s second album, Wonderland. I didn’t really get into McFly until just before their fourth album was released, so I would have listened to Too Close For Comfort around 2008. It was a long time ago, so I can’t be too sure how I first felt about the song, but I’m sure I loved it from the first time. You can see a fan video at the bottom of the post.

Now, to be completely truthful, Too Close For Comfort was the second most played song in the ‘T’ category. I just couldn’t write about the most played song, as I honestly don’t like it anymore. I also don’t know how it got so high on the list either. It was Torn by One Direction. The version they sang live on the X-Factor. The terribly out of tune version they sang on the X-Factor. I’m almost certain the majority of the plays for Torn were within the first year of it being sung live. After that, I never really got into One Direction until their album Made In The A.M.. You can listen to it here, if you dare. Don’t judge me… Continue reading “T – Too Close For Comfort by McFly”

S – Set Fire to the Rain by Adele

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Set Fire to the Rain by Adele – 56 Plays – 118 ‘S’ Songs in Total

I didn’t really know who Adele was until after she released her second album, 21. I wouldn’t say that I’m a hardcore Adele fan and by that I mean there were a few songs on her album that I didn’t love. However, the songs that I do love, very quickly became my all-time favourite songs ever, Set Fire to the Rain being one of them, Hello being the other. My sister had Adele’s albums, so I first would have heard Set Fire to the Rain when I borrowed it from her. I’m sure it was the soundtrack to my walk to work many times in 2015 and 2016.

Adele has such a powerful voice and I love that in a singer, male or female. It also seems so effortless when she sings which makes me extremely jealous. She’s got such a fantastic personality as well. She gives the impression that she doesn’t care what you think about her. An absolutely care-free spirit. I basically want to be Adele. A live performance of Set Fire to the Rain can be watched at the bottom of the post. Continue reading “S – Set Fire to the Rain by Adele”

R – Right Back in the Water by Jesse McCartney

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Right Back in the Water by Jesse McCartney & Replace Your Heart by The Wanted – 69 Plays – 49 ‘R’ Songs in Total

Here we have the second blog with two songs that have the same amount of plays. The winner for the letter ‘R’ is… Right Back in the Water by Jesse McCartney. It’s from his second album Right Where You Want Me and I think I loved it from the moment I first heard it. It was a long time ago now, so I can’t really remember. When the album was released in 2006, I would have been 14 and starting to think about my GCSE’s. I’m pretty sure Jesse McCartney was the soundtrack to a lot of my homework back then. Clearly it worked, as I got brilliant grades.

I like how gentle the song is. It’s half a breakup song and half a love song. It’s a song of conflict within one’s own head about a relationship, and I can imagine a lot of people feel like this at some point in their life. They think they should walk away, but something about the other person pulls them back to them and they stay. It’s very similar to the song Kickstarts, which I wrote about a few days ago. A fan video for Right Back in the Water can be found at the bottom of this post. Continue reading “R – Right Back in the Water by Jesse McCartney”

Q – Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) by Backstreet Boys

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Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) by Backstreet Boys – 8 Plays – 1 ‘Q’ Song in Total

It’s a ‘Q’. Did you really think the song would be anything else? Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) by the Backstreet Boys is one of those songs that I’ve been listening to for years, but I could never actually tell you when I first heard it. It’s unlikely that my parents would have played it for me when it was first released in 1997. I was five at the time and music wasn’t really my main focus. I was probably listening to the music my mum put on during the day, so Guns N’ Roses or maybe Winnie the Pooh because that’s not a big contrast or anything.

I’m surprised by how few plays this has. I know that I’ve listened to Quit Playing Games much more than 8 times, but that must have been on my old MP3 Player or windows media player before my MP3. There also would have been many, many YouTube views of this back before I had iTunes. I’d play Minesweeper and Solitaire for hours listening to YouTube and the soundtrack would usually be the Backstreet Boys. Oh, how I miss those carefree days. Continue reading “Q – Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) by Backstreet Boys”

P – POV by Mcfly and Personal Soldier by The Wanted

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POV by McFly & Personal Soldier by The Wanted – 54 Plays – 42 ‘P’ Songs in Total

So, this is one of two letters that feature two songs with the same amount of plays. Instead of writing about both of them in detail, I’ll write about my favourite of the two and add a little paragraph at the end for the other one. The lucky winner for the letter ‘P’ is… POV by McFly. It’s from the Radio:Active album again and is probably one of the more ‘rocky’ songs on there. If you’ve followed my previous posts, you’ll know when I first heard this song, back in 2008. I’m pretty sure it was love at first listen. POV stands for Point of View if you didn’t know. There’s a fan video at the bottom of the post for you to have a listen yourself.

I think I love POV so much because of the contrast between the heavy guitar track and then the gentle piano solos. The lyrics and vocals help too. In itself, this song is a masterpiece. It’s funny how I seem to like the album tracks more than the majority of singles that are released from them. But maybe POV was just too ‘rocky’ at the time of its release. The charts were full of pop singles and the occasional Kings of Leon song. I think this is the point when McFly started to lose their chart dominance. Bloody pop music. Continue reading “P – POV by Mcfly and Personal Soldier by The Wanted”

O – Only The Strong Survive by McFly

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Only The Strong Survive by McFly – 26 Plays – 53 ‘O’ Songs in Total

I first would have heard Only The Strong Survive when the Radio:Active album was released in 2008, as usual for all McFly songs in this challenge after album 3. This was back during the times that I used to keep my music preferences to myself, as my friends always picked on me for my taste in music. It didn’t really matter who I liked, they would make a point to laugh at me for it. In the end, I stopped talking about music, books and TV. With everyone, not just my friends. It took a good few years to get my head in a good enough place to not give a crap what anyone thought of me. I can happily say I’m in that place now.

This song definitely grew on me. Compared with the other songs on the Radio:Active album, Only The Strong Survive has never really been at the top of the list for me. It did shock me slightly that it hit the top spot for the letter ‘O’. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fantastic song, there are just better songs on the album. It’s one of those songs that are easy to listen to, dance to, drive to. It’s got a lot going for it. A fan video can be watched at the bottom of this blog. Continue reading “O – Only The Strong Survive by McFly”

N – Nowhere Left To Run by McFly

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Nowhere Left To Run by McFly – 45 Plays – 43 ‘N’ Songs in Total

I first heard Nowhere Left To Run by McFly not long after the album Above the Noise was posted through my letterbox in 2010. There’s only two or three songs from Above the Noise that I willingly listen to today, Nowhere Left To Run being one of them. When I say willingly, I mean that I’d select it out of the thousand or so songs to listen to, rather than it coming onto shuffle play and I listen to it that way. You can see a fan video for the song at the bottom of the post.

Nowhere Left To Run was released around the time that McFly tried to create an interactive webste for their fans called the Super City. It was a fantastic concept, but it didn’t work out. It caused so much rivalry between the fans because you had to pay to be a member, and not all fans could afford it. I only just managed to pay for the cheapest monthly subscription but, looking back, I realise it was a waste of money, as I never actually won anything. Still, I got some good merch from it and a certificate personally signed by each of the band members. That’s probably one of my most prized possessions. Continue reading “N – Nowhere Left To Run by McFly”

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place - Film Review - Lauren Mayhew AuthorA Quiet Place – 5 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

That is probably one of the shortest film descriptions that I have ever read, but it’s simplicity completely matches the film. A Quiet Place lived up to the hype that is currently surrounding it. I’m not much of a horror movie watcher, but there was something about this one that drew me in. I’m so glad I didn’t chicken out.

First of all, if you don’t like reading subtitles when watching films, this definitely isn’t the one for you. The film is almost completely silent, there’s not even a lot of backing music. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before and it’s definitely the best film I’ve seen this year, and that’s including The Greatest Showman which I saw three times! Continue reading “A Quiet Place”

M – Misery Business by Paramore

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Misery Business by Paramore – 37 Plays – 61 ‘M’ Songs in Total

I must have first heard Misery Business by Paramore when it came out in 2007. I’m struggling to comprehend just how long ago that was. I would have been fifteen and nearing the end of my time at school. Over ten years later and I still enjoy it when it plays on shuffle play. It’s a revenge song, though I’m not sure if it has any truth behind it. I’m not one to delve into the origins of most songs. I was expecting it to have more than 37 plays though. It feels like I’ve listened to it so much more than that recently.

Other than the fact that Misery Business is just epic, I associate it with one of the most stress-free periods of my life. Around this time, my sister, my two cousins and some of our friends would meet up almost every night and go gallivanting off in someone’s crappy first car. We’d play all sorts of stupid games, along with football and frisbee. Back then we had flip phones, so it wasn’t easy to play music, but if we could have done, it would have been Paramore and Fall Out Boy. We always had so much fun together. Then we all grew up and had to get full time jobs. We haven’t met up like that since, though I’m going to attempt to organise a meeting of some sort in the summer. You can see the video for Misery Business at the bottom of the post. Continue reading “M – Misery Business by Paramore”