All I need is a TV show, that, and a radio. That, and a knock at my door, where yesterday a neighbor stood to hand me a small package that was accidentally put in her mailbox a few days ago.
I...I...opened the package. There were three CDs enclosed. I ran upstairs and popped the first one in my computer. And then something spoke. And this is what it said to me!
There was also a letter, filled with typos, that read in part...
It's what I call the Ultimate Zombee Genesis Imaginary Tour Extravaganza, Soiree, and Live Playlist. Taking the best from the live stuff I have on a hard drive and putting together the 3 hour show they SHOULD do.
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 3:36
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway 6:29
Carpet Crawlers 5:45
In the Cage 13:30
Afterglow (Live In Manchester) 4:28
Entangled (Live) 6:57
Home By The Sea / Second Home By… 12:14
Ripples (Live In Prague) 7:58
The Musical Box 10:56
Conversations With 2 Stools 6:49
Los Endos (Live At Twickenham) 6:25
Man On The Corner (Live) 4:05
Driving The Last Spike 10:17
Firth Of Fifth 8:29
Supper´s Ready 24:33
Dukes Intro (Live In Manchester) 3:49
Behind The Lines 5:26
Turn It On Again 6:21
The Knife [Live] 9:47
Duke's Travels/End (Live) 9:32
I emailed my buddy, BP to let him know that I had finally received his gift. And we exchanged emails all afternoon.
I had to do them as three audio cds, rather than a single mp3 cd, because the mp3 cd wouldn't maintain the track order. Which, as we know IS CRUCIAL IN A GENESIS SHOW....
... If you set a small fade overlap between songs, the crowd noise even blends pretty well.
I had to laugh. I couldn't even get them to import in the correct order, let alone even think to set a small fade overlap between songs. But, I do understand how CRUCIAL IT IS to have them in correct order, so I vowed to work on that. In the meantime, I became obsessed with listening to Behind the Lines.
I couldn't stop myself. Afterall, it is written in the book!
The Book of Genesis, people.
BP and I wrote about the Genesis albums and cassettes we have or used to have. Which ones first led to our obsession. His being Duke, mine being Trick of the Tail. (Yeah, Cleek. I said Trick of the Tail. Put that in your iPod and play it!)
I told him about a boy in my high school who was the first to have Abacab when it came out. He sat in the lunch area with headphones on, listening to it while the rest of us were gathered around, wanting to get a listen so bad. He wouldn't share! I told BP that I still think of him as a stupid idiot for it.
BP agreed, replying, "Yes. He sucks. I hate him."
And so it can be said that I'm not as stupid of an idiot as Greg J. always was and always will be, I will share it with you all now...
We wrote about memories of old concerts. Got me thinking about the Mama tour and how The Skimmer and I went to the first show together before we were married. And how he still married me when he learned of my serious, serious attitude towards this band and their music. How the next night, I went back with my boss who could not believe how the crowd went wild when the show opened and how he almost stormed out, so jealous of the attention Phil Collins was getting. How I went with another group the third night when I sat behind a group of women who did nothing but talk through the entire concert, until my head was ready to explode and I asked them to please, please, please stop talking. Please, I begged them, please, please, please stop talking! No one cares about your whiny kids! Ok, I didn't say that last part, but I felt like it.
BP and I wrote a little about how we disagreed about the newest tour. But, there are no hard feelings, if what he wrote on his blog back in October is any indication:
You know I like you when: I give you music.
A line and a sentiment I liked the first time I read it. And one I like even more now. And one I will reciprocate.
And now, I will turn it on again and will take your advice, BP, as should all of you (and that includes you, Cleek!)...
...turn it up loud and listen
Thank you, BP! 1, 2, 3, 4! A million times over.