notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Making everyday a little better....

We here at NFTM like to improve your day anyway we can. Thus, I tentatively introduce a new feature aimed at providing tips that will brighten your day a little. Of course, these tips are superficial, shallow and temporary in nature, but may ensure that, if only for a few minutes, you can at least listen to the Louie Armstrong song "what a wonderful world" without wanting to see how his trumpet sounds muffled by his own ass.

And so, we begin; "Polishing Muck"

My first tip is aimed at people with MP3 players. Sorry. I see that it is pretty exclusive, and may have just caused poeple without one to feel even more crappy. Don't worry, we'll get to you.

I have only 2gb of memory on my player; around 470 songs...i like to keep things fresh by rotating my squad, and did so very late last nite. I came across an album I made with a good friend in University comprised of soundtracks to Westerns...the Magnificent 7, the Good the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West...hmmmm, should I put it in?? My tired brain said yes; i went to sleep soon after, and upon awaking I forgot I had put it on there. I went out, put my player onto shuffle, all tracks, and went about my business, which, suffice to say, is pretty dull. Somewhere in the middle of the day, just I was trudging down the high street towards the bank, the opening chords of the Magnificent 7 kicked in....da da da dada dadada, da da da dada dadada....and suddenly I'm not in Putney high street but careening through the plains of monument valley on my trusty steed....this happened about 2 other times throughout the day; and they were welcome punctuations....i was instantly thrown from standing in line to buy bread and juice, to a stand off between myself and the son of gun who stole my farm in order to build a gold factory where the indigenous population were mercilessly flogged...this was it..showdown time...

I suggest you do the same. Take a score from a movie you like; whatever floats your boat. It may be the soundtrack to Superman which punctuates your day and causes you to selflessly help old people do stuff, the score to west side story may compel you to jive down the street instead of walk, the theme of the Imperial army, or whatever it is, from Star Wars may inspire you to face up to your despotic boss, or at least make you feel heroic as you struggle against the evil empire...the opportunities are endless...

I also find that occasionally tuning your radio into the classical radio station (there's always one) performs may yield similar results...they often play soundtracks to fill in the playlists because they know that's where we get to listen to most classical music anywho.

Yes, when someone asks you at the end of the day how your day was, the answer may well still be crap; but for a tiny fraction of it you were a cinematic idol.

Enjoy.