Tommy P, one half of Plush Gordon, just popped into my office and announced that he knows what the band's first full-length album will be.
"Darkwave," he said. "Look it up."
"Okay," I said.
"Linea Aspera," he said.
"Linea Aspera. It's part of your femur. Look them up."
"They're also a band. Look them up."
"I will," I said.
"No... Look them up right now!"
So I looked them up. Kind of goth, dark, synthy, textured, good beat.
"We'll bring in elements of prog -- well, maybe not prog. Nobody likes prog."
"I like prog," I said.
"No you don't," Tom said. "Even people who like prog don't really like prog. You just like prog because you feel like you have to."
I was going to object, but then I thought about it and figured he was at least partially right.
"Ambient," he said. "We bring in elements of ambient, and we let it build slowly so we can tell a story. Someone wandering through a city. They're lonely, but they find a dance party."
In the back of my mind, I thought about a lyric that came to me recently: I want to sing. I want to dance./I want to wear a pair of funky underpants.
I wondered if this lyric would fit into Tom's grand vision.
"Sounds good," I said. "But I still think there's room for prog."
"Okay," Tom said. "But just a little."
And with that, I wondered if I'd just been played. After all, if Tom hadn't preemptively nixed the prog idea, I never would have gotten that bee in my bonnet in the first place.
But it was too late to do anything about it. The man was gone, and I was alone in my office with Linea Aspera blasting from my speakers and wondering if the word "aspera" was in any way related to "asparagus."