Our next door neighbor is the gayest ever. And I don't mean this in any sort of derogatory way. It's just a simple, honest to God fact. He is G-A-Y. You know how I know that? Because right now, he has his music on full blast. And what is he playing? That "Believe" song by Cher, that was really big on the radio like 8 years ago. It's actually a live Cher CONCERT. You may think "So what, guy's listenin to his music. Who gives a shit, surly-man? Shut the fuck up!" But please understand. Sadie and I live in a completely concrete loft. Solid. Oftentimes I'm shocked if I can ever hear my neighbors doing ANYTHING. We'd probably sleep through chainsaw murders. But there's Cher, "DO YOU BELEEEEEIVE IN LIFE AFTER LOOOOOVE????!!!" Well, do ya?
Our upstairs neighbor I only ever hear about every morning when she walks across her kitchen with her high-heels on KLOP KLOP KLOP, right before she leaves the house, on cue, every morning at 7:45, after which I can hear her open the door to the stairs at the end of the hallway KLOP KLOP KLOP, come out the door at the bottom TICK TICK TICK- KLOP... SLAM!, down the hallway TOOK TOOK TOOK, out the front door of the building SCRIP SCRIP KLOP KLOP KLOP... SLAM!!!, and down the sidewalk to her car, or the 38 bus or her Harley... you never do know in this neighborhood. I can always tell she's late when she tromps a little faster, and skips a bit her last stretch before she gets outside KLOPITY-KLOP KLOP-KLOPITY KLOP. Why all of the sudden do I feel like one of those 70's era, acoustic guitar strumming/spoken word mother fuckers you find on 12" in your Grandma's basement?
I REALLY love the drunken chicks laughing maniacally at 1:50 every A.M. and their corresponding dudes either attesting that they really CAN drive, and they're "not THAT drunk" or are belting out the lyrics to David Bowie's "Under Pressure" at the top of their lungs, but can only repeat the first line over and over because that's the only part of the song they know.
I guess it really IS kind of nice that Sadie and I can actually hear them-- it makes it less like we're living on an island and we're really in a city. I really do love my neighbors; even the common inebriated passerbys. Of course what I'm REALLY doing right now what I do the best... procrastinating. Cher's not even on anymore, in fact. My GAY neighbor he must be eating his GAY dinner, I suppose. "Don't forget the GAY organic soy sauce!!!" I love San Francisco. Gay people rule.
So I'm actually considering a career change. Funny thing is, every time someone asks me, "oh really, what is it that you are planning on going into?" I draw a complete blank. "I don't know," I reply most often, "there's got to be something out there that I might like." Truth is, what the fuck would I do if I wasn't making movies? I wouldn't be working at some financial company at some soul-sucking cubicle job. Not cleaning up someone else's shit, or being a good citizen and working a non-profit. I've been contemplating this for awhile now, and I really can't come up with something I would enjoy more that wouldn't require a complete overhaul of my lifestyle and/or and entirely new skillset that would require school, or at the very least self-discipline to sit and learn on my own out of some book or website. All things I fear, most definitely. I kind of pigeonholed myself into my current lifestyle, whereas I can't afford, like most people, to just quit my job and look around for awhile, and I especially don't have any money for grad school or anything like that.
So I guess I'm stuck, for the time being. I've been watching a lot of these Palm Picture's Director's Label DVDs, each one about a different successful music video director, and a compilation of their videos and short films. I'm like "shit... I could do that" but really, it all has to do with timing, and marketing, and most of all, knowing people. And oh yeah, did I mention, LOAD of talent??? I mean some of these guys may be hacks, but a lot of them are just unbeLIEVABLE artists. Mark Romanek, Michel Gondry, Chris Cunningham, Spike Jonze, Stephane Sedanoui, to name a few. Their commentaries are fascinating, where they get their ideas from, etc. Great stuff. If you don't know who the fuck these gentlemen are, you SHOULD. Chances are, if you ever watched MTV in its prime (when they actually showed music videos) you know their work quite well already.
Music video director... hmmm... Yeah, I can do that, I guess. Why not, right? Alright, I guess I'll go out now and make some music videos. Byeeeeee!!!