Sunday, December 1, 2013
i remember when 'somewhere only we know' by keane came out. i liked the song instantly and played it repeatedly. there was such yearning in the music and the lyrics really resonated me. it's still one of those songs that if it comes on the radio, i'll listen to it. it's timeless.
so it's no wonder it was used in this year's john lewis christmas advert. i love the annual john lewis adverts. yes, they're purposely created to tug at the nostalgic heartstrings and because i am a sentimental sap, it works every year.
the big pull to these ads are, of course, cover versions of songs that i already adore. in 2011, the smith's 'please, please, please, let me get what i want' was the accompaniment to a boy impatiently waiting for christmas day to arrive. all so he could surprise his parents with a present on christmas morning.
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this year, the retailer teamed up with lily allen for a cover of keane's first single. and the results are magical. the song, the concept and the execution. her voice is just purr-fect for this. and what makes me love this ad even more is this behind-the-scenes look at the design team who came up with the idea:
are you feeling the holiday spirit yet?
Sunday, November 17, 2013
ever hear a song and you think, 'hey, that sounds pretty good. i like it!' and then find out it's from one of those singers who you secretly don't mind but doesn't make you shout from the rooftops exactly how much you like them?
well, colour me surprised when i found out that this was james blunt. yes, he of 'you're beautiful' fame. and sure, i'll admit - i did like that song when it first came out. course, then i got a little weary of that song because of the massive overexposure. and every single released after that i thought was alright or typical.
this song is a little more uptempo which explains why i didn't recognize the singer. and the music video couldn't appeal to me more - traveling on the open road, meeting people from all walks of life and taking pictures.
and now that i know who it is, i can shout from this here, my proverbial rooftop: 'i like it."
also, check out james blunt's twitter account. he has such a good sense of humour about himself, that it's hard not to like him.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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Sunday, October 20, 2013
historical attactions aside, i found beijing to be kinda meh. xi'an, on the other hand, was a pleasant surprise. serene and laidback, yet heaving with life and culture. way more hip than beijing.
here's a pic of the bell tower, smack dab in the middle of intersection downtown. kinda like piccadilly circus in london or arc de triomphe in paris.