About the Music Devotee Blog

My name is Ruby Tuesday Smith, I'm 21 years old, and a Romany Gypsy. I am currently studying journalism at university.

I am a community reporter at the Liverpool Echo regional newspaper.

I also work at the Cavern Club, Liverpool.

I write for a magazine based in Hereford, called Travellers Times, and I review books for them as well as writing pieces to be published on their site. I am also a cultural adviser on series 5 of Channel 4's 'Ackley Bridge'.

I set up this blog because I wanted to write about what I love - music. I have a real passion for it, and my entire life revolves around song. I wanted to share my love for music with the world, but I didn't know the best way to do it. I want everyone to feel about music how I do.

Music helps me to cope with everyday life; I have high functioning autism, diagnosed only in 2017, which is quite late. Because of my late diagnosis, I didn't know a lot about how to cope, and it was like that until I got the diagnosis, and even after... but over the past few years, I've developed ways - and music helps me so much. With music, I can calm down. It's incredible, really. I can focus, and take myself out of daily life. Music allows me to take a deep breath and carry on without a meltdown.

What I really want is to be a journalist, though. This blog is kind of like my portfolio, but I do so much more beyond this. I want to be backstage at every gig and concert, sitting there with a list of questions talking to my heroes, past and present.

But I can't do all that... yet. This is step one on my long road to success. Thank you so much for sharing in it with me. Enjoy the blog, and please contact me with thoughts, queries and questions.


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