Getting vacation ready

Come monday, as my daytime job situation has improved immensely, I’m gonna have my first two weeks of proper vacation in forever. No travel per se planned, a few concerts and events, but really just time off. I chose my birthday week and the one following as I’ve worked on the day of my birthday the past five years and this year; well I just don’t wanna!

It’s gonna be good. I’m probably going to immerse myself in recording, but by choice, I’ve been looking forward to it. My co-workers, bless them, they like my music, but they really know nothing about that world. One of my co-workers is so proud when she gets a cultural reference, and she calls me her culture-encyclopedia. Nice, but not that challenging. And I’ve recently gotten a new Joni Mitchell album, going round the clock in my car. I was driving on the job, and another co-worker went; “oh, she sounds like you!” I tried to explain, purely musically but in layman terms, the difference between us and the answer was: “I really don’t know, I like ballads and Celine Dion. Your stuff is good, though!”

Well. As I said, bless ’em. Lovely? Yes. Challenging? Not so much. I might watch a few Gilmore Girls episodes to get in the groove, now that show presents some good reference trivia for the musician! Later on, I have some plans to challenge myself even more, but I won’t tell you for a while. In the meantime, have some bra-less, newly showered me realizing Spongebob’s eyes have a horribly apt position…

A girl’s first vinyl

I finally saved up and got myself a handsome stereo that plays vinyl! A bit overdue as a musician, I know, but hey, I wanted to think about it, save up and shop around. I decided on one of those retro designs, they may not be the bestest on the market but this one actually plays old 78 records! And yes, I have old 78 records, loads of them, actually, saved them from my maternal grandfather’s estate. Seemed such a shame to waste some really good ones. And hey, while we’re talking quality and buying, my CD stereo in the kitchen is this cheap little thing from Claes Ohlsons that I’ve had for 6 years and it works perfectly, speakers and all. I’ll probs sell it off cheaply in one of those fb sale groups, there’s always someone who wants to make a bargain on these things.

I visited a thrift shop and here’s my first vinyl; Mahalia Jackson. She sings christmas songs (Weinachtslieder), so of course I won’t play it til december, but she’s my honourable first buy and probably my first ever cool christmas record. Since, you know, nothing says cool like christmas record. I’ll have to shop around for a cool first record I can actually play in July. Suggestions range from Bowie to Zeppelin, and while they are a fine group of gentlemen I listen to on occasion I think I’ll do something a bit more “me”.