Tag Archives: Peter Gabriel

100 Words, 100 Days: Day 34. On Lyrics.

Writing a new Scarecrow chapter for Dorothy: Locked and Loaded, I plugged in my headphones and brought up some early Genesis albums from my iTunes. The album that accompanied my writing was Foxtrot. It culminates with the orgiastic 23 minute long epic, Supper’s Ready.

As I was coming to the end of my 1000 word piece, I could feel Peter Gabriel’s voice and lyrics invade (in a nice way) my thinking. The lyrics make no sense at all, I thought. Is he having a laugh at our expense? 

So what if he was. Isn’t this what prog rock is supposed to be about?

On This Day…12 September

Sunday, Sunday…so good to me! It’s singalongajimbo Sunday, so pick up a song-sheet and let’s warble some tunes. If you can’t sing – like me – miming is cool.

Let’s roll back the years and find out what happened on this day, 12 September, in…

1846 – Elizabeth Barrett elopes with Robert Browning. The saucy little minx!

1857 – The SS Central America sinks about 160 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, drowning a total of 426 passengers and crew, including Captain William Lewis Herndon. The ship was carrying 13–15 tons of gold from the San Francisco Gold Rush.

1940 – Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France. If you look very carefully, you can see numbers behind the paint. Two is yellow!

1952 – Strange occurrences, including a monster sighting, take place in Flatwoods, West Virginia. Too much moonshine, methinks.

1959 – Premiere of Bonanza, the first regularly-scheduled TV program presented in color.

2003 – The United Nations lifts sanctions against Libya after that country agreed to accept responsibility and recompense the families of victims in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Seven years later, this story still hasn’t gone away

Birthday greetings make their way to:

Sue Ellen from Dallas, Linda Gray is 70.

Neil Peart from Rush. Image: http://www.rockdrummingsystems.com

Neil Peart, drummer from prog rock group Rush, is 58.

The composer Hans Zimmer is 53.

The controversial author, and former pet of Oprah Winfrey, James Frey is 41. May his candle be blown into a “million little pieces.”

Today in 1977, South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko is killed in police custody. This tragic event gave rise to one of my all-time favourite Peter Gabriel songs.