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Peter Gabriel Art Contest

Back in May, I was involved in a Peter Gabriel art contest.  Warren Vlass, the Administrator of Peter Gabriel Fans on Facebook held an art contest.  Participants were invited to submit their work between May 1 and May 30, 2017.

And while I did not win the grand prize, I was proud to be included in such a contest because Real World Studios suggested it.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if Peter Gabriel saw everyone’s work?  I certainly would like to think that it’s a possibility.

In case anyone wants to see what I entered, here are my three submissions:

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Genesis Everywhere!

I went out to the local cracker Barrel to grab some dinner before our writers’ group met, just so I wouldn’t have to drive home and get something to eat immediately after work then rush back to our meeting place.

I finished my food and was getting ready to leave my table when I noticed something interesting.  A waitress came out carrying a pot of coffee to one of her tables.  The name “Genesis” was emblazoned across the front of her brown apron.

I had to look a second time to see if my eyes were playing tricks on me, but they weren’t. It was right there, clear as day.

I wanted to stop her and tell her that Genesis is my favorite band, (even though she’s young enough that she probably never even heard of Phil Collins.)  I also wanted to ask her if I could get a picture of her apron, but I thought that would have been a little creepy, a complete stranger asking for a photo, so I decided against it.

Still, it’s an interesting reminder that there are actually people named Genesis (not just fans of the band with the nickname Jenesis).

And even though I forgot to tell my group about it this time, this will surely make an interesting conversation piece for our next meeting.

June 21, 2016

One year ago today, my husband and I just came back to our hotel room after seeing one of the greatest concerts in our experience thus far!  We’d just witnessed the opening show for Peter Gabriel and Sting’s Rock, Paper, Scissors Tour.  Just the fact that we were in the same building as one of my favorite musicians was enough to get the euphoria-induced blood flowing through my veins.  What a great way to spend the summer solstice!

Even though I was unsuccessful in getting to meet Peter before or after the show, (Some people had been lucky enough to sopt him and/or Sting.  I later mailed Peter a copy of my book, Twilight Alehouse.) it was still a great experience, nonetheless, certainly worth the 3 1/2 hour trip.

I have since posted my concert review on Ticket Master, and Alan Hewitt was gracious enough to include my review on his website, The Waiting Room Online.  Not only did he include my work on the webpage for #99, but the same piece will also be featured in the limited print edition of #100!  Now I anticipate the day in which I shall receive it in the post.

So, to make a long story short, my husband and I got to see Peter Gabriel in all his greatness, something which we never thought would happen.   I suppose the next thing on our bucket list is to catch a Steve Hackett show!

The Waiting Room #99

I want to extend a very special thank you to Alan Hewitt, who published my short work, “He Has the Touch,” on his Genesis fan site, twronline.

The work describes my expeience at the opening night concert of Peter Gabriel/Sting’s Rock, Paper, Scissors Tour, which took place on June 21, 2016 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The URL to the site is: http://www.twronline.net/  Please click on (TWR #99) and scroll down to my name to see my concert review.

I also published this on Ticketmaster under a different name, but being included on Alan’s page is such an honor and thrill to me!  I hope to contribute another work to his site one day!

What’s in a Name?

Back in January, I had a difficult time coming up with a title for my blog.  My husband and I came up with some names, mostly borrowed from our favorite song titles. To make a long story short, I decided on Genesis: Inside and Out because I wanted something which would reflect on what I hope to achieve-by exploring Genesis inside and out.

The following is the complete list of names.  The asterisks indicate our favorites:

 

The Garden Wall

In Your Wardrobe

Supper’s Ready (me)

The Cinema Show

After the Ordeal

*-Seconds Out

Driving the Last Spike

Land of Confusion (me-meant as a joke)

Home by the Sea

Silver Rainbow (me)

One for the Vine

*-In the Cage

The Grand Parade (me)

Chamber of 32 Doors

Squonk (also meant as a joke)

Los Endos

*Inside and Out (me)

Pigeons (again, another joke)

Do the Neurotic (joke)

Who Dunnit (joke)

Wot Gorilla (joke)

Can Utility and the Coastliners (joke)

*Timetable (me)

*Horizons (me)

The Fountain of Salmacis

Where the Sour Turns to Sweet

White Mountain

Silent Sun

 

Someone in one of my Facebook Genesis groups suggested Firth of 50th, which was a very close runner up.  Thanks to all who voted on and help suggested names.

Rock Art

Since I’ve been getting back into drawing lately, I wanted to share some Genesis-related artwork with my readers.  I made most of these in 2007, around the time of the band’s Turn It On Again Tour.  It’s hard to believe that these drawings are already a decade old!

 

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This is the avatar for my site because it is my favorite Genesis drawing thus far!

 

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Here is a prelimiary of the sketch of one of the band’s early classic lineup’s logos.

 

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Same thing, a little smaller.

 

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Since I never got see Genesis for their Turn It on Again Tour, (or any concert yet) I drew something which I thought would look good on a T-shirt.

 

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Back in 2007, my husband and I talked about writing a full biography about Genesis.  The book was going to be called, Supper’s Ready, which wass very unoriginal on my part. And this was a prelimiary mockup of what the cover might have looked like–not one of my finer works.  I have since changed the title of the biography for when, or if, it ever gets released.

 

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A larger version of Peter in black and white.

 

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And last, but not least, is a little sketch of the classic lineup which my husband drew about a year ago.

Interview with Steve Hackett

*I first contacted Steve in March of 2016, when I inquired about sending him a copy of my Genesis-inspired poetry book, Twilight Alehouse.  It was only a little over a year later when I sent him another e-mail and asked him if he would do an interview for my Genesis blog.  To my amazement, and great delight, Steve said that he would do the interview!  Please read the following post to see the wonderful, insightful, and interesting replies to my questions…

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a musician?

I wanted to be a musician from the age of two when I learned to play the harmonica.

 

Who are some of your favorite artists and greatest musical influences?

Bach, Tchaikovsky, Beatles, Buffy Sainte Marie are all favourites who influenced me. Music from around the world is a great influence too.

 

How do you feel about your wide fan base?

I’m proud of my fan base and their appreciation of my involvement with many different styles. It’s great to meet fans everywhere.

 

What inspires your lyrics?

Inspiration comes from personal experience, social injustice and diverse musical cultures from different countries and travels with my wife Jo, who is also a writer.

 

Which do you write first, music or lyrics?

Either music or lyrics can come first. Sometimes it’s a subject that I’m moved by, such as the plight of refugees who are being increasingly marginalised and other times it’s a piece of music that comes into my head.

 

Do you have any future projects in mind after you finish your current tours?

There are always future ideas brewing… and I plan to start recording the next album within the next few months.

 

Tell me something interesting about yourself.

I prefer not to follow the crowd. I believe in being open to all things and to be flexible as water. I love to receive inspiration from instruments other than my own and to read books by people from many places. I believe in following instinct…

 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I hope for world peace in these troubled times.