Carmel Sylvan

Carmel Sylvan

I am a 26 year old quirky individual from South Africa. I love music, reading, writing, sport, inspirational people places and things. I am an empath, so I am expressive and feed off others' emotions. I keep God first...always.

  • Carmel Sylvan
    Published 3 months ago
    Travel Tracks for the Long Road Ahead

    Travel Tracks for the Long Road Ahead

    A group of buddies, a car with good mileage, and a great playlist is all you need when travelling far from home. Here are the 10 songs that will most definitely make your journeys from here on out, memorable.
  • Carmel Sylvan
    Published 3 months ago
    Restarting the Rebuilding of Manchester United

    Restarting the Rebuilding of Manchester United

    Six years and counting; that is the number of years since we last won the title. It appears that the league left with the old gaffer, and so has the identity of Manchester United. Gone are the days of Stratford End goals that secured titles, gone are the players who truly played for the pride of the shirts on their backs. In this new era of footballers, social media fame is dominant, dodgy agents are prominent, and outrageous transfer fees have crippled the modern market. Has United fallen prey to this millennial madness? It unfortunately has. After Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013, United have become a mid-class club battling for fourth place against Arsenal, and the fans have to travel to unknown European cities due to the Europa League. The downfall began when the greatest football manager hung up his coaching boots. David Moyes was Sir Alex's first successor, but he did not exceed expectations. The club was too big for his mentality, even Di Maria's standards dropped at his time at the club. Then came the Dutch dragon, Louis Van Gaal. He was as stubborn as an ox, too critical of his players, and very dutch-football based. Lastly, was the special one, Jose Mourinho. He brought some stability, but he also brought defending tactics that were outdated, and made Man United very boring to watch. He was your 'draw rather than score' type of manager, and although he did manage to get us two trophies, it only painted over the cracks that were deeply felt due to the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. Who were the cracks you might ask? it was the old players left by the previous managers, and the greed of the club investors, the Glazers. This was only adding to United's woes.
  • Carmel Sylvan
    Published 3 months ago
    Too Cool for New School

    Too Cool for New School

    Velvety vocals, a Prince'esque falsetto, and good looks to match, David DeBrandon Brown, better known as Lucky Daye, is definitely one to watch in 2019. The Motown feel is prominent as he sings effortlessly over a live band. Born and raised in New Orleans, Daye did not have the typical childhood of a southern boy, but rather a bizarre background, he was raised in a religious cult. The following lived in isolation and banned everything deemed secular, including music. Throughout his childhood, Daye discovered that he had a natural ability that involved music. He would make melodies from Dr. Seuss books and sing them in his alone time. As music was making a way into his life, Lucky craved what was beyond the constricted boundaries of all he had ever known. He was rebellious in a desperate plea to express himself and that made him go against the grain. This, later on, caused his mom to leave the cult and it put a strain on his relationship with his mother and his loved ones. Daye turned to the one thing that always captivated him, music. He was introduced to classic r&b and soul music via records. He was in awe as he soaked up the sounds of Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, etc. and that was where his influence blended into his own sound. He lived life, fell in and out of love, and garnered inspiration from every heartbreak as he poured his heart out and converted them into lyrics. He had begun to explore the entertainment business and had sung for other artists as a background vocalist. Later on, he shared his writing abilities and became a songwriter under the alias D.Brown. He has writing credits for Neyo, Mary. J. Blige, Ella Mai, Boyz II Men, and more. He gained experience as he was building his own project. He wanted an artist name for himself and came up with Lucky Daye. The inspiration for the 'e' in Day came from one of his idols, Marvin Gaye. He considered himself lucky, as well as blessed every day, hence his stage name.