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Spring Acoustics

Spring is all about new beginnings that start all over without any great help. Exactly like acoustic music, only the musicians and their enchanting voices lead to unique experiences. Take some time to relax and let lose, listen to soft tunes and enjoy the beginning of the summer. Listen to it here.

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Taylor Swift Praises Ed Sheeran's 'Ever-Present Armor of Enthusiasm' in Time's 100 Most Influential People Essay

Taylor Swift has seen Ed Sheeran at some of his highest and lowest points and one thing she always knew about her one-time opening act is that Ed would some day reach his ultimate goal. In a touching essay about her pal penned for Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World issue, Swift recounts how Sheeran started writing songs and playing instruments early on as a boy in Framlingham, Suffolk, but unlike so many hopefuls, he was destined for something greater.

“Whether by choice or an unconscious evolution, when he decided on his musical ambitions, Ed became less of a boy and more of a tank,” she writes. “He is protected by an impenetrable and ever-present armor of enthusiasm that has helped him endure any setback, letdown or underestimation. His reaction to any idea that fails is to almost immediately come up with a new one. He’s like a fighter who pops back up on his feet before you even noticed he’d been knocked down." 

Sheeran, whose third album, ÷, continues to crush charts across the globe, hasn’t always been the confident, mega-selling juggernaut he is today. Swift tells the story of how a few years ago in "a moment of admitting feeling defeated,” Ed told her that he feared “I’m never going to win a Grammy.” Yes, you are, she assured him, adding that she was confident he’d sweep the awards someday.

“It was a few weeks later when he met me in a dance-shoe store in London, where I was picking out rehearsal outfits, and said, ‘You have to hear this,’” she writes. “It was a song he’d just finished called 'Thinking Out Loud,' which went on to win Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 2016.”

Swift congratulates Sheeran on his success and says, “for the legacy you’ve already built and the brilliant hook you probably just came up with five minutes ago.” Click here to read the entire essay.


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Devin: It started innocently enough. The two of you were having one of your typical horror movie marathons. You’d seen most of them, but there was one Devin put in that just rattled you. There’s no way you’d fall asleep tonight. Not wanting to admit he’d finally found a movie that scared you, you insisted on watching another, and another, and another. It was now just after 3am and you knew Devin was getting suspicious. “You sure you’ll make it through another one Y/N? You’re looking tired.” “Oh don’t worry Dev, there’s no way I’ll fall asleep on you.” Devin smirked “Y/N, why don’t we just finish this tomorrow, we-“ “NO!” You were a bit too hasty with your response, because the smile on Devin’s face said it all. “Are you scared baby girl?” “…no…” “Alright, then you won’t mind if we turn off the lights and go to bed?” “Or, counter offer, we stay up all night like vampires and sleep when the sun comes up and we know it’s safe.” You smiled hopefully. After a minute Devin sighed, then stood up to put another DVD in the player, “Fine, but only because you’re cute when you’re scared.”

Chris: You’re not sure what woke you, but you were suddenly awake and aware of how cold the bed was when there should’ve been a warm body beside you. You crack one eye open to peer at the almost blinding light of your clock. 3:17am. You groan as you fumble out of bed, knowing you’re only hope of falling back asleep requires dragging your boyfriend back to bed. “Babe?” you stagger across your apartment only to find him hunched over his desk. Your voice cracks “Babe what the fuck.” You can hear Chris chuckle from across the room “I’ll come to bed soon, I promise.” “Yeah that’s what you said 5 hours ago.” You yawned as you curled up in his lap. “So are you gonna show me what you’re working on or not?” “It’s just some lyrics, I’m not even sure if it’s going anywhere.” “Well show me anyway. If it’s important to you I wanna hear it.” You spent the next hour listening the Chris sing to you before the two of you finally crawled into bed.

Ricky: You had just finished another chapter of the book you were reading. You started to stretch and ended up hitting Ricky, who was so absorbed in his own book that he didn’t even flinch. Come to think of it you didn’t actually remember him getting in bed. Looking down at your book you realized you’ve read at least 7 chapters since you got in bed. You roll over to look at the clock. “Oh my god.” You flipped back over to poke your boyfriend, “Ricky…Ricky…Rick…Babe c’mon it’s late.” You nudged at him again “Ricky babe it’s after 3, we need to sleep.” “One more chapter…” he muttered almost inaudibly. “See but saying that is why we’re still reading at 3:30 in the morning.” Ricky huffed, finally tearing his eyes away to look at you, “Fine. I guess we should go to sleep.” You smiled as you pressed your lips to his. “You know you’ll thank me in the morning.” “Mmm-hm.” He mumbled as he turned off the lights and scooted closer to you, finally falling asleep.

Ryan: “Ok,” you laughed “I guess I’d kiss Adam, Fuck Ed, and kill Shawn.” “What!?” Ryan laughed swatting you with the magazine. Neither of you were able to sleep, so you’d been laying in bed playing Kiss/Fuck/Kill using an old issue of People magazine. “You’d really fuck Ed Sheeran over Adam Levine?” You shrugged “His music is better just better.” “Alright, well, I’d question your taste in men if your boyfriend wasn’t such a stud.” “My boyfriend is an idiot,” you giggled trying to shove him, “your turn.” Ryan turned towards the clock “Actually babe we should probably try to go to sleep, it’s quarter to four.” “Noooooooo.” You whined burying your face into the pillow. You heard the lights click and felt Ryan wrap his arms around you. “Don’t worry Y/N it’ll be morning before you know it.” You sighed, already feeling Ryan’s warmth lull you into sleep. “Fine, fine. We’ll sleep.” You felt him plant a kiss to the side of your head. “I love you Y/N.” “Love you too Ry.”

Vinny: “YES!” Vinny jumps off the couch as the two of you once again dominate several strangers on Xbox Live. Your winning streak started shortly after you’d finished dinner and was now going into the wee hours of the morning. You’d thought about calling it quits but the smile on your boyfriend’s face kept you going. Now however it was getting late and your exhaustion was starting to effect your game. You’d finally been shot in the last round, and while Vinny continued on avenging you you began to doze off. Eventually some on-screen explosions jolted you awake. You gave in and started to poke at your boyfriend “Hey Vin, it’s getting kind of late…” “Hang on babe I got this.” He mumbled, shrugging you off. “But baaaaabe,” you whined “It’s after 3. Don’t make me go to bed all aloo-oone.” You snuggle closer and lean your head on his shoulder. You know he’ll break quickly, but just for good measure you press your lips to his neck. The game shuts off almost immediately. You had to chuckle at how cute he was fumbling around with the controller. “Don’t laugh at me, it’s not ‘cause of you I’m just done kicking the crap out of these guys.” “Of course.” You said as you dragged your boyfriend to bed.

anonymous asked:

I've been noticing that there's a bit of a double standard going around lately. I've seen no blogs that have been calling Harry out for just now starting to interact with fans because of needing promo say anything about Liam doing the same thing. Liam was seemingly nonexistent on social media all of last year and only would randomly post about being in the studio but never engaged with fans and there were many reports of him swerving fans all last yr just like Harry did. +

+ both him and Harry are doing the same thing because they have things to promote but I’ve just seen blogs coming down on Harry. The only members that always interacted with fans last yr without an ulterior motive were Louis and Niall. I just feel if Harry gets called out, Liam should be as well.

Yeah, gonna disagree with you on this, anon. Liam was posting about being in the studio. He also did some Twitter ask sessions. He thanked fans several times for birthday wishes and the like, and he went and pulled a Batman at the Brits. He confirmed his own record deal. Liam also spoke positively about 1D in his magazine spread.

Harry did none of that. His only social media posts past April were about pride, a water charity, and Another Man. We saw nothing on his social media about his work, and even when rumors were getting huge over his solo music, he was silent. Ed Sheeran talked, Grimmy talked, Dan Wootton talked. And dead silence from Harry and his team.

I don’t think anyone is expecting Niall-level social media, but Liam was around and active on social media and, again, confirmed that he was making music. Which Harry never did.

I also disagree that Louis and Niall interacted with fans without an ulterior motive. Their social media is part of their image, and while they may not seem to be directly selling something (which is all Harry is doing), they are selling themselves. I’m not saying their fan interactions are fake, but they know who they need support from and don’t act like we’re unimportant.

And again, there is a tone of interaction that people seem to be ignoring. This isn’t solely about Harry going MIA. Hell, Ed Sheeran did that! (And came back exactly when he said he would, down to the day.) If Harry would speak about the band or fans in a non-robotic way, or you know, thanked us from the start, a lot of us would feel very different.

Bowie’s Top 100

The legend, David Bowie, passed away at the age of 69 after an eighteen-month battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed. To celebrate his life, listed below are his top 100 books. 

-Interviews with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester

-Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse

-Room At The Top by John Braine

-On Having No Head by Douglas Harding

-Kafka Was The Rage by Anatole Broyard

-A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

-City of Night by John Rechy

-The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

-Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

-Iliad by Homer

-As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

-Tadanori Yokoo by Tadanori Yokoo

-Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin

-Inside The Whale And Other Essays by George Orwell

-Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood

-Halls Dictionary of Subjects And Symbols In Art by James A. Hall

-David Bomberg by Richard Cork

-Blast by Wyndham Lewis

-Passing by Nella Larson

-Beyond The Brillo Box by Arthur C. Danto

-The Origin of Consciousness In The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes

-In Bluebird’s Castle by George Steiner

-Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd

-The Divided Self by R.D. Laing

-The Stranger by Albert Camus

-Infants Of The Spring by Wallace Thurman

-The Quest For Christa T by Christa Wolf

-The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

-Nights At The Circus by Angela Carter

-The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

-The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

-Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

-Herzog by Saul Bellow

-Puckoon by Spike Milligan

-Black Boy by Richard Wright

-The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

-The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima

-Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler

-The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot

-McTeague by Frank Norris

-Money by Martin Amis

-The Outsider by Colin Wilson

-Strange People by Frank Edwards

-English Journey by J.B. Priestley

-A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

-The Day Of The Locust by Nathanael West

-1984 by George Orwell

-The Life And Times Of Little Richard by Charles White

-Aopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock by Nik Cohn

-Mystery Train by Greil Marcus

-Beano (comics, 1950s)

-Raw (comics, 1980s)

-White Noise by Don DeLillo

-Sweat Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom by Peter Guralnick

-Silence: Lectures and Writing by John Cage

-Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews edited by Malcolm Cowley

-The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll by Charlie Gillete

-Octobriana and the Russian Underground by Peter Sadecky

-The Street by Ann Petry

-Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon

-Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr.

-A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

-The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby

-Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz

-The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard

-The Bridge by Hart Crane

-All The Emperor’s Horses by David Kidd

-Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

-Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

-The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos

-Tales of Beatnik Glory by Ed Saunders

-The Bird Artist by Howard Norman

-Nowhere To Run: The Story of Soul Music by Gerri Hirshey

-Before the Deluge by Otto Friedrich

-Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence From Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia

-The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford

-In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

-Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

-Teenage by Jon Savage

-Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh

-The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard

-The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

-Viz (comics, early 1980s)

-Private Eye (satirical magazine, 1960s-1980s)

-Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara

-The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

-Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes

-Maldodor by Comte de Lautréamont

-On The Road by Jack Kerouac

-Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders by Lawrence Weschler

-Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

-Transcendental Magic, Its Doctrine and Ritual by Eliphas Lévi

-The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

-The Leopard by Giusseppe Di Lampedusa

-Inferno by Dante Alighieri

-A Grave For A Dolphin by Alberto Denti di Pirajno

-The Insult by Rupert Thomson

-In Between The Sheets by Ian McEwan

-A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes

-Journey Into The Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg

“The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.” -David Bowie

eene-fangirl  asked:

What will Nazz do for a living?

Although I root for Rolf to pursue barbering instead of farming, or for Sarah to pursue her unexplained interest in animation, I personally can’t see Nazz wanting to go through all the education it would take to become a dentist.  As much as I try to ground that random interest of hers in believable motivations (I mentioned my headcanon last week that her father is a dentist), it just really doesn’t line up with any of her more consistent interests.

When I try to come up with future headcanons, I usually have Nazz working in retail with other characters (‘They Call Him Mr. Ed’ also puts the image of Nazz as a receptionist in our heads), and eventually as a faculty member at one of her old schools.  But if she were a main character, I’d be disappointed for Nazz to have such a casual fate, so I still want to try and suggest something with more passion…   She could work in magazines like the main character in 13 Going On 30, or if she knows how to cook more than mac and cheese, maybe she could be a chef at Eddy’s inevitable brunch restaurant.  Modeling doesn’t seem like a very long term career to me, but maybe it’s worth a shot… 

Oh you know what!  I always forget that Nazz practices the tuba (and the violin in Smile for the Ed), I am musically inept so I don’t know where to suggest she take that talent, but if she can’t find some sort of orchestra or band, she could specifically become a music teacher!  I kinda like that idea.


Noor Inayat Khan (1914-1944) was a spy for the British during WWII. She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, to a white American mother and an Indian Sufi nobleman and musician. Ironically, she was descended from Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore until his death at the hands of the British in 1799. Unlike her great-great-great grandfather Tipu, she chose to join the British army in 1940 and fight the Nazis because she “wish[ed] some Indians would win high military distinction in this war. If one or two could do something in the Allied service which was very brave and which everybody admired it would help to make a bridge between the English people and the Indians.“ 

The girl who was raised to be a pacifist and who was described as shy, sensitive and quiet, who composed music for the piano and harp, and who wrote short stories and poems for children’s magazines was fearless and determined to do something for her people’s cause.

Since she grew up in France and England respectively, she was multilingual and fluent enough in French to go undercover in Nazi-occupied France and spy for the British. She joined the SOE spy unit in 1943 and transmitted secret information to the Allies via radio. Even when her cover was thought to be blown, she refused to return to England and continued her mission until she was arrested by the Nazis in October of that year.

The Nazis tortured and interrogated her, but she refused to comply. The SD unit found her journals, but could not get a word out of her and kept her shackled and imprisoned for 10 months, in accordance to the Nacht Und Nebel policy. Noor was kept in very poor conditions and was allegedly beaten and sexually assaulted, and could be heard crying at night by other inmates. On September 13, 1944, she and 3 other agents were executed in the Dauchau Concentration Camp with a bullet to the back of the head. Her last word was supposedly “liberté.”

Noor was honored posthumously with the George Cross. Her memory serves as a reminder of all the courageous Indians and Muslims who fought the Nazis during WWII. She’s often referred to as a forgotten war hero, but her sacrifice and premature death at the age of 30 should be remembered by all.

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Ed Sheeran Thinks Celebrity Nude Photo Leaks Are ‘Creepy,’ But That Doesn’t Stop Him From Showing Us This

Ed comments on nude photo scandal, then pulls out his phone to show us this amazing video of his 17-year-old self.

LAS VEGAS- Ed Sheeran may not have been targeted in the latest celebrity photo hack, but he knows what it feels like and it’s straight up “creepy.”

The “Don’t” singer was on hand at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Saturday, and defended those caught in the flurry of these scandals, because he at one point, was hacked as well.

“I think invasion of privacy on that level is weird and sharing the photos is weird as well,” Ed said, “Because it’s different when it’s like a photo shoot for a magazine because it’s meant for the public; if it’s an intimate thing and it’s meant for your partner… so all of that stuff creeps me out the fact that everything is up in a cloud you can read at anytime, drunk text messages, videos you might send…”

And speaking of videos, Ed then decided to kind of hack himself, pulling out his phone to show us a “really weird video” of himself, at the age of 17, jamming out to Soulja Boy’s “Pretty Boy Swag.” Watch the video and be prepared to be wowed. [x]


George Harrison, and The Beatles, at rehearsals for The Ed Sullivan Show, 14 August 1965

Photos: CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

Gary: “You’re dressed casually in levis spattered with paint. What’s the story behind all that paint, George?”

George Harrison: “I’m not an artist, if that’s what you’re thinking. The paint is from my painting the walls of my house in England.”

Gary: “Do you buy most of your clothes in England?”

GH: “Yes, but there are some good clothing stores in the south of France, too.”

Gary: “Do the Beatles usually take their vacations separately?”

GH: “Yes, but I haven’t had a holiday in a long time.”

Gary: “George, you seem to have the longest hair of the Beatles. Was it always that way?”

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