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General Misc. / Re: BFK's Music Corner
« on: July 20, 2018, 03:25:09 am »
First gig with my new band in 2 days. It's been about 8 years since I've been in a band....never thought that I'd saddle up again. Good friends, good times. Cheers!

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« on: July 18, 2018, 04:10:33 am »
I've got quite a bit of Simmons' recent fiction on my shelf. None of it gets much rereading action, but that doesn't signify a lack of cogency. Perhaps I need to revisit the novels. "The Fifth Heart", his most recent, I think, is a historical fiction that pairs Sherlock Holmes and Henry James (!). "Drood", another HF, featured Wilkie Collins (author of "The Moonstone") as the laudanum-addled protagonist. A meditation on drug-fueled insanity. Recommended.
Almost done with Illium and I'm really disappointed. The Hyperion Cantos was such a masterpiece for me, maybe I had too high expectations.

I, too, think that the Hyperion books are a cut above most of Dan Simmons' fiction. Both "Drood" and "The Fifth Heart" are historical thrillers, maybe better than most, maybe not. I can't recommend them to Hyperion devotees.

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"Swimming Horses" by The Mute Gods (a very apt band name for TSA Forum members...)

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General Misc. / Re: BFK's Music Corner
« on: July 11, 2018, 08:58:52 pm »
Oh, and in the "Needs Work" category, a classic from Supertramp ("Bloody Well Right"). Next rehearsal will determine whether or not it makes the set list for Gig #1. Here's a link to the song:

https://youtu.be/BoIy6OU0aMs

Note the piano intro. BFK gets high marks on feel/attitude, but he still has a stretch of road ahead with regards to mastering the actual NOTES. Right now, I'm at 40%. There's a rapid descending passage that might be .... beyond me. Thank God for YouTube tutorials!

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« on: July 11, 2018, 07:03:58 pm »
Fairly said, H.

I've got quite a bit of Simmons' recent fiction on my shelf. None of it gets much rereading action, but that doesn't signify a lack of cogency. Perhaps I need to revisit the novels. "The Fifth Heart", his most recent, I think, is a historical fiction that pairs Sherlock Holmes and Henry James (!). "Drood", another HF, featured Wilkie Collins (author of "The Moonstone") as the laudanum-addled protagonist. A meditation on drug-fueled insanity. Recommended.

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General Misc. / Re: BFK's Music Corner
« on: July 11, 2018, 04:39:26 pm »
In other news....ol' BFK is rejoining the STL music scene as a pub performer! He debuts on Saturday, July 21 at a venerable establishment called Failoni's ("Leave the gun; take the cannolis!"). It's been mostly fun rehearsing the music; fortunately, we had a particularly successful rehearsal last night. We added a Billy Joel tune ("Captain Jack"), a pair of Little Feat tunes ("Willin'" and "Dixie Chicken") and some Beatles songs ("Mean Mr. Mustard", "Polythene Pam", "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window"). More to come, including set lists and maybe some photos.

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General Misc. / Re: BFK's Music Corner
« on: July 11, 2018, 04:29:05 pm »
https://youtu.be/PeWQbJy_aSE

This is a live performance of "MacArthur Park" by The Neal Morse Band from Morsefest 2015. I raved about the studio recording in the Obligatory Music thread,  and this live version is equally spectacular. I might have to get myself to one of these Morsefest events....

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« on: July 11, 2018, 04:01:14 pm »
Also, I recall reading a fair bit of evidence that Dan Simmons lost his mind at some point after Hyperion, some time around 9/11.

Practicing psychiatry without a license? Or just disagreeing with his worldview?

I've read a lot of Dan Simmons' fiction published since 9/11. To this layman's eyes, there's no evidence of mental deterioration.

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Philosophy & Science / Re: The Imaginative Conservative
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:21:13 pm »
http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/07/calling-all-young-fogies.html

From an old fogie (or is it "fogey"?).

Edited to add: "Fogey" is correct.

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« on: July 06, 2018, 05:35:56 pm »
Bakker is all about crash space, what happens when anthropogenic subroutines crash, while Blindsight asks "what if consciousness is a dead end?".

OK, I think that I might be getting this: "Crash space" is a metaphor from computer slang, and an "anthropogenic subroutine"  is a metaphor from computer science. The metaphors align human consciousness with computer programming.

Am I warm?

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« on: June 27, 2018, 05:41:08 pm »
I'd be interested in your opinion of TBP, if you choose that path.

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Yesterday, I listened to a lot of music from the British folk-prog group Renaissance. The group had a rabidly fanatic cult following on the East Coast back in the 1970s, and Renaissance recorded a classic live album from their performances (3 nights) at Carnegie Hall. The group featured an amazing singer, Annie Haslam, who has an unequaled talent for bringing out the emotion of a lyric. One of their signature tracks is "Mother Russia", which is loosely based on the career of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. So.....picture yourself as an idealistic young man or woman in the 1970s and early 1980s living in NYC or maybe even a cosmopolitan section of St. Louis that was in those days known as a haven for resettled Russian Jews. You like classical music, but you're wild for this new thing happening....this progressive-rock sound. Then....you hear this band, Renaissance, and this song, "Mother Russia". There's this Romantic orchestral arrangement that segues into an acoustic guitar-driven song with plaintive lyrics:

Red blood, white snow;
He knows frozen rivers won't flow.
So cold, so true;
Mother Russia, he cries for you.

Amazingly moving. The crowd at Carnegie Hall went insane with rapture. It still chokes up that idealistic young man from St. Louis.

(I should have posted this over in BFK's Music Corner. Honestly, I didn't intend to get this deep....)

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Writing / Re: Limericks!
« on: June 19, 2018, 08:46:26 pm »
There once was a young Prince named Proyas;
Was he crapped on by Destiny? Oh, yes:
Because he took the fall for
The deeds of his mentor,
Who "slung" him; oh, man, what a badass!



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