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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 Katie Prime on February 7, 2011 at 10:33am

Ellie G!

Hi again! I've been listening to Mosaic and Roscoe as soon as I got home, those songs are so amazing and so addictive (I always ask myself how you make them so cool - you dazzle me)! :P I agree with the others who have commented, you do definitely have a way with words. Nice accordian, by the way. I've also wondered how you play that, maybe you could tell me one day! Do you know what animal that skull belonged to? My mind keeps saying wolf but I'm pretty sure there are no wolves in Ireland. Shame that. Ha, I'm now listening to The Wolves. Lol. :P

I would really like to go to Ireland, I've only ever been to Portugal, Wales, and stayed in my home country. Those pictures make me feel calm, but also cold. I don't know why cold. I am strange...

Once again, good luck with the brits! You should win something. Defintiely. You deserve it to say the least.

Love, Katie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx XD

Comment by paul smith on February 7, 2011 at 10:30am
Love this blog! With every blog, i feel like i am getting to know you more and more! It really cheers up my day, reading this, it makes me want to go out and be inspired, write some songs, see new sights. Thanks! There are a few other Duffy poems i enjoyed, but the names defeat me haha. Good luck with the Brits and can't wait for the next blog and 2nd album!
Comment by Emma Snook on February 7, 2011 at 10:22am
Also, I added a couple of songs you might like to my blog :D
Comment by Emma Snook on February 7, 2011 at 10:18am

Have just added all these songs to my Spotify playlist! :D

Good luck at the Brits!! I am so excited, I'm going with my dad for my 18th birthday and I will be cheering you on! Have been listening to 'The End' again today, brilliant song.

 

Emma x

 

Comment by Genevieve Williams on February 7, 2011 at 10:14am

Another lovely blog. Reading these does make me happy, also bloody amazing taste in music.

Love Genevieve :) xxx

Comment by lissii;) on February 7, 2011 at 10:13am

Coool beans:)

bit of C. Duffy for lyric inspiration? :)

and maybe you could put a bit of accordion in your next album:) (there better be a next album...:Lhehe)

xx

Comment by Anne Declerck on February 7, 2011 at 10:09am

I have exaclty the same folk accordian! :D But I'm not allowed to play on it, cuz my mum and my cat (Frodo ;) ) can't stand the noise haha
Luckely my guitar skills are much better.. :D

Again thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us :) I love it!
I didn't had the chance to see you live in Belgium, so I hope we meet each other soon!

xx

Comment by Kate Peck on February 7, 2011 at 10:03am

listen to fenech soler - demons

 

third time commenting hahhaaa

still love you - you are so amazing

Comment by Jake on February 7, 2011 at 10:01am
Ahh wow that's really cool, would love to see both live
Comment by Richard on February 7, 2011 at 9:49am
Lissie and Ellie are friends! Done a few live performances together too.

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