Favourite New Youtuber Finds of 2016

Hey everyone!

Oh my goodness, I just got my Macbook back from repairs. It is working! Finally! And I bought a new keyboard protector, and it feels so amazing to type. And I thought it would be a waste not to just post more things on my blog after being so deprived from it.

I thought one good thing I could make a list of, a new one, is one of my favourite new youtubers. These youtubers are not meant to surpass the ones I’ve always been following, and because they are new to me, doesn’t mean they are new at all, but just to put the new ones I’m following this year, and have fallen in love with, into the spotlight. (Not that they need it.) Oh, and I also wonder if I did start following some this year – a year is both long and incredibly short – but they are definitely youtubers I fell more and more in love with.

I feel like for a lot of these youtubers I’ve jumped on the bandwagon so so late. But I’ve just absolutely fallen in love with them. So, in no particular order:

1. Dodie Clarke, i.e. doddleoddle

Dodie just might be my spirit animal. Her voice is sooo beautiful, and when she is off on her little chats, I feel like grabbing a warm tea and just cozying up on the couch. She is just so relatable as a person to me and I can only wish her so much success on her path to pursuit more music and more happiness.

2. Carrie Hope Fletcher, i.e. ItsWayPastMyBedTime

Okay, I feel so behind the bandwagon for this one. But Carrie is sooo amazing! She’s so articulate and insightful and at the same time so so talented and cheery. She’s another British youtuber who I just fell in love with this year.

3. Alex Rainbird Playlists

And this last one is less of “youtuber” and more of an entire music channel that I’ve just loved. I’ve been collecting songs to create a playlist for my wedding dinner, and a lot of my songs came from Alex Rainbird’s monthly indie playlists. I would just play them while I have a shower, and just note down whenever I fell in love with one – which was honestly extremely difficult because I would love an entire string of them and I’d be like “CRAP I NEED TO LIST THEM ALL DOWN!” But it’s a happy problem.

Anywho, those are the three channels! They also feel like ones that will be staples on my subscribe list. (I usually recycle some yearly so I don’t go overboard with Youtube videos – if you’ve read my blog you’ll know how much Youtube I watch … it’s a proper addiction.)

Well, till next time!

cumuloq ❤

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My Top 10 Favourite Derp Crew Town of Salem Games of 2015

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Hey guys!

So indulge me here while I make a list of my top 10 favourite Town of Salem games this year. I made a steadfast effort this year to save all my favourite Let’s Plays into a playlist on Youtube and definitely one of my favourite series has to be the Derp Crew playing Town of Salem.

If you’re unfamiliar with Town of Salem, I made a post a long while ago about it that you can read here and familiarise yourself with. I used to be so addicted to this game late last year and earlier this year and played it continuously. It was so addictive; it feed the logical and curiosity-driven side of me. Long story short, it is a lot like the game Werewolf – or Mafia – or Polar Bear, depending on how it is called when someone probably taught you about it.

All of this being said, here is the countdown to my favourite episode of them playing it. I’m not going to describe any of what happens. Discovering the roles and what happens in the end is the best part after all. Plus, when I go back and watch this I want to be surprised all over again.

10. Grandma The GodFather (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 59)

9. MIND BLOWN: The Plot Twists! (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 29)

8. Pokemon Murder Theme! (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 86)

7. PART 100 SPECIAL!(The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 100)

Note: Referring to the first game only (0:00 – 20:48)

6. MY BEST GAME! (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 37)

5. THE TRANSPORTER GOD! (Town of Salem QUAD FACECAM w/ The Derp Crew Ep. 29)

And to watch it all unfold from another perspective: The Ultimate Mafia Plan! (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 30)

4. PIE WARFARE! (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 48)

3. The Fail Highlight Episode: ZePeePee and Kim Jong Un Dong (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 32)

Note: Watch 2:25 into the video till 4:53.

2. LoveMyNuts: The PERFECT Game (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 78)

1. How To Get a BoyFriend (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 61)

And to watch it unfold from Ze’s perspective: THE EXECUTIONER’S CHOICE! (Town of Salem QUAD FACECAM w/ The Derp Crew Ep. 58)

Well, that’s all from me! Hope to come back to these videos next year and watch them all over again. And, while this list is mostly for my amusement, if you end up watching all of the episodes, do let me know which one you would consider your favourite. 🙂

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

30DSC Day 20: Song I want to play at my wedding

Hey there everyone,

So I just woke up from two naps – in a row – as I am typing this (on the day I am posting this). Today I have just been drained of energy and I’ve just been putting off doing this post. I am also extremely distracted, ’cause I am watching Zoella’s vlog simultaneously – though I realise that I am not good at multitasking when I’ve just woken up. A sneaky behind-the-scenes shot for you:

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You can also see that I’m reluctant to change to the new WordPress layout. I switched it to the new one, was utterly confused, and changed back.

Anyway, enough of my situation, more of the 30 Day Song Challenge. Let me start by reminding you guys to check over at Rhey of Sunshine for her side of the challenge. We’re doing it simultaneously so you get the best of both worlds. So if you feel like my style of music is not for you – which is perfectly okay – you can go over to her side and check out the songs she chooses!

So today’s challenge is a song I would play at my wedding. To be honest I really haven’t thought too much about it, i.e. what I would want at my wedding. I feel like my list of things I don’t want is a lot longer than a list of things I want. For instance, I don’t want corny, I don’t want cliche, I don’t want a lot of glitter and gold and glitz. I definitely do not want Bruno Mars’s “Marry You” to be playing there.

If there is anything I have thought through a lot, it’s the songs I want at my wedding. Because somehow I feel – maybe as a literature major – that the words in lyrics are incredibly important to convey the type of marriage that you want with someone else.

So, as usual, I am not one to choose just one song, here is a list (from a playlist of my own) of songs I would approve at my wedding:

Endlessly by The Cab

I think my favourite verse from this song is this one:

There’s a house on the hill,
with a view of the town,
and I know how you adore it.
So I’ll work everyday,
through the sun, and the rain,
until I can afford it.

What I like about this song is that it stresses on hard work. And that it takes hard work to make something worthwhile. I also love the energy behind it. Maybe it’s just me, but a lot of songs at wedding receptions just make me feel like falling asleep. Yes, those songs are important – the ones with the slower melodies, but I need the playlist to start off with something that tells stories and have some vivacity.

With You by TryHardNinja and Lindee Link

Again, another lighthearted and amusing song that stresses on pressing on together. And, yes, there are Minecraft references in this one because it just so happens to be from TryHardNinja. But I feel like they are subtle enough to be overlooked.

Photograph by Ed Sheeran

Mellowing down a bit now – I think when people think of Ed Sheeran and wedding songs lately, the song that comes up is “Thinking Out Loud”. Agreed it is a beautiful song for a wedding, but somehow I am more drawn to this one. Maybe it’s in the lyrics again. “Thinking Out Loud” has lyrics that are about expressing love outwards – showing it: “Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars” but “Photograph” is inwards, “Inside the pages you just hold me”. And again, I stress that lyrics are the ones guiding me into choosing these songs.

Faithfully Cover by Boyce Avenue

And lastly, this one. Yes it’s a slow song – but it just has to be in here because it’s our song. ❤

So, that’s a little preview in the playlist that I have accumulated over the past few years. The other songs are along the lines of this, e.g. “Honeydukes” by Joey Richter and Mary Kate Wiles, “Bright” by Echosmith, “Ours” by Taylor Swift, “Bring Me the Night” by Sam Tsui and Kina Grannis. And there are also a few slow songs in the mix, which include “A Thousand Years Pt 2” by Christina Perri ft. Steve Kazee and “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain.

But I feel like if I put it all in then this will be a very long blog post.

So that’s all the happy songs for today! Tomorrow will be the absolute opposite – a song I would like to play at my funeral *knock on wood*. Come back tomorrow for that!

Till then!

cumuloq ❤

5 Songs for A Quiet Night Alone

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Since it’s been my (duly deserved) two weeks break this June, I’ve been searching for relaxing alternative music for my quiet nights alone, for blogging, or just scrolling down my dashboard on Tumblr, or for playing Peggle. So, I thought I’d like to share with you some of my finds.

These are five songs that I consider awesome to play on repeat for those nights when you’re up till three in the morning, those nights when you’re left with only you and your thoughts, and when you feel a little like your old teenage self again – questioning where you want to head in life, and wondering whether you’ve done everything right.

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Oh, and I’d like to thank Teen Wolf for inspiring me with this playlist, ’cause frankly it was ’cause of looking up Mikky Ekko songs that the first song appeared on my Youtube homepage …

1. Whirlpool by Sea Wolf

2. Tenenbaum by The Paper Kites

3. Feel Real by Deptford Goth

4. Get Me Golden by Terraplane Sun

5. Nothing Like You and I by The Perishers

I’ve actually collected quite a few solid tunes into a playlist that I can listen to on loop at night. It’s like having friends in my headphones while the entire house is asleep. Yup, I’m an absolute night owl when it comes to holidays. My entire sleeping schedule just goes head over heels.

So, this one is for all the night owls. Hoot hoot.

cumuloq ❤

The Unconventional Christmas Playlist

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Over the past few years I’ve accumulated a number of Christmas songs on youtube that aren’t very conventional. They’re either acoustic, not traditional, not from their original artist or just not the ones you expect to hear in your local mall or on the radio. Today I’d like to share with you this playlist. And yes, there are two versions of “All I Want For Christmas” – but that’s only because the two versions I’ve got here are so different they can practically be two different songs. Oh, and that’s Chrissy from Against the Current. She’s just awesome.

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1. Christmas Must be Something More – Taylor Swift
2. Next Christmas Eve – Alex Goot
3. On This Winter’s Night – Lady Antebellum
4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Colbie Caillat
5. Shake Up Christmas – Train
6. Christmases When You Were Mine – Taylor Swift
7. December Nights – Drew Tabor
8. White Wine in the Sun – Kate Miller-Heidke
9. All I Want For Christmas is You – Dan Henig Ft. Chris DuPont
10. Santa Baby – Megan Nicole
11. Last Christmas – Ariana Grande
12. Winter Wonderland – Jason Mraz
13. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) – Kina Grannis and Joseph Vincent
14. All I Want For Christmas is You – Against the Current

I hope these tunes make your Christmas more merry! Or, alternatively, I hope that there is a Christmas song that you can relate to. Maybe traditional Christmases aren’t your thing and you need a song that fits the month but not the moment. 🙂

Till next time,

cumuloq ❤

A Playlist for the Apocalypse

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Sometimes when I’m planning  a novel I go a bit too far to create an atmosphere for my story. One way I do this is through creating a playlist. One overall theme that I’m familiar with and have tried to create during my writing process is the apocalyptic, conquer the world atmosphere, the one that requires a bad-ass (usually) female protagonist and a dystopian/dark universe around her. These are the go-to songs for me in writing such stories:

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1. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
2. Make Me Wanna Die – The Pretty Reckless
3. Salute Your Solution – The Raconteurs
4. Cold Dark World – Weezer
5. Burning Years – Story Of The Year
6. Prelude 12/21 – AFI
7. We Are Broken – Paramore
8. Royals – LORDE

Of course, I believe there’s more than one way you can capture an apocalypse through sound. The most typical is the gun’s blazing one above – a “children of the new world” sort of way.

Another way to create an apocalyptic soundtrack is via music that is entirely reminiscent of the past, like old country music or old rock e.g. Zombieland or Wall-E. A story that pushes society towards the future but incorporates songs or elements from the past conveys a very powerful message, in my opinion. It encapsulates a loss and desperate need to preserve humanity. After all, humans are natural curators, hoarders of memories, and music is one way to suggest that while we move forward in time we also have to move further back in time as well to understand ourselves.

So, what is your end-of-the-world song? If you realised that the whole world was going up in flames and you knew your last few seconds were nigh, what song do you want to play in the background? Let me know in the comment section.

Till next time,

cumuloq ❤

Photo credits: SethPDA

Playlist for the Broken-Hearted Musical Lover

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Sitting in the grand theatre, staring down at the stage where a small spot of a young teenage girl is pouring her heart out in song  – you can’t help but feel chills down your spine and goosebumps up your arm. There is nothing more dramatic and heart-wrenching than a beautiful solo from the stage of Broadway. So for those suffering from a broken heart, unrequited love, or just looking to hear a tragic melody these songs are definitely a quick fix.

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‘Cause face it, you die a little like Eponine, Kim or Elphaba when you’re placed in a world where your good is not good enough and all you feel like doing is breaking out in song (and yet you never have the range or tone to achieve it).

1. On My Own – Les Miserables
2. I’m Not That Girl – Wicked
3. Now That I’ve Seen Her – Miss Saigon
4. If I Can’t Love Her – Beauty and the Beast
5. You Must Love Me – Evita
6. Out Here on My Own – Fame
7. The Coolest Girl – A Very Potter Sequel
8. The Way I Do – Starship

Or, alternatively, I guess a movie musical marathon would be just as amazing for an emotional break-up day or PMS day – what have you. Ice-cream and chips included. Or, you can cry due to the fact that your favourite musicals aren’t made into movies yet. Or, you could cry out in the comment section that I haven’t chosen your favourite musical break-up/unrequited love song – at which I would like to apologise ’cause my Broadway vocabulary isn’t as amazing as I wish it could be.

So till next time!

cumuloq ❤