For the first time in many years I've had the opportunity to really take a break from what I do for a living, without dental reconstruction, illness or death/crisis in the family being the reason. Whew. These past five days are likely the longest consecutive stretch of time since February of 2001 that I have given my ears and brain a break on purpose. I rebooted. I needed it. We all do. That's not to say music wasn't played, quite the contrary since in my world music is as essential as air. But I only listened to exactly what I wanted to hear, without a thought of pleasing anyone but me. What a selfish twit, eh? Speaking of Twits, is it just me or is every day in the good ol' USA feeling more and more like it was written and directed by Rod Serling? I have never been more ashamed to be an American, or more afraid, and I came of age in the Nixon years.
This is some of the stuff played this week to calm my nerves and inspire a smile.
I have been deeply immersed in a new 12 CD box of genius from one of my favorite bands, King Crimson. For full information and complete track list click here. It also comes with a DVD, DVD-A and 2 Blue Ray discs. An absolute must own for any King Crimson fanatic. Here's a few samples.
Feeling a bit Prog Rockish tonight...
Can't believe I went more than a month without posting but I've been in dental reconstruction hell, as well as very busy at work. That said, here's a few new and old things that I've been cranking in the Basement Studio recently.
Ahhhhh.... vacation. For the first time many years I am able to take an entire week off without programming music for other people. This may sound insane but I'm actually looking forward to listening to only what I want to hear for a few days. I'll post some tunes randomly throughout...
Took a long ride yesterday with my daughter to pick up her first car. We hopped the Amtrak to New Jersey and drove what was my Mom's car back to Maryland. It was a great "Daddy/Daughter" day of bonding and I was able to educate her on the fine art of the mixtape, since Grandma's car had a cassette player without a line-in jack for our iPods and iPhones. I knew this in advance, so before we left reached into an enormous box of my old cassettes and grabbed a few at random. On our lovely drive home I explained that these were recorded in real time from vinyl and compact disc and creating them was one of my favorite activities back in the days before home music servers. Here's a few of the tunes that had us rockin' down I-95.
Maybe it's simply wishful thinking on my part, but there is more than a hint in the air that "prog-rock" is ready to return in a big way.
This is the first song that popped into my head after hearing the new Iron & Wine.
I simply can't talk about prog with out playing some Crimson.
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