The bloggity blog has stuttered to a halt since I finished the 30 Days of Me challenge. So imma start a new challenge, based on things in my house and numbers. The concept came to me as I considered my small but delightfully formed record collection and the latest addition The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
So dearest bloggersphere – join me and make this challenge your own. There are only 12 topics so the commitment is pretty minor. Use the number questions as a starting point or keep it short and sweet. Make up your own titles. Get out your camera. Hashtag = #randomnumbers.
Randomness and humour are encouraged. Oversharing is banned. Photos make you blogs 47% cooler.
Blog 1: Music snobs
Look at your music library records, CDs, iTunes. How many albums do you have on each? How many hours on iTunes? Do you love any albums so much you have purchased them in multiple formats?
Blog 2: Shoes
How many pairs do you have? Breakdown into dressy, sporty, casual. Post a photo of your favourite pair and say why.
Blog 3: Look at me
How many photos of you are there on Facebook? (Tagged it shows when you go to your profile). Post one not the one that makes you hottest, but one that shows you having the most fun.
Blog 4: Drink up
How many bottles are in your liquor cabinet, cupboard, fridge? What’s your fave?
Blog 5: Help in the kitchen
How many kitchen appliances do you have? Which one couldn’t you live without?
Blog 6: Say cheese
How many types of cheese do you have in your fridge?
Blog 7: The city uniform
How many black tops do you own?
Blog 8: Magnetism
How many magnets are on your fridge and where did they come from?
Blog 9: Tea-totaller
How many types of tea do you have? If the answer is 0 what’s your alternative?
Blog 10: Green thumbs
How many pot plants (of a legal nature) do you have? What are they? How many are healthy? If yours are thriving what is your secret?
Blog 11: Bookworm
How many books do you own? How many library books do you have out? Any collections of authors (e.g. I own 27 Agatha Christie books). How many are currently living by your bed?
Blog 12: Collection
Is there something you are a collector of? What is it? Stamps? My Little Ponies? Tea pots? Power tools? How many do you have? How did you get started?
Yes, yes, she stared out in reality television, but now she’s a designer, a humanitarian and a New York Times bestselling author. So don’t judge me, I mean her, until you’re a bestseller. Great hair… naughty language. But the message is important… especially the bit about skinny jeans on guys. The lie has gone on too long! Nice one LC.
As Avalanche City, Avondale musician Dave Baxter has taken the idea of a solo project one step further with the release of Our New Life Above The Ground, an album he recorded at Kourawhero Country Community Hall in one week in April, playing all the instruments and recording the album himself.
Aiming to encourage wide distribution by releasing the album for free, Our New Life Above The Ground was released at 3pm on 11 October. The release was primarily promoted by a Facebook event invitation. By the following morning over a thousand downloads had taken place and the count reached 1745 by 3pm today.
The experimental folk-pop album is a departure for the musician who has previously played in hardcore bands One Must Fall and The Chase and made his living working in a recording studio as well as writing music for television and commercials and recording for bands including Trigger Theory and Arms Reach. He started teaching himself to sing a year before starting to record the album.
Baxter says that when he set out to record the album he tried to approach music from the point of view where anything could happen.
“I tried really hard to just let the songs go where it seemed they wanted to go. Whether it be just a single guitar and keys, or 40 floor tom drums pounding out the rhythm.
“For a lot of the songs I actually tried to stay away from the “band” sound, so although most of the songs have drums, they’re drums that aren’t played as a drum kit. I mic’ed up individual snares and played them as if they were their own instrument, and the same with the kick and the toms.
“One song I’d written on guitar and it just wasn’t working so I played the whole thing on glockenspiel and I think it really worked. It was just really nice to have freedom to try new things.
“For me the album was a real adventure and I was excited about trying new ideas and experimenting. I hope when you listen you can kind of hear that adventure in the songs.”
There are plans for Avalanche City to tour in January and at the same time release the cardboard cut out animation video for the album’s first track Love Love Love which is currently in production.
Day 30- Your favorite song
I may have commented that this ‘challenge’ asks some pretty intrusive questions and this final one is no exception. I will be judged by all, and even sundry, about my musical taste and what my choices say about my personality, psyche and indie hipster potential.
So, in view of my deep concern and chronic indecisiveness, I decided to go to the one place that wouldn’t tell a lie, and hope that it wouldn’t say something really embarrassing.
According to iTunes. My most played and therefore ‘favorite’ song is Intro, by the xx. Can a song called Intro be a ‘favorite’ song?
And that my lovelies, is the end of 30 Days of Me, a study in navel-gazing. Next up, 30 Days of Cheese.