Segarini – The Birth of The BobCast Part Two – How Do You Know It’s Impossible If It’s Never Been Done Before?

Over the years, a lot of dumb things have been said by a lot of smart, experienced, people.

“The greatest scientific minds have assured us that this ship is unsinkable, Lady Astor”.

“Guitar groups are on their way out, Brian”.

“No one is going to tune in to a television network to watch people cook”.

“Trump isn’t a career politician, he’s got fresh ideas and will lead America into the future”.

Shut up.


Everything Replaced By Your Smart Phone

When it’s time for change, and the existing rules and regulations, and popular pastimes start to creak and fray at the edges, it is usually the most knowledgeable of the current trend setters who stymie forward movement because they always try to solve the problems using the same ideas and standards that eventually caused the problems in the first place. When that moment arrives …and it always does, we either get the solution from those who have a vision, and have toiled under the radar trying to bring that vision to fruition, or what I like to call Accidental Pioneers. On one hand you have the newest, freshest, minds, the New Breed, the youthful passionate, game-changers who, seemingly overnight, rise up out of nowhere and change the landscape beyond recognition. Suddenly Blacksmiths are out of business. Wooden wheel empires turn to dust. Fans are replaced by Air Conditioners, Ice boxes are shunted aside by refrigerators, and gas lamps are replaced with light bulbs, It is a never-ending cycle of Innovation, Acceptance, Popularity, Entropy, Decline, Failure, and then …Innovation. Rinse. Repeat, and so on and so forth and shooby, dooby dooby.

Or ….

Somebody comes along with a hair-brained idea, and through sheer ignorance of the insurmountable problems the old paradigm faces, comes up with the innovation necessary to move forward with a completely overlooked idea that the learned minds either dismissed or were incapable of discovering because they didn’t look far enough outside of the box.

The Day I Discovered a Cone of Ice Cream

Accidental Pioneers.

And then there are people like me.

I have no idea what I’m doing, have no clue to how it works. Don’t care what anybody else says, and only have one thing on my mind – How to do what I want.

So you can add a third group.

Now we have

Under the Radar Innovative Newcomers.

Accidental Pioneers.

…and finally ….

Loudmouth Delusional Assholes who Won’t Take No for an Answer.

Now I’m in The Game.


With people like me it is never about Succeeding or Failing. It is just about DOING.

Like foreplay, the actual sex might end up being so-so …but GETTING THERE …getting there is all the fun.

If I were smart, I would have been much more interested in how much money or fame I could acquire instead of how cool it would be just to do something. But try as I might, I have never been comfortable with money making a difference between what I want to do and what I have to do.

Foolish, stupid, and delusional, I know.

But it’s how I roll and wasn’t a decision I made.

It just is …and over the years, I have learned to live with it. One of my many flaws I have no control over, even though I work hard to eradicate the ones I DO control. Proud to say THAT bar brawl is going well.


Roxanne Questioning My Very Existence

After I published part 1 of this series, Roxanne Tellier messaged me and asked, “So when are you going to tell the STORY of The BobCast? You barely mentioned it.”

Well, It’s barely going to be mentioned this week too.

As usual, LIFE has a habit of laughing at my plans and instead, throws problems at me that require my attention RIGHT NOW and if I don’t stop what I’m doing and DEAL WITH IT, what’s left of my hair will fall out and Cardi B. will be the most revered and beloved artist of her generation.

The BobCast started with a phone call from Brian Jaden looking to create Podcasts for distribution as a producer. His take was to tie me to a chair and talk about the music biz, the music, my experiences in the biz and with music and maybe exchange war stories with other musicians who slept in vans, played small towns and cities, deflowered locals, and ran afoul of the authorities, club owners, fathers of teenage blondes and met famous musicians and shared a beer with, say …the drummer from the 2nd band the original bass player from Eddie Money’s old high school group put together after he left that band that opened for Nirvana one time before Kurt decided to become a tragic, dour, icon to a generation of shoe-gazing nihilists who have become known as Geniuses of Bad Decisions and Three Chord Teen Psalms and Sad-Core Contemplation.

Truth is …you can take any Rock Star Biography, change the names, amount of blow jobs, near death road stories, drug references, and ultimate success or failure, and it’s just one story for everyone. In a nutshell, you do whatever you do to become a rock star, pay the dues or win the contest, and either succeed or fail.

Remeber That Time We Made a Mistake? That Time Our Label Screwed Us? That Time My Wife Left Me? That Time We Played Great? Etc ….

Like Sports and Politics, and Religion, it’s pretty much the same journey for everybody.

If that’s what Brian had in mind, I would take a pass.

It’s only fun if you’re around a kitchen table with like-minded old friends. THAT, I would do in a heartbeat. Otherwise, you’re telling stories to a bunch of wide-eyed strangers and run the risk of having them interrupt your dinner or a conversation if they spot you in public, to discuss what gauge strings Geddy uses on his bass during the cold winter months as opposed to how many drum heads does it take to change all the drum heads on Neil’s overwrought unnecessarily enormous drum kit, to asking Neil Young how he developed his guitar playing style and how does he make it sound like he’s playing wearing oven mitts.

I don’t know.

I don’t care.

I’m more interested in making sure I don’t trip and fall in the bathroom and break a hip.

Or accidently swallow a Urinal Cake.


Next week. More on the Story of The BobCast, another episode of same, and another 1000 or so words dedicated to keeping me from falling asleep on my keyboard.



EPISODE 2 MARCH 24th 2013

Again, forgive the sound quality …just imagine you’re listening on an old AM Transistor radio.

Back Row L to R – Luka, Neil, Gab, Doug Thompson, Not Sure, Phil, Steph, and Chloe. Front Row L to R – Roxanne, Stacey, Bob, Cherish, and Brian
Doug Thompson
Doug and Yoko
Stacey Again
BobCast Logo by Jason Mamone


Segarini’s regular columns have inspired many different musicians to achieve outstanding success. One learned how to empty a dishwasher, another to pick up his socks before his wife yelled at him, and John Denver will never forget to refuel his light plane ever again.


Bob “The Iceman” Segarini was in the bands The Family Tree, Roxy, The Wackers, The Dudes, and The Segarini Band and nominated for a Juno for production in 1978. He also hosted “Late Great Movies” on CITY TV, was a producer of Much Music, and an on-air personality on CHUM FM, Q107, SIRIUS Sat/Rad’s Iceberg 95, (now 85), and now publishes, edits, and writes for DBAWIS, continues to write music, make music, and record.

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