Did any of you ever hear the prog band Happy The Man? We shared bills in
the good old days (G.O.D.S) and I thought, and still think, they were some of
the best and most creative of the prog genre. Especially in their first
incarnation with Mike Beck on drums/creative percussion.
And yes! The anti chop movement has been devastating to music. The
sanctification of The Garage has been cataclysmic. But some nights, when I''m
off, I'm really grateful for it!
But recording guitar for my daughter I really saw the impact of this. She
didn't want ANY string bends (I snuck in a few), any left hand tremolo (when
she wasn't looking), anything that really stood out. So ALL of my parts are
incredibly simple - which is what I usually like anyhow, but I mean
REALLY SIMPLE. I learned to put all the soul I could muster into whole
notes! While doing it I thought I would be really embarrassed - and threatened
to not put my name on the CD - but the final product actually fits together
well and the guitar comes off as organic and doesn't step on ANY toes (to say
the least). But this is how a lot of younger (especially college age) folks
want to hear music... or at least NEW music. They'll listen to the Zep's note
blizzards all day long and somehow that slips under the radar. But generally,
guitar chops are seen as showing off.
It's a strange new world! Our job is getting easier.
glassWing farm and studio
vancouver island, b.c.
On 21-Jun-06, at 8:23 AM, Christophe wrote:
I think the whole prog-bashing trend started as sour grapes on the part
of kids who just didn't have the chops to play it. As I recall, at the same
time that prog was declared a dinosaur by these young turks virtuosity in
general was poo-pooed just as much.
Not that there wasn't an awful lot of excess (and I spell excess E-L-P)
rampant at the time!
Regards from Boston,
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From: "Tony K" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
RE: HiromiI'll be seeing Emerson on Sunday evening. I'm not counting
suit or knives in the B3. Apparently he does travel with a large
I'm a prog-head and proud of it! I have all of the ELP albums up to
including "Love Bleah" oh, I mean "Beach"
I sometimes think it's just fashionable to trash prog, but I would
to it than most of what's coming out these days. It is interesting to
there is a very active and very good modern prog scene going on.
as said before. YMMV.