July 13, 2007


Is it freaky or weird not to have much interest in music?

Most bloggers, I have noticed, have a section dedicated to what music they're interested in or which bands they enjoy - alternatively, they have something like SwissToni's "Earworms of the Week".

Me? I barely know the names of the tracks being played let alone have enough for an "Earworms of the Month".

Only two bands particularly shine out for me:

1) Gwen Stefani.

Pretty much whatever she does, I like. I stuck her original album onto an mp3 player and listened to it when going to work and I liked what I heard. Occasionally, she does an annoying track with grating girl-like screeches but that's easily forgiven.

2) Sol Invictus.

A Neofolk/Folk Noir "band", I've had a hankering for them ever since my elder brother introduced me to them back in 1991 - indeed, my avatar piccie is taken from them.

They're not really a band in the main sense; the lead singer, Tony Wakeford, sings and does some percussion work, and there are numerous guest musicians who are invited to join in on the work.

I did once play the music to some Old Ealonians, which was a pretty bad mistake. These two Old Ealonians did not easily understand that Sol Invictus was not about making money but about making music.

"They should get a professional Singer to do the lyrics"

Yes and quite possibly get a professional band to play the music as well, yes?

Anyway, I like them but it's not the sort of thing you can normally bring up in a music conversation/discussion:

"So, what bands do you like?"

"Oh, I like [insert name of band]."

"Hmm, I like [different name of band]"

"Nice one. What about you Crucifer?"

Oh, I like Sol Invictus.

"Mm? Who? Anyway..."

So, back to my original question. Is it freaky or weird not to have much interest in music?

July 06, 2007

Back to the drawing board #2

Right after my last post (on the monday before last), one of my old work colleagues rang me.

"Hey, I heard you were out of work. Do you fancy coming back here? We really need some help and everyone here remembers your work!"

I'm not entirely sure how he managed to find out I was out of work. At that point in time I only told one other guy about my being let go, so I'm guessing it was him. Presumably he told one of his mates where I used to work, and word spread verbally.

The fact that they wanted me back perked me up a lot. I don't think I did that good a job there, swapping enthusiasm for technical skills but it seems they think I did a wonderful job.

So, after informing the guy hiring me that I was really looking for permanent work (better to be honest and open, is my motto), I sent off my details via the recommended contract agency.

30 minutes later and I was hired. The agency rep, who's never met me, had to go through standard agency policy and pull me in for an interview, even though he had the contract signed up and ready to go.

In that interview, he confessed that this was the fastest hire he's ever had. He didn't even know I existed an hour before I rang and an hour later, I'm not only on his books but I'm pulling in a decent amount of pay!

The good news is that everyone here is aware of my current dilemma - I'm still looking for permanent work but doing the contract until I manage to get it sorted. In the meantime, this place gets another contractor who knows the ropes for a bit longer.