Welcome! As this is my first blog post, I want to start this out with a general outline of why I’m here, and the direction I intend to channel this blog in. Well then, who am I and why am I here? Without getting existential about those questions, my name is Seán, I’m 21 and Irish, and I’m writing this as much for myself as for anyone else so inclined to follow me and my exploits. For as long as I can remember, I have had an avid interest in writing and expressing myself with the limitless possibilities presented in the English language. However as of late, perhaps the last 2-3 years shall we say, I have found myself completely lacking in motivation and inspiration to write anything, and I’ve felt stagnant in my non-expression because of it. With this blog, I aim to recapture the passion I have for writing by using something from my life which holds a similar level of passion to feed into it. And hey, I’d like to think at least a couple people might derive a little bit of interest out of reading what I’ve got to say, so that’d be an added bonus.
So, “The Merch Perch”, eh? I think it’s safe for you to assume I’m no bird perched up in a tree, so the obvious deduction here is that the main word of the title to draw inspiration from is Merch. Perhaps some day when I’m scraping the barrel for content, I’ll put up a post or two featuring some adorable little birds and thank my lucky stars that my affinity for a title with a ring created a loophole to change my topic of writing so drastically. Merch merch merch, god I do love the stuff. I’ll be honest, if it wasn’t for merch, I’d barely own enough clothes to keep my back covered. I’m a tad obsessed. This obsession stems from my absolute love of music. Artists and Bands big and small, new and old, I can’t get enough. I try and make time to attend as many gigs and concerts as I can, and it’s come to be a bit of a staple of mine, whether initially intended or not, that I tend to come away from these events with merchandise. Often-times with not just one or two items, but almost everything that was up for grabs. Just this weekend I went out for the night, told myself I couldn’t afford any merch, and came away brandishing a brand new vinyl, but that’s a story for a later date.
This brings me to the content I’ll be posting and the direction I’m heading with this. I’ve been collecting merchandise for quite a few years before starting this blog, although more so in the last year or two due to the excellent combination that is holding down a job and not being bothered saving much when I can buy something now. My intention is to chronicle a path through the merchandise I’ve acquired, the interesting and sometimes wacky adventures occurring during the events in which I’ve made these acquisitions, and a bit about the artists for whom I have purchased the merch to support, especially in the cases of the lesser known artists I shall cover. And of course, photographs! Can’t write about merchandise and not show it off a little! So keep your eyes peeled and come along on this journey with me, I promise I’ll do my best to keep it somewhat interesting. And lastly, I bid you adieu with some eye candy in the form of my display of artist CD’s, you’ll be sure to see some of them popping up again in posts to come.