One of the great things about doing this communication officer job is that talking with people is my job! So when we went to the training day in London, we were all encouraged to start tweeting - It is a new way of talking to people…I was suspicious, I was not sure and when I started tweeting it felt a bit foreign to be quite honest – but now I am a complete convert!…
Contrary to Facebook where you know all your friends, twitter is more open, you can get lots of followers very quickly that you don’t know but you share common interests with. This is why my twitter account today is mostly Catholic contacts from all over the world and from all angles of the Catholic Church, and guess what? the communication is fast and very effective. Amongst my friends I have a pilgrim from Malaysia, the Diocese of Honolulu (my fist posting was: ‘I’ve never met any Hawaiians’ and btw they have palm trees with blue sky as their profile pic!), a priest from Mexico and a prolife activist from California. One of the most remarkable contacts I’ve made is with Cherrie Anderson from Ooberfuse. You see, I opened my account more or less at the same time as the World Youth Day song contest ‘Madrid Me Encanta’ was being decided and as one of the winners was this British band… as they fluttered around cyber tweeting space, I decided to follow.
At the same time, the Youff of my parish and myself had to prepare the last Youff mass before the summer and what better song to use than the British winners with Faith in You! After all, Claudia – one of the Youff who is German – had us singing Jesus Christ You are My Life from Cologne 2005!
This is how I got tweeting with Cherrie and requested the lyrics and chords and as fast as lightwaves, the music was in my mail box and used successfully for Mass. It was great.
After this success and warm messages from my new friend, I thought – how about meeting you guys for an interview – and after some more tweeting, it happened last Wednesday in a Starbucks in London.
The interview is my first ever interview with a band and it was super cool. Needless to say Cherrie and Hal are not only incredibly talented with music but also incredibly lovely people as well as deeply Catholic. The interview talks about themselves, their band, the philosophy in their lyrics, what moves them… I don’t want to go into any more details about the interview but hopefully it’ll surprise you when you listen to it, so sit back, listen and relax…
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