Music, Christmas, Reddit and other Stories

Reddit is a hard place to deal with some times. There’s this problem there that people don’t seem to see the difference between creators and consumers. I like hanging out on Reddit but I’m not usually moved to comment or interact too much, I have to say I’m a bit of a lurker in that regard. But, when it comes to posting a link to one of my videos, there doesn’t seem to be any traction. I realise asking someone to watch a 3 minute video, is asking a lot (I’m not being sarcastic, I cringe sometimes when I see the 0:00/3:34 on a YouTube video) but videos that have been posted a hundred times before get 1000s of upvotes. I’m not asking for special treatment and I don’t feel I’m owed a single upvote, but it’s hard to get a gauge on things that might need to change in my work without any feedback. Blah. I don’t know. I’ll keep plugging away at it.

I’ve found a lot of interesting music recently. “Grey Tickles, Black Pressure” by John Grant is an excellent album. He was a guest on Comedy Bang Bang (possibly my favourite podcast) and played the eponymous (titular?) track and I went out and bought the album. It’s fantastic. It reminds me of Queen and David Bowie in the best possible way. “Red” by SONOIO is another great album. It’s been out for years but I’ve only just come across it. Synth heavy pop, very Nine Inch Nails but more positive and “happy”.
Other Music:
“La Di Da Di” by Battles. I loved their other albums but this one really didn’t grab me. I’ll probably try it again and it might grow on me but I really wasn’t feeling it the first time.
“Divers” by Joanna Newsome. Pretty good on repeated listenings but I can’t really see it entering my regular rotation. Unlike “The Milk-Eyed Mender” which I listen to regularly.

So, Christmas is over. I don’t have to deal with that noise for another year. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate Christmas but it is a pain. Although, considering I don’t host anything, I just turn up where I’m requested, eat food and get drunk it really shouldn’t be a hardship. I guess the trouble is that socialising takes a lot out of me and so much all at once is a bit stressful. This year was a pretty good one, as they go. Very relaxed all in all. My brother cooked goose, which was excellent, and then we went and played iPad Charades until 1am with my Girlfriend’s family.

Me and my girlfriend just moved in together which is excellent. It’s going really well so far. We’re still in the process of divvying up the housework but I think we’ll come to a good compromise. I’ve been so used to living alone it’s nice to have someone around to talk to. We just need to find a bit of a balance, because I do need quite a lot of alone time. Also, recording videos might be a bit tricky. We’ll sort something out, I’m sure.