important gamehendge info:
Project: The original project includes nine songs: "Wilson Prelude", "Lizards", "Tela", "Wilson", "AC/DC Bag", "Colonel Forbin's Ascent", "Famous Mockingbird", "Sloth", and "Possum". ("Wilson Prelude" is often not counted or listed separately, but has been revived by audience participation, eg 12-31-94, to have a life of its own). At least eight other songs -- "Divided Sky", "Llama", "McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters", "Punch You In the Eye" (originally "PMeITE"), "Axilla" and "Axilla II", "Icculus", and "Harpua" -- have Gamehendge references in them.
History: The project was completed as a tape-and-essay set, and submitted in July of 1988 (and signed off on by Trey's advisor on 8/24/88), but began from three places:
Songs with Mom: At least part of the Gamehendge work (which includes but also extends beyond TMWSIY) flowed from earlier work Trey did with his mother, who had been an editor for Sesame Street magazine and who has written dozens of children's stories. The two of them wrote a series of songs, and one musical, Gus the Christmas Dog, which (according to Dean Budnick) included "No Dogs Allowed" and "If I Were a Dog"; the former is now a rarity unrelated to Gamehendge, but the latter is a focal point of TMWSIY (and listen to the "Lizards Jam" at 7/10/97).
Poems from Tom: But "Lizards" fell into place (was, perhaps, unearthed from Trey's earlier work with his mother) after what would become TMWSIY was already underway. Tom Marshall sent Trey a poem, "McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters", which (though read at earlier shows to its own music, eg 10/17/85) was combined (12/6/86) with the music from "Skippy the Wundermouse" (originally played 12-1-84). This new "McGrupp" became a core nugget of the Gamehendge tale, a good summary of the story, and, though not included in Trey's senior study, often replaces "Possum" when the project is performed live, since the latter is a less-relevant song of revelry perhaps ill-befitting the current (?) state of Gamehendge while the former is Col. Forbin's dog's telling of the story.
Can you still have fun? The third seed was "Wilson, Can You Still Have Fun?", written by Trey, Tom, and Aaron Wolfe. Combined with newly written material, and material such as "Possum" modified from Jeff Holdsworth's writing, these became the structure and heart of TMWSIY.
Colorado? There's some speculation that the the band's August '88 trip to Colorado may have influenced some things, since there's a Lizard Head Wilderness, Wilson Peak, and and Mt. Wilson in the area. But that's likely concidence, since the paper portion of Trey's project was submitted in July '88 and signed off on 8/24/88 - and the tape portion (including the songs) were almost certainly written (and named) long before that|D|U|N|C|A|N|
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