Writing and performing my music is an absolute dream come true, but it can be an overwhelming experience at times. Some days I want to jump around the room with excitement one minute, and then I listen back to a performance and decide in a matter of seconds that it's terrible and that maybe I'm just never going to be good enough and I should get my teaching qualification before it's too late.
I was taken with this idea in the song The Believers. I realised I was commenting about the people on either side of the news footage. Sure, those poor people forced to flee were certainly 'believers' who had staked their future on the thinnest of chances.
Socks and Slides have undoubtably been this summers footwear choice, and not only for your Uncle Ade, but for your teenage cousins, nephews and nieces. North London rap artist iLLAMADi, decided to pay homage to this footwear epidemic that has swept across most of London, and made a song and dance about it. Literally. Let me break down the lyrics for you.
I'm pleased to say that this week some artists you've actually heard of have released some new music. Would you like to hear this aforementioned music? Brilliant. Would you like to hear my musings on it? Well, you're getting them anyway. It's 'The Big Three'...
It was an honour for myself to find out where Gary's own head was at in an interview 25 years on from my first experience of him, and to discover what a cordial and unpretentious interviewee he was, notwithstanding his decades of experience in a cut-throat music business that has beaten him down as much as it has elevated him.
I was almost hopeless and had run out of money trying to start up the Tom Cridland brand two years ago, aged 23, when I sent an offer of a complimentary pair of our trousers to Nigel Olsson, who has been Elton's drummer since 1969 and was one of my favourite musicians, via his rep. Much to my surprise, I had an email from Nigel himself the next day, saying he loved the look of my designs.
I have never experienced the extreme highs and lows of addiction first hand, but whilst recording my new podcast I spoke to author Amy Liptrot, who's immensely compelling story made me realise how incredibly restorative nature can be when battling addiction. My late ex-husband had a complicated relationship with alcohol and would often speak about how alcohol added a colour to his life that he worried would not be there if he stopped drinking. It even overshadowed the conflicting darkness of the shame, guilt and regret he also sometimes felt.
While Super Natural might not sound particularly like anything she has been responsible for so far, the dreamy lyrics and nonchalant delivery are both unmistakably Carly ("queen of dreamy lyrics and nonchalant delivery" etc.). Those 500 people who bought Emotion are going to love it, in other words, and MAYBE YOU WILL TOO.
Nothing will happen unless you make it happen, and that means putting yourself up there on that teeny pub stage, in front of an audience who may or may not be drunk and who may or may not actually give a rat's arse about what they're seeing or hearing. You just don't know until you try.
Nearly three years on from her X Factor victory, Sam has unveiled her first ever original song. And do you know what? It's really good. First off, 'Sing My Heart Out' is strikingly more current-sounding than you'd expect, and certainly more modern than anything Syco stuck her with on her debut album.
With nearly 70 hours of specialist programming on Radio 1 a week, around 200 sessions a year and our work with BBC Introducing at many UK festivals, Radio 1 and 1Xtra are plugged in to the artists that are bubbling away under the mainstream. Specialist music is our life blood because they are the songs and artists of the future.
Can you think back to the first piece of music your remember hearing in a film? Was it in a musical, or a character singing a song, a pop song used in a particular scene or were you simply transfixed by the emotion conveyed in a piece of scored music?
There's no point in pretending otherwise, this week is decidedly less A-list. Last week was 'Strictly Come Dancing', this week it's a bit more 'Dancing On Ice', but let's just get stuck in regardless, shall we? Here are three of the biggest new tunes for this week...
While Glastonbury was nothing short of a total washout, things couldn't have been more different at Suffolk's Henham park where, for the most part, sunscreen and seeking out shade was the order of the day. But obviously, the weekend was so much more than a lesson in not getting burnt. Here's what else I found out at my first Latitude...
Look, there's no two ways about it; the news at the moment just gets more and more depressing, so we as pop fans are even more reliant than usual on our music fix. Fortunately, some above-average popstars have delivered some really above-average music this week, which you can read about - and, indeed, listen to - right here, in our 'Big Three'...
I feel the unsavoury topic of sexual assaults at festivals needs to be addressed. Talking about sexual assault brings the same challenges, of awareness and communication, both inside and outside the boundaries of a festival - it ranges anywhere from taboo (I can only imagine how many incidents go unreported) to sensationalist, scaremongering headlines. I'm conscious that by sticking my head above the parapet I risk offending - but in the spirit of The Secret Garden Party and what we hope it stands for, writing this is a risk worth taking.