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Can you tell the story of how you became a Sheerio? 🙂

Sure. This is actually something I had already written but haven’t shared before, but it fits your question, so… here you go. 🙂

My brother had been in prison for a few months when I heard Ed Sheeran’s music for the first time. I know that sounds like a weird way to start talking about music you like, and it’s certainly not something that I bring up a lot in the course of normal conversation, but I think sometimes in order for something to make a big impact on you, it has to come at exactly the right time in your life, and for me, the right time for Ed’s music was after my brother went away.

You have to understand that my family is very close, and nothing like this had ever happened to us before. We’re not perfect people by any means, but we love each other, and we try to live good lives and make good decisions, and my brother is a great guy by anyone’s standards. When he had to leave, it was humiliating and heartbreaking for all of us. I want to say that there was a hole in the place where my brother had been and we had to consciously tiptoe around it while going on with our lives as though nothing had changed, just pretending this massive hole hadn’t invaded our home, but to be honest it was only a little bit like that, because mostly our lives didn’t go on – at least, not in the way they had before. We hated for him to miss anything, so we didn’t do anything new or enjoyable. Couldn’t celebrate holidays because he wasn’t there. Couldn’t go on family vacations without him. My sister even avoided getting pregnant because she and her husband didn’t want to have a child while my brother was gone. The world went on around our family, but everything for us just froze, and we lived the same day over and over, waiting for him to come home.

I wish I could explain what it’s like to miss someone so deeply, the emptiness in your bones, the guilt you feel about any small happiness you experience that they cannot experience with you, all the moments that you have to tell yourself to just get through it, just bear it for one more day, then one more. Having to watch your mother tell herself the same thing. I know that I must be lucky that I haven’t ever had to live through something worse than two years of missing someone, but the fact is I cannot remember a sadder time in my life.

That’s where I was when I discovered Ed’s music. When I think about it now, I can only believe that it was all part of some big important plan, the universe somehow lining up just right for me to encounter these songs at the exact moment in my life when I was desperate for something beautiful. It sounds ridiculous to say that my brother went to prison so I could fall in love with something I found on Youtube one night, but I honestly didn’t even know I was capable of loving something so much until I found myself stuck in the longest moment of sadness, losing days that I can’t even recall now, except to say that they were days when my brother didn’t come home. Ed’s music was a revelation to me because it gave me something else to feel, because something in his voice made its way through my skin and convinced me that life can still move you even when your own life has stopped moving.

There is a difference, I think, between loving something and being happy. I can’t tell you that Ed’s music made me happy while my brother was gone, the same way I can’t say that it made me taller or changed the color of my eyes. But what I have learned about art  is that it doesn’t exist to make you happy. It exists to make you feel. It exists to connect you to the world, to other people, to prove that we are all human and that human beings need these connections in order to be whole. On the days when I felt nothing but the monotony of my own grief, my world was so small, and I was incomplete. But when I listened to Ed Sheeran sing so passionately about loneliness and heartbreak and love and what it is like to lose someone, I understood exactly what he was feeling – what so many people feel all over the earth all the time – and that understanding broadened my world and held me together. It’s not the same thing as feeling happy, but it was the most valuable thing I could have asked for at the time. His music is what made me complete.

It’s funny how you can live your life not realizing that a piece of yourself is missing until someone else comes along and sings it perfectly into place. How can you thank a person for that kind of gift? Is there a way?

Now that my brother is home, I don’t have to think about these things anymore, but there is something that keeps bringing me back to the place where I was when he was gone, something about the music that reminds me over and over how I have been changed by it. In my letters, I told my brother that I’d found something amazing that seemed to make the world bigger, and I wanted to share it with him but didn’t know how. He didn’t have the paper to write me back, but when I went to visit him, he sang a bit of one of Ed’s songs for me which he had heard on the radio. The image of my big brother sitting there across from me in his prison uniform with his hair buzzed short, softly singing The A Team, is something that will never leave me. He said he thought it was sad, and I told him yes, that it was very sad. But what I didn’t say to my brother, what I have never managed to put into words before now, is that I’m sure our mutual sadness brought us closer together, that this shared moment is something I know my heart will keep coming back to for the rest of my life, and that without these things to connect us, all anyone would ever be is alone on opposite sides of the glass, incomplete people occupying their own very small, very far apart worlds. 

Sorry to get a bit deep there, but it was something I was thinking about at the time. If you were looking for a short, more literal answer, what happened was that I was on youtube looking at sign language videos, and I found the music video for YNMIDNY. I was captivated by it. From there, I listened to a bunch of Ed’s songs and sort of fell in love with them. Never looked back. 🙂

Mate, what is with your sausages?! They’re not sausages, they’re circular burgers! Everywhere I go, like every time like you go to IHOP or something like that, it’s just like, you ask for sausages and you get a burger and you’re like… what? I think you, like Americans can do some… like cheeseburgers over here? A+. Pizzas over here? A+. Breakfast? SUCKS. Sucks. But actually, do you know what? You do pudding for breakfast quite well. You know when you have like, um, like a stack of pancakes with like cream on it and like strawberries? See, we’d have that for pudding. We’d have dinner in England and then eat that as dessert. You guys have it for breakfast. I love it. Dessert for breakfast [interrupting] sorry, dessert for breakfast is the way forward, I think. Do you know what? If you could do cheesecake for breakfast here, I’d definitely do that. Yeah! Or um, profiteroles! Do you have profiteroles here? Imagine that for breakfast. That and cheesecake for breakfast. I’d move here if that… yeah. Actually, no, you do salmon and cream cheese bagels quite well as well… I’ve really… we’ve gone off topic here, haven’t we?

N'awwww, that story was so sweet. Tell us another one?

Haha, I lost two followers after I posted that! But maybe no one will mind if I tell a little story about Ed. It goes like this:

Me: My first blanket was Game of Thrones. It’s the Stark banner – you know, white with a direwolf on it? 

Ed: That sounds amazing! I’m obsessed with Game of Thrones.

Me: Me too! 

*He holds out his fist, so I give it a bump* 

Ed: One of my really good friends is on that show. He plays Rob Stark. King in the North. 

Me: Are you guys friends? I mean, I knew you’d met because I saw pictures, but –

Ed: Oh, yeah! Close friends, man. He’s such a great guy.

Me: He seems like he would be.

Ed: Yeah, he’s really, really nice.

Me: I was kind of jealous when I saw you’d met him.

Ed: Haha, really?

Me: Yeah, but then I got to meet Jason Momoa, so I figure we’re even.

Ed: Jason… now, who is that?

Me: He plays Khal Drogo. He’s enormous! 

Ed: Oh, yeah! I heard he was in a band. Is that true?

Me: A band?

Ed: Yeah, I heard he was in like a punk band.

Me: *blank stare*

Ed: …No?

And the entire point of that story is: Ed Sheeran thinks Jason Momoa is in a punk band. The end. 😀

What is your favorite performance of Ed Sheeran?

Definitely this one, but I think Ed might have had a little throat bubble while he was singing. To be fair though, they’d all had a late night: 

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Best movie this week: Yesterday! Speaking of which, anyone know when "One Life" is going to be released!?

Such a fun movie!

Stuart says November. 🙂

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Hey Jen! How about another random fact about Ed? Miss the good old days.😉

Hello! So do I. 🙂

Here’s a random fact about Ed: Every time he writes a song and gives it to another artist to record, he makes sure he is on the recording somewhere. So when you’re listening to certain songs released by other musicians, you can often hear Ed doing backing vocals or playing guitar and you might not even realize it! 

My favorite instance of this is on Strip That Down, which Ed wrote for Liam Payne. In it, the weirdly low voice that goes, “Strip that down, girl, love when you hit the ground,” is actually Ed Sheeran’s voice distorted. You can listen here at about the 1:20 mark:

I know a lot of fans already know it’s Ed’s voice on this track, but it still makes me laugh just about every time I hear it, so I like to point it out whenever I can. 🙂

A much more subtle example – one that’s actually pretty hard to hear – is the song Ed wrote for Hilary Duff. It’s called Tattoo, and he does backing vocals. This is one of my favorite songs that Ed has given to another artist, with one of my favorite lyrics he’s written: “I’m burning like the wire in lightbulbs.” I really wish he’d kept this one for himself, but Hilary does do a great job with it. This is what she told MTV News about working with Ed: 

Sheeran did all the background vocals on the song after waking her up in the middle of the night to record the track. “He vocally produced it and came in the booth with me,” she recalled. “I was really intimidated because, normally, they don’t do that, so I kept looking up and being like, ‘You’re Ed Sheeran and I’m singing the song that you wrote and I want to do right by it.’”

“It was awesome and then he, in like 15 minutes, did all the low stuff and the harmonies and the background,” she continued. “He just musically has to put in no effort it seems; it’s just him.”

Have a listen to the song right here. Isn’t it gorgeous? 

My favorite movie I saw this week was TALTBILB. Do you know what time Ed goes on stage in his US tour?

That’s such a cute movie! I watched it the other day. 

Ed’s set has been starting at 9pm during his US stadium tour. 🙂 

hey huge fan of your blog but I was wondering if you could link me to some of your favorite ed performances? (:

Hello! I’m glad you like the blog. 🙂 

I get questions like this all the time, where people want me to link my favorite performances or the best performances, and it’s such a hard question to me because I really think Ed gives it his best every single time he performs, so you’ll almost never see a video of him performing that isn’t good or doesn’t measure up to all the other ones, you know? So, since all the performances are just as great as each other, my favorites are always going to be based on kind of silly things, like… well, like what he was wearing, or how his hair looked, or which song he threw in a piece of, or the way he smiled and tilted his head. I feel kind of stupid going, “This is my favorite because look at what his foot does!” or something like that, haha, but I also feel kind of lame going, “I don’t have a favorite because they’re all great!” which is really how I feel. 

So um. Okay, I’ll list a few videos I like, but this is in no way a complete list, and it’s based on completely arbitrary things, and if someone asked me the same thing again tomorrow, I would probably have a completely different answer. Basically, here are some random Ed performances that I like:

[Fulham Broadway] – I love this song, and I think this is the only youtube video there is of him performing it.

[YNMIDNY] – I like this one because he puts in Everybody in the Club Gettin’ Tipsy from 4:39 to 5:02, and he just looks so proud of it. xD

[In the Blue Room] – This one is so funny to me because he puts in Hiphoppopotamus and Rhymenoceros from Flight of the Conchords at around 4:43, and that’s one of my favorite things ever. 

[All My Life] – Okay, don’t make fun of me, but even though I love Ed’s version of this song, the real reasons I like this video so much are as follows: The way he tilts his head back and forth when he sings “Evian” at 1:48 and “here” at 2:19, and his expression when he closes his eyes to sing the “say what, say what” part at about 3:30. 

[Feeling Good] – This is sexy. I just watched it twice and shivered both times, no lie. Leave me alone.

[YNMIDNY at Glastonbury] – I love this because he looks like he’s having so much fun! Also it’s got Pass Out in it, which I like a lot. And a cameo from Murray. And… I don’t think Ed is wearing shoes?

[YNMIDNY at KDWB’s Jingle Ball] – The tongue roll thing at 10:08. This is also the video I practiced with to finally learn all the words to the extended version of this song.

[Give Me Love in the Live Room] – My favorite version of my favorite song. Ever. This is the one in my blog autoplay.

[Wonderwall] – So… this is just beautiful. 

[Volcano] – I’m obsessed with this cover. 

Um, I’m going to stop here before I end up linking all of Ed’s youtube videos. If there are any videos here that you haven’t seen yet, drop everything and watch them now! And if you want to watch some other good Ed Sheeran performances, I recommend just going to youtube and clicking on stuff with his name in it, because… I mean, you won’t find something you don’t like. 🙂

I will now someday make an mpreg ed sheeran fic. who do you think the daddy should be?

A steak. 

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I think it’s pretty clear that Ed Sheeran wants to mother a steak-baby.

How many bro tats does Ed have and who are they with and what are they please?

Oh, this is a good question! He has a lot of them, so let me think… I might accidentally leave some out. 

Ed got a little star on his elbow with his cousin Jethro (Alonestar), and Jethro got a plus on his chest for Ed:

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Ed got Pingu with Harry Styles while Harry got the word Pingu:

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Ed and Phoebe Dykstra traded “meow” and a pawprint:

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Ed and Jovel both got the Random Impulse logo:

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Ed and John Mayer drew these “kool guy” and cat tattoos for each other:

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Ed and the members of Rixton got “Ladz on tour” tattoos together: 

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Ed and Foy Vance got the words to Guiding Light in each other’s handwriting:

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Johnny McDaid has the same Guiding Light lyrics (I read somewhere that the song was actually written about Johnny’s father) and he drew Ed’s family tree tattoo: 

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Ed and Jordan and Harley from Rizzle Kicks got Fresh Prince tattoos together. Jordan got Fresh, Ed got Prince, and Harley got “on the playground is where I spent most of my days”: 

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Ed got puzzle pieces tattooed in a chain around his left arm, and a bunch of his friends got corresponding puzzle piece tattoos, including Stuart. Here’s Stuart showing his, which you can just barely make out as a smudge at the top of his arm because it’s a terrible quality photo:

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Ed also has some other tattoos that represent some of his friends or experiences he’s had with his friends, but I’m not sure if they have corresponding tattoos or not, so I don’t know if they count as official bro tats. And of course several of Ed’s friends got plus sign tattoos when + was released, so I suppose those are bro tats?

Anyway, these are the ones that I thought of right off the top of my head. If you can think of more, remind me and I’ll add them! 🙂