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This is my first blog, wanted to share some things with you. I don't usually open up too much but starting to feel like I want to because my head is too crammed.
Since September 2009 I've been on a crazy journey. Some days were quiet, some hell, some horrendous, some incredible, some literally unbelievable, like, did I really just play Wembley Stadium? Did I really just chat to Gaga? Did I really just get a number one album? Stuff like that. Actually on the day I found out the number one I was in a splitter bus driving through the Lake District just thinking about stuff. Everyone was quiet as hell; the Lake District has that effect on you. Everyone being my wonderful little band who you will see much more of- Max, Chris and Joe. 
A lot goes through my head on a day to day basis. Is mostly trivial stuff, but there seem to be so many dimensions to what I do and why I write the things I do, that it would be impossible to not dwell on things a lot. Its an amazing thing to have such dedicated fans of my music who always remind me of the sole reason of why I do this- because I f****** love music and performing it and giving people a bit of hope and inspiration (as cheesy as that sounds its true) I am lucky to have met so many of them after shows, they make me laugh and we talk. I've  also have taken some of them out on runs. I'm a bit obsessed with running. It's not a "man I feel so inspired when I run just thinkin' up lyrics", its a purely physical adrenalin endorphin powered feeling of being high and that when I run I shake off stuff. I like the idea that my body is  in its rightful state as a human being. Ready to run away from trouble or run into it depending on the situation. It doesn't express anything, you don't have to look good for it or give your personality away, you just run, for a couple of miles or ten miles. 
Anyway, I could go on about that for ages, but i like to engage with fans that way. We're all in the same state and there's a bit of comradery towards the end. I like that. Then they all come see my show and see my dark side. Hope that I can get to do that with you guys when I come over there.
Sri Lanka was a welcome break to me. I had done my biggest tour yet and my voice which I bellow until I'm hoarse was telling me to stop singing for a bit, so I've been avoiding singing (that kills me) . If my vocal chords were a human, they would be a f****** huge weight lifter I swear. 
I was scared of going away because of the momentum of this year... Like my body wouldn't adjust properly to not being all over the place. But when I got there I felt the biggest sense of calm. I had tried to defeat a two week long flu, which started during the filming for my new single, Lights (Which is looking GOOD) Sri Lanka is so GREEN. Equator Emerald. The first thing I noticed was the smiling. Everyone smiles. People stand around, staring- It's not rude to stare there, I don't think. When you compare that to London, where people are falling themselves to get somewhere or do something. Hell even if people don't have a place to go they still rush. The only people you see stood still are lost tourists or tramps who are generally ignored.
Second thing I noticed on the way to the mountains was how poor it was. Houses and shops sort of cheaply mangled together at the sides of the road and any gaps you just nail a board up.  But no one seemed unhappy. Food is mainly curry, the main exports- cashews, coconuts, bananas, rubber, tea. Most people wore no shoes. Their feet just adjust to the dusty, rubbled roads from childhood. Even the oldest people looked full of life though. They are without doubt the friendliest people I've ever met besides Americans. Roads are mental though. There aren't really any motorways and people constantly overtake to the point where there are three cars in the road battling. Our journeys to the different hotels took a casual five to seven hours on the roads. It's just impossible to get somewhere quick!
I visited tea trails, where some of the most beautiful tea in the world is made. Granted the tour got a bit tedious towards the end.. but the surroundings were beautiful. Tea plants 1000 years old. The workers get houses, food, supplies and a day off on Sunday. I walked on the beach near Gaul that was previously ripped to pieces by the tsunami in 2004. I saw the town clock that stopped on that day too, really sad. On our final through days we stayed by the coast where I ate an unimaginable amount of fish. It made me feel like the healthiest person alive I swear! Did yoga and fell asleep half way through. Probably from sunstroke- I decided foolishly to only tentatively put sun cream on and by god did I suffer. my stomach looks like somebody splashed hot acid on it because of the splodges of suncream. And ONE leg burnt. Just one. Brilliant. 
My mum could never afford to take us on holiday when I was young, so to be somewhere so beautiful and magical meant I walked around permanently with my mouth and eyes wide open. Such a fascinating place. Read a couple of books, listened to good music, walked, did nothing. Perfect. I dreamt every night, funnily enough, and celebrities, television, and pop bands. I think this was my brains way of clearing out anything unnecessary that clung to me over the last year. Like as I was dreaming, I was breathing out the polluted air of nothingness and the clear Sri Lankan air recycled it for me. To be famous for the sake of being famous would never be in my list of priorities really. I'm not sure that is the way to be, ever. I suppose in a way people who do that are just correspondants of what a majority of Society obsesses over anyway- celebrities and their lives and their troubles.  No point thinking too much about that though. It's like, a pointless thought.  It's a fact, and you can't mess with facts. 
I feel a bit cleaner since I came back, and my voice has come back stronger after giving it a well earned break. Thanks, voice, for keeping it together during the busiest  most hectic spells of my life. Without you I'd be lost.
My New Years resolutions are to-
  • Run as much as I can, and get stronger. So go back to doing martial arts again. I want to always be ready for anything. I tell myself that long before words, what existed? Just the mind, the body, and its strength. Etc
  • Drink more cocktails. I've had enough of wine and gin and tonics. I want cocktails. The most outrageous ridiculous looking, offensively named inexplicably coloured cocktails. 
  • Read more books. Read so many more books.
  • Play my guitar daily, learn piano and learn the harp which I became obsessed with recently in Ireland.
  • Sing my a** off at home and not be worried the people upstairs think I'm a loony.
And lastly- spend as much time in the States this year as possible. I like it there, a lot. Are there good cocktails?
Love to y'all.
EG xxxxx

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Comment by stevenisFADING on January 12, 2011 at 10:03pm

Hello Ellie! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your vacation in Sri Lanka a lot. I've never been but it does seem very interesting after your brief description of your time there.

I am very excited to hear that you are FINALLY going to be around in the States long enough to possibly come to Texas and sing a couple of songs. I have your debut album Lights already. I got my friend from the UK to send it to me. Such a sweetheart she is for sending it to me. Will NEVER be able to pay her back for that one seeing as I listen to it daily! Love the tracks from Bright Lights as well. Animal, Human, and Your Song are my favorites but all the other tracks are just as amazing!


Hopefully, I'll be able to see you while you're in the States.

Wishing you the best with everything this year.
<3 Steven.

Comment by Ladymikmaq on January 12, 2011 at 8:35pm
Dear Ellie, I'm glad you're finally moving to this side of the pond! I've been an avid fan of you for quite some time and have kinda mentioned you everytime music comes up to all new people i meet... :$ Anyway I'd just like to say that i love your music and humour and to remind you to NOT FORGET ABOUT CANADA! Particularly Toronto/MuchMusic cause I'd be there in two twos (and with company). Also if you're in the area check out Lights a Canadian Musician who is very VERY much like you, and coincidentally has the same name as your album :) You're both my favourite musicians and it'd be lovely if you were both on this side of the Atlantic at the same time that would make my millennium :D
Love Mickey xoxo
Comment by USkipper on January 12, 2011 at 6:02pm
• haha! thirsty, huh??
• thanks for remembering us Americans!!!
• i am glad you have witnessed poverty
• your flu only lasted two weeks? you really are in good condition!
• oh, i wouldn't worry about Gaga too much.
• there are a FEW good comments here - besides mine ;)
Comment by derek james on January 12, 2011 at 5:34pm

Looking for a challenge?


If you are in london and you want to get into martial arts and get strong, look up Roger Gracie. He has two BJJ schools, one in notting hill, one in soho. BJJ is a grappling art and one of the toughest sports ever created. Rogers family invented the art back in brazil and now he coaches in london (people come from all over the world to train with him, so make use of him being in london) MMA/cagefighters train BJJ and they are the best conditioned athletes on the planet. The brazilian police and the US army also get coaching from his family so if you want strength, flexibility, stamina and incredible athleticism, learn BJJ from Roger Gracie

Comment by Acer Stevens on January 12, 2011 at 2:13pm
Ellie, you are AMAZING. You are the most down-to-earth, talented and inspiring artist i have ever come across. Before I found out about your music, i was listening to dubstep, rap and just basically rubbish! the live acoustics that you have done literally blew me away. Its so refreshing to see a "celebrity" that isn't so far up themselves they forget its about the MUSIC! Everything about you just draws me in closer.

Acer :) x
Comment by Emma Wilson on January 12, 2011 at 1:43pm

"Sorry about the lack of paragraphs! Can't seem to work the editing thing x"


No worries girl. We like to see every mistake and error you make on your writing. Don't re-edit and correct things, we wanna remember everything of you, don't erase anything!


On to what I really want to say to you. Man the effect your music had on me. It was like a bolt of lightning struck inside of me and everything in the world seemed right again. Let's see if I can make this brief, if not, hey least it will give you a good read knowing that one of your fans can't shut up talking about you lol.


 I discovered you through a friend who sent me a link to your Guns and Horses video on Youtube. From the first verse, the way you sang "horses"... into the chorus "I wish I could feel it all for you" till the end I instantly fell in love with the song and the video was really unique and unlike anything currently on the music channels. The stange dancers in the background made me laugh. I kept replaying the video and song over and over again for about an hour. I wanted to buy the song on iTunes and not illegally download it but I couldn't 'cause I wasn't signed with iTunes. But I went out to buy your album the next day, even though I didn't know anything else on it. Walked back home CD in hand, showing it off to everyone on the streets lol. Played it on my stereo for the first time and I literally just sat in my bedroom looking at my stereo listening, waiting for the next track come on. Anywayz the 10 tracks ended and I just sat there. Still as a board with my mouth open. God I just loved it, I fell in love with your music just like that!


 You stunned me with your unique and beautiful voice. I knew Guns and Horses was still my favourite track since that was the first of your music I had ever heard. That wouldn't change. My other absolute favourite was The Writer. Your voice, damn so good and beautiful plus I loved the lyrics alot. Very meaningful and honest. Nothing like it on the charts or playing on the radio. All of the songs from that CD are just brillaint Ellie! I thank god someone who wasn't manufactured and autotuned to the extremes that was inspiring and had good music with incredible real, raw talent to go with it came into the mainstream music industry. It needed someone like you soooo much. It was just a huge relief to me. No British artist has ever appealed to me so much in this way. You were the first person I had ever bought a CD of from the UK. I'm from the UK and still live there by the way.


November 1st, 2010 - Will always remember this day, the day I saw my first ever concert by anyone. You were my first live concert experience and it was the greatest experience of my life. You played Middlesbrough's Empire and you were absolutely astounding! I was right at the front to the left - the right for you - and you played a song on your own acoustically and I immediatly knew it. The crazy fan I was knew and loved all of your songs even the ones that were unreleased. (Thank heavens for Youtube) I went crazy. It seemed like only me and you were the only two singing this song, I could swear it and you looked at me and I knew you were thinking "How do you know this?" and I just smiled so much and sang my heart out along with you to your song The End. Do you remember that Ells? I do. It seriously was the greatest night of my life. I went absolutely bonkers. I think the bouncer was getting annoyed with me, 'cause I was screaming my head off and jumping around like a little child. I loved it and you were so good live, I just loved every little bit of that concert. BEST. EVER. NIGHT


Here I am now a huge, dedicated and loyal Gouldinite (You like?) to the very end. Patiently waiting for your second album so I can have new, awesome Goulding music. Loved Bright Lights too, Human is my favourite track on the re-release:) Keep doing your thing and Ellie don't ever change. I mean it. Don't change yourself, your music, your personality, don't change anything!. Us Gouldinites love you just the way you are. Have fun across the pond. You'll knock them dead, I just know it:D




P.S - Don't stay in the states for too long. We need you here, we need your music, your lyrics, your ever so addicting Folktronica. I personally feel so honoured to be your fan and thank you for affecting my life like you have. Sorry this was so long, but it will give you a good read and I feel I am helping you stick to one of your resolutions lol. Happy music-loving kisses sweetie xx



Comment by Malte Lau on January 12, 2011 at 1:18pm

Yes asia is amazing :)

you've to come to germany ;)

Comment by Matthew Mobley on January 12, 2011 at 12:28pm

Hey Ellie!


I agree with everyone below haha...It's so unbelievably nice to hear from an artist like yourself with such a humble and grateful mindset on life.


And is totally shocking (and amazing) to hear that you think Americans are one of the nicest people in the world! All that's portrayed is that everybody hates us haha


Keep on writing and sharing, you reach more people than you think. One of my goals in life is to play a gig with you, so dammit, it'll happen! Keep killin it and come to Chicago!!



Comment by Kate Peck on January 12, 2011 at 11:57am

This is great - I am so glad you have a blog now!

Please tweet me at katepeck4


Comment by Tom O'Donoghue on January 12, 2011 at 11:05am

Thanks for this Ellie, I've wanted to write to you for some time but I couldn't really fit what I wanted to say in 140 characters ;)


I'm a photographer and work with all sorts of musicians in my area. Supporting artists and following them on their journeys gives me great satisfaction. I've been following your journey since I found out about you around December '09. Seeing you live in April and November and on TV it's been great to see how much you've achieved and how much you've grown as an artist. In November I certainly noticed you had become more confident on stage and open with your fans.


I admire your view of life and how you deal with the world around you. The way you treat you fans as friends I almost feel like I know you already and you're like one of the musician friends I meet every day. It's artists like yourself I aspire to work with - the pleasure of working with talented musicians and supporting them on their journeys. With you I've done that the only way I can, by buying your music and going to your gigs. I would love to do it with my photography one day.


Looking forward to hearing more of the music and seeing you again in 2011. Thanks. :)


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