While I hadn’t been on the look out for a pair of wireless earbuds (and definitely not the Apple ones which are far too costly!), back in January this year, I ended up seeing on my Twitter feed, a tweet for the KitSound Wireless earbuds and I immediately thought I need these in my life! Not only are they life changing in the way that I now listen to music, but they also made me realise just how inconvenient wired headphones truly are.
Regular readers may know that this will now be the fourth product that I have purchased from the brand KitSound, previously owning their mini bluetooth speaker, wireless headphones, DAB alarm clock and now these lovelies. I purchased mine from Amazon and received them in a speedy 48 hours, and at the very affordable price of £49.99. I chose the pink ones (because lets face it, pink, lilac and pastels is my aesthetic) and I am super impressed with them so far.
On Sunday 24th November, I attended the Magic at Christmas concert (hosted by the Magic radio station) at The London Palladium.
This was a concert which had a multi-artist line up (with an initial total of 6 artists, but sadly James Morrison had to pull out due to ill health).
Martin and Shirley Kemp
Concert hosts: Harriet Scott and Martin Kemp
The main reason I attended the concert, was to see my two favourites Jack and Mick, perform live on stage. This is now the second time that I have seen Jack live and is the very first time I have seen Simply Red.
As someone who loves listening to music 24/7, I am always looking to invest in the right kind of music accessories that support my listening activities. At the end of last year, I discovered the wonderful UK brand KitSound. Since discoverg them, I have purchased three of their products: a mini portable speaker wireless headphones and more recently their DAB alarm clock. This post is not sponsored, I just wanted to give my honest review of the three products that I have purchased from the brand so far, as I genuinely love all three of them.
KitSound Pocket Hive Universal Wireless Bluetooth and NFC Portable Speaker
Songs Performed: Candlelight, Dying for your Love, Better off Without Me, When we were Lovers, What More Can I Do?, Home, Greatest Mistake, Tie Me Down, Sweet Hurt, Knock Knock, Things I Thought I’d Never Do, Soldier’s Eyes, Youth and Love, Touchy Situation, Human, Back where I Belong, Singing to Strangers, Going Home Support: Lissie music Special Guests: WardThomas performed Human by The Killers with Jack and Saxophonist Leo Green (Back Where I Belong)
Friday 31st May 2019, became a day that I will never forget, as I had the chance to see the incredible Jack Savoretti perform live at the SSE Arena, Wembley, for the very first time. I bought my concert ticket in April and the seat I got turned out to be a brilliant viewpoint for the stage. On the night, I very quickly realised that I wasn’t sitting too far away from the Savoretti family!! (block N5!) I also had a very good view of the screens. The concert began at 7.45pm with support act Lissie music and I was pleasantly surprised by her talent; her not wearing any shoes on stage and her ability to hold the longest of notes! As a pianist myself, I took to Lissie’s music straight away and plan to listen to her album too. Thank you Lissie for a wonderful set and for setting the mood before Jack arrived on stage!
After a long time, have I come across an artist who is not only extremely talented, but is a thorough, serious, dedicated musician. This is especially rare to find in today’s day and age when nearly all artists are more about the fame than the music! I can only say that I truly wish he hadn’t been “hidden away” for so long (not mainstream enough), as I feel like I have truly missed out on listening to some great music. I immediately purchased his brand new album Singing to Strangers, on the same day of first listening to it (and this does not happen very often to me either!) I am of course, talking about British Singer and Songwriter Jack Savoretti.
I have been listening to Singing to Strangers on repeat mode for the entire last week, since purchasing via Amazon Music (which is so easy to do, especially if you have your own Amazon account) and I just knew that I had to review the album. I also managed to listen to Jack live on the radio twice during the week, where he performed stunning acoustic versions of Candlelight (BBC2 radio Piano room) I haven’t been this excited about an album since Emeli Sande’s Our Version of Events which released in 2012. To me, the sign of a good album is one where you like all of the tracks and don’t have to skip any, and, you can also listen to the album on a loop and discover something new with each listen and Singing to Strangers has definitely had that effect on me!
Readers of my blog will be aware that I am a pianist and I have learnt up to Grade 7 with a Grade 6 in music theory. So when ABRSM contacted me to ask if I would like to review their new piano syllabus, I was more than happy to do so! My review is written from a students point of view. I will also be doing a brief comparison along the way, of my own ABRSM books, compared to the new syllabus and as I completed my Grade 7 in 2008, I am sure that a lot will have changed in the last 10 years.
For many piano students, learning to play the piano is often the first exposure of pure classical music. This can be quite daunting in itself, purely because classical music is not listened to on a regular basis. ABRSM always make the introduction to this genre of music, a relatively smooth one as with the support of piano lessons, the way classical music is structured becomes a lot clearer through each grade.
I am happy to bring some more news about the talented musician Marcus Corbett. Regular readers will be aware of Marcus’s ingenius work of fusing two music genres/sounds, which are also polar opposites: Indian classical music and western acoustic guitar. Marcus has recently released a new instrumental single called Barometer and he will also be on tour across the UK, later this month!
After introducing musician Marcus Corbett here at Girl at the Piano, I have decided to share another of his unique songs which is called Loving Kind taken from the album Every Little Spirit.
The song is of course, a fusion between western acoustic guitar and Indian classical music, and a Bharatnatyam dancer features in its video, thus bridging the gap between these two cultures. Marcus has managed to blend the sound of the acoustic guitar and tabla so very well in this particular track and his vocals give the song a very soothing and smooth vibe.
1) Son of Solomon
2) Chasing Shadows
3) Bulletproof Love
4) Road to Eden
5) Butter Flutter
7) Dear Life
8) No Go Baby
9) Hit My Ground Running
10) Live Before I Die
11) Season of our Love
12) A Love Divine
13) The Sun and the Moon