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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 beautful up here. I have graduated from college with BA in Music Education, and will be spending this year substitute teaching and getting a teaching credential. I am a convert to Catholic Christianity, and I hope someday to be a professor at a University as a choir conductor. My current jobs are teaching snowboarding at a local ski resort and conducting the choir for my local church. My hobbies 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:

Beethoven - Missa Solemnis (Great Mass), The Nine, piano sonatas
Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring, The Firebird Suite (especially the actual ballet...)
Bach - Mass in B minor, St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion
Vivaldi - Magnificat, Gloria, The Four Seasons, Credo
Byrd - Masses (and sacred Renaissance music in general)

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 Pount, Foxtrot, Trick of the Tail, Nursery Cryme
Gentle Giant - In a Glass House, Octopus, Free Hand

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Progressive Metal202.95
2 Symphonic Prog83.25
3 Prog Related82.75
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

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