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  1. Brian Eno has a technique called "Skysaw Guitar",...

    Brian Eno has a technique called "Skysaw Guitar", which was used on the track of that name and also on "Red Sails" (from Bowie's Lodger album) - basically, have the same guitarist record solos in the...
  2. We just moved my mother-in-law out of assisted...

    We just moved my mother-in-law out of assisted living and into board-and-care/hospice. It's sad, even though I never really liked or got on with her. She was a proud intelligent woman who worked...
  3. As near as I can tell, his only Genesis work...

    As near as I can tell, his only Genesis work (other than the Lamb) has been "Supper's Ready" and an early storyboard for "A Trick of the Tail" (the song, not the album).
  4. that was ... different. I like it though.

    that was ... different. I like it though.
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    Now that I've had a day to digest this news, let...

    Now that I've had a day to digest this news, let me rephrase that.

    Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, baked beans, shit, shit, and shit.
  6. Hail and farewell, Ed's Mom; may I be as good a...

    Hail and farewell, Ed's Mom; may I be as good a son when my parents' time comes.
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    Damn ... it's well done but leaves out the good...

    Damn ... it's well done but leaves out the good part of the song (which would be really well adapted for violin).
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    Shit.

    Shit.
  9. ^^^Sounds like a lost line from The Lamb

    ^^^Sounds like a lost line from The Lamb
  10. I wonder what it is so many people have against...

    I wonder what it is so many people have against "Billy the Mountain". To me, it's one of Zappa's finest toons - or, rather, it contains several of them.
  11. Actually, Christopher Tolkien did release the...

    Actually, Christopher Tolkien did release the story of Túrin as a book unto itself, notably expanded from the Silmarillionversion. It's called The Children of Húrin.
  12. Not blasphemy, and a very good question. The...

    Not blasphemy, and a very good question.

    The Silmarillion is actually a collection of five parts.

    The first part, "Ainulindalë" is (as Dark Elf noted) an exquisitely beautiful creation myth.
    ...
  13. Weird thing just happened. Several days ago I...

    Weird thing just happened. Several days ago I finished reading his last edition of his father's work (The Fall of Gondolin). Then, for something lighter, picked up a Mike Resnick book - and that...
  14. These earlier references are more and more...

    These earlier references are more and more dubious re: the whole prog thing. Just sayin'.
  15. ^^^What he said.

    ^^^What he said.
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    Orlando, by Virginia Woolf. Wow, this is really...

    Orlando, by Virginia Woolf. Wow, this is really different from everything else I've read by her...
  17. +1 to that!

    +1 to that!
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    Somebody should mention that the Oscar noms are...

    Somebody should mention that the Oscar noms are out.

    OK, I mentioned it.

    Move along, nothing to see here...
  19. California ... pleeease...

    California ... pleeease...
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    A song about coffee? Piddling piffle. Try a whole...

    A song about coffee? Piddling piffle. Try a whole cantata about coffee ... by JS Bach, no less...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nifUBDgPhl4

    Ahhh....Bach....
  21. Freak Out if only for "The Return of the Son of...

    Freak Out if only for "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet".
    Just Another Band from LA for the best of the Flo & Eddie period
    Apostrophe' for George Duke's playing
    Roxy & Elsewhere[I] for an...
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    She seems to be very popular, for some strange...

    She seems to be very popular, for some strange reason, with metalheads.

    She is very good in a Kate Bush sort of way.
  23. Not only that, but disgustibus non deputandem.

    Not only that, but disgustibus non deputandem.
  24. I'm hearing Canterbury more than Zeuhl. Whatever,...

    I'm hearing Canterbury more than Zeuhl. Whatever, I like it.
  25. That is a helluva band, but I think the 1977 band...

    That is a helluva band, but I think the 1977 band (Levin, Fripp ["Rhodes"], Hunter, Fast, Schwartzberg, Maelin and Aaberg) was at least close, though very different. More of a rock-out band, really:...
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    I read Collapse a few years ago, and found it a...

    I read Collapse a few years ago, and found it a most interesting read. Perhaps the most dramatic section is the comparison of Haiti to the Dominican Republic...and given what has happened on that...
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    It was quite a fitting end to the "journeys" of...

    It was quite a fitting end to the "journeys" of several characters, with a slingshot ending that could lead anywhere.
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    Ursula K. Le Guin The Last Interview.

    Ursula K. Le Guin The Last Interview.
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    R.D. Laing, Knots. It really is like the song.

    R.D. Laing, Knots. It really is like the song.
  30. I didn't forget them, I just don't consider them...

    I didn't forget them, I just don't consider them "core."

    You're right about "art rock."
  31. Authorities don't determine usage. A good...

    Authorities don't determine usage. A good dictionary (like Webster's or the OED) knows this and strives to keep up with actual usage, rather than trying to prescribe it.

    How a magazine used a term...
  32. Do you actually give a flying fuck what the music...

    Do you actually give a flying fuck what the music magazines say?
  33. My Dad and Mom have decided to move to a senior...

    My Dad and Mom have decided to move to a senior center next summer. Good for them.

    My father recently wrote a 30+ page semi-fictional piece imagining, starting with his great-grandfather leaving...
  34. If you think Songs in the Key of Life isn't...

    If you think Songs in the Key of Life isn't progressive, you need to get out more often.
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    Vachel Lindsay: The Art of the Moving Picture....

    Vachel Lindsay: The Art of the Moving Picture. Written in 1915, updated in 1922 (if I'm remembering correctly), established a lot of the aesthetic values for movies (and some that ceased to be...
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    Happy Ho-Ho.

    Happy Ho-Ho.
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    Cool.

    Cool.
  38. H'mmm. Since (not counting orchestras) several of...

    H'mmm. Since (not counting orchestras) several of those "artists" (Tower of Power horn section, Solar Choir, Zap Mama) are multiple persons, that might beat Centipede...
  39. I don't get to as many concerts as some of youse...

    I don't get to as many concerts as some of youse guyse, but I did particularly enjoy:
    King Crimson (2014 and 2019)
    Yusuf / Cat Stevens (~2016)
    Steve Hackett (2016?)
  40. Interesting. The songwriting sounds more like...

    Interesting. The songwriting sounds more like Leonard Cohen, but I see what you mean.
  41. Then why are you even reading this thread?

    Then why are you even reading this thread?
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    I haven't read a lot of Rushdie, but the one...

    I haven't read a lot of Rushdie, but the one before last (The Golden House) really blew me away.
  43. Lead soldiers, magnesium strips... Chemistry...

    Lead soldiers, magnesium strips...

    Chemistry sets. Those things were chock-full of death-in-a-bottle.

    Re: Backyard skating rinks. We lived for a year in a house that backed onto Candlewood Lake...
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    For me he will always be the French chef in The...

    For me he will always be the French chef in The Little Mermaid... "Les poissons, les poissons, how I love leetle feesh..."
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    I only went to one show this year, but it was...

    I only went to one show this year, but it was King Crimson....
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    Ayyy, ayyy - Babushka, babushka, babushka, ya-ya!

    Ayyy, ayyy - Babushka, babushka, babushka, ya-ya!
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    I actually loved the "Final Chronicles" or...

    I actually loved the "Final Chronicles" or whatever it was called - it played with the concepts of the series at a much deeper and, yes, more dense level: plus, Donaldson had learned to write pretty...
  48. Interesting. Probably my biggest complaint is...

    Interesting. Probably my biggest complaint is that some of the songs outwear their welcome: they have room for that interplay, but it just isn't there.

    Maybe live...
  49. Complicating things a bit, there was a UK-only LP...

    Complicating things a bit, there was a UK-only LP released at roughly the same time, Direct Hits from the Who, which contained four of the same songs: "Bucket T", "Call me Lightning", "Pictures of...
  50. I've listened only once, and it was indeed a...

    I've listened only once, and it was indeed a little AOR/MOR-ish, but by damn it's more energetic than Endless Wire. Roger's in excellent voice, Pete's guitar playing is exactly what it needs to be,...
  51. A couple of personal favorites. (Though I do love...

    A couple of personal favorites. (Though I do love the classics too).
    1. The most romantic Christmas song I know - seriously. This is the Pogues' masterpiece, "...
  52. Thank you so much! About this time of year I need...

    Thank you so much! About this time of year I need a break from straight carols (which I do love). This is perfect.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWUQg0bqhVw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWUQg0bqhVw
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    Time for my annual CHristmas reading. THis year...

    Time for my annual CHristmas reading. THis year is Fulton SHeen's Life of Christ.
  55. Thinking about the Randazzos reminded me: they...

    Thinking about the Randazzos reminded me: they were my next door neighbors. Across the street from them was Baron von Barrens, who had flown de zeppelins fur der Kaiser in der Great Var. He was a...
  56. Hunh. My grandma useta put VapoRub right on my...

    Hunh. My grandma useta put VapoRub right on my nose and here I still am.

    Ah yassss, medicines and the medical profession. Do you remember getting pinworms allegedly from Hallowe'en candy? It was...
  57. Another Estes rocket story ... We lived in a...

    Another Estes rocket story ...

    We lived in a neighborhood of large (typically 1.5-2 acre) back yards, with no fences. Some of the neighborhood kids were playing baseball and I decided to launch...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqyg9xAsdkk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqyg9xAsdkk
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    That was weirdly beautiful.

    That was weirdly beautiful.
  60. There was a drugstore in my suburban New York...

    There was a drugstore in my suburban New York town that sold a lot of those gag products, and I occasionally spent my 25-cent allowance on them. One day I was walking home with my best friend Eddie,...
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