Guys. This is Gabrielle Aplin, and the video below is for her song ‘Home’. I have just downloaded the ‘Home’ EP after hearing her on Radio 1 this morning; I did so after hearing about twenty seconds of it. I don’t usually impulse buy music, but firstly the whole thing was just £1.79, and secondly when you hear this you just know.
She’s only 19 (club 19, best club ever 2012 ;) ) and has just been signed to Parlophone from what I gather - after about three years of going it alone. She’s exceptionally good, not just OK or listenable. It’s so rare to come across an artist that you instantly totally adore, so I’m excited about this and I’m excited about hearing more of her work.
I’ve said enough, now you need to hear her for yourselves. Here is ‘Home’, please go on and hear the rest of the EP here.
So for anyone who doesn’t know what Crafty Saturday is here at katygilblog (everyone), it’s me posting exceptionally amateur but totally workable craft projects that I complete on a Saturday. I may not post them on a Saturday and they might not be every Saturday, but Saturday if CRAFTday nevertheless.
TODAY:Oversized T shirt into off the shoulder, tie waist (technical terminology) top!
1. Pin the top up to where you want it to fall. I’ve achieved this the professional way, using bobby pins.
2. Cut along the line. Leave the half you want to tie alone.
3. Cut next to the seam on the tie side until you hit where you want the tie to stop. Shape the pieces you’re gonna tie so you’re not left with too much material!
4. Remove the excess material in line with where the rest of the top falls.
5. See these ends that look like they’re gonna fray?
The amazing Skye Sweetnam provided this trick to avoid both fraying and sewing - pull the edges tight until they curl over, like this:
6. You’re gonna need to check things and edit things, but once you’re happy, you’re done! Enjoy!
"Good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up."
I forgot this was a blog where I supposedly write blogs, so. Hey sugar babies.
I saw this phrase as a picture on my dash recently and I probably reblogged it over at katygilb.com. It’s completely true. It’s also one to take in moderation, seeing as I’ve been reminding myself to keep a work-life balance. The trouble with having your work based in the love of your life is that you’re far less likely to notice yourself over-working, and while you get stuff done you don’t necessarily get any rest. And you do need some, promise. So, long paragraph short, I’m avoiding making this saying a 24/7 way of life (again), for now at least. But I still think it rules.
It is totally true. There’s a piece in You Have This Day In Front of You called No news is good news about those times when it feels like you can’t do anything but wait. You can, but that’s often not what you want to think about when you’ve been working your ass off all day to no avail and you’re still not done. I’m sure that most indie artists know well that a task that you expect to take an hour can take all morning, and leave you feeling completely under-accomplished through no one’s fault but chance.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by discouragement on evenings like this evening when I’m trawling through tabs and tabs of agencies and publishers who say no this, no that, this many words, that much margin, one less page, one more… To put it bluntly, I hate doing that. It’s repetitive, demoralising, and it makes you feel like you’ve got nowhere since you started out. But that’s not at all true, so let’s count our blessings and get over it. It’s not all bad and it’ll make a good story one day.
I’ve been there. The days when it really grates on you, the days you get so built up for it all to amount to nothing, the days when no one wants to know you, the days when everything takes too long, the days when you wonder when you’re ever going to get chance to actually write again, the days when everyone around you is getting what they deserve, the anniversaries that you thought you’d be celebrating by now, the days when you are so sure. When you’re so sure this could finally be it, and then nothing happens. Again. Again. I get it.
When you’re tired of this. When you’ve had enough. When you get on and do it all again.
Things fall into place at the right time, regardless of whether you can see it or not. The amount of times you get built up and knocked down are numerous, and it sucks. But as the wondrous Marilyn Monroe put it, ‘good things fall apart so better things can fall together’. So let’s get on with it.
The thing is, it would be easier and less hurtful to stop getting my hopes up. But I don’t care. I’m going to keep getting excited, now and forever. I always will, for everything. I’m going to continue jumping and dancing around the kitchen to Katy Perry or just the sound of the dishwasher when I get potential good news, and listening to S Club 7 like it’s the most meaningful art in the world (it is), and not being able to wipe a grin off my face at the prospect of it all. I’m going to get dizzy with excitement at the potential of life and the dreams that I hold close, looking forward to the day that I realise them. I’m going to keep going with my gut and my dreams over other people’s better judgement because what’s the point if you abandon them? I’m going to keep on steadfastly, dedicatedly enjoying where I am right now, no matter how aggravating it is some days. I’m going to enjoy the excitement regardless, unfounded or founded as it may prove to be, because it’s what makes it all worthwhile. This is the journey. The wonderful, frustrating, one of a kind journey. Your story. And you won’t get to go back, so enjoy while it’s happening around you.
I hope you keep doing what makes you happy too.
I’ll keep sending off every email with a wink, and every letter with a wish of good luck and a pat on the postbox — and that little flare of hope that this could be the one. I’ll keep finding hope in rainbows and blue skies and songs that fit the moment, in the people who’ve already made it, in the progress I’ve made, and my faith in myself and what I believe I’m here for. I get that it’s not a matter of if, but when. And you’ll get there. Trust me. More importantly, trust you.
My whole future and most of my present, all my motivation and all of my hope is composed solely of my dreams, faith in myself, and imagination, so is the little I have to go on. And I’m glad that tonight I can give you this when I don’t have any certainty but that and my determination; it makes it very real. I know what it’s for, and you know what yours is for. You’ll get there, you just have to keep on.
Good things come.
And play Bring It All Back To You at least once a day. You have to do that too.
Second track from my time-release record: The Teenage Years!! This one has been a fan favorite for a while, so I hope you like how it turned out!!! Written by yours truly sometime before I could drink alcohol. Percussion by me and Seth Faulk. Guitars by me and Dan Romer. Rhodes and other keys by Dan Romer. Produced and engineered and mixed and mastered by Dan Romer!!
If you donated over $15 to my Kickstarter project, you will get this song in your inbox within the hour.
Dear EVERYTHING, I am SO immediately head over heels in love with this.
It’s been a few days and I am still completely in love with everything about this song. I loved the original and I am borderline obsessed with this new version. If you don’t know Allison Weiss I urge you to go to allisonw.com NOW and wrap yourself up in her wonderful music. This is from The Teenage Years, which you can listen to more of here.