The Prog Pilgrim

Prog

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

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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,
Peregrine.]
1. A wayfarer; a wanderer; a traveler; a stranger.
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Strangers and pilgrims on the earth. --Heb. xi. 13.
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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.
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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.

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Brendan

Just a guy from Seattle who has decided to follow his joy and travel the world to hear great music.

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