Monthly Archive for July, 2008

No Job No Income

Every day we get a bunch of phone calls. Emily usually takes down the messages for me as she is the Front Office (in the rear). Or when I am in alone I’ll just answer the calls, obviously. We tend to get people all over the place. All types of projects. Some more special than not. From an MC with beats who wants to lay down some vocals to a lady who wants to transfer some of her old music to another format. People see our ad in the City Paper, our listing in the yellow pages, word of mouth or from searching the interweb.

What boggles my mind is the abundance of calls that resemble something like so:

Me: Mobtown.

Said caller: Hi. So I have these songs and I want to record them. They are hot. Red hot.

Me: Great! Why don’t you come in for a tour and we can talk about your project and timeline?

Said caller: Ok. Sounds great. Did I mention I don’t have a job?

Me: Ok.

Said caller: Which means I have no income.

Me: Maybe you should work on your budget first before the timeline?

Said caller: But these songs are really good and can definitely be recorded in one take. We can do it very fast.

Me: Maybe you should come in so we can talk about your expectations.

Said caller: Did I tell you I can’t sing and I can’t play the music.

Me: No. But this is good information to know. Do you know any musicians?

Said caller: No. Can you find them for me? And did I mention I don’t have a job?

Said caller: Ok

This goes on for a bit. Painfully. It amazes me how many calls like this we get. Sometimes twice a week. These people totally debunk Darwin’s theory. What are people thinking?! Luckily these are the minority and we actually get calls from talented people. Some of which have paying jobs where money goes in a bank. Yay for jobs!


Ok. I have to get this out.

Back in the day before the interweb was huge, there was what we called the BBS. It was a bulletin board system. You’d go on there and exchange information. It was how many of us communicated prior to the interweb. It was slow. You could send “emails” through different BBSs and it could take 3-4 days to get across the country. It was all we knew and it was awesome. Oh and it was text only.

I met this one person on a BBS in about 1992. We were fans of mutual musical artists and had an ongoing relationship about the said music. Music dorks. Or something like that.

Then time went by, most likely the BBS died or the internet explosion happened. Probably both. Oh and I left for college and didn’t have much time for it anymore.

Fast forward to post college. My first real job was at the Discovery Channel. I was hired to develop web but actually ended up learning a lot about Bethesda. A co-worker there was one day listening to an artist whose name I knew somewhere. It was this person I used to know. They were dating. Weird, huh?! Yeah, it sure was. Small world. Move on.

Fast forward another 10 or 12 years. Social networking happens. Facebook recommends a few “people I might know”. A person shows up that sounds familiar. I email and ask how we might know each other as I can’t place the name. Turns out it’s Kate. She is the tenant of a friend of mine in who recently had to move to NJ for his wife’s job but still rents out their condo in DC. WTF?! Turns out she also knows the person who was Emily’s boyfriend right before we dated. And another friend I knew in the high school band scene who also ended up going to the same college my first year in school.

Small friggin world.

I had goosebumps last night. Goosebumps.

Lily Blinks