In case I haven't explained it before, I hate Mondays. I think everyone does. This is why I created ADVENTURE MONDAY. Adventure Monday is my way of beating Mondays. Everything you do has to be an adventure. Example: Are you cooking breakfast? NO. You are slaying warrior demon pigs in an attempt to survive by finding their bacon. Anyways, moving on.
It's been a while. But life happens, you know. What all has happened in the last month, you ask? Well, without going into too much detail, the last month has involved a lot of writing/piano practicing, two hospital visits, a couple roadtrips, lots of editing, and a partridge in a pear tree. Okay, there wasn't actually a pear tree involved, but you get the picture -- and look! I'm back writing down words for you all to read and agree/disagree with, discuss, or completely ignore! So let's get back at it, shall we?
Last time we talked, we talked a little bit about prog music and how my anonymous roommate, still known as Brett, are in a debate about whether or not Pink Floyd is considered a progressive rock band or not. We will continue to have the debate on Pink Floyd until the end of time, and then probably a little bit longer. But I wanted to spend a little bit of time talking about some other prog bands that Bread and I obsess over.
The first band we will talk about is going to be my roommate's favorite progressive rock band: RUSH. Rush has a reputation of being one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time. Their virtuosity in performance, exceptional composition of music, and elegancy in lyrics are what make them stand out from other bands. My personal favorite album of theirs is their album Moving Pictures. Moving Pictures came out back in 1981, and it has what I think are some of Rush's most popular songs on the album.
On top of just being incredibly talented musicians, the lyrics to Rush's songs are so incredibly deep and meaningful. One of those two hospital visits involved Bread and I talking with the doctor about Rush, who is apparently a huge Rush fan. He said that Rush is what helped him get through his graduate studies and keep pursuing his dreams of being a doctor. He told us the lyrics to Vital Signs he kept written on his bathroom mirror as motivation to pursue his dreams. Take a listen and just experience a little of reggae Rush.
The other band I wanted to tell you guys about is my favorite prog band -- Dream Theater. Dream Theater is more of a metal band in their style, and they have some of the most talented musicians I think I have ever listened to.
Dream Theater got started back when John Petrucci (guitar), John Myung (bass), and Mike Portnoy (former drummer) met and started jamming together as students at Berklee College of Music. Like Rush, they have some of the same key aspects of why everyone respects them and thinks they're so good -- virtuosity in performance, exceptional composition of music, and elegancy in lyrics. What makes them different from Rush is their sound. Rush is more rock & roll; Dream Theater is more metal.
In talking with friends of mine who also love Dream Theater, I have gotten the opinion that the album Images & Words is Dream Theater's best album, or at least their favorite album, which I can totally understand. With a set list like Pull Me Under, Take The Time, and Metropolis Pt. 1 on the album, how can you argue against that?
After some little bit of drama or whatever when on in 2011, Mike Portnoy was no longer the drummer for Dream Theater, and he was replaced with Mike Mangini. The 2nd album that was released since the addition of Mangini is Dream Theater's title album, and it's definitely my favorite album of theirs right now. The entire album as a whole is incredible and shows off the musicality that Dream Theater has, but the big part of the album I want to focus on is the final track -- The Illumination Theory. The song has 5 movements (parts or sections) to it, and it shows off extreme excellence of performance from each of the band members, and it even has a little bit of a classical touch to it with the orchestral break towards the end of the 2nd movement. Listen to the whole thing and be blown away.
That's all we have for this week. I know this was a lot less of a "learn about this cool music thing" and more of a "THESE ARE TWO AWESOME BANDS GO LISTEN TO THEM" post, but I wanted to get something out, and I didn't have any other ideas at the moment. Hopefully, though, your mind was left a little like this after listening to so much excellence.
Until next time, live your dreams, my friends. They're your dreams for a reason.