Time To Reply

January 26, 2012

What the hell’s this song about, then? Although reading all the different the interpretations has been fun for me, I thought it’d be worth setting the record straight. After all, I wouldn’t want people to make assumptions about me based on something which is, ultimately, a work of fiction. Firstly though, here’s a list of things that the song isn’t about:

  1. It’s not about me wanting to leave YouTube.
  2. It’s not about a girl that I like.
  3. It’s not about Community Channel. (Though I wish that she made videos more often too!)

“Time To Reply” is from the perspective of a fan. It’s not from the perspective of someone who watches me specifically, but instead from the point of view a made-up person who experiences a one-way relationship with someone that they find, come to admire and idolise, and then eventually get bored of as time goes by. So basically it’s a bit like Eminem’s “Stan” but with less craziness and murder. Maybe that’s why there have been so many different interpretations of it, because it’s not about anyone in particular, and as such it’s open for people to make up their own minds about what might be going on.

Even though the song isn’t about me, all of the lyrics are based on actual things that people have sent me over the years. The majority of people won’t email me when they decide to unsubscribe, but I thought it’d be more interesting to end on a sad note. A “I found you, I really liked you for a while, and I still quite like you!” song just wouldn’t have had the same effect, even though that’s probably closer to most people’s experiences with this kind of stuff. I know that’s how things tend to play out for me with the people that I follow and admire.

So basically, don’t worry! I still really love YouTube, and making videos, I definitely don’t want to stop, and I’m sorry that my song made some of you assume that wasn’t the case. I want to spend my life making stuff, films specifically, and YouTube is the perfect playground for me to practice that. This song, for example, was actually an example of me trying to hone my story-writing skills, and what I’ve learnt is that I might need to improve the communication aspect of my storytelling a bit! So thanks for teaching me that :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jrbillington James Robert Billington

    It fits perfectly as a fans perspective, as a whovian I have seen many people that have acted in this way after a regeneration.

  • aloy

    Are you taking anti-depressants? I think they are very dangerous. Be careful Charlie. In this disposable society fame lasts about 15 minutes. Your boyish charm may be getting a bit long in the tooth. Your true friends will still love you. Is it later than you think? There is a new crop of you tubers coming up to re-plow the creative inroads you have laid. All fresh faced and sparkling! Not suffering from jet lag or 10 minute exquisitely boring mastication vids. Will you be able to fade gracefully into the woodwork? Will you branch out into other areas as with your new film? Will you become self absorbed and isolated? Can you adjust to the changes and be resilient? Or pull the covers over your head. It seems like every offering lately, there is some dame attached to you as some sort of accessory appendage. I’m not trying to be cruel, Charlie. These are some obvious questions at this fork in the road. Also try Googling ‘Artist’s Anonymous.’ The video’s you posted indicate the amount of empathy you have amassed out here. Perhaps do a vid. using your southern drawl. Scripted or extemporaneous. Don’t put yourself out to seed just yet. This too shall pass. Once the creative juices begin to flow again will we see a new Charlie? Or someone struggling to meet a standards set 6 years ago. A soul permanently embedded in the quagmire of a fleeting pre-pubescent past. Thanks!

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