Why “Remicade Dream”?

Remicade Dream is, for now, my “band” name.  I use the quotation marks because there’s currently no band – just me, my keyboard, a microphone, and a computer.  I can do a lot of things with a computer and some good software, but since I’m still a bit of a purist, I’d eventually like to get some other musicians to lay down some tracks – the computer-generated guitar may sound okay, but there’s just nothing like the real thing.  At some point, an actual band might come out of this, and its name may change to something else, since presumably not ALL of the members will be on Remicade.  (Now, THAT would be an interesting band!)

So where did this name come from?  Remicade is the Big Daddy of the many drugs that I currently take to manage my rheumatoid arthritis.  If you really want to, you can read about it here.  Every 6 weeks, I get five vials of the stuff by infusion, in a process similar to chemotherapy.  (In fact, my insurance statements even call it “chemotherapy” – this was actually quite hard for me to deal with when I first saw it in writing.)  “Remicade Dream” is a song I wrote about the experience of attempting to go to a “happy place” while getting my infusions.  It was a trippy little number, but when I played it for people I trust, they agreed that there was something about it that didn’t quite work.  So I’m currently in the process of reworking the song, but I liked the name so much I decided to keep it for the “band” and the blog.

UPDATE: 9/21/2009

I finished my “Remicade Dream” song rewrite – it’s now available for listening on The Songs page.  It might be interesting to post the original song sometime for comparison; I’m thinking about it.