‘Words’ – Taylor Noelle

First impressions are never very good indicators. Of people, of books, and of music, yet we still hold onto those first judgements time and time again, and we usually end up stumbling over our preconceived notions and into something new that wakes us up from how we thought things should be. When Taylor Swift released … Continue reading ‘Words’ – Taylor Noelle

Aretha Franklin’s Living Memory: an essay on the collective loss of historical memory

Soul music has always seemed to me the music that people need when they’ve been sufficiently beaten down by the world, and just need something that can put them back together again. Whether it’s Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’, Sam Cooke’s 'Just For You’, Etta James’ ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ or Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’, these … Continue reading Aretha Franklin’s Living Memory: an essay on the collective loss of historical memory

‘No Tears Left To Cry’ – Ariana Grande

There has been much interpretation and reading between-the-lines of Ariana Grande’s new single ‘No Tears Left To Cry’. The media have dubbed the song a “tribute to her fans” or a “comeback” after the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena last year, which saw fans and their families killed and injured, after Grande had left … Continue reading ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ – Ariana Grande

‘Keep It Together’ – Lily & Madeleine

When I interviewed Lily & Madeleine back in November 2014, it was clear from our conversation that their upcoming and still to be written third album was going to powerful. Not in an obvious way because that's not how the sisters roll but in a quietly defiant and honest way; a way that makes you … Continue reading ‘Keep It Together’ – Lily & Madeleine

Ambition: A Taboo Term for Women?

The concept of an ambitious woman seems to always conjure up the negative: a power- dressing female striding through corridors, stepping over everyone and everything to get to what she wants. I don’t think this description is limited to those who believe a woman shouldn’t leave their kitchens; I think we’re all conditioned to believe … Continue reading Ambition: A Taboo Term for Women?