I Hold On

So, Happy New Year! I guess is the best way to start this blog. I spent my last week of 2016 with my nearest and dearest in the Northwest of the UK – the most mild December in years I believe? I started and ended the trip in Southport where my sister and her new…

Song Defining Moment

Have you ever had your weird Spotify playlist – you know the one I mean, the one that’s so eclectic, it astounds even you – on shuffle, and wondered “If one song could define you, what would it be?” I have. I wonder it quite a lot. I listen to music quite a lot. And…

Living in the Shadow of the Almighty

I grew up in a musical environment. Not the traditional sense of a musical environment; mine and my sister’s early lives contained a lot of music, of all different genres and varieties – there always seemed to be music playing. I’ve always loved listening to music, and going to concerts, and I spend a lot…

Stuck on Repeat: Revisited

You may or may not be aware, that for 4 years, I was the host of a radio show. It was called ‘Amy In The Studio’ (I think I must’ve been hungover the day I had to come up with the name). I had a small group of fans who tuned in every week. Fortunately,…

The break up song

I love country music. You already know this if you’re a regular reader, or even if you know me. But what most people don’t know, is that my favourite country music is born out of the darker side of love… The break-ups, the relationships falling apart. I like singing along about liars and cheaters, because…

What country means to me, my love.

When posed with the question, “what is your guilty pleasure music?” a few years ago, the usual answer seemed to be “country music”. But why? Why do people feel the need to be ashamed of a love for all things country? Moreover, why does it bother me?

Ellen’s Short Round Up of 2012

2012 is well and truly over, and it was a good year, with a lot of good films, music, books, and TV, so I thought I’d do a short round-up of my favourites!

2012 in review and what 2013 might bring

So 2012 has been and gone. This is the last blog I’ll post about 2012, I’ll stop looking back and look to the future instead. But I want to reflect on what I learnt in 2012, what I achieved, and what I missed. And while I’m here, I might as well tell you what I’m…

What I’ll Miss About the Festive Season

I am a self-confessed Christmas-aholic. Everything to do with Christmas, I absolutely love. Christmas is a fabulous time of year; the celebration of the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ (kick off the list with the important one), the happiness everyone is filled with, the joy on everybody’s faces, the warmth in people’s hearts, the…