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Let's Talk - Favourite Things

February 17, 2018

Happy Saturday readers, long live the weekend!

As usual I have another Let's Talk segment prepared for this week and I also have more fabulous writers joining me, so give a warm welcome to:

Kaelin - @saturnsliving on Twitter and her blog can be found at https://www.livinginsaturn.com/

Zoe - @Zoedonna95 on Twitter and her blog can be found at https://nolightwithoutdarkness.com/

Emily - @_Emilylw on Twitter and her blog can be found at http://puttheworldtowrites.co.uk/

This week we are talking about one or more of our favourite things, a little topic for fun for people to share some of their most loved aspects!

Kaelin's thoughts: "Favorites of any kind are always hard to pick, and there’s something so personal about a favorite song. It’s so revealing, and an expression of vulnerability. We often use songs to express things that we don’t know how to, we use them to inspire us and help us. And I’ve found that
Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” is a song that does just that for me. I grew up in a house that was always playing music, and Fleetwood Mac was one of the bands on repeat. Through all the albums we played and played and played, “The Chain”,
especially on the album The Dance, always stood out to me. It’s a distinctive song, with an unforgettable baseline and a blended style. But what makes me love this song is the story behind
it.

“The Chain”, released on Rumours, was recorded in bits and pieces, spliced together from samples and individual workings by each band member, from failed parts of other songs. In fact, it was the first song they released that had all five members as authors. But it wasn’t written originally as a labor of love from a harmonious band. It was accusatory, raw, pleading. The lyrics
are repetitive, direct, the power is in the delivery.

Lindsay Buckingham, the lead guitarist, and Stevie Nicks, the lead singer, were romantically involved and their relationship was falling apart. Christine McVie, the keyboardist, and John McVie, the bassist, found their marriage ending, as was Mick Fleetwood’s. The press was causing chaos for the group. The “chain” was breaking, rumors (the albums namesake) were
flying and “The Chain” captures the resulting flood of emotions perfectly. This song, the first ever to be credited to all of them, was written during a time the band was described to be at their worst.

Ultimately, they persevered. Relationships mended and healed, not back to what they were, but in ways that were needed. Fleetwood Mac endured. Despite the very foundation splintering and the chain straining, it did not break. Now, the song is a symbol of triumph, a reminder of what they were able to work through. The original spirit is still there, particularly tangible when they opened The Dance with it, but it’s a glorious testament to creativity, love, and spirit. It could be argued that it was as if Rumours, and “The Chain” weren’t meant to be, spliced as they were and written when they were.

A song that was born out of pain became their trademark show-opener. A celebration. Writing it was cathartic process, and painful, as so much transformation is. But the end result was a gritty, emotive, powerful song. Its inclusion in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 was the perfect representation of all that “The Chain” now stands for (watch the final fight, you’ll see what I mean). The chain that the lyrics begged to keep them together didn’t break, and that inspires me. The chain can strain, but I can’t let it break. They didn’t, and I won’t. "


Zoe's thoughts: "Zoe's thoughts: "I can’t remember how I heard about it, it was shortly before the film was released. It was one of the first books I bought for myself and it was during a time where my mental health was low and still fairly misunderstood, I was sucked into this book from the first page, I’ve never related more with a fictional character than I have with the protagonist, Charlie. I found everything he said and felt resonated with me and I was rooting for him from start to finish. The film was a great adaptation, but it has nothing on the book.

I love that Charlie wants to be a writer, and when he finds some real, good friends, (which are hard to come by as a teenager!) they support him and his dreams. I had a typewriter when I was young, and I used to write letters to my grandma with it, I wish I still had it. The music is also brilliant - the songs played in the films are actually mentioned in the books, and now thanks to Stephen Chbosky I can’t listen to David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ without feeling emotional - without feeling infinite. I’ve always loved that quote, it’s such a beautiful way to describe a feeling so huge and overwhelming that you can barely describe it at all. When you’re with the people you love, your favourite song is playing, and you wish you could live in that moment forever. 

I’ve had so many ‘infinite’ moments in my life that I look back on with bittersweet nostalgia, and reading Perks brings them all back to me. I remember staying up late one night to finish reading it, and in Charlie’s final letter, the last few pages, I was curled up in bed crying my eyes out, feeling like his last letter was speaking to me in a way no other piece of writing has ever been able to. I’ve never seen myself, mental illness, adolescence, and coming of age done so well in words. I’ve read countless books since I first picked up Perks, but to this day, it’s still my favourite book."


Emily's thoughts: " After months of telling myself that I'll watch it soon and just never getting round to watching it, I
finally watched the film 'Pride' for the first time a few days ago. And, boy do I regret putting it off for
so long!

The film focuses on the miners strikes of the 1970s, under Thatcher's government, and how the
LGBT+ community supported the miners - and how an unlikely friendship between a gay community
in London and a mining community in a little village in Wales formed and blossomed. It is, of course, based on a true story and is probably one of the most heart-warming films you will ever watch. I've never really been a huge fan of films so to find one that I really love is a rare experience for me. Here are some of the reasons why I think I love Pride so much:

It's historical portrayal and the fact it's based on a true story: For far too long portrayal of LGBT+ communities, their work, their lives and their struggles have been relegated to films/publications which target the community, so to see them pushed to the forefront in a mainstream film is wonderful. The more people who are exposed to how poorly they were (and still are) treated, the more allies the LGBT+ community may gain.

I also think it's great that a film teaches a new generation about a difficult time in British politics, and gives them more insight into this key issue than just the stories they've heard from their parents about having no electricity as children.

How it shows community spirit: I really love how Pride shows just what can be achieved when communities pull together to help each other. I love that, despite the tough times both communities in Pride were going through, they recognised that there are other communities out there who needed support. My favourite quote from the film is: "When you're in a battle with an enemy that's so much bigger, so much stronger than you, to find out you had a friend you never knew existed, well, that's the best feeling in the world. Can you see
what we've done here, by coming together, all of us? We made history!"

How it portrays friendship: I think, my absolute favourite thing about Pride is how it shows that you can find allies and friends in the unlikeliest places. I love how it shows that people who, on the surface, seem completely different to one another can always teach each other new things and open
their eyes to new ways of life. It shows that, if you open your hearts and minds to people who are not like you, the world opens up and becomes a much better place.

I also love that it shows, no matter what your family thinks of you, there's always somebody out there who will accept you and love you for who you are."


My thoughts: "My favourite anything is something I can talk about for ages and ages simply because I'm passionate about it!

If you ask me what my favourite music is I'll tell you I love Lady Gaga but I also enjoy artists like Rihanna, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Besides these I have a few favourite bands that include Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice & Men, Pendulum, Asking Alexandria and Enter Shikari - so my music taste is pretty mixed! All of these are on my iTunes, phone and laptop because I can't go a single day without listening to my music faves I love music too much.

Movies wise I am a huge Marvel fan, having just seen Black Panther I was totally wowed and it has been added to my Marvel Faves list, but I also enjoy movies like Van Helsing, Kill Bill, Titanic, Star Wars and Batman. TV shows I tend to watch are also pretty varied and include all of the following; Skins, Inbetweeners, Pretty Little Liars, Rupauls Drag Race, Big Bang Theory and Sex & The City. All of these are my go-to chill out movies or shows for when I just want to relax and rewatch some good content, luckily my boyfriend shares most of my tastes so we watch most of these together.

Favourite foods? Dear lord where do we start I bloody love food! Well if I summarise it best I can then I really enjoy pizza, risotto, pasta, curries, Mexican foods, Chinese foods and anything chocolate related. I love to cook so I make most of these whenever I have the time and ingredients and they always go down well in my household! Since I've gone vegan I've been lucky to find versions of my favourite foods that I can eat; for example Pizza Hut pizza is definitely high on my list along with salt and pepper tofu from our Chinese which is up there with it. Alpro do some amazing chocolate mousse's that I enjoy plus bars of dark chocolate still give me my cocoa fix whenever I fancy some so I haven't gone without anything I enjoy.

Lastly my favourite hobbies, well most people know that I do love a good gym session and I really enjoy fitness so exercise is one of them but I do actually do other things besides that. I enjoy walking my border collie especially in nice weather when I can just go for a wander and let my mind wander, plus the dog loves it when we go for long walks! At home I'm either listening to music, watching movies, cooking, writing on this blog or gaming - my favourite games range from The Sims, Spyro The Dragon, Sonic The Hedgehog to Metal Gear Solid, Tomb Raider and Age of Empires. If I'm not doing any of these things then I'm probably asleep cause between college and the gym I'm too tired to do much else *cry*.

So there you have it, a bit more insight into my favourite things and what I enjoy the most. While writing this I realised it's hard to actually pinpoint favourite things if you have a large range in tastes despite them being your go-to options!"

Thank you for reading another segment and I will be back again next week, thank you to my writers for their amazing work and their dedication in guest posting. See you all again soon!

Itsallzara 

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