ghost choir

The first time I did unpaid labour for a man, I was 14.

He was my church choir director and for some reason he thought my intelligence and writing were remarkable (I don’t remember why he knew I wrote but wtv). He told me so. I felt special. I also had a gigantic crush on him.

I had left the church choir, but he got me to translate the songs the choir would sing, as well as translate mini plays that would be enacted between each song. I also wrote additionnal mini plays for the same purpose. It was a big deal to 14 year old me, as I aspired to be a writer.

The choir show came, the songs I had translated were sung, the acts I had written or translated were played… It was a success. And in the pamphlet, the choir and actors were thanked. The person who had staged the mini plays and designed the costumes was thanked. Lots of other people were thanked.

But not me. My name was nowhere in the pamphlet.

Unpaid, unrewarded labour. And unexpectedly, my contribution had been turned into ghost writing. I knew from the start that I was “doing God’s work” thus wouldn’t be paid, but I thought I would at least gain an official “thank you”.

I was 14, and I learned that not citing one’s sources really sucks (lol). Not to trust pretty eyes, ‘cause pretty eyes / basic decency aren’t correlated. That “doing God’s work” is bullshit. That older people sometimes take younger people for granted.

When all of this happened, I was disappointed and hurt, but I let it slide. I regret not confronting my choir director. I guess I learned that I would have to fight for my labour to be appreciated and recognized.

My labour is worthy of recognition. And if I’m to ghost write, for instance on scholarly articles, I expect to know beforehand and to be paid accordingly.

No more unpaid, unrewarded labour.


“So.. I pranked my choir today..”

anonymous asked:

Ah, there you are, and just in time! There's a little matter I forgot to mention. Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts! [Evil laughter] They have selected you to fill our quota, and they'll haunt you until you return! Now I will raise the safety bar, and a ghost will follow you home! [Evil cackle] (Ghost Choir: If you would like to join our jamboree, there's a simple rule that's compulsory. Mortals pay a token fee. Rest in peace, the haunting's free; so hurry back, we would like your company...)

hehehe i love these i know i dont post them all but i love them

@reclamations Same tbh. It came on rather unexpectedly. I glanced down at it, sighed because I /would/ enjoy something called Slow Knife by Roadkill Ghost Choir, and enjoyed. They’ve got a sort of bluesy folk rock sound that is exactly what I’ve been into these days.


((Everytime I hear this song I clearly imagine myself as the door of the Halloween Town opens and leads us to the creepy Kingdom of Nightmares. We don’t know what to wait, what to do, where to run… We are surrounded by all kind of pretty-scary, horrible and fascinating things. Our fear becomes the thread, which the evil monsters are weaving from your lonely screams. And the ghosts, spooks and shadows sing this creepy (but beautiful) song, beckoning you further and further into the nightmare. It is really beautiful. This song, surely, is from “Coraline” and even the translation fits to the movie, however, the mood of this song is only Halloween totally. I just clearly imagine Halloween Town ghosts, spooks, spirits and shadows singing this song…))