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Dec 21, 2014 | Canadian, Entertainment, Life&Food

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Cruz: Mike, thanks for the afternoon.

Michael Berg: Yeah. My my pleasure. yeah.

José: Yeah you uh, you sound really good over there. I’m I’m really happy that the skypeThis conversation was recorded over skype thing is is working really well.

Michael: Yeah I mean I’m glad you uh heh masterminded the whole thing because I don’t know if I would have uh, been able to pull it off.

José: Ah It’s it’s not that hard, you know. Uh, computers, just like anything else um making this website, the Goldfish website, it wasn’t really as difficult as some people might think it was. Um most of it is made so easy- so much easier nowadays than it was before when you had to actually know all of the backend stuff. The- these days you just buy a software package. Or you get them free and they’ll do, most of the work for you.

Michael: That’s right, I remember when it used to be “C-colon-backslashThis was how computers had to be prompted to accept keyboard commands in the days before touch interfaces or mice. (0:42)” and you had to (Oh!) enter commands in that way.

José: Oh, oh my. Don’t don’t even get me starteda colloquial expression meaning ‘don’t make me start talking about that, or I’ll start talking a long time about it’(0:47) on that stuff. (Heh heh) Um, I uh, I wanted to talk to you about music today, if that’s OK.

Michael: Not at allNot at all: Note the linked pronunciation NOHDADAL. (0:55), I love music. I’m a- I’m a big music fan over hereadded to an expression about yourself, it adds emphasis (0:57).

José: You’re like a, you’re like a uh a DJ, right?

Michael: DJ yeah, actually I played in a, a punk band back in university too when I… (No!) Yeah. Lead singer and guitar player. I can, I can, I can handle an axea slang word for ‘a guitar’(1:10) (I I) alright actually.

José: I didn’t know that about you, I didn’t know you sang and you played.

Michael: I do, Yeah, well “sang and played”, yeah the past tense is the the emphasis there, I suppose. Heheheh.

José: Any particular reasonJosé omits 'Is there' at the beginning of this sentence as it is colloquially acceptable to do so when the grammar is obvious. (1:20) why you’re not now? Or you just can’t find the the guys to make up a band?

Michael: You knowyou know is often used colloquially to add emphasis to a message and/or seek empathy from the listener. Note that the 'you know' after this is used in it's normal meaning. (1:25), you know what it is? It’s- it feels seasonal to me. It’s like as if sometimes you just uh, I’ll sit down and I’ll want topronounced 'WANNA' (1:31) write a song and I’ll, I’ll either have to completely involve myself in it 100% (Mm-hmm) or I just- just not at all. Becausepronounced as 'KUZ in a very quick voice. (1:39) I can’t- I can’t just do it for like, little bits at a time. It’s almost, I have to almost be- It all- It has to be an obsession or it’s nothing at all basically. It’s kind of the way it… works.

José: I- I kind ofpronounced “KAINDA” (1:51) know what you mean. Because (Yeah) I’m I’m a little bit that way with photography. Ah- although I don’t know if I’m just making an excuse for not working harder at it by myself. But (Heh) uh, I uh, I I find myself when I’m distracted by something else I can’t focus completely on going out and really concentrating on on framing the photograph and finding the subjects and it frustrates me and I come home from trying to do that- a photography session where I tried to do that, and thinking, “oh, I failed” and it makes me less motivated to go out and do it again. So I’m trying not to lose whatever motivation I already have.

Michael: Yeah, you know, like I- again , My, I- my brother, he he’s actually a jazz guitarist. He he spent four years learning guitar in university and stuff and… So I guess you you could call him a professional musician, even tho’, (Wow) like… Even though he he still waits tables because there’s not that much work kind ofadded to the end of a phrase or sentence, kind of it softens the speaker's tone and meaning. (2:41), for what he does. But he he makes music. And he does it like, you know, two hours a day. He’s got his own studio, and he’ll wander in, and just make music for two hours, and then come out and go about the rest of his day I can’t do that. I I think when I was doing it, when I was making music it would have to be like, turn the phone off, you know shut- you know shu- lock the door. Just disconnect myself from everything and everybody and just immerse myself into the the songwriting, into the recording, into the… I have to just… shut the world off.


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