I cannot hardly believe that I have not heard of you or this site before.
I'm in the AF, been flying for some really long time, lets say.
I have used Genesis, Gabriel, Hackett, etc as the soundtrack for my life since college in the early 80. I can't fly a helo, but I have both rappelled and skydived out of some:
(Flying big airplanes, C-5, C-17, KC-135 for the AF)
Anyway, the analysis of the engineering of Genesis is remarkable.
It also validates in my own head why some of the later live-stuff didn't "pop" with me as much.....like three sides live.
The first Genesis concert I saw was in the Oakland Coliseum for the ...And Then There were Three tour, (yeah, I know).
I was 16 or seventeen.
Through college I must have seen Genesis, Gabriel, and Hackett in their various tours about twenty times.
Good times. Hackett even stared at my date for a good portion of one concert.....I listen to them every week at least in some form......I have been so often accused of over thinking my listening to music... and here you are taking it to nigh a fine art. Vivat. Best; Dave
LiLeigh, in 2000, after earning her Comm'l
FAA Rotorcraft Rating...it was 105-degrees in AZ,
that day (no a/c in the cockpit) - hence the shorts!
I'm trying my best to get out all my communiques before Turkey-Gobble Day hits...so, I'm hoping this one finds you and your family reunited for a good communal feast - especially since you are a career serviceman?
God bless you, sir, for serving our country...in such a lengthy term of service.
I'm so very pleased that my videos and website have tickled your musical fancy...as well as your (our) fine memories of all those Genesis/Gabriel/Hackett tours of the 80's and 90's!
Yes, I think also music plays an important role in our lives (or at least, the training portion) as pilots.
Of course, I have nothing on your career, in the cockpit...but, when I was first learning to hover (in the trainer R22 I had no choice to use to learn to fly, get my first Rotorcraft rating) - it was Gabriel's "Mercy Street" which allowed me to overcome the (very common) urge to "over control" the cyclic.
My CFI suggested (after I had experienced the typical "very frustrating" initial hour of attempted stable hovering) that I go home and find a piece of music which featured a steady, hypnotic beat - and listen to it consistently until I came back the next day, to try again.
Gabriel's "So" happened to be in the car's CD system...and I forwarded through it until I came upon "Mercy Street"..and voila!
I got back in the cockpit, the next day, lifted off...and was steady as a rock (with "Looking down on Mercy Street, all she can see...", reverberating in my brain).
I'm sure that most all of us have some sort of similar stories about when their music came into play, during the more challenging times, in our lives.
To me, that is what Music, in general, does for the us, as human beings.
As cliche'd as it sounds: Music helps us to connect with each other, in a very intimate way...and helps us to make it through what we all face, on a daily basis.
The wonderful feedback generated via this website, my videos and my attending of all the Gabriel, Hackett and TMB concerts - within the past 3 years and connecting with so many fellow lovers of the music of early-Genesis/Gabriel-solo - underscores this.
I'm so grateful to include you (and all my other Entangled, Genesis-loving friends, who have written me, here) in this superlative fellowship known as "The Faithful". *grin*
Have a safe and warm Holiday season...and, beyond!
All my best to you,