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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 katy on February 7, 2011 at 8:14am
are you out in connemara by any chance? lovely part of the world!
Comment by Erin McIntyre on February 7, 2011 at 8:14am
Think you are such an amazing person Ellie. You have a way with words that is so beautiful. Do you realise just how pretty and talented you are? When will you be back in Scotland, you are missed xx
Would make my year If you tweeter me at @Mcintyreerin x
Comment by Robert Stitt on February 7, 2011 at 8:14am
WOO Ireland :)   Can't wait to hear more stuff from you! Your tour was amazing!
Comment by DiegoGonzalez on February 7, 2011 at 8:13am
Where I am, in Madrid, rarely do such a sunny day, but i bet that in Marbella makes better weather. Kisses from Spain <3
Comment by zee ibrahim on February 7, 2011 at 8:10am

:O arcade fire :| /swoon

some new pop? hmm...well its not very new, but give "LIGHTS" a listen. great sound, amazing lyrics :) shes really fantastic!

:)

Comment by Rebecca Jillian Whitworth on February 7, 2011 at 7:56am
I think you're so interesting Ellie :-) plus, your music cheers me up and always makes me smile! this blog's lovely :-) we love you! <3
Comment by Daniel Leggat on February 7, 2011 at 7:54am

You might not have won the quiz, but next week you'll be winning two Brits:) 

 

These blogs are the highlight of my life... your patter is immense:D It's all good s***:P

 

Happy writing:) 

xxx

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