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What's up fans and friends!!!!

I hope everyone is surviving and getting through the February changeover to Spring..

Where I am, in Ireland, it is incredibly windy and cold, so much so that I decided not to leave my house at all. Everyone wants to be blown away but not by the wind. Looking forward to the sight of blossom.

And so as the American tour beckons (finally) and I really really can't wait, there's so many people still to meet and places to see. So also comes the time where I write my second album.

Don't people get scared of writing the second album? That's what I heard. Since I wrote Lights I've grown up a lot, read a lot more and discovered a lot more music. Not to mention my voice is raw from touring. But I like the tone of it now. So I'm not afraid. More curious of what will come out!

Been reading poetry quite a bit. Just picked up Carol Ann Duffy's "Rapture" Very moving,  if you get a chance to read it. Also just finished Patti Smith's book, "Just kids". A whole world I didn't know about, a fascinating prologue to fame.
Patti references singers and bands that I have bothered to listen to, and now I'm obsessed with researching them and watching youtube videos. Its costing me a bomb on itunes to download all this new music. It's more the lifestyle and the obsession with art I've become attached to, an artists plight and an unbreakable, beautiful friendship. There are so many definitions of what an artist is and it gives me a headache. So I was relieved to read about it in such a pure simple way- Two kids dreaming of becoming artists. Anyway- it is a wonderful and heart-wrenching read and my first real insight into rock and roll.

Where I am at the moment couldn't be more perfect to read and reflect. Lonely, but perfectly solitary.

 

I'd be lying if I said that the last couple of years resulted in me being a calm person but here I am, writing to you, feeling rather calm. I've been alone for the past week in a tiny seaside town, protected by huge, Irish hills. Saying that, I can feel my heart beat more especially lying down; I have put this down to lack of distraction from it- its just so quiet!

 

I became attached to this place after the first time I came. Such a hidden gem of a place... Small shops, harbour, beautiful hills and cliffs, and traditional Irish folk music. Have attached picture of me trying out the accordian for the first time!

Someone had just abandoned it in one of the pubs.  A skull in fairy lights. Not a profound masterpiece by any means but I found it funny that that lovely girl who owned it was so blase about her obsession with finding skulls. Well I quite like skulls too, I said!

And we carried on drinking wine. We went to a pub quiz last night. I am always so enthusiastic until I get there and realise I have little general knowledge in comparison to EVERYONE else which is so frustrating, I protest, especially when I knew the million pound question on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire once.

I just had Seafood Chowder- the ONE. Amazing. Fresh fish.

Ok so music- I am in love with Drake's record. Such a brilliant poet. Swoon.

Beach House, Dolly Parton, James Blake, Chase and Status, The National, Nicky Minaj, Warpaint, Arcade Fire, just downloaded the Adele album because I heard its brilliant. Apparently she said she was a fan on Radio one the other day, amazing! If anyone knows of any other new brilliant pop albums DO let me know.

Got three songs for y'all to download or youtube....

Anna Calvi- Suzanne and I

The Irrepressibles- In This Shirt

Matt Corby- Coloured Stones and Walls



All good s***.

Ok so over and out,

Hope you're all Happy!

Ellie xxxxx

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Comment by ewelllle on February 10, 2011 at 11:24am
ok so i wrote it before but u've got to listen to Christian Rich - The Decadence. A mixtape for free actually. Diamond.
Comment by Zoe Dickinson on February 9, 2011 at 12:31pm

Hey Ellie,

 

Can I just say I think you're an AMAZING artist and your music has simply blown me away. From the first time I heard Starry Eyed I thought you were so talented and that you could never perform a better song. You proved me wrong. Every song I hear of yours keeps getting better and better and I can't wait for your second album to be released. I'm probably sounding like some mega-obsessed stalker (which I hope I'm not) but you've inspired me so much and finally proved to my parents that not all pop music nowadays is 'trash' :).

So thank you greatly and hope to see you on another UK tour soon,

 

Zoe

xXx

Comment by ewelllle on February 9, 2011 at 9:53am
Calvin Harris - Ready For The Weekend
Comment by Emma Wilson on February 8, 2011 at 4:47pm

Hey Ellie i'm a singer too. Have recorded my first EP called Take It or Leave It, which is on iTunes. Saw you here in Middlesbrough last year you were AWESOME, cant wait to see you again. You can find me on ReverbNation as EMMA, would love to know what you think.

 

xxEMMAxx

Comment by Louise Purshouse on February 8, 2011 at 3:14pm

Aww! Ellie i love the blog, they're actually inspiring.. it makes me want to write one! 

So excited for the new album & for any tours or shows you might be doing this year! I saw you & met you in Brum on the 15th November last year & it was incredible!

See you soon hopefully! <3

Louise x

Comment by Daniel Brown on February 8, 2011 at 12:57pm

Love you

seen you in tripod dublin

twas amazin

love how ya bang th drum while playin under the sheets 

AMAZIN :)

Ill recommend an oldie but a good Dixie Chicks "FLY"

Comment by ewelllle on February 8, 2011 at 11:23am
Christian Rich.
Comment by Marta on February 8, 2011 at 5:43am

I can't wait for your second album. Im sure its gonna be great, as everything you do. :) I keep my fingers crossed and wish you amazing experiences during your US tour. 

I hope to see you live someday. It would be the best thing in my life. and if I could talk to you face to face, even for a while. who knows. :)

 

all the best for you! :)

xx

Marta

 

[PS. Im just listening to Just Jack "Starz in their eyes". Good song :)) ]

Comment by jessin on February 8, 2011 at 4:56am
Im worried about how much say you have on the second album, every musician can take "shortcuts" in the music business once they have established. Hope you will stay with your own lyrical thoughts and express them with your guitar.
Everyone has been there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To6q_q9IpXA&feature=player_embedded
Music wise, dont know how much of worlds greatest band and their b-sides you have discovered, but "Proof" and "Things I Don‘t Understand" by Coldplay.

Good luck on the U.S leg of your tour and hope to see you again with running shoes on in London.

lots of love!

//swede
Comment by Marc J. on February 8, 2011 at 3:58am

Dear Ellie,

feel free to check out the following songs:

- Sacre Coeur and Count to Ten by Tina Dico

- I saw the Dead by The Villagers

- Sort of Revolution by Fink

 

Regards

Marc

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