A-Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Reflection

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The A-Z Challenge has reached its end for 2018 and I’m glad to say it was a success for me! I’ve gained a few followers and I’ve spoken to many more people this time round compared to the last time I participated in 2016, so thank you to all of you that came along and commented or liked my posts!

2016 was my first year of doing any kind of challenge on my blog, so I was a little unsure about what I was doing. Although I did explore a few blogs through the month, I didn’t really take part in the way that I should have done, only really commenting on one blog throughout the whole thing. This time I made sure it was different. During the theme reveal, I made a spreadsheet (always a spreadsheet) and noted down the URL’s of the blogs that I thought would interest me the most. These are the ones that I’ve visited since day one. A few others I’ve picked up along the way, either because you visited me, or I looked at the daily letter list. Continue reading “A-Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Reflection”


W – Warzone by The Wanted

A-Z Blog Challenge - Warzone by The Wanted - Lauren Mayhew AuthorWarzone by The Wanted – 52 Plays – 87 ‘W’ Songs in Total

I heard Warzone on The Wanted’s second album, Battleground, not long before it was released as a single. It was one of those songs that I had to listen to again and again. There’s something so pure about it. For the second and final time in this challenge, I will admit to Warzone not actually being the number one song in the ‘W’ category. Number one was Weakness by The Wanted. I loved it when I first heard it, but the more I played it, the more I realised how weak the song was lyrically ā€“ no pun intended. It’s not the best song they’ve done, but you can have a listen here.

I love how half way through Warzone they start to hum, it reminds me of the Misty Mountain song from The Hobbit. (Watch here.) However, it’s another one of those frustrating songs that I can’t sing. To begin with it’s way too deep, but then the chorus is a little too high. I literally can’t win. It’s a very powerful song too, though it’s difficult to find a good live version. Maybe it had a bit too much power for some of the singers. You can find the official video at the bottom of the post. Continue reading “W – Warzone by The Wanted”

V – I Won’t Let You Go by James Morrison

A-Z Blog Challenge - I Won't Let You Go by James Morrison - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI Won’t Let You Go by James Morrison – 60 Plays – 0 ‘V’ Songs in Total

So… As you’ve probably already noticed, I Won’t Let You Go doesn’t begin with a ‘V’. I have zero ‘V’ songs on my iPod. Of all the letters I thought I’d struggle with, ‘V’ wasn’t one of them. Instead, I’ve decided to talk about a song that I absolutely love, and I’m sure a few of you will be pleased to know – it’s not by The Wanted. James Morrison has always been one of my favourite artists, see yesterday’s post for more information about him! When I first heard I Won’t Let You Go I knew that it would be one of my all-time favourite songs ever. I stumbled upon it on YouTube I think. Although I still listened to James Morrison on my iPod, I hadn’t been following him closely enough to realise that he’d released his third album. As soon as I found out, I think it might be the quickest I’ve ever purchased anything in my life, except for the Harry Potter books of course!

It’s not just James Morrison’s voice that I love, it’s the whole song. The music, the lyrics, the meaning behind it. Everything. The song is from Morrison’s third album, The Awakening. It has some good songs on it, one of which I would use as the soundtrack to my first book if I had the rights to use it! The song that I’m talking about is actually called, The Awakening too. Listen to it here. You can also find out about my books here! You can watch the video for I Won’t Let You Go at the bottom of the post. Continue reading “V – I Won’t Let You Go by James Morrison”

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”

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”

L – Lose My Mind by The Wanted

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Lose My Mind by The Wanted – 78 Plays – 84 ‘L’ Songs in Total

Happy Friday the 13th everyone! By the end of this challenge, you’re either going to love The Wanted as much as I do, or absolutely hate them. At least Lose My Mind is one of their originals. It’s the third single from their self-titled debut album and one of my favourite songs by them. As usual, I heard this song pretty much on the day that it was released in 2010. I can’t remember if it was an instant like or if the song grew on me, but I did know that I liked it a lot more than their second single Heart Vacancy. That song has never grown on me. Even after 7 years or so.

Lose My Mind is one of those songs that’s just really easy to listen to. I hadn’t realised how many times I’d listened to it, though it’s the song I’d always default to if I was stressed. I know the lyrics to Lose My Mind off by heart, so if I was having a bad night, the demons in my head had come out to play, I’d sing this song to myself to distract my brain. It’s quite fitting really, as sometimes I did feel like I was losing my mind. This song was my own little form of therapy. Continue reading “L – Lose My Mind by The Wanted”

K – Kickstarts by The Wanted

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Kickstarts by The Wanted – 52 Plays – 20 ‘K’ Songs in Total

We managed to get through three days without a song by The Wanted popping up. I really am starting to realise how big my obsession with them became. I hope you’re not getting bored of seeing the same names over and over again! Anyway, Kickstarts isn’t an original song by The Wanted, it’s another cover. Example was the first artist to sing the song, but the version by The Wanted was the first time that I actually heard it. As with the previous songs by this band, I would have first heard Kickstarts within the first few days of them singing it on their YouTube channel, the video for this at the bottom of the blog.

Again, it’s not exactly my love for the song, it’s more my love for the band. You’ll see from the video how silly they all are. They really didn’t take much seriously when they were making videos for their channel and it made them that much more lovable to me. I’m not sure which version of this song I have. There’s a chance it came from a CD, or that I downloaded it from iTunes, but it could also have come from YouTube. It’s just one of those songs that have been on my iPod for so long, I’ve literally forgotten how it got there. Continue reading “K – Kickstarts by The Wanted”

G – Gold Forever by The Wanted

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Gold Forever by The Wanted – 73 Plays – 56 ‘G’ Songs in Total

So, just to clarify, this isn’t the original version of Gold Forever by The Wanted, it’s the Gold Forever (Steve Smart & Westfunk Club Edit) version by The Wanted. There’s a big difference. Same song, different edit. I love the Comic Relief version of this song so much. So, so much. But when I heard the Steve Smart edit, I put it on repeat. There are four different versions of Gold Forever in the top ten ‘G’ songs, two edits and two original versions from the single and album, Battleground. The original video can be found here.

In general, I dislike any club edits of any song. The majority of the time they just speed a song up and add unnecessary noise, but not this one. This one is different. They haven’t really changed the song in the sense that they’ve cut and pasted lyrics all over the place. They’ve just added a little extra jazziness to the backing track. This is going to sound so strange, but I think my favourite part about this edit is the ‘claps’ that run throughout. I think they’re claps, I don’t really know what else to describe them as. I don’t know what it is about that sound in particular, but it’s turned this song into one of my absolute favourites. Fan video below. Continue reading “G – Gold Forever by The Wanted”

F – Fight for This Love by The Wanted

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Fight for This Love by The Wanted – 65 Plays – 47 ‘F’ Songs in Total

I probably first heard The Wanted’s cover of Fight for This Love in late 2010, early 2011. I forget when it was exactly, as they covered it so many times for different radio stations, or for their own YouTube Channel. There’s a chance I even listened to them sing this live on the radio. As far as I’m aware, this version of Fight for This Love was never released as a single, so yes, I did take the audio from YouTube. Sorry! I just want to point out that I’d never take a song from YouTube if it was actually possible for me to purchase it. Hence why I have millions of versions of certain songs on my iPod.

I’m not particularly a massive fan of Cheryl Cole’s original of Fight for This Love, but when I heard The Wanted sing it, I loved it. They made it sound so different and soulful. You almost believe the words that they’re singing. Again, I am probably completely biased and blinded by my love of this band. I would love to know what you think of The Wanted’s version, compared with Cheryl’s. You can find the video at the bottom of this post. Continue reading “F – Fight for This Love by The Wanted”

C – Circle the Drain by Katy Perry

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Circle the Drain by Katy Perry – 57 Plays – 60 ‘C’ Songs in Total

First of all, I’ll start by saying that this song contains a lot of explicit language, so if you’re offended by bad language, please don’t listen to this song, or read the lyrics halfway through this blog!

I bet a few of you saw ‘Circle‘ and were expecting Circle of Life from the Lion King, weren’t you? It’s on my iPod, but not that high up the list unfortunately. I don’t exactly remember when I first listened to Circle the Drain, it must have been a year or so after the album came out. I’m not a massive fan of Katy Perry. It’s nothing against her, just that I never quite gelled with some of her music. Except for Circle the Drain, of course. There isn’t an official music video for Circle the Drain, so a lyric video is at the bottom of the post. Continue reading “C – Circle the Drain by Katy Perry”