Sunday, 7 March 2021

Josef Pitura-Riley - You're Not Alone E.P Review

I've been walking around the house recently singing the words 'I'm a jack of all trades, I'm the master of none." to myself... just over six months since I first heard them. That's always a good sign right? So I thought it was about time I introduced you all to the author of Jack Of All Trades, and his You're Not Alone E.P which was released in July last year. 

I had planned to upload this blog a lot sooner but Covid stress got in the way, perhaps in a good way, as it feels like an even better time to enjoy an uplift and some feel-good tunes.

Josef Pitura-Riley is a singer-songwriter based in London, and like many in the pandemic wanted a new goal and something to do. The end result is an E.P of self-recorded songs, where he plays all the instruments, sings, and produced each and every song. 

The instrumentation is something you can't fail to notice through all 5 songs, and it's just pure happy. Lively, catchy, soft, and loud in all the right places, and perfect for those gigs all music fans are longing to safely happen this year. It's on point, well-produced, and the lyrics are sing-along. 

Where this E.P did lack a bit was the vocals, there's so much character in the music and the lyrics, I was expecting Josef to really go for it in his vocal delivery, and didn't feel that came across as well as it could have done in my ears. I heard the opening bars of the music and just expected the vocals to hit me with the same punch, and they didn't quite get there, but that could be a totally different ball game live. 

Overall though I really enjoyed listening to the tracks, it's hard not to respond to such a lively instrumental E.P, and I also want to give credit for Josef's approach to bloggers/writers. He not only took the time to look at my blog (and not everyone does), but also saw what I was into and sent a Disney cover for me to listen to. If you're a Jungle Book fan check this video out.  

Find all your download and streaming links at - http://www.josefpiturariley.com/





Thursday, 4 February 2021

Book Love Challenge (Set By Miranda Dickinson) -All My favourite Books

A while ago author Miranda Dickinson put up a book love challenge on Instagram, where she would put up prompts and answer with her favourite book or books in each category. I thought it would be fun to do my own, but over on my blog (I couldn't keep up on Instagram), and have (after a bit of thought) answered all her prompts below. What would your choices be? do join in, in the comments and let us all know, it's always great to hear about the books everyone else loves. 

1 - A Book You Loved

Much read paperback of Jane Eyre
Paperback of Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre, one of the classics I read quite a long time ago, and have read many times since. It's one of the books I keep in my bookcase and even bought a new copy of when the original got too scrappy. I'm not really sure what struck me about it, especially as it's quite a haunting story, but it was incredibly well written, with quite a few twists in the story, which none of the TV versions have really managed to capture.

2 - A Book You Want A Sequel For


This is a hard one to answer, but I would say the Worst Witch series of books. I've always been a fan of witches, wizards, and the magical side of Halloween. I always remember reading those books really quickly and wishing there were more, and that's one bookish memory that has stuck with me from childhood.

3- A Book You'd Like To Live In

Easy answer, though another children's book (there may be a theme here) but the Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton. Such an amazing writer and this book definitely fired up my imagination. I always used to enjoy escaping to the magical lands at the top of the tree.

4 - A Book Character You'd Kiss

Probably Jakob from the Twilight series. I was always more team werewolf than vampire, and although he really struggles with his change, there are some touching moments in the books between him and Bella. I think you'd feel his strength and protective nature in a hug and kiss. Obviously very volatile when vampires are around, but there was something quite appealing about that! 

5. A Book Character You'd Fight

Mr Collins in Pride and Prejudice, not that he deserves a physical fight, but there's something about his character, especially as depicted in films that gave me the creeps every time I saw or read something. So I'd choose him for a verbal battle/talking to. preferably in the presence of his patron who he thinks so highly of. Just an annoying character I'd like to battle in some way. 

6. A Book Character You'd Like To Be

Matilda (Roald Dahl) I love it when clever, funny children in books get one over on the mean characters, and the way Matilda dealt with her parents, and Mrs Trunchbull was really funny. 

7. Your Favourite Book Cover

Christmas book covers
The short answer would be all the Christmas books- near Christmas is my favourite time of year to go shopping and all the festive books and covers jump out of the shelves and make me want to buy them all, though I think my already crazy reading pile might protest a bit at that! If I was going to choose one cover A Wedding In December by Sarah Morgan is ahead of the pack. The cosy log cabin in the snow is pretty much my idea of a Winter holiday, and the story behind the cover I really enjoyed. 

8. Your Favourite Book Series

When I was younger I used to read a lot of book series, Famous Five, Secret Seven, all the Sweet Valley High and Babysitters Club books I could find. I've not read that many series recently, but one single book that's stuck in my mind is a hardback copy of The Polar Express that I won in a competition. I'd only ever seen the film and didn't know there was a book, but it's so pretty, with lovely illustrations - all capturing the magic of the story. 





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