Welcome to another HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, that re-occurring feature where I ask a person of the internet to give us all some recommendations from their top shelf of life's 5 most important categories: Music, TV/Film, Books, Internet-ing, and ANYTHING (to make sure all bases are completely covered).
Today we're joined by Pip Hall, the latest signing to My Little Empire and at 16 years old, the youngest person to fill out one of these HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Q&As. Her new single "Devil You Don't" premiered on The Line Of Best Fit a few days ago, so go give that a spin and follow her on Twitter / like on Facebook, and once you're done with that, scroll downwards to check out Pip's tips for better living.
#1 - WHAT IS THE ONE ALBUM (OR EP OR SONG) THAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE THE VERY NEXT MUSICAL THING THAT EVERYONE PRESSES PLAY ON THE NEXT TIME THEY FIND THEMSELVES THINKING “WHAT SHOULD I LISTEN TO NOW”?
I listen to so much music, new, old, whatever has a good groove and gives me a break from the reality of my boring teenage life. There's only one song that comes to mind that instantly gets me in the mood to dance and embarrass myself in front of whomever has the pleasure of witnessing my remarkable floor routine and that is 'Put A Light On' by Generationals.
#2 - WHAT IS THE ONE MOVIE OR TV SHOW THAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE NEXT IN EVERYBODY’S NETFLIX QUEUE (OK, DOESN’T HAVE TO BE NETFLIX, WE’RE ALL INTERNET ADULTS HERE AND KNOW HOW TO FIND ANYTHING ONLINE, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER)?
I'm not a massive TV addict, I prefer sitting down and watching a film in the comfort of my own bed. However, I have to jump on the 'Game Of Thrones' band wagon as I am well and truly hooked. I was a latecomer to the franchise and started watching after the 3rd season but I'm a huge fan none the less. Plus, who doesn't love a bit of Jon Snow!
#3 - I (AND BY “I” I MEAN “THE PERSON THAT IS READING THIS”) AM GOING TO THE BOOK STORE (OK, PROBABLY AMAZON) TO FIND THE VERY NEXT BOOK THAT I WILL BE PUTTING SOME EXTREMELY VALUABLE ‘ME-TIME' ASIDE FOR. WHICH BOOK WOULD YOU GET, IF YOU WERE ME (AND, I SUPPOSE, YOU HADN’T ALREADY READ WHAT YOU’RE ABOUT TO SUGGEST)?
Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins. I came across this book online when I'd ran out of good reads and was searching for another. I don't usually buy books online because I like the experience of trawling through shelves of books looking for a gem, but I don't regret my online purchase one bit.
#4 - WHAT IS THE ONE WEBSITE (OR JUST ANY OLD INTERNET THING: APP, GIF, SERVICE, WHATEVER) THAT YOU WOULD GET REALLY DOWN IN THE DUMPS ABOUT IF IT WERE TO SUDDENLY GO AWAY?
There's so many apps and videos I couldn't live without but my saving grace has to be bandcamp. Without it I wouldn't have been able to start putting my music out to people and the amount of amazing bands and artists I have found on there is astonishing. About 40% of my music library is awesome people I've found on bandcamp.
#5 - AND FINALLY… PLEASE GIVE ONE COMPLETELY UNAIDED RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD START DOING / USING / WATCHING / EATING / THINKING / QUITING / ETC-ING TO MAKE THEIR LIVES A LITTLE BIT MORE BETTER AND/OR BEARABLE.
I find that taking time away from my phone and social media allows me to truly and properly relax. Even though the internet is a marvellous creation and as a teenager I'm almost expected to go on my phone 24/7, I find it so nice not being sucked into a never ending black hole of celebrities, dog filters and Harambe memes.
OK folks, there you have it. Things that Pip thinks you should consider incorporating into your day/life. Before you go turn your phone off, follow Pip on Twitter / like on Facebook / check out her Bandcamp page. And maybe we'll see you back here next week for some more recommendations from someone else?