Project Mercury

This post is a bit off topic for me, but since this is a lifestyle blog, I was hoping you would indulge me a little in my love of music. I’m one of those people who always has music with me. I have my full library on my iPhone, I listen to carefully curated playlists while I work and if I’m in the house alone, music trumps TV every time.

Today, the nominations for the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize were announced. I pretty much have the date marked in my diary. So now begins a process I do every year; I listen to each of the 12 nominated albums from start to finish on Spotify. I may not like each one, they might not all be to my particular taste, but listening to every single track has almost become a ritual of sorts. In previous years, it has introduced me to artists I never knew existed. I’m hoping this year will be the same.

Are any of you music lovers?


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  • http://twitter.com/oddlylovely Cat

    Honestly, I feel kind of weird admitting I’m not a big music person! I like it on car rides or at a dance party, sure, but given the choice I’ll usually listen to an audiobook or have the TV on in the background. Lately I’ve been really into the mid-century female blues singers, though. They were soooo sultry and talented!


  • chiara

    I have friends that aren’t that music either and they always talk about how good audiobooks are. I’d never really considered listening to a book before, but will need to give it a try. Oh and I do love a bit of female blues … there’s just so much emotion going on!x

  • http://www.hollandsreverie.blogspot.com Chelsea

    I am and I so want to be more, but to be honest when I turn it on and the kids are asking me a million questions and there’s chaos in the background I start to feel like the walls are closing in on me a bit;) so I haven’t listened to it just a ton since I’ve had all my wee ones, and am totally out of the loop now


    • chiara

      I don’t have any kids Chelsea, but a few of my friends do and they say the same as you, that it can be difficult to concentrate on it. I’m sure I’ll experience that one day :-)

  • http://www.somethingshavehappened.blogspot.com Siobhan

    I also love music as I am sure you might have guessed. I am interested in the list this year, some of them seemed quite dull to me but I will be revisiting them to see what my decision will be.

    • chiara

      I was hoping you would comment on this Siobhan, as I know how much you like your music too! I am slowly working my way through listening to all of the nominees. I agree, the list wasn’t as impressive as it has been in previous years, so it will interesting to see who takes the crown x