My gal and I have an etsy shop. It started off as a really cool idea for her – making these adorable little baking mixes in mason jars. She does all the rest, you just add love. (That’s the name of our shop, by the way: JustAddLoveNYC)
Anyway, as I am also a musician, we thought we’d put up an ad on the shop site for personalized songs. The concept – Ya need a song? I’ll write it.
Thus far, I’ve done a few that have all been received quite well. I just received an order for a personalized Christmas song and it struck me – these people send me a good bit of information about themselves.
I mean, the first song was for a company. Yes, I wrote the theme song to the UK children’s play group Jelly Roles (www.jellyroles.co.uk). So that wasn’t as personal.
Another one was an order from a nanny here in NYC. She was leaving the country soon and wanted to leave a song for the two little girls she had been watching for years and years. I got a lot of information about her, her two little kids, and the fun stuff they do together all the time.
The Christmas song order is from a wife to her husband of 20+ years. She was very helpful when she emailed me the information I ask for and gave me A TON of stuff to work with: hobbies, nicknames, habits, work info, moods, their relationship.
I find it’s a bit odd, knowing so much about people that I don’t actually know. There’s that little squirmy feeling in my gut when I think too hard about it, like I have this almost-power over them. Really, let’s be honest – I don’t. I don’t think I can steal anybody’s identity with a hobby and a nickname. And I really don’t think I can blackmail anyone by knowing how they take their coffee and how many Christmas songs they have in their iTunes.
Still, it’s an interesting feeling. I’ve decided to take it as a gift. I get to glance into others’ lives – if only briefly – and discover more about my fellow humans. And that’s pretty fun.
(Coincidentally, if any of you are looking for pre-made baking mixes or personalized songs for the holidays, do visit us: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/JustAddLoveNYC.)