Feel Good Friday #2!

Time for more positivity! šŸ˜€

I loved S Club 7 when I was younger, and I still know all the words! Bring It All Back has always been my favourite, and the upbeat lyrics are great for when you’re feeling down or need some motivation.

And keeping with the theme of motivation, another quote:

If you can dream it, you can do it – Walt Disney

Have a great weekend! šŸ™‚

Exhibition: Vermeer and Music

What: Vermeer and Music The Art of Love and Leisure.
An exhibition examining the role of music in 17th century Dutch painting, including 5 works by Vermeer.
Where: National Gallery of London
When: Until 8th September 2013
Cost: Entrance: Ā£7, Audio Guides Ā£3 – but definitely worth it!

Vermeer & Music, at the National Gallery, London

Vermeer & Music, at the National Gallery, London

This temporary exhibition in the National Gallery of London explores the theme of music in 17th century Dutch painting. The exhibition culminates in five beautiful works by Vermeer, and also features works by artists such as Carl Fabritius, Peter van der Hooch, Jan Steen and Gabriel MetsuĀ as well as 17th century instruments and songbooks. It’s well worth getting the audio guide (Ā£3) as you’re going around the exhibition – as well as comments by the curator of the exhibition, it features musicĀ experts from the AcademyĀ  who discuss the instruments and play pieces of music from the period.

My ticket, and the exhibition leaflet.

My ticket, and the exhibition leaflet.

It’s a rare thing to see so many Vermeers in one room – the five paintings on show represent a seventh of the artist’s total body of work. Prior to visiting this exhibition, I had only seen one Vermeer in person (Woman Writing A Letter, in the National Gallery of Ireland); to see so many Vermeer paintingsĀ together was quite an experience! Three paintings of women playing music hang on the same wall, representing a popular theme in Vermeer’s work. One of these, The Guitar Player, is on loan from Kenwood House. Another painting on display is The Music Lesson. This is an interestingĀ work in that the figures are at the very back of the painting, meaning the viewer is looking in on a very intimate scene. All these paintings showcase what is so wonderful about Vermeer’s style – his mastery of light and detail.

Vermeer goodies! Bag, catalogue and postcard.

Vermeer goodies! Bag, catalogue, leafletĀ and postcard.

When I visited with my sister and a friend, we spent two hours going around the exhibition. It’s really wonderful, the detail of the Dutch paintings is incredible, and the theme of music is certainly an interesting one.Ā My sister is a music student, so she particularly enjoyed seeing all the instruments on display. The paintings in the exhibition are mostly genre scenes, but there are also portraits and still lifes featuring musical instruments. This is a fascinating exhibition, one that any fan of Vermeer, or Dutch art in general, should definitely see!

Ten Terrific Wrock Songs (Happy Birthday Harry Potter!)

So it’s the 31st of July, birthday of the Boy Who Lived. Harry would be 33 today, and in celebration of his birthday I have complied a list of ten great wrock songs. Wrock or wizard rock is a genre of music in which Harry Potter fans write songs based on the books and characters. The performers take on personas of Hogwarts students, or even of specific characters from the books. They also have really cool band names.

Below is a countdown of ten great wrock songs. It was really hard to pick just ten, and the order has been changed many times. (And I cheated a bit – there are more suggestions below the videos) I hope you enjoy these songsĀ as much as I have!

10) Save Ginny Weasley From Dean Thomas – Harry and the Potters

Fun and funky, with a great instrumental section. Makes me want to dance!

9) Accio Deathly Hallows – Hank Green

This is a great song about waiting for the seventh book, and the mixture of anticipation and apprehension this involves. Plus it’s got a seriously catchy chorus!

See also: Book Eight, and Howler (with Lauren Fairweather)

8) Accio Hot Guy – The Butterbeer Experience

Because the lyrics are hilarious.

See also: It Sucks to be a Hufflepuff and Percy Weasley

7) You Can’t Speak Snake – The Moaning Myrtles

Clever idea, and funny lyrics! A glimpse into a moment we don’t get to see in Deathly Hallows, and from Myrtles point of view too!

6) Quidditch Is My Favourite Sport – The Parselmouths

Another funny one, and I do love The Parselmouths! And of course Quidditch is my favourite sport šŸ™‚

5) Lumos Flies – ALL CAPS

A cover of Fireflies, Harry Potter style, with lots of Ron/Hermione.

4) Hermione’s SongĀ (You and Me)Ā – Oliver and the Remembralls

This is just adorable basically.

3) Meet Me On Diagon Alley – Ministry of Magic

Another really sweet song, gets me every time!

2) And Then I Died – The Moaning Myrtles

Songs from Moaning Myrtles point of view – genius! Also this is just generally a great song!

See also: Nargles in the Mistletoe,Ā Choko Ono and I Was There.

1) Someone Freaking Ask Me To The Yule Ball – The Parselmouths

Funny and catchy, and as I said before, I love The Parselmouths!

See also: Not Half Bad, What Kind of Name is Hermione? and Who Are These Boys?

Pop any recommended wrock songs in the comments, hope you’ve celebrated Harry’s (and JK’s!) birthday in proper wizarding style šŸ˜€

Mischief Managed!