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    Posted: December 31 2021 at 19:51
Somewhat mysteriously, each year seems to generate one prog song that rises to the top--becomes my "happy song": a song that never fails to have me smiling, turning the volume up, and moving my body (spastic pseudo-dancing).

This year that song is from Monobody's Comma album. It's called "Phaon Crescent" and I'd post a link here to it (available on Bandcamp or YouTube) but my ancient PC won't allow updates/limit my capabilities in that respect.

Do you have such a song? From a 2021 release?

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Originally posted by BrufordFreak BrufordFreak wrote:

Somewhat mysteriously, each year seems to generate one prog song that rises to the top--becomes my "happy song": a song that never fails to have me smiling, turning the volume up, and moving my body (spastic pseudo-dancing).

This year that song is from Monobody's Comma album. It's called "Phaon Crescent" and I'd post a link here to it (available on Bandcamp or YouTube) but my ancient PC won't allow updates/limit my capabilities in that respect.

Do you have such a song? From a 2021 release?


Happy New Year!  I'm happy to join you in some spastic pseudo-dancing!  Cheers, Chuck (aka FIB)




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Transatlantic - Heart Like a Whirlwind

that's my "happy song"
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Approve the song the river sang by Kansas. 
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I’ll have to think before I can choose a particular song, since there are quite a few I could mention.
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With the exception of Yes and Moon Safari, I don't listen to happy prog. That said, I found myself smiling to this one...




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Originally posted by Grumpyprogfan Grumpyprogfan wrote:


AWESOME selection, Will!!! Loved the video with its Guinness Book of Records submission for "How many guitars can one guy play in one 10-minute song"!!! Was fascinated by the recording set up for the orchestra and choir. Vinnie sounded a little off his game, but the rest was AWESOME! The finale was definitely stomp-hoppin'. Thanks for sharing!

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Happy New Year!  I'm happy to join you in some spastic pseudo-dancing!  Cheers, Chuck (aka FIB)


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Thanks so much, Chuck! I love our collaboration!

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Originally posted by Hrychu Hrychu wrote:

Transatlantic - Heart Like a Whirlwind

that's my "happy song"

Definitely a great one, Marek! Great choice! I definitely wanted to squirm across the floor to that one!
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Originally posted by omphaloskepsis omphaloskepsis wrote:

With the exception of Yes and Moon Safari, I don't listen to happy prog. That said, I found myself smiling to this one...





Yes! A little more of an unusual song for Marco & Co. Nice choice (despite your reluctance/hesitance)! 
(Don't you think there's got to be a little joy and silliness, Cindy, in order to counterbalance our life-long fight against Gravity? Perhaps you should try listening to Magma's MDK--real loud. That way you can stay dark and yet be compelled to rave/dance!)



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Originally posted by Enchant X Enchant X wrote:

Approve the song the river sang by Kansas. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YlrUg-IlY8&ab_channel=Kansas-Topic  

Okay, Andrew. Technically a 2020 song, but definitely a submission worthy of the topic. Nice! I like the lyrics. And the violin, guitar, clavinet interplay in that heavy end section.



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Originally posted by BrufordFreak BrufordFreak wrote:

Somewhat mysteriously, each year seems to generate one prog song that rises to the top--becomes my "happy song": a song that never fails to have me smiling, turning the volume up, and moving my body (spastic pseudo-dancing).

This year that song is from Monobody's Comma album. It's called "Phaon Crescent" and I'd post a link here to it (available on Bandcamp or YouTube) but my ancient PC won't allow updates/limit my capabilities in that respect.

Do you have such a song? From a 2021 release?


Hah, the first thing that springs to mind for me is a different song from the same album, namely "Sylphina":

This comes very close but might be more jazz than prog:

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Fifty seconds of thrash jazz insanity - Spinifex's f**k The Pest:



Has me grinning and/or moshing every time.
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Originally posted by Mascodagama Mascodagama wrote:

Fifty seconds of thrash jazz insanity - Spinifex's f**k The Pest:



Has me grinning and/or moshing every time.

Definitely a smiler! Not sure I have enough time to work up to some serious head-banging though--unless I put it on repeat. Thanks for sharing, Simon!



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Originally posted by Mirakaze Mirakaze wrote:

Originally posted by BrufordFreak BrufordFreak wrote:

Somewhat mysteriously, each year seems to generate one prog song that rises to the top--becomes my "happy song": a song that never fails to have me smiling, turning the volume up, and moving my body (spastic pseudo-dancing).

This year that song is from Monobody's Comma album. It's called "Phaon Crescent" and I'd post a link here to it (available on Bandcamp or YouTube) but my ancient PC won't allow updates/limit my capabilities in that respect.

Do you have such a song? From a 2021 release?


Hah, the first thing that springs to mind for me is a different song from the same album, namely "Sylphina":

This comes very close but might be more jazz than prog:


Thanks for both of those, Mira! You're right: there are several to choose from on the Comma album. I've just found throughout the year that whenever my "2021 songs" playlist shuffles to "Phaon Crescent" that I go to the source to see what the song's name is (I know without question that it comes from Comma.)

Also love the spirit of the second song. But to have that close up of John McLaughlin on the cover but barely any guitar is quite surprising! I mean, the song's half over, the piano and sax having had a lot of time to show off in front of the tight combo, before John's synth guitar sound is even heard! Still, it's always a privilege to hear something new from our nearly-80-year old guitar maestro, n'est-ce pas?

Thanks for sharing!




Edited by BrufordFreak - January 01 2022 at 16:59
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Nothing standing out for me this year but last year Pendragon - 'Starfish and the Moon' was the one that made me feel happy.

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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Nothing standing out for me this year but last year Pendragon - 'Starfish and the Moon' was the one that made me feel happy.

Happy New Year Smile

That was a GREAT one! Though my "happy song" from last year (2020) was "Yogi Tea" by Magick Brother and Mystic Sister with "Wehr Mahrü" by Dai Kaht as my back up.

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Drew,

Thank you for leaving comments to all who participated. Classy move!!
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I think I'd nominate Not Afraid Part 1 from the Neal Morse band album. Not so much for dancing to, but it's such an uplifting song with fantastic harmonies.
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