The anti chop movement has been devastating to music.
Yeah, which is
why I'm glad there's still an underground prog movement. Some of the good
old bands (Crimson, Yes, Rush, Moody Blues) are still around and we have newer
ones like Porcupine Tree, Spock's Beard, The Mars Volta, Dream Theater,
Riverside, Ozric Tentacles, Anglagarde, Glass Hammer... the list goes
on. However, you'll never hear them on the radio. XM did have a
channel dedicated to prog, but I think it got canned.
p.s. Yes, Richard, I've heard some Happy The Man. Not much, but I
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Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 12:46
Subject: Re: Hiromi
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
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!
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
vancouver island, b.c.
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
Regards from Boston,
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From: "Tony K"
RE: HiromiI'll be seeing Emerson on Sunday evening. I'm not
counting on silver
suit or knives in the B3. Apparently he does travel
with a large modular
I'm a prog-head and proud of it!
I have all of the ELP albums up to but not
including "Love Bleah" oh,
I mean "Beach"
I sometimes think it's just fashionable to trash
prog, but I would rather listen
to it than most of what's coming out
these days. It is interesting to note that
there is a very active and
very good modern prog scene going on.
as said before.