I’ve been in Edinburgh for about 3 and a half years. In that space of time, I have lost count of the amount of parties I’ve been to, hosted, or had hosted in my flat on my behalf (thanks everyone, donations to the Cullen Property embezzlement fund are more than welcome). Perhaps the continual success or longevity of these things is that they’ve always just fallen into place. With notable exception (Clanefest 06, Ginge’s Doo), there has been very little organizing. Ad hoc has served us quite well.
Now it’s probably not irony, but I’m sure it’s something along those lines, that as I prepare to leave Edinburgh, for the first time, I am trying to organize one of these things in advance. I booked the room, I set up an event page on Facebook and, um, well that’s about it, but in this day and age, need I do anything more?
The main bone of contention (in my own mind anyway), is the music. I toyed with the idea of having a dj. Come to think of it, I’ve always fancied myself as a closet Jimmy Saville, however, the venue (The Cuckoo’s Nest) is quite small, my skimpy vinyl collection wouldn’t last us past 10pm, and since I flogged on my Stagelines about 6 years ago, I have a distinct lack of decks. That’s not to mention the notable absence of a shimmering shellsuit.
And since I’m hoping everyone attending the party is doing so to get well and truly langered, it would be a shame to thrust anybody upon the wheels of steel (although it’s not too late to volunteer)
Which leaves me with one option.
An iPod, hooked up to their sound system.
What I am suggesting, is that everyone planning to attend (fuggit, even those who aren’t coming) suggests ten tracks (this time for free, beat that Rupert) or more if you like. These will be fired onto said iPod, which should hopefully result in a pretty decent party playlist.
Otherwise, it’s gonna be my Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter album on repeat.
This may be a shite idea, and the chances are it will backfire on me (or nobody will respond), but I think the results could be pretty interesting. Leave your suggestions in the comments thingy below. Look forward to hearing some interesting selections (McNabb, no Rush).
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some Townes… be warned
Video: Townes Van Zandt – Pancho and Lefty