Category Archives: Music

Train – ‘You better believe’ from their new album ‘a girl a bottle a boat’.

Train have released their 10th studio album called “A girl a bottle a boat”. It was released on the 27th of January 2017. There are some great songs on this album, but I really like the last song called “You better believe“. Click the video below to listen. There is no actual video, just the song and follow along with the lyrics below.

I wish that I had all the answers
And I could walk you down your road
For all the times those times you feel like you don’t matter
There’s just one thing you gotta know

You better believe, you better believe
Like my father said to me
“Just give it some time, look for a sign
And you’ll be just fine”

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Bowen, you’re going to U2 – The Joshua Tree Tour 2017.

Those words are music to anyone’s ears.

It wasn’t easy though getting tickets to see in my opinion one of the greatest bands around. The first concert sold out in 4 minutes on Ticketmaster.co.uk according to the papers, but minutes later they were selling on other ticket sites for 4 times the price. Ridiculous really when one considers how much U2 will be making from this historic tour. Read about it here: Forbes

Adiós 2016!

In my last blog of 2015 I mentioned what a special year it had been for us, but honestly 2016 has topped it in so many ways.

It was the year Bowen travelled the most miles and visited even more exciting, exotic destinations than ever before. There were again a few firsts (first time to Zel am See, Mexico City, the island of Bali and Kraków). British Airways was the carrier of choice and they lived up to their great customer service by upgrading us twice for free.

On the BA website they have this cool little chart showing some cool statistics. 

The year of travel started in late March with a week long trip to a small Austrian town called Zel Am See. This was our first ski trip to Austria and it was awesome! The weather was perfect most days, the scenery was outstanding.

A week or two later we were jetting off to Mexico City for the wedding extravaganza of the year. Our friends Rodney and Sofia were getting married, but this was no ordinary wedding.

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Back in 1988.

I’ve been listening to the Depeche Mode 101 live album recently on my Google Play. It was such an awesome concert, I would have loved to have seen them live. The beat and the atmosphere sounds incredible. It is definitely an album that has to be turned up loud. To think Depeche Mode recorded that concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on the 18 June 1988. That is a long time ago.

I was 16 years old, had three years left of school and had no idea what I was going to be doing with my life. My days were spent at school, learning stuff, doing cadets, singing war cries for the rugby team, playing sport, riding my bike and discovering new music. I remember going to a friend’s house and hearing this album for the first time on a cassette tape. I somehow remember the day, it was hot and we were lying next to pool and this album was playing. Those were the days.

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Back in 1988 Hi-Fi systems were all the rage, my Dad had a Technics with an amplifier, two cassette tape decks and a record player. We had 4 huge speakers in the lounge and a couple in the kitchen. It produced great sound.

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Sony Bluetooth headphones are quite tough.

I had a little accident today, bumped my head against an overhang in the shop, which wasn’t clearly marked. (I didn’t make a big thing about it, because I probably shouldn’t have been walking so close to the escalator). 

Fortunately though I just caught the top of the headphone band, so my skull was not impacted. Unfortunately my wireless Bluetooth Sony headphones caught the brunt of the hit, ripped off my head and crashed to the ground. It was a clean break. But hey! they still work thanks to that one little wire. 

Anyway, I bought some super glue, and carefully glued them back on. There was only a very small area to glue so I am hoping they will be okay.

I walked back to the car this evening and they are good as new and still sound fantastic, so that was a lucky escape.

Waitin’ On A Sunny Day by Bruce Springsteen

It’s rainin’ but there ain’t a cloud in the sky
Musta been a tear from your eye
Everything’ll be okay
Funny thought I felt a sweet summer breeze
Musta been you sighin’ so deep
Don’t worry we’re gonna find a way

I’m waitin’, waitin’ on a sunny day
Gonna chase the clouds away
Waitin’ on a sunny day

Without you I’m workin’ with the rain fallin’ down
Half a party in a one dog town
I need you to chase the blues away
Without you I’m a drummer girl that can’t keep a beat
And ice cream truck on a deserted street
I hope that you’re coming to stay

I’m waitin’, waitin’ on a sunny day
Gonna chase the clouds away
Waitin’ on a sunny day

Hard times baby, well they come to tell us all
Sure as the tickin’ of the clock on the wall
Sure as the turnin’ of the night into day
Your smile girl, brings the mornin’ light to my eyes
Lifts away the blues when I rise
I hope that you’re coming to stay

How to import Spotify playlist into Google Play Music?

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I discovered a comment on a website by Scott Walstead (Web Developer), he has developed a Spotify to YouTube playlist called Playlistbuddy.com and this is where my solution to the problem came about.
FYI: I used both Windows 10 (for Excel) and OSX (for terminal) to do this task. One still needs to run a few scripts in Terminal, but my solution definitely works as I have successfully imported a massive playlist to Google Play Music.

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All I wanted to do was export my Spotify playlists to Google Music…

spotify-vs-google-musicGod dammit daddy! Why can’t the world be an easy place? All I am trying to do is export my Spotify playlists to Google Music…

A few of the solutions require running scripts via terminal, which do not seem to work for me because I don’t have RUBY installed. (because why would I have bloody RUBY installed as I am not a developer?)…

Grrrr. So I am installing Ruby on my iMac, but more on that later…

Samsung Galaxy S6 EdgeJo recently got a new phone “Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge” because her old phablet the “Samsung Galaxy Note 3” didn’t have beautiful curved edges (ha ha). Anyhow her phone came with  6 months free access to Google Music. We’ve never used it before because we have shared a Spotify Pro account for the past three years. The Pro account at £9.99 has up until now been excellent, with a great choice of music. It allows us to listen to almost any artist and band, create playlists, radio stations, or listen to new and upcoming music with no adverts. It even works in tunnels.  We can’t really knock Spotify as its been our main Music Streaming app in our car, on our phones, at home on the TV, on the AV receiver and on the PC etc.

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Easily switch between audio devices.

I have stereo speakers connected to my PC, but sometimes I want to take my music to another room via a Bluetooth speaker or at night I want to listen to my headphones without disturbing others around me. Switching between audio devices requires multiple clicks through multiple settings menus. What a pain!

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To the rescue is a small (275KB) program called Audio Switcher. This clever little app installs in seconds and is a breeze to set up. Best of all it lives minimized in the notification bar of your Windows machine and can be set up with hot keys to quickly switch between audio devices.

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Just for good measures it also works in Windows 10. Worthy of a PayPal donation (Confirmation number: 4PF88076BC623104F).