Weatherman says goodnight.
I know I do have a penchant to loop albums and play certain tracks over and over again, but when it is translated into numbers and statistics, the results are somewhat… intimidating.
It is almost like unearthing tiny and negligible parts of yourself that you never quite knew were there in the first place – but upon putting them all together, it could bring forth a whole new meaning in its entirety.
But it really boggles the mind as to how quickly your music interests are supposed to elevate you to a certain status; it either makes you instantly worship-able, or makes you wonder why people have a tendency to raise their eyebrows before stifling a giggle even at your presence when you tell them you listen to the Spice Girls.
You tell people you read the Smiths – Ali and Zadie – and nothing happens. Throwing in Gaiman, Dick, Murakami, Wells, and Pratchett into the mix will perhaps induce a small “ahh” of approval. Small-time writer and relatively unknown publisher? Tough luck, then.
You tell people you cannot stop watching green codes scrolling down screens, dead ducks floating in ponds, or light sabres swishing in galaxies far, far away – and they will nod thoughtfully, share their favourite movies, possibly generate also a short discussion – and that will be that. Still, I think you do get extra points if you mention that you are a filmmaker on a tight budget currently looking into a dubious script, which you think will undeniably send the moral police after you should your now-still-yet-to-be-made-after-12-years movie passes the snippety-snip anyway.
But tell people that you play the, er, xylophone, harp and bass, and also listen to, say, (insert weird, unknown and not-easily-recognisable name of a band) and the result is almost instantaneous. Mention classical music, and you immediately think of rich, high-class socialites daintily holding their little black bags heading towards the music hall.
It is not quite stereotyping, really, but…
After all, some people managed to come up with names of groups to bring the people together, such as “Extensive Musical Taste”, “I Don’t Mean To Come Off As A Music Snob”, and uhm, “Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs to”.
Oh, I think I will fit like a glove in the “Introverted Lonely and Over-Sensitive” group, though.