Hello, I return once again to do this blog thingie.
First off the editing took a bit of a hit this week, though we did have some time to work on it. The co-author had a trip planned this weekend, and we weren’t able to sit down for as long as we usually do. However we were able to make some progress.
Instead this past weekend I spent time with one of my close friends. I had the idea that we should attempt a podcast together, and had invited them over with the idea that we should brainstorm possible topics. That didn’t exactly go as planned.
On previous visits we at times wind up just watching random YouTube videos, and this time was no different. The first topic we wanted to explore discussing was on Prog-Rock. A topic I can’t claim to be an expert on, but a genre of music that apparently I’ve been listening to for years. After he’d shown me a number of songs he knew and liked, we went down a bit of a rabbit-hole.
Now what is Prog-Rock? Well first, it’s short for Progressive Rock. A meaningless title to my eyes, what does progressive mean other than something that progresses step by step. However a few people have indicated a more full definition.
First some claim Prog-Rock is music that is one that has a theme, and is generally long. Meaning tracks usually are far lengthier than pop music or rock ballads. But this could also mean an entire album would tell a story. And yet there are bands and albums that don’t fit this definition and are still called progressive.
Others indicate Prog-Rock includes tracks that utilize more instruments than the standard guitar, bass, drum lineup and use newer technology for sounds. Keyboard and synthesizers would be used, and yet there are bands such as the Doors which wouldn’t be progressive.
And there’s even more. Another thing would be the music itself is somewhat unexpected, meaning they change as the track goes on. And it’s all music that is to be listened to and not danced along with. It’s all rather complicated, and I don’t know if I could point to any song or band that would be considered progressive on my own.
With this all in our heads we explored further and further into the night, but eventually moved on. Sharing music is something we do often, and happens when we get together, especially when we hang out with their parents. I still find it surprising when someone shares a song that I’m not familiar with, songs from the 60’s through the 80’s, as I generally think of myself as a fan of those era’s. But apparently listening to the radio isn’t enough.
Even though my father had what I’d call an extensive collection of Vinyl and Cassettes when I was growing up, there’s still much more out there. My favorite band from that era isn’t as well know either, though I’m sure most people know a couple of their songs. There are even rarer no-hit wonders that have fantastic music to listen to. I’m just happy there are fans who keep their music alive so I and others can go back and enjoy what else-wise would have been lost.
Now the thing is, I don’t listen to music often anymore. It used to be the only thing I’d do when I was driving, but now that time is filled with podcasts. Only occasionally is music included, maybe once a month or when I drive with others. I love music, but I want to learn more I guess. Really the most time I spend with music is when I’m writing, and most of those are the same tracks over and over again, and ones that are not distracting. However, growing up with parents who loved music as much as mine did I couldn’t help but be filled with passion for it as well. I whistle and sing constantly, but it’s always those favorite tracks of the past in my head. But I still love music, and maybe I need to give myself some more time to enjoy it.
With that I’ll leave you. I hope you all have a fantastic week. Go out and listen to some music!
What I’ve published
Link to my author page on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6
Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771
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Update: The book is 21% edited. And I’m 13% into the new novel.
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