Last night was my first bass guitar lesson. I’ve said I wanted to get back into playing music someday, well someday was yesterday. One of the exercises my instructor taught me was part of the bass line from “Dazed and Confused.” So your video for the day is the Yardbirds performing it from a television show.
In honor of going to see Curtis Eller tonight at SteamCon. If you get a chance you should catch him playing live. Mr. Eller puts on a high energy show and sings some great songs inspired by American culture and history. I’ve learned that when he asks if you want a beautiful or an ugly song, always vote for the ugly one. They are not ugly at all and mostly hauntingly beautiful, though the topic isn’t always a happy one.
Sometimes it’s better to share the wisdom of others instead of trying to recreate something. In this case Wilton Elder has some great information on what everybody ought to know about active music listening. I encourage you to read Wilton’s post and try active listening. You will find your music has a deeper level and you can begin appreciating the layers that are crafted together to make a song.
Did you try it? What do you think?
My music selection for the day is “Like Smoke” from Seattle’s Aaron English Band. I had the pleasure of being present while this video was recorded and it was a wonderful experience. I hope you enjoy.
A definition of Progressive Rock Music:
Progressive rock (often shortened to prog or prog rock) is a form of rock music that evolved in the late 1960s and early 1970s as part of a “mostly British attempt to elevate rock music to new levels of artistic credibility.” The term “art rock” is often used interchangeably with “progressive rock”, but while there are crossovers between the two genres, they are not identical.
Progressive rock bands pushed “rock’s technical and compositional boundaries” by going beyond the standard rock or popular verse-chorus-based song structures. Additionally, the arrangements often incorporated elements drawn from classical, jazz, and world music. Instrumentals were common, while songs with lyrics were sometimes conceptual, abstract, or based in fantasy. Progressive rock bands sometimes used “concept albums that made unified statements, usually telling an epic story or tackling a grand overarching theme.”
Progressive rock developed from late 1960s psychedelic rock, as part of a wide-ranging tendency in rock music of this era to draw inspiration from ever more diverse influences. The term was applied to the music of bands such as King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Soft Machine and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Progressive rock came into most widespread use around the mid-1970s. While progressive rock reached the peak of its popularity in the 1970s and early 1980s, neo-progressive bands have continued playing for faithful audiences in the subsequent decades.
Pilgrim Pil"grim, n. [OE. pilgrim, pelgrim, pilegrim,
pelegrim; cf. D. pelgrim, OHG. piligr[imac]m, G. pilger, F.
p[`e]lerin, It. pellegrino; all fr. L. peregrinus a
foreigner, fr. pereger abroad; per through + ager land,
field. See Per-, and Acre, and cf. Pelerine,
1. A wayfarer; a wanderer; a traveler; a stranger.
Strangers and pilgrims on the earth. --Heb. xi. 13.
2. One who travels far, or in strange lands, to visit some
holy place or shrine as a devotee; as, a pilgrim to
Loretto; Canterbury pilgrims. See Palmer. --P. Plowman.
The Prog Pilgrim
Me, your humble host. A guy who has decided to follow his joy and travel the world to hear great music live. I’m also going to try and spread the word of wonderful music that I feel doesn’t get the attention it deserves. While progressive rock is my genre of choice I can’t limit myself like that, so I’ll be talking about all kinds of music.
This whole thing works best if it is a conversation and I encourage everyone to comment and share information about their favorite music. After all, how am I going to discover more myself? I certainly can’t find it all on my own as I’m only one guy.
So welcome and I hope you enjoy the ride.