This blog is back from the dead.
Today I got a package from my friend Carolyn who lives in L.A. She had messaged me a couple weeks back and asked me if I had various Darren Hayes vinyl, and if not, would I be interested in having it? I answered that I absolutely didn’t have them and absolutely would take them.
The package that arrived was full of Darren Hayes goodies. The first of these was the 7″ gold vinyl single of “Stupid Mistake.” There are only 500 copies of this single in the whole world and now one of them is mine. As is the case with most dark colored vinyl, you kind of have to hold it up to the light to see the true color.
The next item was the super deluxe limited edition of Darren’s 2011 album Secret Codes & Battleships. It contains so many things I have yet to scratch the surface of everything included. First off, the CD version of the album is included as is a second disc of bonus tracks and demos. The vinyl version of the album is also there, this time pressed on a gorgeous purple vinyl. There’s also a 32 page book in full color, and a limited edition lithograph – one of four included in this set. All of this is housed in a hard slip case.
But wait! There’s more!
She also threw in two signed tour books. I’ve never had a chance to see Darren Hayes live, and I don’t think it will ever happen now that he’s pretty much retired from music (Secret Codes & Battleships, now 7 years old, was his most recent album), but these are cool and the fact that they are signed makes them just that much cooler.
And because she somehow knew that I had never seen Darren live, she included the DVD of The Time Machine Tour.
I am so grateful that Carolyn thought of me when she was looking for a new home for these items – and I thought I was “just” getting the records. It’s good to have friends. I promise I will treat them well because they are worth a pretty penny on the secondary market – not that I would ever sell them.
So tonight I’ve been listening to them, because you know me, records are meant to be played, not just placed on a shelf or left in their shrink wrap forever. Maybe someday, if I’m lucky, I can get Darren Hayes to sign my Secret Codes & Battleships deluxe box set, but that would require me getting myself to L.A.! (well, and many other pieces would have to fall into place as well, none of which are very likely.)