Harkive is an annual online music project intended to take a worldwide look at what it means to be a music fan in an ever-changing digital world. Harkive first ran in 2013 and was a tremendous success, the second year should allow the chance to begin to explore how music listening is evolving. On 15th July 2014 music fans across the globe contributed their stories to Harkive in many different of ways including; email, posting to social networking sites such as Twitter using the #harkive hashtag, blogging their stories, or by posting on the wall of the Harkive Facebook page.
This is my story.
I'm not really a morning person. I woke up about Seven but it took me at least half an hour to remember it was Harkive day.
It's #harkive day, so far there's been no music in the house but I'll be recording everything I hear as the day progresses.— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 15, 2014
Musically things didn't get off to a spectacular start, though I did have a burst of the KISS version of "God Gave Rock N Roll To You" going through my head as I got myself up and tried to convince the boys they needed to do the same.
Two hours since I woke up & there's been no music, just the sound of my voice cajoling the kids into getting up & off to school #harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 15, 2014
Par for the course to be honest, Mrs T5 has long since stopped trying to understand my musical tastes and my two boys have decided it can all be categorised under the genre Weird Stuff. Tsk!
Having dropped my youngest at school though I decided I needed a blast of something to get the day underway.
Turned on 6music whilst I get a few jobs done before heading in to work #harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 15, 2014
Off to work, I recently succumbed to a cheap Deezer subscription (£1 for 3 months) and this lets me download music onto my phone and listen to it offline. Been trying to make the most of that whilst I can, normally I'd be listening to my iPod in the car or occasionally the radio.
Arrived at work, halfway through The Smiths. Music off #harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 15, 2014
Got into work and had a meeting and a few people to see so a music free start. I'm lucky enough to work in a small office though and we often stream live radio, so when I got back I logged on and caught up with the previous night's Marc Riley show.
That lasted 2 hours and helped the morning fly by.
Went to join in the regular Tuesday kickabout at lunchtime, a bit hot but we had a decent game, by the time I got back my work mate had taken control of the music.
Colleague now in the office and he has selected a 6music Jukebox with Chris Hawkins (I've trained him well) #harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 15, 2014
Later in the afternoon I got the chance to do a bit of prep work for my Top 50 Debut Albums list, which will be dominating this blog over the coming weeks if I get my act together and start writing stuff down instead of trying to pick which albums are going to be on it.
We had a late night planned to get some system maintenance down and were back on live 6music for most of this, though it was pretty quiet so wasn't really registering while we worked.
Left work around Eight and returned to that Smith's album from earlier.
Another blast of Riley while I cooked my dinner, though I was also trying to get the boys to bed and managed to squeeze in reading a story to my youngest before I ate.
Bit more Riley while I cook tea #harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 15, 2014
After a few too many late nights due to the World Cup and the Tour de France, I was happy to get to bed a little bit early.
Due an early night, time for a bit of Barrence Whitfield & The Savages (Savage Kings album) on my iPod #harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 15, 2014
This album is worth it for the cover of The Sonic's Shot Down alone #harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 15, 2014
Really should have gone straight to sleep but managed a bit more music via my iPod before my eyelids got too heavy and I finally passed out completely.
I usually go to sleep listening to music, it helps me get to sleep more quickly, but I don't think I heard many of the next album before I was comatose.
And so Harkive ended for me. A pretty typical day.