Go on then. Have a Tom Waits track. Let’s see. mmmm. ‘Hold On’ from Mule Variations should do the trick. Genius.
Keith Kenniff is better known on this blog under his Goldmund guise due to his stunning 2010 record ‘Famous Places’. However, today’s tune comes from his other, more electronic, but equally awesome, project under the moniker Helios. The track is taken from the record ‘Caesura’ and is called ‘Hope Valley Hill’.
Musically, things have gone from bad to worse. Another pair of broken headphones has been followed by the sad news that my ipod – which I’ve had practically attached to my skin for around 5 years – appears to be dying a slow and painful death. I fully charge the battery regularly but of late it doesn’t take very long for that battery to die again. In fact, there can be about half the battery symbol still left on the ipod and the thing will suddenly, for no reason, claim there is no battery left and just stop playing.
This is a disaster. Broken headphones are one thing because I can always easily replace these with cheap ones if I have to. However, a broken or dead ipod is a nightmare scenario that I just don’t want to happen. 6,500 songs are on that machine. It’s travelled with me everywhere. It’s done the Edinburgh-Glasgow train journey countless times. It’s soundtracked almost every Trampoline night. It’s kept me sane at work when I’ve needed to shut everything out and just get on with writing reports. And now it’s dying. It’s not as simple as just going out and buying a new ipod either. They don’t cost twenty quid. So yes, the music at work saga continues at pace. Even if I went and bought new headphones now I still couldn’t listen to music. Sucks.
It’s planning quiz night tonight. Sounds dull doesn’t it? Well it’s not really. It is just a pub quiz amongst people in the office. Should be ok. The two hours of training I have this afternoon on legal things and sustainable urban drainage however…..
…..anyways, today’s tune is by Trespassers William and is called ‘Different Stars’ taken from the record with the same name.
Since I have no music to listen to, due to well documented headphone breakage, I am having to imagine songs in my head today. I started listening to David Darling last night, sounds amazing on first listen, but the song that is in my head right now is ‘Kamera’ by Wilco taken from my all time favourite record ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’. It’s a goody.
…this is awful. I have no idea how I ever managed without music in this place. I can hear everything. I can’t shut out the constant noise. I can hear the noisey people at the other end of the room laughing and talking. I can hear every phone conversation. I can hear every. little. noise. Damn you cheap headphones. Damn you to hell.
Mmm, well since I was listening to them this morning and not anything else since due to “earphonesgate” it’s going to have to be a tune by R.E.M for today. I could go for something new from their forthcoming record – which does sound like it could be awesome. However, I think I will go for something off my favourite R.E.M record ‘New Adventures in Hi-Fi’ and I will plum for opening track ‘How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us’ cause it’s great.