A Visit from Tommy P


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.

"I'm sorry?"

"Linea Aspera. It's part of your femur. Look them up."

"Them?"

"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."

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