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  1. JEEZ! The difference between Far Right...

    JEEZ!

    The difference between Far Right Populism (AKA Neo-Fascism) and Far Left Marxism:
    You can understand what the Far Right Populists are saying, and recognize it as guff.
    But when it comes...
  2. There's a trick I've found for the Times paywall:...

    There's a trick I've found for the Times paywall:

    The paywall blocker loads last. So while an article is still loading, I can quickly copy the whole thing and then paste it to Wordpad (in...
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    The truly great composers don't seem to lose it....

    The truly great composers don't seem to lose it. It may be that their technique is so baked-in that even when the inspiration isn't huge, they absolutely know how to build on what they do have. I...
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    Weird - you and I posted the same piece of music...

    Weird - you and I posted the same piece of music at almost the same time, but different YouTube videos of it.
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    Just listened to this again. ...

    Just listened to this again.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTwWp6VMNGs

    It's so good - a simple idea built into something powerful, and so many wonderful subtleties, so many little varying...
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    Maybe because it grabs the musical zeitgeist in a...

    Maybe because it grabs the musical zeitgeist in a way most of his later, non-Italian-Western music didn't: It combines a funky Latin groove with a romantic oboe melody and a primitive-sounding choir....
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    He once said that he listens to Bach every day....

    He once said that he listens to Bach every day. And the kind of rigorous, old-school training in composition he received at the Academy of Saint Cecelia would have probably involved years of drill in...
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    Although there's a problem with making a movie:...

    Although there's a problem with making a movie: How eventful was Morricone's life? His dad taught him to play the trumpet, he went to music school, he slowly worked his way up the ranks of the...
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    Sticky: The whole statement: "I got a clue about 28 years...

    The whole statement: "I got a clue about 28 years ago of how stupid and selfish some people in this country are, while selling Xmas trees at a YMCA.". And, as I said, I don't know why it struck me as...
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    Sticky: That's funny. I'm not quite sure why, or why I...

    That's funny. I'm not quite sure why, or why I started laughing as soon as I read it, but it is.
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    Vale, Maestro. And thanks for all the great...

    Vale, Maestro.

    And thanks for all the great music. Thanks for completely changing the sound of films. Thanks for being, perhaps, the greatest contributor to rock and pop music who wasn't a rock...
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    Vale, Maestro. And thanks for all the great...

    Vale, Maestro.

    And thanks for all the great music. Thanks for completely changing the sound of films. Thanks for being, perhaps, the greatest contributor to rock and pop music who wasn't a rock...
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    The point, though (I think) was that Zorn took...

    The point, though (I think) was that Zorn took hardcore - and extreme metal - seriously: as music, as highly passionate, and as an artistic expression. An awful lot of "real musicians" didn't in the...
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    Sticky: In Portland, OR, the government is now officially...

    In Portland, OR, the government is now officially requiring masks inside businesses, and on public transport. I have seen people on the MAX light-rail, and inside Fred Meyer (a local grocery,...
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    Sticky: They call themselves "real Americans". So I do as...

    They call themselves "real Americans". So I do as well, but with the addition of full capitalization to indicate the phrase's status as a meme, cliche, buncombe belief, political catch-phrase, or...
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    Sticky: REALLY. The idea of "I wear a mask to protect...

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    REALLY.

    The idea of "I wear a mask to protect you (because I might be sick and not know it), and you wear a mask to protect me (because you might be sick and not know it)" just seems...
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    A point that I thought was interesting: Of his...

    A point that I thought was interesting: Of his role in Simulacrum, John Medeski said, “I love metal, but unless you go really back, keyboards are not a big part of it.” And notice that Zorn has him...
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    He probably gets asked every now and then if he's...

    He probably gets asked every now and then if he's from the Ohio branch of of the family - the Cleveland Shteamers.
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    He's done so many things, and I think the main...

    He's done so many things, and I think the main point of the article was his contribution as a one-man musical nexus - as someone who connected all kinds of different musicians. He put guys together...
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    John Zorn - the Rolling Stone article

    Yeah, I know: Rolling Stone is a joke. It was never really hip - or its supposed hipness was rooted in roots-obsessed lyrics-first anti-prog musical bigotry - and it's only gotten worse over the...
  21. I don't think he was ever that in private - but...

    I don't think he was ever that in private - but he was and is clearly uncomfortable with being a public figure, except on his own very clearly defined terms.
  22. The "EEK" gets me every time.

    The "EEK" gets me every time.
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    I've heard them. Interesting stuff, although it...

    I've heard them. Interesting stuff, although it sounds too dependent on production to me.
  24. There's a sort of looseness to it that's also...

    There's a sort of looseness to it that's also unusual for music of that type. It's as if maybe the tunes weren't more than sketches, and every time they play one they play it a bit different. Or as...
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    I've always wondered why so few people have...

    I've always wondered why so few people have experimented with or pursued the "metal with brass" concept.
    Brass Against out of NYC - who do almost all covers - and Jerseyband are the only other ones...
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    Sticky: Poor people are the hardest working people. He's...

    Poor people are the hardest working people. He's referring back to the first sentence, not the second.
  27. But they're playing material with both a lot of...

    But they're playing material with both a lot of notes, and not terribly dissonant or advanced harmonies. That suggests to me that they can play pretty well, but that they're either still halfway...
  28. They hit some really ripe ones, which is why I...

    They hit some really ripe ones, which is why I suspected a lack of rehearsal. Although poor monitoring can also cause that problem - if they can't hear themselves or each other or the piano (for a...
  29. Brazilian Chamber Orchestra Plays Prog Classics

    Just ran into these by accident on YouTube.

    The group is called Orquestra de Solistas do Rio de Janeiro and numbers seventeen: five strings, four woodwinds, three brass, piano, harp, guitar, two...
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    Sticky: Actually, when it comes to the politicians who...

    Actually, when it comes to the politicians who lie the most, we can see their lips move, for a simple and obvious reason.

    The ones who aren't as likely to lie, or to lie as big, those are the...
  31. I've done it, and you can use almost anything....

    I've done it, and you can use almost anything. The trick is that it must be rough enough to excite the strings, but smooth enough to slide easily. Wood will do, or plain unchromed steel. The real...
  32. The math doesn't matter to the sound. It's...

    The math doesn't matter to the sound.

    It's just an interesting way of putting compositions together so they're neither too repetitious or too scattered, and so the sections have interesting and...
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    I caught them, as well as Pelican some years ago....

    I caught them, as well as Pelican some years ago. Didn't impress me. Interesting ideas, but they never went anywhere. Maybe they've gotten better since.

    And that's the complaint I have about a lot...
  34. It seems like his audience wouldn't be big...

    It seems like his audience wouldn't be big enough. Although he might have a whole huge Christian audience, who listen to no other prog artists and are thus invisible to us. I suppose he might also...
  35. Or maybe for the connections - for getting...

    Or maybe for the connections - for getting steered to paying jobs by Neal, and getting paying jobs steered to him. At least, if Neal has that sort of influence.

    For that matter, what does Neal do...
  36. That's got to be interesting for Derek. I mean,...

    That's got to be interesting for Derek. I mean, his primary career was as a Big Time Music Biz executive, and he's famous as the man who discovered Bon Jovi. Gentle Giant was just something he did...
  37. Exactly. I consider Neal the biggest natural...

    Exactly.

    I consider Neal the biggest natural talent of all the currently-active proggers.
    He can play guitar and keyboards better than Rikard Sjöblom and almost as well as Mike Keneally, sing...
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    Sticky: It depends upon which people under forty: If...

    It depends upon which people under forty:

    If they were poor, minority people, and it spread in prisons and at laborers' worksites, not so much.

    If they were wealthy white people, and it...
  39. Rachel probably listened to it once, and had the...

    Rachel probably listened to it once, and had the whole thing nailed. And, if you'd given her a few more passes, she could have put down the bass and drum parts perfectly as well.
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    Sticky: That only looks like a middle ground from your...

    That only looks like a middle ground from your point of view.

    From the protesters' point of view, it's a complete surrender to "The Elites' Nefarious Plot™": wherein The Elites™ have concocted a...
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    Sticky: It's more that they are on their own rails, which...

    It's more that they are on their own rails, which have entirely to do with those currently at the top staying at the top forever - and for that to happen, those at the bottom must be told that what...
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    I've listened to a few of the tracks. And while I...

    I've listened to a few of the tracks. And while I found the music good for what it is, and the lyrics at least well-intentioned, the two do not work together. At least not to my ears. They sound as...
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    Part of that might have been that he was hired as...

    Part of that might have been that he was hired as a sideman, not a band member. So he didn't try to "interpret" anything - his job was nailing Rick's parts, and that's what he did. With Kansas, where...
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    Sticky: No one should do that, no one should be able to...

    No one should do that, no one should be able to get away with it, but many do. In fact, they get away with it to great success. The plain reality of it is that truth has lost much of its mooring to...
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    Sticky: I'm sure I've been past it - I used to take urban...

    I'm sure I've been past it - I used to take urban group hikes in that neighborhood - but not in. (I'm not Jewish, and probably wouldn't be very observant if I were.)
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    Sticky: I see plenty of them in Portland, OR, same as...

    I see plenty of them in Portland, OR, same as always.
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    Sticky: I see plenty of them in Portland, OR, same as...

    I see plenty of them in Portland, OR, same as always.
  48. I remember the somber ending in particular, with...

    I remember the somber ending in particular, with Holmes finding out the whole sordid, despicable business. Realizing that he can never get justice for any of "the Ripper's" victims. That trying to do...
  49. I have to confess that I never read the book: I...

    I have to confess that I never read the book: I saw Murder by Decree a number of years ago, started to post the comparison of JTR 1888 with it - then looked it up when I realized that I didn't know...
  50. There used to be an arts production group in...

    There used to be an arts production group in Portland called Two Gyrls. It was a girl and a guy - but the guy was exceedingly counterculture/alternate-sexuality.
  51. It has the Murder by Decree plot line, which in...

    It has the Murder by Decree plot line, which in turn was based partly upon the book Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution, by Stephen Knight.

    Sounds a bit like a prog-metal version of Sweeney Todd...
  52. Ever hear of Prosperity Theology? Maybe not -...

    Ever hear of Prosperity Theology? Maybe not - you're Canadian, and that's a very specifically US set of beliefs, specifically tuned to the values, fears, and aspirations of US culture (though it...
  53. Won't be a problem, not at all. There may...

    Won't be a problem, not at all. There may hundreds of them, they may be crammed into a small space, they may choose to not wear masks - but they're Neal Morse fans, going to see Neal Morse. They...
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    Sticky: Probably likely. Cities bear the highest risk,...

    Probably likely. Cities bear the highest risk, need to take the most precautions, and tend not to vote for the kind of governor who has the "courage" to call off the precautions and start businesses...
  55. This is a good album. It won't set the small...

    This is a good album. It won't set the small world of prog on fire, but it's solid, well written, well-played, and has an interesting mix of timbres.

    I enjoyed it - it seemed to fit into the...
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    What a shame. This one hurts. I saw him years...

    What a shame. This one hurts. I saw him years ago, with the original lineup in a small club - half punk, half prog, and totally intense.

    When I saw him, he didn't. Or, rather he did, but in a...
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    Sticky: I'm on the West Coast, in Portland. I've seen the...

    I'm on the West Coast, in Portland. I've seen the traffic get heavier, too - and Oregon took the CV seriously from the start. Plus, Portland does not have a heavy anti-government contingent - rather...
  58. He probably didn't know what else to call it....

    He probably didn't know what else to call it. I've seen a photo of him, back in his "Crocus Behemoth" days - a chubby kid with a huge head of curly hair. I don't know, but I suspect that he...
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    Sticky: Agreed. But I hope that it doesn't backfire...

    Agreed. But I hope that it doesn't backfire horribly.

    People want to believe, and lots of what they want to believe is bunk - comforting bunk, but still bunk. And your typical snake-oil salesman,...
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    It's still pretty good for two guys. Consider:...

    It's still pretty good for two guys. Consider: They both need to do two or three jobs at once, and are doing them both reasonably well, if not stunningly.
    My main criticism would be of their...
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