The Lovable Rogues’ cover of The A Team

“I’m having a midlife crisis at the tender age of just eighteen, and I’ve had to ask myself what is my dream and what is a dream is it something to have and to not achieve, just like a faith when to know to just believe. Oh why could my creative mind not be satisfied with an NVQ in Building and then an apprenticeship. It is an honorable trade, a respectable pay and it’s what most of my friends did but, I want more than this town, the glitz and the glamour and I’m trying to carve a career from a dream but where can I get an A-Level in Chance, a diploma in What-if and a B-Tech based on a whim, and if i never see it through then I’ll never quite know and it’s this fault that right now makes my life so hard. Will i work to a great success? I fight to be the best and I won’t accept that I wouldn’t survive. This isn’t a hobby, it’s more than a past time. It frustrates me when people say it looks fun. Calm down mate, you’re forgetting why I do it. If I make it look easy it’s a job well done. So I’ll pull up my ballet tights and belt out the high notes and I’ll make Staniszewski proud. Touch wood, if it doesn’t work out, I’ll just get a nine to five and blend straight in with the crowd.”

This is the somewhat urban piece of philosophical spoken word taken from The Lovable Rogues’ cover of Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team.” Generally speaking, I’d be the type of individual that would stick quite religiously with the opinion that the original version of a song is undoubtedly the best version. However, on a few occasions my somewhat stubborn opinion has been challenged through examples ranging from Ellie Goulding’s take on “Your Song” right through to Placebo’s cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill.” Indeed, The Lovable Rogues’ cover of “The A Team” was one of these instances where as a huge Ed Sheeran fan I was momentarily in awe of this cover. I do not by any means believe that this cover is better than the original, but it is certainly up there. This version paired with the quirkiness of the ukelele and their very own spoken word interjection that is coloured with their British lilt throughout, will undoubtedly strike an emotional chord in their audience. There is a very candid vibe to this cover accentuated through their Arctic Monkeys-esque loyalty to their British accent and throughout their spoken word they remain as natural and as honest as the scenery within this video, hopelessly and fruitlessly questioning “what is my dream and what is a dream?” These questions are undoubtedly on the minds of teenagers and young people worldwide, The Lovable Rogues bring to the fore the uncertainties of life and our dreams embracing them and reassuring us that they are the very things which inevitably fuels us on as individuals, making life worth living. There is no denying the charisma and inspiration present throughout The Lovable Rogues words.

Entering this year’s “Britain’s Got Talent” although they didn’t win, “The Lovable Rogues” have attracted the attention they have longed for and it will undoubtedly aid them in the future of their musical careers whilst they reach out for their dreams. I’m expecting (and hoping) to see big things from them in the future.

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The concept of “home”

I know summer is a time to be relaxed and enjoy being free, don’t get me wrong I have been enjoying myself, but there is this irritating worry at the back of my mind which refuses to let me relax. The type that visits in the dead of the night, to inflict worry into my mind which has been trying to hard to evade the thought. This thought is the all consuming idea of the uncertainty that my future now contains. The idea that in a matter of months I might not be sitting in this very bed in my comfortable room that I’ve spent so many years in. This room has played such a massive role in my life. Which got me to thinking about the concept of a “home.”

We as human beings are totally dependent on the idea of life being organised and a matter of routine. It is indeed this idea of routine which allows life as we know it to progress and maintain prosperity and growth. However on the flipside there is this total all consuming element of uncertainty to life which humans do not embrace so much. The way life evolves around routine is a direct rejection of the uncertainty that life warrants, that we will inevitably run into at some point in our lives. Routine is a way to get through our day to day lives, to distract us from the uncertainties of life on the whole.

What if I don’t like my new home? What if I don’t like the people I live with? What if I don’t like the neighborhood? What is it, that makes a home? All these what-ifs have highlighted the level of extreme independence which I’ve had upon my parents, living in their house, eating their food…etc etc. It also brought up the idea that this house has never really belonged to me at all, yet I have been so comfortable within it throughout my life I have come to know it as a HOME. How can I ever transform any other place I come to live in in the future into this homely structure I have been brought up within? Will it ever feel the same?

Throughout all these unanswered questions and self revelations I have been overcome with a huge element of detachment and loneliness. The reluctance to let go of the things that we are used to, the things that we depend on is typical of the fear of uncertainty, the fear of change. However, we come to realise that change is the only certain thing in our lives and throughout our lives we learn to adapt. It is through experience that we really learn what it is that makes a home. I have only lived one chapter of my life in this home, there will come a time in quite possibly months, that I will open a new chapter of my life experiencing new things impacting my concepts of what is a home and what is my routine. Life changes and we learn to change with it. It might be hard at first but if you think of any other hard situation in your life, you have inevitably got through it in some shape or form otherwise you wouldn’t be here. You perceive the problem, deal with it and continue on, embracing whatever changes come with each problem/transition/change.

“Let the shards fall where they may.”