Header

ISA

Scott


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Send Private Message (forum)
ISA forum's avatar

PROG REVIEWER

Member since: 2/26/2009 • Forum posts: 143 • Last visit: 7/23/2014 11:50:45 AM EST
Location: California

Progressive Biography

I'm Scott Blackwood. In my personal life, I live in the San Bernardino mountains in California near Lake Arrowhead, where I've lived most of my life. It's beautiful up here. I have graduated from college with BA in Music Education. I am a recent convert to orthodox Catholic Christianity. My current jobs are substitute teaching, being a counselor at a camp for kids, and conducting the choir and singing for my local church. My hobbies (other than prog) include reading, studying politics, philosophy, and theology, and enjoying the company of good friends.

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 gave me Close to the Edge for Christmas. Almost five years 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 everything by Beethoven), and jazz music, mainly Coltrane, Mingus, and Davis and various jazz-fusion bands. 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:

Classical
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, The Firebird Suite (especially the actual ballet...)
Vivaldi - Magnificat, Gloria, The Four Seasons, Credo
Byrd - Masses (and sacred Renaissance music in general)

Jazz
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme, Giant Steps, My Favorite Things
Charles Mingus - Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, Mingus Ah Um
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
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 Metal202.95
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 Proto-Prog14.00
14 Experimental/Post Metal13.00

Reviews and Ratings of PSYCHEDELIC/SPACE ROCK

<< Back to member home page

72 ratings/reviews total  Sort by By ratings | Alphabetically | Chronologically(default)

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 2.20 seconds