I happen to have taken a little trip out through this week with my darling to get away from the hullabaloo, and she surprised me with show tickets. So I was fortunate enough to see The Prominence, a Gallente/Amarrian progressive rock and blues band I used to love in my youth, last night. The little venue we caught their show at was probably a third of the size that they played in their heyday, but their guitar work was as sharp as ever and their new drummer fits surprisingly well given he’s a good fifteen years younger than anyone else in the band.
Even today, trying to broaden my cultural experience by hearing so much in the way of different music, I still gravitate back to that era and style when I really want to sit back and just listen to music. My gratitude to @Melisma_Ramijozana for getting us tickets. It wasn’t the best of weeks, but that show really picked up my spirits and brought me back to when I was a young man at seminary.
That music always challenged me to think, to really peel apart and examine what I was hearing and why it sounded the way it did, even when it wasn’t trying to be exceptionally complicated. Time signature changes, polyrhythm, avant garde additions of different and rare physical instruments would spice up the music and invite you to more deeply understand the nuts and bolts of music to appreciate the entirety of its composition. And the lyrics, while sometimes disaffected with life, weren’t cynical like so many of their peers. It never left me feeling hopeless, even if it spent time meditating on the point of being and the nature of spirituality.
Also, I love when they would launch into a jazzified, rock version of an old blues standard, jazz classic, or hymnal. It was always amazing the way they took old songs you may have heard a million people play a million ways, they would take it and play something that sounded like they’d written it yesterday. They got to play a lot of material from their newer albums as well, which feels just as inventive as when they’d started all those years ago. It seemed like fame just sort of noticed them at some point and then, even after it had moved on, they kept going as if nothing had changed. They always were truly playing music for the sake of playing the music, and I think I appreciated that most of all.
In any case, it just had me thinking, what are you all listening to in your end of the cluster? Is it different to what you were listening to when you first got into music? How does your music make you feel?