Thursday, February 24, 2011

We Are The People

I haven't been blogging for the past few weeks because there has a lot going on. At the beginning of February myself and my work colleagues were told that the bookshop that we have worked in for the past few years and also another branch of the same bookshop chain here in Dublin was closing down. I had worked in both branches. It has been a rather surreal few weeks. This coming Friday will be the last day that the staff will be in the shops. The news at the time of the announcement of the closures was on television, in the papers and of course on the internet. It has been so strange to go through something that is so personal and private and also public as our families, friends and customers were aware of what was or wasn't happening. We all got so much support from all of those people. We were told on a Tuesday that our shops were closing on the following Sunday. We have been working through our 30 days notice. I think the general public thought that we were finished completely on that Sunday in early February but for the time since we were told we have been packing up all the books and everything else that made the shop what it was. I have all sorts of memories from the almost 14 years that I have worked in both branches; friendships, meeting writers and various famous people, friends and family calling in. My jobs in both shops has also helped me pay my bills, go to places on holiday like New York and fund my college course. What has happened over the past few weeks is that the staff in the two shops have become united and as we come to the last few days that is the most important thing. I have worked with some great people over the years and what is wonderful about working in a bookshop is that everyone has something else going in their lives in relation to music, writing, college, family and loads of different interests. I know each person will go on to do something great in their own way. I can't describe the support you get from bookshop colleagues when you are doing study outside of your job, when you do well in an essay or exam. Because we have working away like elves in Elf for the past few weeks there has been a lot of music played in the shop. As I have said before booksellers are 99% indie music fans so as you can guess I could now do a thesis on indie music. I have heard some songs dozens of times thanks to the invention of the I-Pod. I don't own an I-Pod as I can't even operate a digital camera so I played none of my pop. Some indie songs I of course didn't like but there were several that I liked. I think my week in music has to reflect those songs so backtracking to last week the songs below reflect the songs that stood out for me. When Empire Of The Sun released We Are The People I didn't like it. I remember it was Enda Guinan's favourite song in the year when it was released but it is now the song that will always remind me of the past few weeks. I know if I hear it in a shop, in a bar or at an airport in years to come I will think of these past few weeks in the shop and the people I worked with.
Strike Curious Poses Chart 14-2-2011 1(-): We Are The People - Empire Of the Sun 2(-): Heads Will Roll - yeah, yeah yeahs 3(-): How Soon Is Now - The Smiths 4(-): Galileo - Declan O'Rourke 5(-): When I Grow Up - Fever Ray 6(1): Wish I Didn't Miss you - Angie Stone 7(2): Hot Mess - Chromeo featuring Elly Jackson 8(3): Limit To your Love - James Blake 9(15): The Last Dance - Clare Maguire 10(6): Good Girl (Freemasons remix) - Alexis Jordan 11(4): Hold On to our Misery - CockNBullKid 12(5): Going Nowhere - Magnetic Man featuring John Legend 13(29): Ain't Nobody - Clare Maguire 14(7): Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland 15(8): Price Tag - Jessie J featuring B.O.B. 16(9): Me & you - Nero 17(10): Give In To Me - Leighton Meester & Garrett Hedlund 18(12): Something In The Water - Brooke Fraser 19(16): Smoke A Little Smoke - Eric Church 20(18): Somebody To Love Me - Mark Ronson featuring Boy George 21(21): I'm Here - Jennifer Hudson 22(11): Rolling In The Deep - Adele 23(14): The Art Of Love - Guy Sebastian featuring Jordin Sparks 24(13): Promise This - Adele 25(17): Silly Pretty Thing - Bob Geldof 26(24): Who's That Girl - Guy Sebastian featuring Eve 27(27): Black Box - Stan Walker 28(19): Popalicious - Robin Skouteris 29(23): On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull 30(20): young Blood- The Naked And Famous Here's We Are The People by Empire of the Sun. yeah, yeah yeahs and Heads Will Roll The Smiths and How Soon Is Now Declan O'Rourke and Galileo and Fever Ray and When I Grow Up
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