never copy

Don’t ever be that little carbon copy of

A bigger, better thing in life,

Something every person loves already.

Why would they then love a clone?

A cheap and lonely imitation, joining in the noise?

So find your place, your voice, your space

And show the world the God has given,

The individuality

That sets you out from them.

I’m watching the interview with Paul McCartney on TV at the moment, and something he said just struck a chord with me. I’m a massive Beatles fan as my family hail from Liverpool and I am lucky enough to be able to say that I was born there.

Anyway, Paul McCartney said that you should never copy someone else’s style. Always put your own stamp on everything you create and send out into the world.

The Beatles became the band that they were because they were unafraid to be themselves and I hope that most people out there have the courage to do the same.

It feels like such a shame that we were all made so different, and given different talents and gifts, and yet we all still try to fit into the same little boxes.

I saw something the other day that had the same message and it said something along the lines of ‘don’t be afraid to be different, because that thing that makes you different is probably the thing that makes you special.’

So true. Just be yourself and trust that you were made the way you were for a bloody good reason.

Much Love

Rachel xx

for the love of rick astley: a sonnet

It’s slightly ironic, that love that I feel,

As I trust in his promise never to let me down,

That it’s something to hold, it’s something so real,

Trust so deep, I feel I could drown.

His lyrics are so full of perfect strong cheese

That makes me feel safe and familiar, so cosy

That I slide into verses with relative ease,

Until the world all around is gorgeous and rosy.

He’s become such a marvelous figure of fun

We’re no longer sure that our love is so serious

But when the song is over, and all’s said and done

We’re left so happy we’re virtually delirious.

So join me in loving our glorious Rick

Or we will all think that really you’re a bit of a d**k.

in honour of john

I’m 36 so I missed the genius that was John Lennon by a couple of years. That doesn’t stop me from loving everything that he ever created and floated out into the world. He just seemed to ‘get it’ in a way that only the very best of artists ever do.

It has been forty years since the awful day that he was shot in NYC. And yet his work still makes sense to us; it still resonates with a world that has changed so much in some ways.

And in others it has not changed a bit.

I drew this picture a little while ago and it was only when I realised that it was forty years today that I dug it out of my Insta feed.

Such an amazing man and I urge you to get on YouTube and have a little listen to some of his songs. You probably know them well, but sometimes you just need some John Lennon to soothe the soul.

Much Love

Rachel xx

the glastonbury experience

We cling together underneath a man made forest

Of rainbow umbrellas and plastic macs,

Knowing we should hate these moments,

Cold and soaked to puckered skin.

But something holds us there and fills our hearts

And minds with force, maybe God?

Something bigger than any of us, vibrating through

The crowd that sways to music meaning

More than any words can say.

I’ve never been to Glastonbury, but oh, how I would love to go. I work in a service station on the A303 which is the main road that goes down to Glastonbury. So I see all of the festival goers as they pass through and I feel so jealous of what they are about to experience.

I’m not even the kind to like being around people, I love nothing more than being at home on my sofa with nobody bothering me. So all of those crowds seem to be in total opposition to what I need in life.

But there is something about that collective experience that would be magical to even the most die hard of introverts. It’s the singing along and the emotion and the joy that brings goosebumps to my skin.

I’ve not been to many festivals or concerts but I actually get quite emotional every time I’m at one because I feel like I’m connecting with everyone around me on a level I don’t normally feel in every day life. I even cried at the Disneyland light show because I could feel something bigger than myself, wrapping their arms around the whole audience of thousands. It felt as though our hearts were beating as one. If you can get that from the Lion King then I can only imagine what you must get from seeing a great artist at Glastonbury.

I hope that you are enjoying watching all of the old Glastonbury moments on TV this weekend and I hope that when this horrible virus is under control, that we can all gather together and have more magical moments.

Much Love

Rachel xx