Beautiful Abstraction.

Art and colour are full of beautiful abstracts, but it’s the abstraction of abstract art that makes art unique and interesting.

I love art because of the vibrancy it brings. I love art because it’s not about the details that make the art interesting, rather it’s the time and effort someone has taken to make that art piece a masterpiece.

Art is a beautiful abstraction in itself considering that it’s colourful, vibrant like technicolour, but like drops of paint on a canvas. Every colourful drop of paint on a canvas makes up the masterpiece that is produced.

I know, this is probably the craziest article you will have read, but I see art as a form of expression, not just as a drawing or painting. A beautiful abstraction in the world of art from my eyes is being able to express yourself artistically, whether it would be using a pencil or paintbrush, expressing your emotions, your creativity and your hard work and effort go a long way even if it takes time.

Art, to me, is a time-lapse of hard work. Art is a journey, but a time-lapse of hard work in the art world is the beginning of the artistic masterpiece which progresses to the conclusion of the finished masterpiece.

To rush art is a waste. To take all the time in the world to produce art in small leaps and bounds now and then can make that artwork that’s produced carefully with care and precision a true work of art and also as a true masterpiece.

A delayed masterpiece is a true work of art. A rushed masterpiece is a waste, but a delayed masterpiece is better than no masterpiece.

Art is inspiring and I hope that this inspired you.

Alex Smithson

÷ (Deluxe) / Ed Sheeran is Back!

After a three-year break from music, and after his hotly anticipated second studio album became the most streamed album on Spotify and other music services, Ed Sheeran is back with his third studio album, ÷. Shape of You really sets the tone of his latest album, because it has a unique vibe that really sets the mood you want to experience when listening to this album.

As it is the first ever vinyl record I have owned, I feel so honoured to go retro for the first time, because the original vinyl discs initially ceased production many, many years ago, but it’s only been in the last few years that vinyl has made a comeback and I am pleased to say that ÷ is my first ever vinyl record I have purchased.

How many tracks are on ÷?

There are 16 tracks on the Deluxe version of ÷ and here is the official tracklist:

  1. Eraser
  2. Castle on the Hill
  3. Dive
  4. Shape of You
  5. Perfect
  6. Galway Girl
  7. Happier
  8. New Man
  9. Hearts Don’t Break Around Here
  10. What Do I Know?
  11. How Would You Feel (Paean)
  12. Supermarket Flowers
  13. Barcelona
  14. Bibia Be Ye Ye
  15. Nancy Mulligan
  16. Save Myself

What comes with the Deluxe Boxset?

In the Deluxe Boxset for ÷, these are the items that come with the album:

  • 12” x 12” premium hardcover book with photos, lyrics and artwork
  • 2 x heavyweight blue vinyl, exclusive to this edition of the album
  • Deluxe CD album
  • Silver plated Divide charm and necklace, packaged separately
  • Deluxe digital album sent to you at release
÷ (Deluxe) / Ed Sheeran / Official Album Artwork © Asylum Records, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records, Gingerbread Man Records & Ed Sheeran
÷ (Deluxe) / Ed Sheeran / Official Album Artwork
© Asylum Records, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records, Gingerbread Man Records & Ed Sheeran

My Review of ÷ (Deluxe)

This album brings out Ed Sheeran’s unique and interesting side to his music, You can’t quite help but think just how much ÷ gives you life. When he released Shape of You, straightaway, it brought along with it its own vibe where you would remember it, not just for Ed himself singing, but because of the fact it has that eccentric and realistic appeal that you want. With Ed Sheeran’s previous album, X (Multiply), that album brought about love and respect and courage, which is why we love Ed Sheeran, I too love Ed Sheeran, not just because he has tugged at our heart-strings, but because he’s made us realise that there is life and love even in the darkest places, and for me, ÷ carries that message too, but also goes on to add that with love, respect, courage, compassion and support, the world can be a better place.

This album gives me life!

Ed Sheeran is a living legend in my eyes because his music is timeless and will never date, but you begin to appreciate life a whole lot more after you’ve listened to ÷ because you can relate and share the same feelings that he has as a musician. Not only that, but his music is eccentric and brings positivity to the table, which is what this world needs and I take my hat off to Ed Sheeran. ÷ is a masterpiece, in fact, +, X & ÷ are all masterpieces and Ed Sheeran is a legend!

If you haven’t already, I strongly recommend you purchase ÷, you will not be disappointed. ÷ is such a perfectly crafted album and Ed Sheeran has produced another exquisite masterpiece that is worth purchasing.

If you enjoyed my review of Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Deluxe) album, please feel free to comment below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Alex Smithson

© Asylum Records, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records, Gingerbread Man Records & Ed Sheeran, 2017

© The Divide Album Artwork & Complete Tracklist are all copyright of Asylum Records, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records, Gingerbread Man Records & Ed Sheeran. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

÷ Album Rating: 10/10

Your Life is a Sensational & Remarkable Masterpiece.

Your life is a sensational and remarkable masterpiece. Why? Because it is. Your life is sensational because you have decided to be you and have decided to forget what other people think of you, and you are also a remarkable masterpiece as well, because not only have you decided to be yourself, but you have also proved that you are 10,000 times better than they will ever be.

There comes a time in life where you just begin to think:

I don’t care what you think of me, and I don’t care how you choose to see me, but at the end of the day, I’m better than you are and I know for a fact that I’ve gone far in life and you haven’t because you chose to cause trouble for yourself and for the people around you, but guess what? You’re only missing out and you’re only bringing this all on yourself if you set yourself up to have a bad life. Take a good look at the people around you and realise that they are far better than you are because they gave the likes of people like you respect, even when you didn’t give them respect back, and because they’ve gone far, not only have you taken the people around you for granted, but you’ve also taken yourself for granted. Maybe it’s about time you started to respect those around you, and it’s about time you started doing the right thing, and maybe, just maybe, you might see things in a better light.

I have felt like that on some occasions over the years, and I’ve realised that if someone has decided to do nothing but bully me, I just rise above it and know that I’m far better than they are, and I’ve realised that because I’ve not given a damn about those who decided to bully me, I’ve realised that at the end of the day, I don’t need those kind of people, and I can just be myself and not give a damn about those who decided to treat me differently. At the end of the day, if that person doesn’t want to treat you right, it’s their lookout if their own life goes down the drain.

Your life, however, is a sensational and remarkable masterpiece in its own, and is of precious value, and always realise that your life is far more important than you think, and for those who think it’s okay to treat you like something they’ve trodden in, at the end of the day, at least you can hold your head up high and know that you achieved and did well for yourself, knowing that despite what you’ve had to go through, you’ve come out of it all a better person.

Take this from me:

“It takes a lot of courage, a lot of strength, but most importantly a lot of determination to carry on after being kicked to one side by some, but it’s being able to carry on and being able to be strong-willed that can really prove you to be the best person you can be. Be the better person you can be, and don’t be the version that some want you to be. Be yourself, and just focus on becoming the better person, and that success of yours will eventually pay off in the end.” – Alex Smithson

I believe wholeheartedly that all of our lives are sensational and remarkable masterpieces, as we don’t realise that we create a good path for ourselves that only we can leave our mark on, and not just that, but because I see all of our lives as being sensational and remarkable masterpieces, I believe that it’s best that we make the most of our lives the best we can, because after all, our lives are worth living, and never give up on your dreams. Even if it means working extra, extra hard and going the extra mile, then that’s all that matters. As long as it makes our lives better, than that’s all that matters.

One more thing…never give up, and concentrate on you, and only you, and prove you’re the best you can be, and never let anyone stand in your way.

If you found this article inspiring, please feel free to submit feedback below. Your feedback is much appreciated :-).

Alex Smithson