Jobs and death metal during the pandemic

Margaret’s job is scaling down and it, and the attendant paychecks, may soon go on hiatus. My company appears to be in a surprisingly good financial position, so I’m not overly worried about my job for the next several months. We live below our means so we should be okay on one paycheck.

Our seven children, all adults, are doing well enough. The three who lost jobs thanks to the pandemic happen to live with us, so at least they have a roof and food. One is in college and he made the surprising decision to stay in his otherwise deserted dorm, which the school is allowing. The other three are all still working. Two work from home. The third is in pharmaceutical manufacturing, which you have to do at the plant, so he reports for his shifts.

At home, our daughter has been recovering from a surprisingly stubborn bug while one of our sons has been taking some college courses online and working out. The second anniversary of his wife’s unexpected death was yesterday, and we got through it all right.

Our other son who lives with us is considering going into music production. He’s got good skills doing that as a volunteer at a megachurch. He’s spent a lot of time in his room researching that career direction and practicing his guitar. I thought you might like to hear a bit of his work. Warning: he likes death metal.

He and I have tickets to see Megadeth in July. I sure hope we get to go.

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18 responses to “Jobs and death metal during the pandemic”

  1. Bib Haslam Avatar
    Bib Haslam

    Hey Jim. Hope all is well. Little iffy in my part of the world. Impressive guitar. Tell him he’s on the right track. The best musicians exist in the metal world! If he masters metal he can achieve anything musically. Just bought a gretsch guitar from Sweetwater. I think that’s in your part of the country. Great company. Government will reimburse me soon for the purchase. Hahaha

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Bib! Your compliment on his work makes me smile. I’ll tell him today.

  2. Victor Villaseñor Avatar
    Victor Villaseñor

    Yay! I like that music, hope you guys have fun at the concert.

    Glad to hear your household is managing!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Sorry I missed this comment earlier! We’re managing all right. Here’s hoping we get to go to that concert!

  3. N.S. Palmer Avatar

    I confess that I’m not sure what death metal music is. One of my brothers had a “metal band,” and they used to play at local venues such as the Razz. I went to one of their performances and it sounded like an artillery bombardment, only louder. The funny thing was that they were very skilled with their instruments, but they confused screaming with singing. Was Van Halen considered metal? I suppose that my cultural education is way out of date. :-)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Death is a particular heavy-metal subgenre that relies on distorted and low-tuned guitars and a set of musical techniques that gives it a certain sound. The vocalists tend to use a low growling tone. What draws my son to it is the musicianship, I believe.

  4. Gerald Greenwood Avatar

    If someone had told you a few months back you’d be writing a post with this title, you probably would have thought them crazy and started nervously looking for the the exit. But I’m glad to see you and the family seem to be doing OK. Or what passes for OK in this surreal situation.

    The boys got talent!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yes, we pass for OK under these circumstances. Our jobless kids especially — no worries for food and shelter. Yeah, our son really has built some skill!

  5. fyidivorce Avatar

    How does one like death metal and volunteer for a church? Those interests are very much a contrast. Is the church thing more to serve his career choice than anything else?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I find no incongruence. What do you know about death metal? What do you know about what draws our son to it?

      1. fyidivorce Avatar

        Hi Jim, You’re right. I am not a death metal expert, I am more of a divorce expert by experience, but I can tell you one thing… Someone who loves death metal, does not love Christ. They are diametrically opposing views. A few examples of death metal bands: Venom, Celtic Frost, Slayer, and Kreator, Possessed, Death, Necrophagia, Obituary, Autopsy and Morbid Angel. I absolutely have NO IDEA why your son is drawn to the music, you would be a better judge on that.

      2. Bib Avatar

        Christ may question someone who writes posts to question other people’s beliefs. I believe Christ loves everyone along with death metal fans and the talented musicians who create the entertainment. Maybe death metal brought him to Christ and the need to serve?

        1. fyidivorce Avatar

          I didn’t say that Christ didn’t love him. John 3:16 “God so loved the world he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life” I said that it’s impossible for him to love death metal and to love Christ. If anything, I think it is a perfect opportunity for Jim to talk to his son about his love for death metal and how that ties in with volunteering at the church.

        2. fyidivorce Avatar

          I don’t like guessing about people’s motives, I like asking them.

  6. Christopher May Avatar
    Christopher May

    Impressive on the guitar. I’ve always enjoyed the third movement of Moonlight as a showpiece for virtuosic talent. This certainly falls into that realm. Well done.

    Many thanks for the shoutout, too!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ll tell our son you said so!

  7. Roger Meade Avatar
    Roger Meade

    Heavy metal Beethoven- I love it! He loved to push the envelope too, so I believe he would approve.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ll bet you’re right!

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