Unrelated to neuroscience, or at best tangential (because everything we do is related to neuroscience).
Each summer Battle Creek hosts a wonderful outdoor music festival – Leilapalooza. Five venues scattered around the beautiful Leila Arboretum host bands and soloists pretty much non-stop from 10 AM – 10 PM on a Saturday in July. Musical genres are varied, from Celtic folk and Tejano through classic rock, hard rock, and nihilistic sounds that pass for music in some alternate universe. I go for the music, and for the chance to take photos.
In 2013 I approached a stage where Pogo Rey and Blue Haze were playing – low-key blues done as well as they can be. I took a few photos and stood listening, then Rey shouted out (in my general direction), “Hi Bosco!” I turned around to see who Bosco was, and there was nobody there. I turned back and Rey again shouted, “Hi Bosco! I haven’t see you for a while!” I shook my head to indicate the he had the wrong guy, and he looked a bit sheepish (well, as sheepish as he ever could, which is not much). After their set I spoke with him, reminding him that we had met before a few times when I photographed them. He told me that my fedora had confused him – I nearly always wear one when I’m in my photographer alter-ego, and his friend Bosco wears one like it.
A few weeks pass, and I’m at another great local music event – Jam for a Cure at Marshall‘s Stuart’s Landing. Because I’m there playing photographer, I’m in my fedora. As I’m sitting and relaxing, a guy comes up to me and says, “I like your hat.” He extends his hand to shake mine and says, “I’m Bosco.” I laugh and share the story of Rey’s confusion with him. To be sure, the hat could be the only basis for confusing the two of us.
Since then I’ve become friends with Bosco, and a bit closer to Rey and some of the musicians in Blue Haze. And my daughters have determined that when I make it big as an accodion player my stage name should be “Bosco Squeezebox,” pronounced “Bosco Squeeze” (the “box” is silent, as people would wish that mine would be).
Thinking about this now because I’m heading out tonight to hear Laditude - the band that Bosco plays in currently. Looking forward to it.