Folklore- The Long Pond Studio Sessions Review

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day three!

Let me start off the blog as I usually do- how are you today? How are you feeling, how did your day went by? Anything new? Something really awesome happened to me yesterday- if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’d know that I worked through almost all of august, trying to save money for a record player. Well even though I’ve earned enough money, I wasn’t able to go and buy it because of covid-19. Until now. Yesterday my mum just asked me randomly if I’d like to and get it, as the stores just opened about two weeks ago. I was like “AH, okay!” and so I did!! It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve even seen, and it’s currently sitting on top of my bookcase. Before buying the record player I bought online a record of Taylor Swift’s 7th album, “Lover”, and played it on my new record player while writing yesterday’s blog.

Speaking of Taylor Swift, I kind of think that we should get right into today’s blog. So, in case you didn’t know, during July 2020 Taylor released her 8th studio album, “folklore”. It’s incredible and amazing and you should definitely check it out. Probably my favorite of her albums so far. But well, usually when releasing an album, Taylor does this thing called “secret sessions”, where she invites some fans to her house, play the new album for them, tell them stuff about the songs… Last year she even did the Lover’s Lounge on YouTube. Since this year she was unable to do any of that, she teamed up with Disney+ and together they released the Long Pond Studio sessions- a film on Disney+ in which Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner play the entire album, and talk about the songs and the meaning behind them. Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver also joins them to play “exile”. As a massive fan of Taylor’s work and especially of “folklore”, I obviously watch the whole thing, and here’s my review 🙂

So to start off, I LOVED the whole vibe of the film. It was very cozy, and I loved how every interview of every song was in a different location. The music was amazing, as it really stayed true to the original recording of the songs, but yet somehow it was different, in a very good way. I loved the extra fun facts and details about the songs that we got to learn while watching the film.

So the album starts off with “the 1”, which in the way that I see it, is talking about a good relationship that ended long ago. The writer is reviewing the relationship after being over it, saying “it would’ve been fun if you would’ve been the one” (or at least that’s how I see it, Taylor didn’t really go into details in that one). Honestly, even though it’s a great song, and I’ve listened to it so many times I could sing it to you in my sleep, it isn’t my favorite. Again, Taylor didn’t go into too many details with that one, but the performance was amazing. Same goes to “the last great american dynasty”, Taylor did say a bit more about this one, but it isn’t really my favorite so even though I sang along while watching, I wasn’t as interested in it as I was in the next song.

If you listen to the album you probably know that there’s a love triangle- instead of writing about her life, in a few of her songs Taylor writes about fictional people, a fictional love triangle, actually. “cardigan”, the second track in the album, is from Betty’s point of view. Betty is a girl, around the age of seventeen, who was cheated on by her boyfriend, James. The song “betty” is from James’ point of view- he’s kind of apologizing about his actions. The song “august” is from the other woman’s point of view. She’s reviewing and going over what she thought she had with James. According to Taylor, the song “cardigan” takes place about 20-30 years after that summer, when James cheated. Even though he treated her badly, Betty ends up forgiving him and making their relationship work.

In the song “Betty”, James explains how he didn’t know better, as he was only seventeen (“I’m only seventeen, I don’t know anything”). In “cardigan” however, Betty says that SHE knew better (“But I knew you…”). I really love how the songs are connected in so many ways, I wish I had time and space to talk to you about all of them. But, back to the film- Taylor said that it was her boyfriend, Joe, that wrote the chorus to “betty”, which I thought was so cool! It was also cool knowing that James and Betty end up together.

Then, Taylor went on and talked about “august”. “august” is actually my favorite song off the album, and it also ended up being “my song of the year” in Spotify. I’ve listened to it about 344 times (holy….!!). So I got super excited when Taylor talked about it, that I almost cried. Taylor explained how there isn’t such a thing as “the other woman”. August, just like anyone else, was a girl who wanted to be loved. She thought that she and James had something real, and is broken to know that they didn’t. That made me really sad, because I was like “yup, same”. I loved the explanation, and hearing the live version of the song afterwards made me extremely happy.

Two songs that I ended up loving more after seeing Taylor talking about them in the film were “this is me trying” and “peace”. Especially “this is me trying”. Taylor said that usually, in school, we get this little pat on the back every time we get a good grade, etc. But in “real life”, it is a little bit “harder” (I guess) getting that positive attention. Sometimes we’ll be going through so much stuff, and no one will know. But even staying here, even holding on to what we have is trying, it is still making an effort. Hearing that made me lowkey sad, but also it gave a whole new meaning to the song for me, which I loved. In “peace”, it was actually Aaron Dessner who made me change my mind about the song. The song is about kind of asking someone, “will you still be with me, even if I could never give you peace?”. Aaron talked about having depression, and how that effected his relationships in the past. How being unstable in that way made it harder to be with him. That literally made me cry- I loved that. I love how Taylor wrote this mostly about the fame (could be wrong about that but hang on) and how Aaron was able to take it to a different place, one where many people could relate to.

Seeing Taylor talking about “illicit affairs” made me think a lot too. I took it to a different place though- the line “You taught me a secret language I can’t speak with anyone else” made me think about something different then an affair. In every relationship, friendship or any type of communication you have with anyone- you can almost never have the same thing, the same energy and chemistry with someone else. This song made me think about previous friendship breakup and about people that are no longer in my life.

Wow I’ve been typing for some time now! I really need to put this blog out in like three minutes lol. So I think that I’ll stop here for now. These are my main points that I took from the film. Honestly, this review turned into me talking about “folklore” more then me reviewing. But alas, it is what it is.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this blog, and that if you’re a fan of “folklore” I’ve given you some things to think about :)) Thank you for joining me for blogmas day #3! Stick around if you’d like to read some of my previous blogs, and feel free to follow in order to read the next blogs in my “blogmas” series. Take care of yourself, drink water and wear a mask if you’re going outside.

Toodles! 🍃

-ocean girl

Breakfast and Lunch- Meals Inspo 🥘

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day two!

This feels so weird! I’ve already written to you yesterday 🙂 So, what’s new with you? Since yesterday I had a little more time for reading, so I read “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” again. I’m currently re-reading the whole HP series, but as soon as I’m done I’ll be back with some more books recommendations and reviews. Also we learned something really nice about “living our truth” in gender class, so maybe I’ll share it with you someday. Oh, and also my friend got married! That led me to think that maybe I am the problem (jk though I’m literally only seventeen I don’t need no man). So, now that we’re all caught up, shall we?

Today I wanted to share with you some really simple, easy to do meals. Since we all are stuck at home, we eat, do and live the same life every day. I know that most people get tired of eating the same thing in the same way, so I thought I’d share some new ideas! Most of you probably have the ingredients at home, as these really are super easy and casual. I hope that you can use this as inspiration! 🙂

🥑 Avocado, egg and puffed rice cakes

Okay, so this first one is actually quite easy, and most of you probably have everything at home already. What you’ll need is-

  • Avocado
  • Lemon (juice)
  • Salt
  • Egg (s)
  • Puffed rice cakes
  • Whatever else you’d like to add!

First, cut the avocado in half, peel off the skin and place it on a plate. Take a fork, press and mix the avocado until you’re satisfied. Add some lemon juice and salt, and mix it all together. Try to taste the avocado while you mix, add more salt or lemon juice as you’d like.

Next, fry the the egg however you like it best. Once the egg is ready, place it on a plate along with the avocado. Add the puffed rice cakes (you can also switch these for bread!) and add anything else as you’d like. I’ve added some cream cheese and anchovy.

And that’s pretty much it for the first meal! You can switch any ingredient to a different one if you’d like. It’s healthy, easy and tasty.

🥦 Broccoli, rice and vegetables

For this one I mostly used stuff that I found in our fridge, so again, feel free to switch it for anything else. Here are the ingredients that I’ve used-

  • Broccoli
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Oil
  • Vegetables
  • Rice
  • Anything else

First, Take the broccoli and break it into smaller pieces. Wash it under running water, and let it dry out. Pre-heat the oven to 150-180C.

Once the broccoli is dry, take a baking tray and put aluminum foil on top of it. Place the broccoli on the tray, spread it out nicely. Then, take the oil, black pepper and salt and drizzle it randomly on the tray and broccoli. Then put it in the oven for about 10 minutes, until you’re satisfied with the results.

While the broccoli is in the oven, you can prepare the rest of your meal. We had some rice and beans in the fridge, so I just took them and put them in a bowl. Cut some vegetables, and place them in the bowl as well. Once the broccoli is ready take it out of the oven, wait for maybe 4 minutes and then place it in the bowl next to the vegetables and rice. And that’s it, your meal is set and ready to be eaten 🙂

And that’s it you guys! These two meals are super fun, tasty and easyyy to make! I hope that even if you didn’t end up making them, seeing the pictures and ingredients gave you some ideas of your own! And if you did end up recreating one of these meals, let me know. I hope that you have a lovely rest of the day, and that you’re taking care of yourself and your mental and physical health. Stick around if you’d like to read some of my previous posts, and follow for future “blogmas” blog posts 🙂

As always, take care, and I will see you tomorrow with blogmas day #3! I’m super excited for that one.

Toodles!

-ocean girl 🍒

Welcome To Blogmas 2020! 🎄

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day one!!

Hey everybody! How have you all been? Happy December to you! Let me start off by saying: I’m planning on doing blogmas this year! Or at least try to. In case you didn’t know, “blogmas” (blog + Christmas) is a blog series in which the writer (me lol) posts one blog everyday, from the beginning of December until the 25th. Usually the topic of the blogs is somehow related to Christmas. Vlogmas (vlog + Christmas) are my favorite type of vlogs to watch, so I decided to do something similar here. Also this is my last year before joining the military, and I don’t want to wait a whole two years before I can do blogmas. So, here we are 🙂

Before we get into this blog, let me give you some background information- winter is my absolutely favorite season. I love it so freaking much! I love the cold, I love having to wear many warm clothes, I love being all cozy… I love it! December is specifically my favorite month because of how cold and wintery it is! SO yeah.

Another thing you should probably know.. I’m actually Jewish! My mum was born in Europe, to a Christian mother, so growing up she always got to experience the Christmas vibe and spirit- in her home and also outside of it. Later on her family moved to Israel, and when she married my dad they decided to try and expose my brother and I to different cultures and holidays. Plus, my mum remembered how magical Christmas was when she was a child, and wanted us to have a similar memory. So, growing up, my parents would buy us a small Christmas tree and my brother and I would decorate it. Also Santa clause (aka my dad wearing a costume) would give us presents and sweets. My grandma, who is no longer Christian, still have a Christmas tree in her apartment and is now playing the role of Santa every December by giving us all sweets as well.

When I was in middle school we moved to the US for a few years, where I got to experience the full on Christmas package. And of course I fell in love with it. Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas for religious reasons, I still do so for the happy, warm feeling it brings with it, for the amazing songs and films, for the bright lights and magical vibes, for the opportunity to give back to my loved ones and of course for the chance to spend time with my family.

I’m excited to share with you everything that I do this month, especially the highlights from both worlds- Christmas and Hanukah as well. So, I thought what better way to start this second blog series on “ocean girl” than to show you how I prepared myself for this season! Behold, here’s how I decorated my room for December:

Here are the colorful lights that I placed around my window 🙂

So… That will be it for now. This is a much shorter blog then I usually post, but I guess that it’s fine due to the fact that the next month is going to be crazy. I hope that I won’t go crazy trying to post daily, as I still have school and stuff. But I’ll do my best 🙂

Feel free to stick around if you’d like to read previous posts, and follow if you’d like to see the next blog posts to come! Stay safe, healthy and take care. Happy holidays!

Toodles!

-ocean girl 🐇