Posts by Witchwood


    Other songs which I find cheesy are American Christmas songs like WInter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride, etc. For a start I can't relate to them because I have Christmas in summer. I'd rather hear the grand old Christmas carols than this sort of kitsch (and I suppose you can throw in any Christmas song by Cliff RIchard).


    I'm not sure if living in a region that has snow on the ground six months of the year makes me more accepting of 1940s-era songs that conjure up wintry scenes. I've never thought of it.

    But one yuletide song that certainly does grate on my nerves while out shopping in December is Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime."

    That bouncy intro, that repeated chorus ... it's like a fire alarm urging me to get the hell out of there.

    I meant that I recall PG saying he based it on that kind of figure and psyche, and the idea of such actions rooted in childhood experiences; I don't recall him saying it was based on a specific assassin but that might simply be my memory lapse.

    When I saw him perform in 2012, he introduced the song by saying it was inspired by a book entitled "An Assassin's Diary." He didn't mention any names but if you Google the title, it is a book co-authored by Arthur Bremer.

    I took it as common knowledge at the time. I had previously heard or read interviews where he cited that book as the source of his inspiration, but I don't have any links to old interviews where he shared that bit of info.

    Another Green World and Before and After Science are both fantastic albums. My favorite songs are The Big Ship from AGW and Julie With from BAAS.

    I agree, AGW and BAAS are both very enjoyable. I give AGW a slight edge.

    I really like the mix of songs and soundscapes on both these albums.

    I'll continue my journey but I'm at a fork in the road, and have to decide what direction I go next, whether it's the first two albums which I suspect are more song-based, or the early ambient stuff, Discreet, Music For Airports... which I'm equally open to.

    EDIT: After listening to excerpts on YouTube from the two ambient music albums I mentioned, I think I'll give those a pass. I like Fripp's soundscapes albums. They have moments that I actually find quite moving. But based on the Eno tracks I just listened to, I suspect I would find his ambient music a bit too subdued.

    Frankly, I'd have to pick a decade of my own definition, ie/ 1966 to 1976, as that was the era when anything seemed possible, and the good stuff outnumbered the bad. Very much the opposite of today, or any time this century, frankly.

    I agree.

    If I was confined to choosing a calendar-based decade, it would be the 1970s.

    But ask me my favourite 10 consecutive years of music, I would likely say 1967 to 1976, or perhaps '68 to '77 — either one of those two, for sure.

    The vast majority of my favourite albums were released and the vast majority of my favourite bands hit their creative peaks, IMO, during those years.

    Been getting into Brian Eno.

    I recently purchased Another Green World.

    Liked it right off the bat. Really been enjoying it and that spurred me to want to get more of his stuff.

    A few days ago, I purchased My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts - Brian Eno & David Byrne.

    My initial reaction was disappointment though I attribute that reaction largely to my own preconceived notions.

    Wasn't what I expected.

    Since then, with my preconceived notions tossed aside, I've actually starting to warm up to it.

    And just arrived in the mail today, Eno's Before And After Science.

    Eagerly looking forward to my first listen of that album.

    My wife and kids subscribe to streaming services and think it peculiar that I persist in buying CDs.

    But when I listen to music I play albums from beginning to end, and I like browsing over my collection and having something catch my eye.

    The last three CDs I bought were all by Procol Harum (Home, A Salty Dog, and the s/t debut).

    I've had the Greatest Hits and Shine On Brightly for decades, and I guess I was content with that.

    Then recently, I was thinking of a couple of songs on Home that I remembered really liking (my oldest brother had that album), so I ordered it and it arrived. I kept playing it over and over again, really enjoying it and thought, hey, let's not stop here, so I ordered the two earlier albums and have been settling in with those. There's another three from them I'm thinking I'll pick up at some point later.

    I’ll probably be drawn and quartered for saying this, but at this point after such a long wait I honestly don’t care if and when he releases a new album. It’s been too long and I’ve gotten my hopes up too many times.

    After 20 years, an extremely subdued reaction to this news from even the most ardent Gabriel fan is completely understandable.

    I don't think you'll face any hostility over that comment. ;)

    Maybe Genesis' 'Vancouver'? It has a synth line in the verses that is similar.

    When I posted this, I kept thinking it must be a Genesis song or something from that camp because it sounded so familiar — which is why I shared it here.

    But then this morning it occurred to me, it sounds like the melody of the chorus from "The Circle Game," one of my favourite songs by Joni Mitchell.

    "And the seasons, they go round and round
    And the painted ponies go up and down"

    I don't know how many Joni Mitchell fans we have here but probably not so many that I would have been bombarded with the answer I was seeking.

    I'd say those short bits are slightly reminiscent of Time Lapse at Milton Keynes by SH.

    I'm almost certain the tune I'm trying to think of is not an instrumental and has vocals that follow the same tempo and melody of those 10 seconds.

    That's going to bother me until I figure that out.

    But thank you for the response.

    This morning while I was listening to Pathways & Promenades (Missing Links Vol. 4) I found myself trying to figure out what other song this track reminds me of. Whatever it is, it's very familiar. I can almost hear it in my head. But I just can't put my finger on it.

    There two 10-second segments in particular.

    The first is at about 40 seconds in and then it repeats at 1:40.

    (I expect to be embarrassed when it's finally identified)…7kW680uqNCZz61urb&index=9

    Booklets of both sets are no easy to scan - unless you want to destroy them. So I don’t think anybody has ever done this.

    Yes, certainly the booklet from Archive 1, I recall handling it like an artifact unearthed from an ancient tomb.

    I would partially open it and peak inside because I could tell from the crackling sound if I tried to open it properly, the pages would just come apart in my hands.

    I don't recall if the Archive 2 booklet had that same problem. It's been a while since I tried looking at them.

    That's great news, though I think PG may need to book smaller venues in the US as compared to his last several tours. I was surprised at the shows I attended back in the 2000s (Growing Up and Still Growing Up) at the number of empty seats and the rather docile nature of the audience. I recall in particular that his attempt to get the audience to sing along to "Jeux Sans Frontieres" was met with almost total silence.

    I'd welcome the opportunity to see him again, especially if he's promoting a new album.

    The last two times I saw him in Toronto — 2002 and 2012 — they were arena shows and it was packed both times, but that's always been a good market for Genesis, Gabriel and classic prog bands.

    The '70s were brutal to bands in regard to all the crap that people threw on stage. In particular, in North America, fireworks were often lobbed at the stage which is insane...

    Yeah, I remember the Canadian Music Festival in 1979 in Toronto. It was a one-day event. There were maybe 9 or 10 bands on the bill headlined by a trio of rockers: Aerosmith, Nazareth and Ted Nugent.

    Johnny Winter came on before them, and before him it was The Ramones and that was the one act the crowd turned on.

    It began with heckling and then people started whipping food and chunks of sod. I, of course, didn't participate in any of that, I was up in the stands as a young observer.

    I recall The Ramones stopped playing mid-song very shortly into their set. One of the Ramones walked to the front of the stage, gave the audience the finger and the band walked off.