Frankenstein Fashion

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Ed Sheeran Divide Tour In YEG

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Venue: Rogers Place Edmonton

Artist: Ed Sheeran with James Blunt

I had several firsts this last Tuesday night July 25th, 2017. First Ed Sheeran concert, first show at Rogers place and the first concert of any kind that I attended with my significant other.

​It was also the first time I went to a show as media photographer. In this role I was up close to capture shots and I can tell you that no one enjoys performing or appreciates his fans more than Ed Sheeran.

​I only was allowed to take photos during the first three songs of the concert, so I experienced the rest of the show a seat higher up in the stadium. Rogers Place is an exceptional venue with an excellent sound system and great acoustics. I don’t believe there is a bad seat in the house. Of course a lot credit must go to Ed Sheeran’s touring crew. The show was exceptionally well mixed and the sound of every song resonated throughout the hall.

Unsurprisingly, an Ed Sheeran concert has very high production value and that money was well spent. The design of the stage was unique and also versatile, subtlety integrating positions for moving lights into the main structure as well as having additional structures with integrated moving lights that were on motorized line sets. All this gave the show’s lighting designer many tools to produce specific looks for each song. These looks complimented the performance beautifully. Something others may not pick up on as much, but as someone who works in production industry myself, I was very impressed.

​That being said one element of the production that did not always compliment Sheeran’s performance was the graphics on the large video wall. While there were some images that flowed with the lighting design, there were also many that served as more of a distraction. I hate cliches as much as anyone, but I think that this was a situation where the adage “less is more,” should have been kept in mind.

​With or without all the advantages of a production crew it is clear that Ed Sheeran puts on a great show. He performed all the songs you would expect from “Castle on the Hill,” to “Photograph.” His energy is intoxicating and I don’t think anyone in his position has ever been more humble or grateful for where he is. His audience clearly loves him, but I can say without a doubt he loves them back.

​Returning to the topic of firsts, this is my first time writing a review for this blog. The show was a great experience and I’m glad that I was able to share it with my favourite person. This forum is hers. I appreciate her letting me put my voice to it. I hope I can again.

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Writing Prompts: Lesson

image1What is a lesson that defines you?

My lesson

Not to explore the past
Things not meant don’t last

What was

No longer exists
The quiet

Now violent
You just are

I just am
Our we

Is no more

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Torn Away by Jennifer Brown Review

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Expected publication: May 6th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers1600108_10152164384975908_207743490_nBorn and raised in the Midwest, Jersey Cameron knows all about tornadoes. Or so she thinks. When her town is devastated by a twister, Jersey survives — but loses her mother, her young sister, and her home. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she’s sent to live with her only surviving relatives: first her biological father, then her estranged grandparents.

In an unfamiliar place, Jersey faces a reality she’s never considered before — one in which her mother wasn’t perfect, and neither were her grandparents, but they all loved her just the same. Together, they create a new definition of family. And that’s something no tornado can touch.

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This book was very heavy…A very emotionally charged story. I cannot fathom losing everything to a natural disaster. This is the first book I have ever read that was centered on a tornado and the aftermath. Prior to this, my only experience with a story centered around (no pun intended) a tornado was the film Twister. So, yes—this book was quite heavy.

Brown created a very vivid world for her readers. This world was chaotic and filled with despair, but nonetheless it was real. That is why there is such a cathartic response to this story, because it seems real. The protagonist, Jersey is very much a normal girl; she could be your neighbor, your best friend or your schoolmate. Imagining all these terrible things happening to someone so ordinary, so very much like yourself is absolutely heartbreaking.

 I may have just described the saddest story in the world. Have no fear, you may cry a bit, or a lot in this book, but you will exit the last pages with a sense of hope and inspiration. Tragedy reveals what really matters in life, and it is heartwarming for Jersey to open her eyes to see that although life is different, it can still be beautiful.

The writing is powerful, and the heavy emotions of this book do not overcharge the development of the plot or characters. It is not your typical ‘sad book all about sadness and the world is so big and evil and sad’.

Read it. Cry. Appreciate the life you have even more than you did entering the first pages of this story.

I highly recommend this book.

Thank you, HBG for the review copy.

 

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A Midsummer Night’s Scream Review

A Midsummer Nights Scream by R.L Stine
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Published: July 2013

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 The master of horror takes on the master of theater!

Get ready for laughter to turn into screams in R.L. Stine’s re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Everyone knows that Mayhem Manor is cursed. After production on the horror film was stopped due to a series of mysterious deaths, it became a Hollywood legend–which makes it perfect for Claire and her family. If they can successfully finish the film, it should be enough to save their ailing movie studio.

Sure, the old haunted house is creepy, and strange stuff has been happening, but this is Claire’s chance. Her chance to become the movie star she’s always dreamed and her chance to finally convince her friend Jake that she is girlfriend material. Of course, the fact that Jake thinks he’s in love with her best friend, Delia, who is crushing hard on Jake’s friend Shawn, who insists on following Claire around, could be a problem, but Claire is sure she can figure it out. After all, the course of true love never did run smooth.

But once shooting starts, “creepy and strange” morph into “bloody and deadly,” as the lines between film and reality begin to blur…

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I really, really wanted to like this. The synopsis was so intriguing and promising, and to boot; the cover was stunning! The premise was so cool, and it seemed like it would be my kind-of book.

Unfortunately. I was wrong. The world R.L Stine created was carefully crafted and easy to get lost in. But, the story failed to stir up any emotional attachment both to the characters, and the plot. I loved Fear Street, and Goosebumps growing up, so I have a soft spot for R.L Stine.

With that being said. I am thinking of ways this book can redeem itself. Perhaps if it is an easily spooked reader, or a non-seasoned reader? The story just flopped. It had cool elements, but the execution failed…

On that note, check out Red Rain by R.L Stine! It is great.

Thank you, Raincoast Books for providing the review copy.

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Poetry: Choose

image2Choose

I’m finally choosing you
The way I should have everyday

Even though you’re not here to choose anymore

I feel the strings that always held us together
Holding me now
Bringing me back to you

My insides tied to yours
Even though yours are now ashes in the ground

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Writing Prompts: Music

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What does music mean to you? Are a lyrics person? Are you more intrigued by a good beat or a wicked riff? 

This is what music means to me:

I remember one of the greatest days of my life. It was the day I fell in love. The love that was irrevocable would stand the test of time. My life and everything that mattered within in it stemmed from this love. I knew I would never, ever be alone again. That my love would never betray me.

This was the day I fell in love with music. The concept that human beings could combine basic instruments and words and make complete sense of my world made me feel exalted. That there was nothing more euphoric in life than turning on an album and listening to a track that pours its heart out to you, and realizing your own little heart is navigating through the same woes. That instant feeling of connection that somewhere in the world, someone experienced exactly what I once did. It makes the world seem much smaller, and kinder. 

When you hear a great musician for the first time it feels as though the universe has expanded. Discovering some vital, necessary substance that had been missing from your life all along. Music is always a companion. It never leaves your side no matter what life has thrown your way. Music grieves with you; music suffers and endures a broken heart with you. Music stands by your side when your best friend leaves you…Music…Always.

Songs serve as a soundtrack to the best and worst moments of my life. I remember the first time I hear a song, where I was, what I was doing…Songs define moments, emotions and a large amount of my memories. I think, scratch that—I know this is why I am so in love with poetry. A song is a poem. I hope to one-day change the world with my words, just like songs have changed mine.

 

 

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