Oh, Debbie Gibson!

After I had put the Best Of 2017 Spotify playlist together I mentioned in my previous post, I tweeted all of the artists to let them know that they had been included, but Twitter decided to “shadowban” me, so now none of my tweets can be seen! I have contacted Twitter Support, so hopefully they should fix it soon.

As I was feeling sorry for myself, I decided to listen to music (which usually cheers me up, and I’m on a diet so I can’t binge eat, like I usually would when something upsets me!), and I found that I had saved Debbie Gibson in my albums list.

When I was 11, Debbie Gibson brought out her album “Electric Youth” and somehow, I ended up with it on cassette. I would dance to that album in the house every chance I got, and I even made up a dance routine to the title track, though I couldn’t remember it now if my life depended on it. I just listened to it and ended up having a little dance, and it really cheered me up. It’s such a great song, so here’s the video for you, just in case you need a little pick-me-up 🙂

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Best Of 2017 playlist

Over on the Merryn Spotify account, I create weekly top 20 playlists featuring songs I have picked out from that week’s UK and Ireland releases. As it’s the end of the year, I have created a “Best Of” playlist, and I couldn’t get it any lower than 200 songs! It’s been an incredible year for new music from UK and Ireland artists, so if you like new music, take a listen!

Do you like to discover new music?

One of my side projects is Merryn Music where I interview unsigned UK and Ireland music artists every Monday for a feature I creatively called “Independent Music Monday”.

One of the other parts to Merryn Music is the Spotify account. Since Merryn Magazine launched in April 2016, I have been collating ‘new music’ playlists on the Spotify account. These are updated each week and I also have a playlist where I compile the 20 best songs of the week. These playlists feature UK and Ireland artists only.

There are now 300 songs (18 hours 30 minutes of music) on the February playlist:

There are over 300 songs on the March playlist:

I have added a new batch of songs to the Top 20 playlist, so if you fancy a listen, here’s the playlist! 🙂

The Dunkirk trailer is online!

dunkirk-poster

Now, you may or may not know that I am a massive One Direction fan, and I am about to fangirl all over this post… The trailer for Christopher Nolan’s new film, Dunkirk, was released at 3pm this afternoon. In case you hadn’t made the link: Harry Styles is in Dunkirk.

Even though the film isn’t due out until 21st July 2017 (a mere 31 weeks away – sigh), we are all very excited in the fandom, and oh so proud of Harry.

As well as Harry, the film also stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh,  Barry Keoghan, Tom Glynn-Carney, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden and Fionn Whitehead.

I can’t wait to see it! Here’s the trailer:

I’m writing a book!

After the sad news that I can’t produce my magazine at the moment due to a family situation, I do have some good news: I’m writing a book! The two things aren’t related (except for coming around at the same time) and the time frame for the book being written is two years.

It will be a romantic comedy and will be written in real time over the two year period, starting later this month. It will tell the story of Millie and Jack, how they get together, their relationship and the trials and tribulations of life.

I am so excited to get started, I really hope people will like it! 🙂

Do you know an unsigned UK artist or band?

One of the things I love to champion is unsigned UK artist and bands. With that in mind, I run a regular feature on the Merryn Magazine website on Mondays called Independent Music Monday where I interview a different singer or band each week. If you know of anyone that I should be featuring, please ask them to take a look at this webpage, as that will give them more information 🙂

Happy birthday Janet Jackson!

Today (16th May 2016) is Janet Jackson’s 50th birthday! I have always been a big fan of Janet’s, ever since I was given a cassette copy of her 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814 when I was 11 years old. It’s such a great album and I was hooked from the start. Not only is it a great album, but her videos are filmic masterpieces. To celebrate Janet’s birthday, here’s my favourite song from Rhythm Nation 1814 🙂

My new magazine is now live online!

New cover
I haven’t been this blog much recently as I’ve been working on a digital magazine called Merryn Magazine for the past few months and the big day has finally arrived! It is finally online for everyone to read (and hopefully share).

I originally started the magazine as I noticed that I was following a lot of interesting people on my Twitter accounts, and I realised that if I found them interesting, that other people would do too. So, I decided to put together a magazine to showcase them. While putting it together, I found even more interesting people, so many so that I already have a lot of people for issue 2, which is due out on Friday 1st July!

I really enjoyed putting the magazine together and I’m excited to start on issue 2 in May.

You can see the magazine on a website called Issuu which is a publishing platform for magazines.

Here it is: https://issuu.com/merrynmagazine/docs/merryn_magazine_-_issue_1

Film Review: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)

To Wong FooStarring: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo
IMDb synopsis: Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.
(Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114682/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)

My verdict: I had never watched To Wong Foo, and Michelle knows how much I love The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, as outlined in my last review, so she decided to show me it. I really loved it! It’s still sad to see Patrick Swayze on screen, such an amazing talent, taken too early. Having grown up watching Dirty Dancing more times than is healthy as a teenage girl, Patrick Swayze will always hold a special place in my heart. He is fabulous in To Wong Foo, as the stunning drag queen Vida Boheme. Vida ties in first place in the “Drag Queen Of New York” contest with Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes), and together they journey to Hollywood to take part in the “Miss Drag Queen of America Pageant”. “Drag princess” Chi-Chi Rodriguez (John Leguizamo) tags along, though disaster befalls them and their car breaks down, eventually leaving them stranded in the small town of Snydersville. The rest of the film documents their time in Snydersville, which is sadly inhabited by a small bunch of locals who don’t take too kindly to Vida, Noxie and Chi-Chi. Will they make it Hollywood in time? You’ll have to watch!

Rating: 5 glittery ballgowns out of 5

Film Review: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

Priscilla
Starring
: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Bill Hunter

IMDb synopsis: Two drag queens and a transsexual travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.
(Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109045/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2)

My verdict: This is one of my all-time favourite films ever! I loved watching Guy Pearce in Australian daytime TV when I was at school; first as Mike Young in Neighbours (from 1986 to 1989) and then as David Croft in Home and Away (1991 to 1992). He’s such a great actor and he is hilarious in Priscilla.

Hugo Weaving plays “Tick” who lives in Sydney and gets offered a job performing his drag act as ‘Mitzi Del Bra’ in a hotel for a friend in a remote town called Alice Springs. His two friends, transgender Bernadette Bassinger (Terence Stamp) and hyperactive Adam Whitely (Guy Pearce) come along for the journey aboard their bus, which Adam names “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. The journey doesn’t go as smoothly as it should, with all kinds of disasters befalling them. Along the way, they meet Bob, a middle-aged mechanic (hilariously played by the wonderful Bill Hunter, who I also loved in Muriel’s Wedding and Strictly Ballroom), who tags along for the ride after a showdown with his wife Cynthia.

I don’t want to give too much away, but if you haven’t seen this, it’s a must! There are plenty of fabulous outfits, ABBA songs, dance routines and even some ping pong balls.