It’s been a funny old week; with a thousand and one things buzzing through my head and banging themselves repeatedly on the glass in an attempt to get outside. None have really settled.
That’s the problem sometimes when you’ve posted something you were very pleased with, like when I wrote the short story about Lois Lane – how the hell do you follow that?
So this week, where I had originally planned to bring you a short story I have in mind, I have instead decided to just muse on a few of the random thoughts that have rattled around the cavernous and mostly empty inner recesses of my brain and see if anything hits a familiar nerve.
Like music. I was thinking this week that the music industry needs a right kick up the arse. For years now it’s been complaining that music pirates and free downloads are ruining the music industry, when what they actually mean is that it’s cutting into their profits. Sadly they are almost entirely wrong.
What’s changed is our perception of music and how we interact with it: when I first started buying music it meant a half hour trip into town on the bus, followed by a walk around the shops looking for the best price, taking your 12” of vinyl home, placing it into your dad’s record player (basically a box with two knobs on the front), discovering their was a scratch on track 8 or that it was warped and repeating the process ad infinitum. By the time you finally had a record that worked you were determined to give it time to grow on you no matter what. Whereas today, when we can download whole albums from our computer we are far less inclined to give time to those 24 minute experimental jazz tracks we would have previously described as “a brave attempt to do something different”. Because it is less tangible, we are less affected by it. Still: now that we’re officially in a recession there should be something for the teenagers of today to actually moan about and, hopefully, a couple of new bands worth talking about.
Secondly, and still on the subject of music, I’ve been worrying about that woman off Britain’s Got Talent: Susan Boyle.
By now there will be few people outside of Martians and un-contacted tribes of the Upper Amazon who have not heard of her – but for anyone who doesn’t know Susan Boyle may well be the long-lost twin sister of Oscar The Grouch from Sesame Street and have been abandoned as a child and raised by wild Badgers…at least that’s what I assume from her personal grooming. Susan arrived on BGT wearing a dress that looked like it had been made from an old tent and surprised everyone on the planet by not sounding like a foghorn that had been dropped down the steps of a lighthouse.
All fair to her: and you shouldn’t go judging people on how they look – but I wonder at how much of this was set up for us as viewers. Did Simon Cowell know she sounded like that before hand? Very probably. What worries me more is that on these talent shows there is now a fad for people going on, being rubbish, and then shouting abuse back at the judges. It’s as if it’s equally good to be famous for being useless as it is for actually achieving something – as long as the end goal of being famous for fifteen minutes is achieved. I wonder what kind of moral yard stick we are setting for ourselves.
Thirdly: Swine Flu. Very serious, but I refuse to join the masses and start panicking every time someone pulls out a tissue. True: lots of people are very ill and some have died – possibly more: but it’s all just pissing into the Nile when you compare it to the amount of kids that die from malaria EVERY DAY in Africa. Maybe we need some perspective before jumping on the next Panic Bandwaggon?
Also: I was thinking about how photo-booths are no fun anymore now that they’ve gone digital. Back In The Day you used to have to sit there for four separate photos when you wanted to get a new passport – the only plus being that you could crowd all your mates into the booth for the last frame and take a fun picture. Now that the digital image is re-produced four times exactly the same we have lost our chance to do this: maybe I should start a campaign to bring them back?
I’ve also embarked on my latest madcap scheme and – being me – have attempted to start by throwing myself into the deep end marked “shark infested”
I won’t go into the details here – as you can view my “open letter to” on my new sister-site “Houses In Motion”, but if any of you would like to help I present the song titles below and you may feel free to comment on any or all of the below as to what immediate images spring to mind
Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
What Did Your Last Servant Die Of?
Don't Be So Hard
A Million Miles
All This and More
Getting Nowhere Fast
My Favourite Dress
Something and Nothing
It's What You Want That Matters
Give My Love to Kevin
Anyone Can Make a Mistake
You Can't Moan, Can You?
All About Eve
Nobody’s Twisting Your Arm
I set up the second blog because I wanted to keep my arts projects separate from my usual random musings, but you should probably understand that it will be updated less often than this one.
I’ve also been thinking about my upcoming course in just under 2 weeks time (more of which after the event) and been looking forward to some cycling over the upcoming Bank Holiday – assuming it doesn’t rain.
Additionally I’ve been thinking about getting my hair cut again: but am not happy with my barber, as they have imposed an appointments-only scheme on Saturdays. It is against the fundamental laws of nature for men to make hairdresser’s appointments: one should turn up, assess the queue and then either sit there for hours reading magazines one has no interest in or go home and try again the next week: this is The Nature Of Things
Finally I have been continuing to attempt to write my novel, but struggling with writer’s block. My way through this at present is to try and sit down at least 2-3 times a week and write something – even if the end result is rubbish I should still have a starting block from which to run. To additionally try and break the stress of finishing what has increasingly become known as That Damned Novel I have started some work on my next project so that I can switch when I get really, really stuck.
So – that’s what’s been going through my head. Feel free to feedback on these thoughts or provide your own random dialogue on your lives. Sorry it’s been so random, but I’m sure you’re used to that by now!