Just A California Girl In A British World

I’m originally from California but have lived in the UK since 2004. In that time I lived in Germany for 3 years with my English husband and 3 babies. I can’t really say I lived German since I was well covered by the British army. I was also employed by the MOD as a journalist…

The DMX Demise

Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, is one of my top 3 favourite rappers of all time. His voice is intoxicatingly sexy. It makes sense I don’t know a lot of his raps by heart like I do Tupac’s or Eminem’s. I just can’t get past his tones. When he presented the beautiful and talented…

It’s Not The Years In Your Life…

As the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death (August 31, 1997) approaches, the crime documentaries are flooding the networks, scratching old wounds and who’s to blame. There are claims of new evidence and complacency within the investigative groups and governments. The claims that the monarchy is to blame for her death is heart breaking in…

Where It All Begins

  I’m reminded of my first memory of music as I prepare to start my MA in music. My parents split when I was young and we lived thousands of miles away from my dad. He had a natural talent and could play guitar by ear and was an incredible musician. My mother remarried and…

Helping Yourself, Helps Others

When I became a soldier, I never thought I’d be retired before 50, let alone a citizen of a different country. I always knew I wanted to help others but to be in a paid capacity would be great. Being a soldier was the obvious choice, given my German family history and American patriotism. But…

 From Bullied To Brave

 Bullying behaviour doesn’t just happen on the playground. But it’s most certainly one of two places it starts. It happens every where, every day. Without proper guidance, the bully becomes an adult bully. And of course you have you the bog standard; was bullied as a kid, now bullies as an adult. There a few…

Happy Birthday ‘Hair Metal’

On August 2, 1986, Rock wore a brand new look. The hair and make-up of glam rock exploded on th scene with the release of 3 albums in one day. Cinderella, Vinnie Vincent Invasion and Poison all released their albums on the same day creating a new level of rock. Their rock ballads were typically…

Flight Of Life

Have you ever felt selfish putting your oxygen mask on before others in case of cabin pressure on an airplane? It’s the most unselfish thing you can do. How can you help anyone else, if you’re not breathing correctly? You’re not being a hero by neglecting your own basic needs. We’ve all heard the term,…

Tortured Genius

  We have seen so many cases of suicide within the musical community and it baffles the average person, to tears. No one can understand why someone with so much talent and fame can want or choose to die. Truth is, the average person will never understand the depth and levels artistic people possess. The…

The Widow Maker

What do Courtney Love, Talinda Ann Bentley , Vicky Karayiannis and Mary Forsburg all have in common? They’re all bound by Grunge and widows of suicide.On April 5, 1994, Kurt Cobain shot himself in his home studio. And so started the demise of an entire genre. Grunge was fairly new at the time and has,…