I don’t normally win things. I can count on the fingers of one hand the things I have won in a competition. I once won a case of Smirnoff Mule from a competition in the back of a copy of GQ someone left on the train (That was a long time ago, I don’t think you can even get it any more). I won a copy of ‘Trainspotting’ (on VHS) with the very first edition of the now-defunct film magazine ‘Neon’, back when ‘Trainspotting’ was new. And just before Christmas I won a lap steel guitar on facebook.
A lap steel guitar is one played flat across the legs (or on a table) and you generally use a lump of metal – the steel – to fret the notes. It is commonly used in Hawaiian music, country (not to be confused with the pedal steel), and also in blues and rock.
All I did to win it was to click on a ‘enter the competition’ thing on Facebook. I’m normally wary of these, suspecting they are mostly used to harvest your email address to send spam to. Anyway, I got an email saying I’d won it, spent twenty minutes checking it was a genuine thing (paranoid, moi?) and then replied ‘yes please how soon can you send it me!!!’ (or similar).
You might notice from the video above that it appears to be surfboard shaped, and that my bedroom isn’t very tidy. You’d be right on both counts.
It had been suggested that I take my fantastic musical talents (sic) around the local pubs for years. For some reason, this year it actually happened. I don’t know I waited so long, my playing is pretty rusty now and my singing worse, but five years ago I was probably singing and playing the best I ever had. You will have to take my word for that, there is no evidence now.
I did three open mics, one a week. And managed to get some of my friends to capture these historical occasions on camera. come 2012, I will start again, with fresh songs and hopefully better singing.
This is the first song I did, at the first open-mic. It doesn’t come across so well, but I was crapping myself.
The next (but far from last) Saving Grace song from the Severn Cellars gig. I am having second thoughts about the weird yellow effect, but it’s really far far too late to change that now.
I’ve realised that the only way to get my brother’s band to add any content to their blog, is if I do it myself. And this is probably the way to go about it.
Youtube is always there, it has always been there. In Web terms it is elemental. Like rocks or the ocean, or something. Ebay too (Difference is, I never use Ebay, never quite know what I’m doing, what pitfalls exist to trap the unwary. And there are many, so I hear. And anyway, I can’t be bothered).
So, Youtube. Two things have happened: My USB dongle connection seems to be so much better these days – watching online video is actually possible, and I have started making my own movies. If you make your own movies, you need to find them a home, so that other people can see them and say “what is this shit? are there no hilarious cips ofcute kittens falling down the stairs while chasing a spider?!!“.
So I am trying to set up my Youtube ‘channel’, edit my tags, try to view statistics about my video which I can’t do because only 40 people have watched the wretched thing, and pick which pretty colour the page is. I am also trying to remember which clips I have seen that I want to add to my favourite list, in a vain – and futile – attempt to make me look cool.
Like this one, by Spoon:
Here it is : my first ever youtube video*. Yes, I know it isn’t very exciting, but I’ve got to start somewhere, eh?
*Well, the promo for The Saving Grace was the first, technically.
This is the ‘film’ I did for my friends in The Saving Grace as mentioned a couple of days ago. We are already planning the follow-up, although it will be couple of months before that happens.