Thursday, June 29, 2006

madness sets in

Dante and Virgil crossing the river Styx (NOT the band Styx).

For the past couple of days I have not been able to keep two songs out of my head. "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Separate Ways" by Journey.

Journey.

Why?

It's horrible... despite all the good music that has been created since the beginning of history, suddenly I'm at a strip mall in the 1980's again. Why?

Perhaps... just perhaps... It's not due to chance. Perhaps the CIA is sending rays into my head from the top of the Empire State Building. They know I'm dangerous, they know if I finish my dissertation on the use of religious language in the construction of royal identity in eleventh- and early twelfth-century Leon and Castile that my work will be the beginning of the end for their grip on power. They fear me, so they have decided to drive me mad.

Yes, mad.

The rays are potent. I'm working on some charters, or making a sandwich, or feeding the cat, and suddenly Steve Perry's voice is in my head, telling me not to stop believing. Then the lame synth riff from "Separate Ways," then "Don't stop believin'" again. I tell you, I can't take it.

It's time to take a break, have an iced coffee, and listen to some Bob Dylan.

With tin foil wrapped around my head.

13 comments:

Paula said...

Liam it seems that you need a vacation.:-).When do you leave or Spain?

Brian Cubbage said...

Any way you want it, Liam-- that's the way you need it. Any way you want it. Go ahead and don the tin foil if you want, but know that the cosmic power of arena rock is woven into the very fabric of the universe, so not even tin foil can stop it.

And count your blessings. At least it's not Def Leppard.

Sandalstraps said...

Hey! In the 80's Def Leppard was my favorite band, just ahead of Van Halen, Foreigner, and Scorpions.

But, as far as the tin foil goes, I'm with Brian. In fact, the tin foil just might act as a conductor, and then you'd be in real trouble.

Brian Cubbage said...

Def Leppard was my favorite for a while, too. I think I listened to Pyromania about 300 times.

Oh, great: Now I've got that stuck in MY head. And I have to grade final exams today...

Jeff said...

Ah, corporate rock of the seventies and eighties.. Journey, Genesis, Kansas, Styx, Toto, Poco, Rush, Reo Speedwagon... Weren't they all the same band? Did anyone ever see tham all in one place at the same time?

Liam said...

I think they were different bands, they just all had the same hair, spandex pants, and guitar riffs.

crystal said...

I think you've already subcumbed to those rays and your post is just another way for the Company to spread the misery ... will any of us who've read this post have the slightest chance of a peaceful non-eighties-ear-worm day? I think not! Nnow I've got Open Arms on the brain ... arghn! :-)

Liam said...

I'm sorry, Crystal, I was able to avoid Open Arms myself...

Paula -- You're right, I do need a vaction. I'm leaving on Monday.

Paula said...

Have a nice trip. And i hope that you will take rest.:-).

crystal said...

Liam, how long will you be gone? Will you be still blogging when you're gone? You know, I've never had a post card from Spain *hint* :-)

Liam said...

I'll be gone until the 20th. I doubt I'll be blogging, since I will be pretty busy, but if I find myself with a few minutes and an internet connection, who knows?

A postcard, sure. Send me your address.
wrm2002@columbia.edu

Jeff said...

Liam,

Good luck. You should blog if you can, cuz you should try to catch up with my friend Joe in Madrid. I think you guys would really get along well.

cowboyangel68 said...

See, this is what you get for calling Joy Division "adolescent." You walk around with "Don't stop believin'" stuck in your head. I walk around with "Love will tear us apart" playing on the ol' brain radio station. There IS a difference.