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Music Monday (March 2022)

The last month, I’ve been listening to this song a lot. Like, probably too much. I’m just sort of waiting for Spotify to post a message on their Twitter along the lines of: “User in the south of England who has played ‘I am a Stone’ three-hundred times the last month… Are you okay? Is the repeat button stuck?”

There is just something about this song that I really like. It’s relaxing, and I like the smooth voice of the singer.

Music Monday

Music Monday (February 2022)

Since I watched Disney’s Encanto a few weeks ago, I cannot seem to get the songs out of my head. So lately I’ve been listening a lot to Surface Pressure (my favourite) and We Don’t Talk About Bruno. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I’d suggest giving it a try, even if just for the amazing soundtrack. The songs are written by Lin-Manuel Miranda (of Hamilton fame, and also the one who made the amazing songs from Moana), so you can pretty much be sure they will be earworms.

Surface Pressure is my absolute favourite, and anyone who has ever felt stressed out/like they are taking on too much will be able to relate to this song. It’s silly, but I swear I struggle to listen to this without getting tearful.

We Don’t Talk About Bruno isn’t quite as catchy (to me) but still an enjoyable (and kind of amusing) song.

Music Monday

Music Monday (January 2022)

In my effort to be more active on social media and my website, I’m starting with the year’s first Music Monday. When writing, I nearly always listen to music. In fact, I struggle to switch my brain into writing mode without it. As I started writing on the fourth Howerty novel, I had Spotify on random, and in the middle of a chapter, I reacted as I heard a familiar voice… in an unfamiliar song.

It was the voice of Tommy Körberg, a Swedish singer who has a long and impressive career in musical theatre and other singing endeavours. A national treasure, that man. If you’ve ever heard the songs of the old musical Chess, he is one of the lead singers. At his prime, his voice was absolutely amazing. (There’s a clip on YouTube of him with Celine Dion, where he surprised her with his singing chops… she thought she was just singing a duet with a random Swedish dude, and then this guy starts singing! You can see the surprise on her face.)

Anyway, I loved finding this song because Dead by April is a metal band. This particular song is a ballad, but it still amuses me that they convinced Tommy to join them (who was if not 70 at the time, at least approaching it when they recorded it).

The lyrics speak to me as well, as they feel a lot like how I see Marcus, the hero of the fourth Howerty novel, and as such, this has kind of become my anthem for that book.

What do you think?

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Holiday Movies

It’s that time of the year again… That time when I sit down and watch a bunch of cheesy movies with a holiday theme. Or, at least, I try to find the time to watch a few. Often I end up having one on in the background while I wrap presents or do something else. With Netflix having entered the fray, there are so many new movies every year now that I’m quite far behind. I’ve seen a few of the Netflix movies: A Christmas Prince, The Knight Before Christmas, Operation Christmas Drop, The Princess Switch, Christmas Inheritance, and a few more.

I did see the one this year with Brooke Shields and Cary Elves; A Castle for Christmas. It was average at best if I’m honest. Maybe it’s because I’m a romance writer, but I felt like they could have worked a little more romance in there. I wanted more romantic scenes!

Anyway, the whole point of this post was to give you a little list of some of my favourite holiday movies! So, without further ado…

1. Klaus

This animated movie is on Netflix and going into it I wasn’t sure what to expect, but you know what? It’s a beautiful movie. The animation style is original and the story is both amusing and sweet (and a little bit sad).

2. Elf

I know this movie has been out for ages, and it’s silly. But you know what, it’s just the right amount of silly for me. It doesn’t take itself too seriously (and you shouldn’t either) but still has a heart-warming message in between the goofiness.

3. Bad Santa

Another old classic. This dark comedy is exactly my type of humour. Never watched the sequel, and I probably never will, but this one is great fun. (I admittedly haven’t seen it for years now, so I’m a bit worried it won’t live up to my memories of it.)

4. the Holiday

As I’m writing this list, I’m coming to realise I tend to stick to the same old movies. But, come on, these are definitely the better ones, right? The Holiday with the two women who trade houses for Christmas and find themselves–and love–is sweet.

5. Die Hard

My partner and I rewatch this movie every year on Christmas Day. It’s tradition. (Imagine saying ‘tradition’ with that extra bit of emphasis like my partner always does. He likes to claim ‘tradition’ on anything he wants to do again–or doesn’t want to do if it’s suddenly ‘tradition’ that I do it.) It sort of happens at Christmas though. There are decorations and a Santa hat. And machine gunfire. I’ll take it.

What are your go-to Holiday movies?

Music Monday

Music Monday (March 2021)

Music is inspiring and can help set the mood while writing, but more than that – I just love listening to music in general. When writing I usually have to stick to instrumental pieces, but not always. One Monday a month, I will check in and share what I’m currently listening to.

Right now, I’m on a bit of a Metal binge, and I’ve been listening to a lot of covers on YouTube and Spotify. There’s a lot of Dan Vasc covers running in the evenings at the moment. Two of my favourites of his are these two:

Toss a Coin to Your Witcher

Like most everyone else, I loved Henry Cavill Geralt The Witcher tv-show on Netflix. The songs in it are great, and this one in particular is a bit of an ear worm. But do you know what makes it even better? A metal version!

I’ll Make a Man Out of You (from Mulan)

So, I’ll admit it now already, I kind of love (some) Disney movies, and Mulan was always one of my favourites. I love the trope of a woman masquerading as a man. I was bitterly disappointed when the live-action movie of Mulan featured neither the song nor the Shang character in the same way he was in the animated movie. As a consolation, we get this metal cover. And now I want to write a story about a woman dressed as a man… oh wait, I already have! I might write another… (As I said, I do love this trope!) Also, I may have to go rewatch this movie.

What are you currently listening to?