Today was a typical day. I had a real bad night's sleep, suffering from my
usual irrational dreams. This one one of the worst, which ended up with me
walking round the carpark outside my flat wearing only a dressing gown. Don't
ask me why. Something about a fire-alarm that I hadn't been bothered to take
notice of, and I thought I heard people calling for me, etc etc. Weird. Not
as weird as the time a couple of years back when I had the irresistable urge to
throw the duvet out of the window, and then had to extremely subtly go and
fetch it back in again, when of course it was tipping it down with rain
outside... Anyway, I didn't sleep well, but it was OK, as we had agreed the
evening before we would start work late this morning.
The day itself passed quite quickly, with the regular event of trawling through
all the myriad e-mails, usenet articles, voice-mail messages, fan-mail etc;
discovering that the long-lost multitrack tapes for our next record release had
actually been sitting in my desk for the last year; writing a kind of
newsletter for our artists to appease them for the fact that 0.3385% of 81
sales at ukp12.99 wasn't going to add up to a very big royalty cheque, indeed
that it would probably cost us more to mail the cheque than its face value...
"After work", we had a big meeting to discuss all kinds of future plans for the
company, including working with some big-name artists to help promote our
products. Janie Chegwin, Keith's twin brother's ex-wife, helps us out on the
music promotions side and always has an opinion to share, and it's usually
worth hearing. Her new husband is a good businessman and is likely to be a
future MD for our software side. It was supposed to have been followed by a
migration to a local hostelry for a swift pint or three, but such did not
transpire, so I ended up watching the end of Tarzan and the beginning of
Dinosaurs on satellite TV instead. Sad really.
Boring day really. We have had some more interesting stuff recently though.
Only last week we had Wayne Dobson, the conjuror, in, doing the soundtrack for
his latest stage-show -- that was the first time I myself had ever engineered
for a paying customer, and it went quite well except the CD-mastering machine
went wrong on me right at the end. My immediate colleague got to go to a big
GMTV show last week, meeting such notables as Anthea Turner and some guy who's
at number three in the charts or something.
At least the summer seems to be here now, definitely a Good Thing, with a
swimming pool and tennis court on site. We're just over the fields from RAF
Odiham; there was a big air-show there last week with the Red Arrows and
everything, and it's also one of the main practice airfields for the
Farnborough air-show, which is in September, so looking forward to that one,
Well, first proper entry over... don't expect this to be too regular; it is
me we're talking about after all!