Cool dude checking out his new wheels. (Grandson Ziev in Tel Aviv).
My Prog Rock magazine occasionally conducts a poll among its readers, contributors and musicians to create a top 50 or 100 of prog music albums. Well, in the latest one published just a matter of a couple of weeks ago, out of the top ten, I own nine.
Out of the remaining 90 I own 42!
I have been trying to fathom quite why this has become my favourite rock music genre. Words like “innovative”, “epic” and “experimental” come to mind. So do phrases like “music without frontiers” and “the perfect balance between art and entertainment”(pretentious? moi?). Maybe it’s just clear evidence of a deranged mind and that I am rapidly losing my marbles… Marbles? (at number 52 in the charts!) and Marillion’s finest hour.
PS My missing tenth album from the top ten is “Thick As A Brick” by Jethro Tull. An omission that I hope will eventually be corrected.
It seems incumbent upon me as a lover of history and writer of a blog on music, poetry, cricket (among other subjects) to commemorate this day with some suitable entries. This is the first of two entries for the day…first Siegfried Sassoon’s poem ‘Dreamers’.
4th August 2014 : The Centenary Of The Outbreak Of The Great War (2)
This beautiful song is by Ivor Gurney, the Gloucestershire poet/composer featured in an earlier post. Unbelievably Gurney wrote this whilst in the trenches in 1916. The words are by his friend Will Harvey (written a year earlier). This orchestration is by a third Gloucestershire friend, Herbert Howells.
I’m homesick for my hills again -
My hills again!
To see above the Severn plain,
Unscabbarded against the sky,
The blue high blade of Cotswold lie;
The giant clouds go royally
By jagged Malvern with a train
Of shadows. Where the land is low
Like a huge imprisoning O
I hear a heart that’s sound and high,
I hear the heart within me cry:
"I’m homesick for my hills again -
My hills again!
Cotswold or Malvern, sun or rain!
My hills again!”
"Tears In Rain : Time To Die" : Blade Runner (Reposted from January after the original clip was deleted)
I’m feeling rather miffed that my son blogged this iconic speech first as I had planned to blog it myself later…but I’m going to blog it anyway as it is just utterly wonderful. Also I want to add to Chris’s copious annotation by mentioning that part of this was improvised by Rutger Hauer much to Harrison Ford’s confusion.
"that hallelujah morning"…
New single / video from Elbow…Real Life (Angel). My favourite track on “The Take Off And Landing Of Everything” and an wonderful video to go with it.
The Beatles : Abbey Road
Jimi Hendrix : Are You Experienced?
IQ : Frequency
Yes : Going For The One
Steven Wilson : The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
Donald Fagan : The Nighfly
Anathema : We’re Here Because We’re Here
Elbow : Build A Rocket Boys
Pink Floyd : Live At Pompeii
Peter Gabriel : So
Kate Bush : Hounds Of Love
Marillion : Marbles
Bubbling Under …
Steven Wilson : Grace For Drowning
Elbow : Leaders Of The Free World
Midlake : Courage Of Others
Midlake : Antiphon
The Doors : LA Woman
Steely Dan : Gaucho
My two year old grandson Ziev, catching up with the latest in the Kevin Pieterson saga in the ‘Independent On Sunday’!
Cool table top artwork @ The Porto Lounge, Fishponds, Bristol
Thanks to NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour for this link. Hilarious album, but this song is… dark.
From an extremely weird concept and this track in particular is deeply deeply disturbing.