‘With you in Mind’ by Duvv Album Review

Artist and self-described creator, Duvv, from New York, released her 10 track album ‘With you in Mind’ on August 25th. Duvv’s musical influence of R&B and soul music is recognisable within the album and does not sound repetitive of other albums in these genres. ‘With you in Mind’ begins with a brief intro with Duvv saying “God is love, God is truth, God is hope, I love you Lord” and shifting into a short 1 minute long song, that marks the beginning of the album and is similar to a musical interlude taking place between songs.

The first song of the album, “Waters (Blue Screens) begins with soft piano and then Duvv sings “Maybe In the future water will be dead and blue screens will be the new ocean” which could be interpreted as a commentary on the influence of technology into our lives and how the blue light that comes from our screens could soon replace the amount of time we spend looking at nature and scenery, such as the blue of the ocean. “I stare at the screen then I stare at myself, is it good for my health? like a digital death.” In the second verse she questions “Do you see me swimming, do you see me floating?” This reminded me of the poem ‘Not Waving but Drowning’ by Stevie Smith and the misunderstanding of what is actually happening, as ‘swimming’ and ‘floating’ are different things. The rest of Waters (Blue Screens) has a beautiful melody paired with a soft beat.

“Maybe in the future water will be dead and blue screens will be the new ocean”

Dare to Dream begins with synths and has a faster tempo than anything before it, the positive, uplifting message in the title is reflected throughout the song. “If you want it and you’ve got it then you’ve got it, just know you’re not alone” is repeated in the chorus. It ends suddenly and is replaced by the slower paced track ‘Are you Numb?’ where she questions someone’s intentions, it sounds related to a relationship issue. In a 35 second interlude Duvv’s does a short edited voice over. ‘Cold’ is the first song after this interlude and has a relaxing melody and also asks the same existential questions heard in Waters (Blue Screens) “You’re going far all by yourself, is it in faith?”

“Love me despite my flaws, Love you despite your flaws”

Games has a catchy beat with vocals and harmonies with a relaxing verse and upbeat chorus which goes into depth on a relationship rebuilding “Love me despite my flaws, love you despite your flaws,” the ending of ‘Games’ blends seamlessly with the beginning of ‘For You’ which is a slow tempo song similar to ‘Cold’ and has a relaxing feel as well. ‘Creep’ has a slower beginning, but includes a piano before the chorus that brings the song together well. Lastly, Outside / Inside is a short spoken piece about choices that wraps up the album the way in began.

Links

Link to ‘With you in Mind’ by Duvv album on Spotify

http://open.spotify.com/user/earlbrutus/playlist/0RiouvADJnixDMISdfD5Wc

Duvv’s official website

http://www.iamduvv.com/

Not Waving but Drowning poem by Stevie Smith

https://www.poetryarchive.org/poem/not-waving-drowning

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Why reading is a good hobby

For a while, when asked what my hobbies were, I would answer “reading” and receive a sarcastic “that’s not a real hobby” while rolling their eyes.

Not only is reading books in your spare time fun, it can have additional benefits such as improving your vocabulary and understanding of grammar. For example, where commas go and how to use semi-colons. Regularly reading non-fiction can be useful because you can learn about different cultures from books.

“There is no friend as loyal as a book” -Ernest Hemmingway

There is also a correlation between reading and improving confidence and self-esteem, improving sleep and reducing loneliness. It is also likely that reading non-fiction exercises the imagination and creativity we naturally have. Statistics carried out by The Reading Agency in the UK reveals that ‘In England, 36% of adults don’t read for pleasure, rising to 44% of young people aged 16 to 24.’

People have argued that reading books is unnecessary because of the creation of films based on books that have been written. However, I have seen many television and film adaptions of books and I noticed that parts of the story is often omitted from the film for lack of time. In addition to this, there can be a lack of character development that the author intended. I never usually believe a movie based on a book is ever better than the actual book, they are usually not as good or on equal footing.

So, Dracula will be the next book review and there will be more book reviews to come.

‘Why is reading good for me?’ -bbc iwonder

‘Ebook sales continue to fall as younger generations drive appetite for print’

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Review of The Sun is Also a Star

*no spoilers

Although it didn’t end the way I thought it would, it showed some interesting perspectives of love, life, being an immigrant and having your future decided for you.

Everything takes place within a day or two and the two main characters dialogue makes up a large part of the story. Between the story itself, there are chapters with additional information on cultural aspects of the characters, which adds context to what they are saying. With an interracial relationship as the focus of the story, there is Korean written in italics which is later explained in English.

Some of my favourite quotes from the book:

“The Sun is also a star, and it’s our most important one”

“Dark matter is love, it’s the attracting force”

It has humour but also deep discussions of fate, destiny, science and the meaning of family.

I enjoyed the book very much and would recommend it if you like love stories, or even just a good read while on the train.

    The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon