Dream or Nightmare

I had a dream that we went on vacation to some unnamed beach hotel. The cast of the show The Flash was there. I was trying to impress them by telling them I was in a cover band and we played a Genesis song. They were polite, but they were also not impressed.

Was it a dream or was it a nightmare?

You decide.

The Stir Crazy Files – Episode 36

The weather is spectacular today.  Sunny, 67 degrees, the slightest touch of a breeze, not a cloud in the sky.

When I looked at the forecast I was excited that I’d get to open every window in the house and make it feel like a Springtime paradise.


Three houses down from us, our neighbors are having work done on their roof.  The crew doing the work are listening to music at a borderline absurd volume.  When I opened the windows in our bedroom (current home of my work-from-home desk) I was assaulted by lame music.

Damn it.

I was hoping for a quiet day with just the breeze to keep me company.  Instead I have to play my own music to drown out their music*.  Granted, my music is awesome so it’s okay.  It’s just not what I wanted today and I want what I want god damn it!


*The Sonos speaker in the bedroom has been playing through a playlist consisting of all Genesis records that include Steve Hackett on guitar.  I’ve already burned through Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot.  Right now I’m on Selling England by the Pound track three, “Firth of Fifth.”  Steve Hackett’s shining guitar solo moment.  A career defining moment if ever there was one.  So my music is amazing.  The roofers’ music… not so much.

Panic Level: Rising



Here’s a bit of symbolism to demonstrate how I feel right now:

Yesterday I ordered some packs of guitar strings from Amazon.  I also ordered a little musician’s exercise tool.  It’s kind of like one of those things that you squeeze with your hand but instead of squeezing one thing you have four, one for each finger.  I was planning to spend the last week or so before the gig working out like a mad man in the hopes of not having the same problems I had back in November.

When I placed the order the estimated delivery date was 1/27.  When the order was processed the delivery date was changed to between 1/27 and 2/3… two days after the gig.  Yup, that sums up my current state perfectly.

Now that I’ve vented about that, let’s get back to Picard.  I found out this morning that there are a couple of prequel sort of things out there.  Tie in’s might be a better term.  The first is a three issue comic series called Star Trek Picard – Countdown.  I started my lunch break by reading it… well, reading 2/3 of it because issue #3 doesn’t come out until next week.  Admiral Picard, Romulans, and a predicted super nova.  Enough said.

There is another tie in too.  On CBS All Access there is a series called Star Trek Short Treks (I think… that’s the name, isn’t it?).  I was looking at it yesterday but I didn’t watch any of them.  Turns out the most recent episode, titled Children of Mars (again, I think) is somehow related to the new series.  It’s 8-9 minutes long so I watched that too.  Two school aged girls, both of whose parents work on Mars, are having a really crappy day at school and they really don’t like each other.  No spoilers, but it telegraphs the ending pretty clearly and it still hit Mr Overly Emotional in the feels.  I should also state that this clip proves that Peter Gabriel is literally timeless.  David Bowie too, but mostly Peter Gabriel.  If I were the director I probably would have passed on Gabriel’s cover of Bowie’s Heroes in favor of Genesis’ Return of the Giant Hogweed, but that’s just me.  Heroes made more sense in terms of the story but it doesn’t have an awesome riff like Hogweed does.  Again, just me.

Speaking of Genesis, apparently Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, and Phil Collins were seen together at a NY Knicks game the other day.  80’s Genesis reunion confirmed?  What else could it mean?  I’m sure Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett were around too.  Were the Islanders playing that night?  Maybe they were there instead?  I’m sure we can count on a full reunion any day now.  The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway rides again?

Damn… I need to practice.

He’s Back

Phil Collins is coming out of retirement.

I think it’s time for Steve Hackett to put his foot down and get the effin’ band back together. Peter included. You guys are all pushing 120 years old. Do it now while you can, you bunch of assholes!