Paul McCartney – Back In The UK

Paul McCartney Out There London 23rd May O2 Arena
After three years of absence (and me writing countless tweets about it), Paul McCartney has finally brought his ‘Out There’ tour over to the UK and somehow I managed to see him not once, but twice in the past week!

Paul McCartney Out There London 23rd May O2 Arena
Last Saturday myself and my parents went down to London to see Paul’s first UK show since 2012 at the O2 arena, which was an amazing night, combined with some nice sight seeing during the day. And then last Tuesday I got a message from a Uni friend saying that she had two free tickets to Paul’s Birmingham gig on Wednesday and would my Dad and I like them! I had to read the message about three times as I actually couldn’t believe that we were being given two FREE tickets to see Paul McCartney! I rang my Dad as soon as I go tout of work and asked him what he was doing tomorrow night, his said “well we’re going out to dinner to celebrate your new job aren’t we”, to which I replied “We’re not, we’re going to watch Paul McCartney instead!” To say my Dad was elated is a bit of an understatement and he said he wouldn’t quite believe it was true until he had the tickets in his hand.    Paul McCartney Out There 27th May Birmingham Barclaycard ArenaFor both gigs we had really great seats, London centre row just off the floor level and at Birmingham end row floor seats so we could scootch out into the aisle a little bit and have a clear as day view of the stage. The set list stayed the same for pretty much both concerts and included the hits that you expect to hear such as ‘Let It Be’, ‘BlackBird’ and ‘Yesterday’, as well as songs from The Beatles, Wings and Paul’s solo material. Interestingly Paul left ‘Yesterday’ until his very last encore which I’ve never seen him do before. His staging was also more elaborate than previous shows aswell, for example during BlackBird he was on a slowly raising platform which was a nice moment in the set. Two songs I’d been looking forward to was hearing live were ‘New’ and ‘Queenie Eye’ from his latest album also called ‘New’ and they didn’t disappoint.

You can find the rest of the set list here.

 

Paul McCartney Out There 23rd May London O2 Arena

On both occasions Paul performed 40 songs over 3 hours  which is quite unbelievable , I mean come on the man is 72 years of age!

At the London show Paul also got a couple of people to join him on stage. Firstly an American man who wanted Paul to sign his wife so she could have it made into a tattoo (very jealous) and then Dave Grohl joined him on stage to perform ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ which was a great surprise. Even though Dave Grohl is a legend in his own right you could see him looking at Paul like ‘Oh my god this is Paul McCartney!’

I really don’t know if I’ll get to see him live again as it’s took me 3 years this time, but at 8 Paul McCartney concerts at 23 years of age isn’t bad going and I’ll always have memories of seeing one of the greatest songwriters this countries ever produced and sharing those moments with my parents.

Did any of you guys get the chance to see Paul’s Out There tour, what did you think? 🙂

Paul McCartney Out There 27th May Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
My ‘slightly’ creased McCartney tour t shirt

 

Paul McCartney Out There 27th May Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Loving life with my dad at the Birmingham show

5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week – 22nd May 2015 

1. I Have A New Job 

As of Tuesday I will be starting my new job as a Marketing Executive, although I’m sad to be leaving my old job as I got along so well with all of my colleagues but it’s onwards and upwards from here!

My new job gives me a lot more added responsibility which is obviously essential to progression in my career. And although it’s not all about money, I’ve also got a cheeky pay rise which is a nice added bonus. As a person I hate standing still both personally and professionally, so this opportunity is one I couldn’t turn down.


2. Paul McCartney

So tomorrow I’m going to London to see the musical legend that is Paul McCartney for the 7th (yes you read that right), time. Anyone that knows me knows that I’m a huuuuge Beatles fan and I’m beyond excited! The last time I saw Paul perform was at the Royal Albert Hall back in 2012, which was his last UK concert. Since his album NEW came out in 2013 Paul has left his UK fans waiting with baited breath as he went across the world with his ‘Out There’ tour and now it’s finally coming to the UK. With Paul now aged 72 I feel like this is probably the last time I’m going to get to see him live so I’m definitely going to make the most of it!

3. Friends 

Yesterday I got to see my friend Kari who I haven’t seen for nearly a month. I know its not that long especially since I haven’t seen three of my best friends since August last year due to them being on the other side of the world, (SIGH, why did I choose to stay here again?), but it was really nice to catch up over dinner and cocktails, it’s suprising how much can happen in 3 weeks. We couldn’t decide what to have for dessert so OBVIOUSLY we had to pick both and have half each because why the hell not ay, who needs a summer body anyway..

4. My Week Off 

So in the interim of leaving my old job and starting my new position I’ve been working from home this week and it’s been a welcome week of relaxation if I’m honest. This weeks given me the opportunity to actually tick off some of the things on my ever growing to do list. Most importantly its given me time to recharge the old batteries and have a bit of ‘me time’ which is always nice. Oh and I’ve maybe, just maybe developed a little addiction to Mad Men..


5. My Blog  

As you can probably tell I’ve majorly neglected my blog this past year, its always been at the back of mind and I knew I would get back on it at one point which is why I renewed my domain name back in December, but having so much spare time on my hands this week I decided enough was enough and that I need to get back out there. Not only that but I’ve started reading a lot more blogs recently and some of the content out there is fantastic and it sort of makes me want to up my writing game a bit yano? Obviously I’ve got a long way to go as this is only my second ‘new’ post but I’m looking forward to hopefully building my blog up and strengthening those writing skills of mine.

Hope you all had a great week, bye for now!

The Vinyl Countdown

Like most things the way we listen to music has evolved over the years. These days you can carry your whole music collection around in your pocket and apps such as Spotify give you access to thousands of tracks at the push of a button without having to spend a single penny.

However with all this progress in technology there is still one format that has a place in a lot of music listeners hearts, the mighty vinyl record. Although not as favored as in its hey day, vinyl has become increasingly popular within recent years and has seen a significant increase in sales, not including the vast second hand market. Record Store Day was created in 2007 as a celebration of independent record stores and sees numerous artists releasing exclusive material on vinyl.There are even vinyl listening parties like ‘Classic Album Sundays’ in East London ran by DJ Coleen Murphy, where music lovers switch off their phones, and  listen in silence to a classic album on vinyl .When speaking to thepositive.com, Murphy said the goal of the group  was to “Just listen and just experience the music as fully as they possibly can.” 

After playing my Dads vintage sixties player to death, I got my very own record player for my 21st birthday and since then I’ve built up a  small ever growing vinyl collection. Although I love the convenience of YouTube and Spotify, sometimes its just nice to sit down, relax and listen to music without it just being background noise.

My Dad's player from the sixties.
My Dad’s player from the sixties.

Like many others I feel music sounds a lot warmer when played on vinyl and. I love the crackling sound that the needle makes when you first place it on the record about to engage the grooves of the first track. Listening to vinyl can be a nostalgic experience for many, evoking fond memories  of days gone by and for people like myself its great listening to tracks on the format they were originally intended to be played on.

My treasured record player
My treasured record player

Its not just the records themselves that interest people but the artwork that comes with it. Many album covers such as The Beatles ‘Sgt Pepper’ and Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ have become iconic and are seen as standalone works of art. Retailers such as Urban Outfitters now sell vinyl photo frames allowing you to adorn your wall with album art.

As life long fan of music I enjoy listening to music on all formats but I’ll always have a special place in my heart for vinyl. How about you, do you enjoy listening to vinyl or do you think its a format past its sell by date?  Let me know in the comments box!

 

 

Chaos and Creation in The Backyard..

I’m in a writing mood tonight but was at a bit of a loss on what to actually write about so I clicked on the ‘inspire me’ button to see if it could stir up some inspiration. And lo and behold it did. But I guess you already figured that out otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this post would I?

The inspiration given to me by the lovely folk at WordPress was ‘Take a line from a song that you love or connect with. Now forget the song, and turn that line into the title or inspiration for your post.’ So that’s what I’ve done. Well, sort of..

Chaos and Creation in The Backyard is a 2005 album from one of my favorite musical artists (mine and millions of others), Paul McCartney. I chose Chaos and Creativeness for the name of my blog as it holds several meanings to me.

Firstly it’s a pretty good two word description of my life. Like any 21 year old my life at times can be pretty chaotic. I’m currently juggling a part time job, an internship and starting a theatre company (more on that later), as well as attempting to have some sort of social life.  As for the creative side, I sing, write my own songs, started my own theatre company and am also pursuing a career within Music PR. So yeah I’d say ‘Chaos and Creativeness’ is a pretty apt description.

Secondly I am a HUGE Beatles and therefore Paul McCartney fan. Thanks to my Dad I was listening to Beatles songs before I was even out of the womb. As a child I definitely liked the Beatles but in a more passive way. You know like if ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’ came on I’d sing along and enjoy listening but I didn’t independently just sit and listen to them of my own accord.  As I got older I began to listen to albums and explore songs on my own and then became a fan in my own write (the misspelling is intentional, Lennon fans will get it 😉 ).

The Beatles inadvertently taught me about musical harmonies. One day whilst listening to ‘The Word’ on the Rubber Soul album in the back of the car on my Walkman (remember them?), I had a musical epiphany when I realised that John and Paul were both singing the same words but with different notes. After listening a few times I decided to learn both of these parts when I got home and in turn began to learn the harmonies on other tracks. After a while I began to create my own harmonies whilst listening to songs. So although they don’t know it, The Beatles taught me to harmonize.

Since 2003 I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Paul McCartney 6 times in concert. The most memorable being in 2011 at the O2 in London where not only were we 12 rows from the front but we were also sat in the same row as Stella McCartney and the rest of the McCartney clan! I was in London recently on work experience the week Paul’s album ‘NEW’ came out and missed THREE opportunities to see him! Not only did I miss his impromptu Covent Garden gig and HMV signing, but he was also opposite my office in The Shard one lunch time doing an interview with Zane Lowe. Suffice to say I was pretty gutted. I have also seen Ringo Starr twice, once at the Capital of Culture gig in Liverpool and another time in Birmingham.

I could write all night on the subject of The Beatles so I’ll quit whilst I’m ahead. No doubt they’ll pop up in other posts on here! To finish off heres a few photos from the 2011 Paul gig.

Thanks for reading x

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