Hey there! In this post, I’m going to be going through all of the things that made 2018 a wonderful year. I’ve been wanting to try to do this blog series since last year but I only got my website this year, so why don’t we go ahead and start?
If there’s one thing that really drew me to this T.V. series, it’s the tones, the overall mood and aesthetics of it. From the personality of James and Alyssa to the theme of the film, I found myself rewatching this in the middle of the night for three consecutive weeks that it’s almost nostalgic every time I can recall.
I’m still crossing my fingers for the teasing of Season 2 but I guess if the series ends there, it ends there.
Game of Thrones is the kind of film-binge night my sister, Pam, and I have. We rewatch the seasons one to three and watch cute little clips from the film as our bonding.
This year, I got to watch the latest released season and I can’t wait for season eight to be available.
I am extremely late in the Skins game, I know, I know. I also didn’t give Skins US a chance but I really loved Skins UK.
This series really spoke to me in a level that I wasn’t even expecting from films. I usually don’t get too attached or absorbed by movies or t.v. series. There are a few exceptions though, such as Downton Abbey, Never Let Me Go and Now Is Good, and this series is one of them.
Thanks to the t.v. series, The End of the F ing World, I was able to discover Soko. She creates the most calming music I’ve ever heard in the world of Spotify.
Her songs are included in almost all of the playlists I created.
Some of my favourites are We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow and First Love Never Die.
Lucy Rose was recommended to me by my music buddy and now her songs are one of the most played songs in my playlists.
I really enjoy the vintage vibe she gives off and even her looks say a lot about the songs she’s making.
Some of my favourites from her are Shiver and Place.
Hobo Johnson was also recommended to me by the same friend but the first time I heard his music, I didn’t know I was enjoying it.
His genre is spoken poetry (which is super new to me and in which I found out is actually a legit official music genre, thanks to the YouTube comments) but his weren’t the usual ones you hear at some poetry readings or talks.
Some of my favourites from his were Peach Scone, Sex and the City, Romeo and Juliet, and Father.
I also discovered Graham Coxon through The End of the F ing World.
There’s actually no words to describe how his music makes me feel things and wish I was back in time and enjoying my childhood.
His songs are the kind of music you often hear in films with vintage vibes. I am so grateful to have found him in both the music world and the film.
The Girl – City and Colour
Shiver – Lucy Rose
Cherry Wine – Hozier
Brave Love – Kingsfoil
End of the Affair – Ben Howard
yea, babe, no way – LANY
Someone else – LANY
Depth Over Distance – Ben Howard
Black Flies – Ben Howard
Love it if we made it – The 1975
ILYSB – LANY
Only Love – Ben Howard
There’s Your Man – Ben Howard
13 – LANY
Sex and the City – Hobo Johnson
Hollow Life – Coast Modern
Laughing on the Outside – Bernadette Carroll
We might be dead by tomorrow – Soko
The End of the World – Skeeter Davis
Time is Dancing – Ben Howard
Bones – Dustin Tebutt
Towing the Line – Ben Howard
Crosses – Jose Gonzalez
Nica Libres At Dusk – Ben Howard
Old Pine – Ben Howard
It Was Love – LANY
Peach Scone – Hobo Johnson
Fix You – Coldplay
Luck – Jamie Mcdell
Stay Alive – Jose Gonzalez
Sincerity is Scary – The 1975
TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME – The 1975
Supergirl and Superboy – Tullycraft
Setting’ the Woods On Fire – Hank Williams
Come Back – The Belles
Walking All Day – Graham Coxon
You & I – Graham Coxon
All I’ve Got – Lucy Rose
Bikes – Lucy Rose
I Thought I Was An Alien – Soko
Further Away – Ben Howard
Different Kinds of Strangers – Ian Penn
Holocene – Bon iver
The Breach – Dustin Tebutt
Oceans – Seafret
There’s Your Man – Ben Howard
Comin’ Home – City and Colour
Northern Wind – City and Colour
Stay Alive – Jose Gonzales
Romeo and Juliet – Hobo Johnson
Yellow – Coldplay
Blackbird – The Beatles
First Love Never Die – Soko
Et Viola – Francoise Hardy
I’m Sorry – Brenda Lee
Saturday Night – Graham Coxon
Luck – Jamie Mcdell
Three Rounds and a Sound – Blind Pilot
Until now, I still can’t believe his content is posted online for free.
Creative North is a channel run by a Swedish filmmaker who is just too good for YouTube. He makes the most outstanding and beautifully crafted short documentary series. One of his documentaries, The Pearl of Africa, was even bought by Netflix.
His content focuses a lot about art, music and other creative topics while heavily shifting towards a political and economical perspective.
Mango Street’s channel tag line is “Photography tutorials that don’t waste your time’, and no shiz Sherlock, they’re not kidding.
Rachel and Daniel has taught me so much about photography in a short amount of time than all of the photography channels in YouTube combined.
Their taste in film and photography is almost similar to mine. That’s probably why I adore their content a lot.
Another photographer that I really appreciate that’s almost the same style as them is Phil Chester.
Baz Battles has been the most useful and entertaining channel about historically accurate battles in both fiction and nonfiction world.
Their content scope is worldwide and animated beautifully so it’s so easy to be engrossed with and learn at the same time for my history class.
I discovered them through their video about the battle in the world of Game of Thrones and since then, I haven’t stopped watching their videos.
And then, of course, my favourite thing to do when I’m drafting new book projects is creating mood boards in Pinterest. This has always been my process because I easily get inspiration from Pinterest mood boards and Spotify playlists. These two things work like magic and instantly, words will flush out of my system.
It definitely does a hundred percent of the work in getting me in the writing mood and the atmosphere of whatever I’m writing at the time.
In here, I’ve created three mood boards, Subway Teeth, Tracing Papers and I Need A Lennon. I Need A Lennon, by the way, isn’t a book project. It is a duo music project with Rambo Ruiz where we will be releasing original tracks in the most convenient distribution channels out there, like Spotify and iTunes.
I have discovered so many awesome Instagram accounts but if I’d choose my top ones, it would be these ones: @nathaliebasoski, @ghostly_t, @not.a.russian.spy and @brittabug, because I can’t count how many times I’ve come back and scroll down their grids.
@nathaliebasoski and @not.a.russian.spy are both run by the same filmmaker and photographer, Nathalie Basoski, who I first discovered on YouTube. She also has a website, basoski.com, where I saw the most captivating photography portfolio ever.
I also first discovered @ghostly_t at YouTube under the channel name of Ghostlyt a few years back when I started making art journals. I didn’t know she had an Instagram account until now.
@brittabug, however, I only discovered her this year when I was looking for portrait photographers similar to Nathalie Basoski. Although they’re not similar at all, I still love her style and the tones in her shots.
What are some of your favorites this 2018?
2018 has been such a year, hasn’t it? For me, it was interesting and such a time to learn and discover new artists, music, films, books and other things. I’m sure there are more that I want to fit in the list but that about wraps it up for me.
How about you? What has been your favourites so far this year? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
T.L. Thornes is a writer residing in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She was twelve when she started keeping drafts of her poems in composition notebooks. Since then, she has found an emotional outlet through writing. When she’s not writing, she can be found in the streets of her hometown, urbansketching, or in her room, writing songs and making art journals.
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