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Progressive Biography

Born in 1962 to two extremely lucky parents, it took me four years before I started talking. Despite relatives concerns that I might be "ill", my mom's doctor tell her that maybe I have nothing to say, and that I'll talk when I need to. Which is still the case today. It's just that now, we call it Bi-Polar Spectrum.
Oh so prescient words.
My love of music goes back to '76 when I bought my first Lps. Best of BTO, Wings Over America, Kiss Originals ...
Within a year , with some friends having access to their slightly older uncles and cousions record collections, and our little band acting a small music library, my little pile of LPs starts to grow.
As we didn't know better, any band or album was played and liked/disliked on the spot or after a few listens. Unkowingly reveling in our artistic ignorance, we never bothered with the " I Like prog/rock/country/pop et al" limits when it came to judging our musics. It really was just great, good, bad, indifferent whatever.
At the same time, a used record shop called "Oasis" opens in Moncton, the closest "big" city to us. Records at 50 cents ? Good condition releases at $2 ? Woohoo ! Quickly building up our collective collection, I look back surprised at our eclecticism. Yes, Billy Joel, Foreigner, Alice Cooper, Rush (our first major rock show, on their Farewell to Kings tour); all at prices that encourage risk taking. And with multiple sources of info as mentioned above (relatives,friends, radio, music mags, especially Circus), it's the typical teen scene. You're at buddy's place, the record player's on for a 2-3 hour listening/bullshit session.
And I still enjoy music in the same way. I no longer have the chance to listen to music with friends as often, but the same attitude persists. The genre of the music matters not, just whether I like it or not. And I still keep an ear open for new music from a myriad of outside sources - friends and relatives, radio (with a whole lot more choices nowadays), some music mags (No RS bs), the internet, and these past few years, Prog Archives.
And remembering a teenage friend saying that I would surely lose my taste for "heavier" music, and resort to Cat Stevens craftman songs, I marvel at how much I still like what I listened to back then, and how much music has become a never ending treasure hunt to this day.
And I still have people look at me funny when I tell them that AC/DC is my Favourite band (Bon & Brian eras) - "but you read, how can you like them? " And then I tell them about Gentle Giant, Split Enz, Johnny Cash, and Nick Lowe and they usually change the conversation to another subject as they have no idea who I'm talking about (lol). But then, why worry if others share your passion or pleasures ? Whether I'm a band's only fan or one among millions, I still believe that my enjoyment is the point. As it should be. High Brow, middle brow, low brow, no brow, unibrow, I like it all somehow.

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Crossover Prog222.55
2 Symphonic Prog152.73
3 Prog Related103.90
4 Heavy Prog83.38
5 Neo-Prog73.57
6 Eclectic Prog32.00
7 RIO/Avant-Prog32.67
8 Psychedelic/Space Rock32.00
9 Proto-Prog23.00
10 Progressive Metal23.50
11 Jazz Rock/Fusion23.00
12 Prog Folk22.50
13 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal14.00
14 Experimental/Post Metal11.00

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