Val the Cookie Queen.
I said I was gonna take a break. I am so damn busy. And yet here we are.
“You can’t have silence on the radio; people will turn away from the station.” Robert Barry. American artist. Conceptual art.
I had my first radio show alone last week. Alone in the studio. I got there early enough to set it all up without going into panic mode. I mean there is not a lot to set up to be honest. I had my suspicions that there might be a hitch when I could not listen to my music on the cue button. Damn. I watched the seconds count down until my jingle played, turned on the microphone and — yeah.
No Radio Silence. And a Little Perfume Homework.
“Welcome to my show, coming live from the Freies Radio Salzkammergut (FRS) studio, I think we might have a problem. I am going to push the play button and hopefully there will be music.” Nothing. “Apparently we DO have a problem, but we are gonna fix this shit together.” I had messaged Kristina, one of the DJ’s, currently studying in Sweden for a semester, when I realized that things might not work. She FaceTimed me and we set about finding the problem out together, with both her voice and mine on air. You cannot have silence on the radio. Whilst this was going on, I tried plugging the two plugs at the end of my iPad into the wrong holes in case that helped. Actually it did something weird, the music started to play but extremely muffled. At this point I had Bonkers About Perfume messaging me that she could just about hear it; and my brother messaging to say something was knackered. Meanwhile I keep talking and staring at the mixing desk.
FRS MIXING DESK
Suddenly Erika, FRS technical expert, came flying into the studio. She had listening to the show in the shower – and as soon as she heard what was going on, jumped int her car and came to rescue me. I have seldom been so happy to see someone. Of course it was only a matter of one button that had not been pressed, but in my defense I had not been shown it. So after nearly 20 minutes of talking who knows what along with Kristina, and sending screenshots of the mixing desk to her to try and locate the problem, we were finally on air with the music. How DO you guess which button out of the hundreds it might be? A baptism by fire.
I have some homework for you guys, something to keep you busy over the festive season. I am looking for songs with perfume references of some kind or another in the lyrics. Simple as that.
“Feels like I am standing in a timeless dream, Of light mists of pale amber rose, Feels like I’m lost in a deep cloud of heavenly scent, Touching, discovering you …..” I Love You Always Forever. Donna Lewis.
“Why she looks at you so coolly? And her eyes shine like the moon in the sea, She comes in incense and patchouli …..” The Year of the Cat. Al Stewart.
Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall?
See you in 2020.