CD tip – and a shopping experience you just *have* to make ;-)

3 May, 2007 at 10:54 pm Leave a comment

If you're interested in the Royal Navy of the 18th and early 19th century, you'll sooner or later stumble over the following CD:

“Roast Beef of Old England”
Jerry Bryant and Starboard Mess

According to the site where you can order the CD, it 's

“(…) a collection of traditional British sailor songs from that era, with an emphasis on the music of the lower-deck hands who manned the guns, worked the sails and did their duty at the battle of Trafalgar. (…)”

That it is, and then some! I found it to be great music to write to; it's easier to travel back in time – at least in written form – if you have the fitting soundtrack to go with it. And believe me: nothing beats riding on the bus at 8am with “Pleasant and Deligthful” on your MP3 player while you're surrounded by ten wannabe gangsta-rappers who try hard not to lose their fubus and look cool at the same time.

A bizarre yet “delightful” experience. I feel so rebellious and trendsetting.

Anyway. You can listen to all the tracks on the following website:

CD BABY

Whenever I buy CDs from “lesser known” artists, I try to do so through their own website, directly. Artists earn more money that way, and I don't mind the extra quid or two. Now that website, dear friends – that website's something special! You should order from them for the sole reason of seeing their confirmation emails.

Let me elaborate:

The confirmation-mail came from the e-mail address “CD Baby Loves Molly”. You have to admit, that's charming. It was nothing compared to the content, though…

“Your CD has been gently taken from our CD Baby shelves with
sterilized contamination-free gloves and placed onto a satin pillow.

A team of 50 employees inspected your CD and polished it to make sure
it was in the best possible condition before mailing.

Our packing specialist from Japan lit a candle and a hush fell over
the crowd as he put your CD into the finest gold-lined box that money
can buy.

We all had a wonderful celebration afterwards and the whole party
marched down the street to the post office where the entire town of
Portland waved “Bon Voyage!” to your package, on its way to you, in
our private CD Baby jet on this day, Sunday, April 29th.

I hope you had a wonderful time shopping at CD Baby. We sure did.
Your picture is on our wall as “Customer of the Year.” We're all
exhausted but can't wait for you to come back to CDBABY.COM!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Sigh…”

An ego boost for little more that 15 quid – splendid! Well, CD Baby also offered the option to leave a message for the artist(s). Good thing, otherwise most artists would never get to hear from their customers. So I left a little note along the line of “great work, very inspiring, keep up the good work” and went my merry way.

No, not really. Along came a mail from Jerry Bryant:

“Thank you for your kind words on the recording Roast Beef of Old England. I am happy to know you are enjoying it. I am also glad to know that even in landlocked Switzerland there are fans of maritime literature and song.

Many good wishes for a pleasant springtime.”

This I'll have, dear friends, this I'll have.

So, I can only highly recommend the CD – which is excellent – and the website – which shall be sprinkled with stardust and showered with orders.

Go and buy, my lovelies – this is your chance to show the kids what's really hep. 😉

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