I thought I’ve got to try something different, to shake myself out of this torpor—so I took my fourth can of Jupiler back to my room and drank it while enjoying some porn on my computer. ALSO with the music channel on my TV. EVERYTHING suddenly felt more exciting. Porn on its own is boring; drink on its own is boring; by combining the two I felt so much more turned on; AND even the boring music channels sounded better. Everything suddenly started feeling better. I suddenly started to remember something of the old excitement I used to feel when staying in my Vienna or Berlin hotel rooms. Rock Star—Post Malone—the first good song of the trip. Now I enjoy my first Stella back in the Café du Dome and am rewarded by one of the pretty barmaids I remember from long, long ago. Not wonderfully voluptuous Aisha, sadly, but one of the pretty, slim, dark-haired Moroccans. So I’ve learned something today, or reminded myself of something stupidly forgotten—watching porn is no good on its own; drinking is no good on its own; I have to do both together, and if there is music playing as well even better. Why strip pubs are so addictive, of course.
Having my second beer of the day here in the Max lounge; actually a rare event on this trip. I have done almost all my early drinking in my room—the lounge has been too full of people most of the time, and then I just don’t feel like it either. And the fact it is cold and all the sexy Brussels girls are so swaddled in their coats & scarves, it takes away some of the thrill of window viewing. But oh I am so sated of the same music videos on my two music channels in my room–-Cstar (French) and Viva (Austrian). Feel like I see the same 20 or 30 songs ad infinitum. That is the one thing I liked about the RFM TV channel in the Red Devil bar, a much greater mix of music. I will probably forego the 11am McDonald’s this morning, as no reason not to go for an early Brussels Grill or Domino’s Pizza or both and then back to bed early afternoon; then finally I might be able to go for that long-threatened nightcap in Empire.
4 days into my 5 day holiday and I’ve only heard one good song, Black Strobe’s “Girl from the Bayou”. It is nice to have two music channels on my hotel TV here in Brussels but MTV Viva only plays pretty mainstream stuff from the charts (and only has music in the mornings anyway), and D17 by contrast plays a lot of French music which is great, if only it wasn’t all so weak and rubbish. Where are the Alizees these days!? The Berenices? Something with a bit of punch. Yes, French music but with a bit of oomph behind it. Massive tunes. The best music channel I find these days is Go TV in my Vienna hotel. Really interesting great songs old & new which I have never heard before.
Yes the Orient Express is really pointless for people watching. Well, now I discover the Orient Express has lost all the music channels as well. I asked the barmaid if she could put on some music and she got on a chair & pressed the buttons and they only have about 5 TV channels and radio channels. What happened to all their NUMEROUS music channels??? No music in my hotel and now no music in the Orient Express!
Can you believe after one night in Brussels, and four nights in Berlin, I’ve not seen one single music video. All that fantastic Belgian, French and German pop music I am completely missing out on. It is a crying shame. And music forms such a strong part of your memories of a holiday (or anything); yet I go home with no musical memories whatsoever. It is really so stupid; I don’t know why nobody else feels this loss as I do. You can watch German music on YouTube but IT IS NOT THE SAME! I want to turn on my TV and be surprised by great German music by great German bands I have never heard of! This used to be one of the greatest joys of travelling for me.
As always, I feel the complete lack of music videos on this trip keenly.