Some Overdue Ponderings…
Jerry Lucky Commentary November 2015
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Well I don’t need to be reminded that this November commentary is about a week late. I know. Been having to deal with a little bit of seasonal illness and some family moving that simply got in the way of some of my writing and creating a new radio show. On the plus side, I have tried to maintain a steady stream of new release reviews and that’s been my priority.
But speaking of moving, I’ve moved the radio studio into a new facility that by all estimates will offer a slightly better sound. If you’ve not had the opportunity to check out the Progressive Rock Files Radio Show hosted exclusively on The Dividing Line Broadcast Network, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to check it out. I try to do two shows a month, roughly 90-minutes each featuring all of the new releases reviewed on this website. Along the way I get to include to classic prog or psych material or just other interesting music that doesn’t feature prominently in the review section. So it’s a pretty varied show. Check it out and by all means let me know what you think.
I have to qualify something I wrote about a few months ago, where I asked if we weren’t in some kind of a lull or slow period in the world of Progressive Rock music. I’m not sure what actually stimulated my thinking in that direction but let’s just say I must have been having an off day. I recently acquired a couple discs that made me realize there is still plenty of absolutely great music being created. Two of the discs that helped me see the errors of my ways are the new Izz and the new Spock’s Beard, both really fine examples of Prog. But they’re really just the tip of the iceberg. As I took the opportunity to look back over my very own reviews I was reminded of many other stellar musical examples, so far from being in a lull I think it’s safe to say there’s plenty more good music yet to come.
Now, speaking of great music I got word from my buddy Jean in Quebec that the Progressive Rock festival Terra Incognita 2016 will be taking place the weekend of May 20 – 22 in beautiful Quebec City. Band’s performing will include RPWL, Inner Odyssey, Abel Ganz, Kinetic Element, Unreal City and Sylvan. It’s looks like a great musical lineup with RPWL performing twice including the opening day where they will be performing Pink Floyd: The Man and The Journey a Pink Floyd show staged in 1969. The performance will include pieces from Ummagumma, plus selections from the soundtrack of the movie More, all of which sounds pretty amazing. This will be the 11th year for the festival. You may want to google them for more information.
Looks like I’ll be getting tickets to go see The Musical Box perform in Vancouver next February. A few months back I wrote about tribute bands after seeing Brit Floyd and I know that some have a love/hate relationship with tribute bands. There are certainly plenty of them out there everything from bands reliving Roy Orbison to ZZ Top and everything in between. The “love” side of the relationship I think stems from fans having the opportunity to relive the music they enjoy of bands in some cases that no longer exist. The “hate” side of the equation I think comes from those who think there is something unseemly about being a “cover-band” and all the baggage that goes along with that. But it was recently pointed out to me that “covering” music has a long and storied tradition in the classical world. Symphony orchestras around the world invest a tremendous amount of time and energy in “covering” the music of artists long since dead. You might say symphony orchestras actually created the idea of “cover-bands” and in the eyes of music aficionados; it’s a very good thing. So I plan to see the Musical Box and thoroughly enjoy myself. By the way I’ll be checking out British band Muse before that as they play in Vancouver in December.
Lastly then I was reflecting on an early commentary I wrote about fifteen years ago (WOW, where has the time gone?) detailing how I view the very first true Symphonic Prog album to be the Moody Blues – Days of Future Past. It’s no secret I stand alone (or virtually alone) as most would say the real starting point would King Crimson’s Court of the Crimson King. My own view is that that album merely solidified Prog’s defining criteria which were so elegantly introduced by the Moody Blues. In a similar fashion I would call Black Sabbath originators of the Heavy Metal genre which was then codified by the work of Led Zeppelin. Not sure if that stirs up a hornet’s nest or not but at least that’s what I think.