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Trending: #FirstSevenJobs started with Juneau musician Marian Call

Marian Call Marian performs at Wanderer's Refuge in Chicago on Oct. 23, 2014. (Creative Commons photo by Jamie Bernstein)
Marian Call performs at Wanderer’s Refuge in Chicago on Oct. 23, 2014. (Creative Commons photo by Jamie Bernstein)

Juneau singer-songwriter Marian Call has gone internet-famous again, this time with the Twitter hashtag #FirstSevenJobs.


On Monday, Call explained where the idea came from on Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal.

RYSSDAL: You get this idea about first seven jobs. Tell me how you got there.

CALL: I’m writing a song about work. It might sound funny, but I don’t like to write songs about love and romance so much, I feel that’s been done. So I write about other things like spaceships and avocados and our relationship to work is what interests me right now. I always ask Twitter when I need songwriting ideas, so I just volunteered my first few jobs and asked other people what theirs were. And apparently, I struck a nerve.

RYSSDAL: Yeah, you totally did.

Thousands have shared their first seven jobs on Twitter, including celebrities from Buzz Aldrin to Ellen DeGeneres to Monica Lewinski.

While Buzz Aldrin said he went from dishwasher to astronaut by his fourth job, Call’s path to become a professional singer-songwriter was more circuitous. On her list, it’s number 22 — with a question mark.

Marian Call hosts “Tideline” from 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays on KRNN, a KTOO sister station. 

Jeremy Hsieh

Local News Reporter, KTOO

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