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Progressive Biography

I'm Scott Blackwood. I'm a Music Teacher for the Los Angeles Archdiocese at two Catholic schools. I have a BA in Music Education. I am a recent convert to Catholic Christianity (and orthodox to boot). My hobbies (other than prog) include snowboarding, surfing, reading, and discussing philosophy, theology, and politics.

Progressive rock is a deep and powerful passion in my life. I was raised with rock music of a more creative or heavier nature, with my parents often playing Rush, Kansas, Supertramp, Scorpions, and Al Stewart at home or in the car. During my Junior year in high school, my best friend Justin gave me Close to the Edge for Christmas. Since that time in my life, progressive rock has become a driving force and inspiration for me pursuing music as a career. There are few if any styles within progressive rock on this site that I don't really love, and only a few of the hundreds of bands I've heard so far do I find irksome-sounding. I especially enjoy the classic styles. I think Rush will always be my favorite band, Hemispheres being my favorite rock record of all time.

Since starting my musical education, I've greatly expanded my horizons to the wonders and creativity of classical music, especially sacred choral music, and jazz music. In other words, there are very few highly rated composers in prog, jazz, and classical or hybrids of the genres that I don't borderline adore. I believe in the value of artistic integrity, and that "good" music can be defined as music that stands the test of time. I believe that today's really great progressive rock is the modern form of artistic music, and that it is the classic music of tomorrow.

All-Time favorite artists and my favorite works of theirs:

Beethoven - Missa Solemnis (Great Mass), The Nine, piano sonatas
Monteverdi - Hymns to the Blessed Virgin, Madrigals, the opera L'Orfeo
Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring, Petrushka, and Firebird Suite
Vivaldi - Choral works
Byrd - Masses & Motets

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme, Giant Steps, My Favorite Things
Bill Evans - Explorations, Waltz for Debbie
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain, Porgy and Bess
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire, Inner Mounting Flame
Return to Forever: Hymn to the Seventh Galaxy, Return to Forever

Prog Rock
Rush - Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, A Farewell to Kings
Yes - Close to the Edge, Relayer, Fragile
Steven Wilson - Grace for Drowning, Luminol
King Crimson - Lark's Tongue in Aspic, Red, Lizard
Genesis - Selling England by the Pound, Foxtrot, Trick of the Tail
Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick, Minstrel in the Gallery, Aqualung

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Progressive Metal213.05
2 Symphonic Prog93.22
3 Prog Related92.56
4 Jazz Rock/Fusion73.43
5 Heavy Prog63.33
6 Tech/Extreme Prog Metal63.50
7 Crossover Prog53.60
8 Eclectic Prog34.00
9 Neo-Prog23.50
10 Prog Folk14.00
11 Psychedelic/Space Rock13.00
12 Progressive Electronic13.00
13 RIO/Avant-Prog13.00
14 Proto-Prog14.00
15 Experimental/Post Metal13.00

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