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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 Gianina Lindsey on January 12, 2011 at 10:55am

Love your blog!!! It's always nice to read something like this from someone "famous" because it makes them seem human like us ordinary folk!!!

 

I'm an Australian living in America and was lucky enough to discover R1 on Sirius and have been hooked ever since!!!

 

I'm excited to hear you are going to come here! Would love to see a show.. please let us know if you plan on any shows.. and let the Boston area be one of those places! :)

 

Best of luck to you Ellie! Continued success with all you undertake!!!

 

Gianina

New Hampshire, USA

Comment by Adam Byrne on January 12, 2011 at 10:31am
ireland has more to offer than just harps Ellie!!!m glad you like our instruments though!! :D
Comment by Emily Schoenlein on January 12, 2011 at 10:05am

Thanks for writing this, Ellie! Sri Lanka sounds like a wonderful place. Thank you as well for saying that Americans are some of the nicest people you've ever met- it's very heartening, considering we hear all the time that people from other countries don't like us. It means a lot!

 

I cannot wait for the Lights video! Since I live in America, I unfortunately won't be hearing it on the radio (a travesty, really) but the video will be awesome. Also I commend your resolution to spend time in the States! Hopefully I'll see you on tour. :)

 

Thanks again for being so personal with your fans. It really does mean a lot!

Comment by Vicki Th fan fur immer on January 12, 2011 at 10:01am

hi ellie just wanted to say hey so how u doing im a lady gaga fan to and i dont know if u know the tokio hotel boys but give their music a try their from germany and they totally rock and so do u ellie keep up the great work ellie hope to see u soon

 

Sincerly

 

Vicki l

Comment by Joanne Chan on January 12, 2011 at 10:01am
nawwwwhhh that was such a cute blog!!! ,, and LOLOLOL at one leg sun burnt?! is that even possible hahha,, hope you keep this up!! and hurry and do another UK tour :( i missed it >.< ,,, soo gutted!!!
Comment by phoenixdarkness on January 12, 2011 at 9:31am
I hope you continue to blog Ellie! Glad you had a great break despite the sunburn! :) xxx
Comment by Louise cooper on January 12, 2011 at 9:19am
Ellie thats amazing so nicely put you realy do have a good way with words love you
Comment by Stefanie Putnik on January 12, 2011 at 9:19am

Haha, how can you burn one leg :D nice one.

I think it's awesome that you started this blog. Everytime I open my facebook, there's a comment from your twitter that pop's up. It's always fun to see what happend to you in the day, how your gigs where all over the world and certainly, the funny and hilarious moments that you have on a train or the underground !

The one about the doctors that where arguing, because they wheren't voted "doctor of the year", PRICELESS !

Well, keep up the good work, hope to see you in Belgium real soon, you where great in Brussel on "Les Nuits btw ! I was so pissed I didn't see you on Pukkelpop... first time it got sold out... and I had to miss it ... dam it :D

Have fun in Amerika, and the best wishes for the new year ;) suit up ! :D

 

 

Comment by Ariadne Everaerts on January 12, 2011 at 9:18am

Dear Ellie,

thank you so much for your blog! I loved it :)

Keep up the good work, cause remember: Whatever you do, I will be your fan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0U4DpipguQ

Made this for your birthday!

Lots of love and kisses from your biggest fan in this whole word.

Ariadne

xxx

Comment by Jack Wetherill on January 12, 2011 at 9:04am

Ellie, please don't leave is UKers ):

 

Its great to hear you had an amazing time, and that Lights is your next single! I literally cannot wait to see the video, I remember you said on twitter there is a bit of dancing in this one?

 

<3 http://ellie-g.com

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