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General Misc. / BFK's Gig Journal
« on: August 10, 2018, 12:24:50 pm »
A thread for the ongoing adventures of BFK in the lurid demimonde :o of the bar band scene here in my beloved hometown of STL.

Actually, I'll mostly post setlists and overly-detailed post-mortems of my new band's gigs. We have a name, btw!

         *****  Wild Wood  *****

Gig #2

Date: Aug. 8, 2018
Venue: Failoni's

This was a benefit for a Pedal The Cause team honoring a dear, departed friend of our guitarist. We played out on the back patio. Weather was hot and humid. The stage sound was difficult for me; I need to reinforce my keyboard/vocal levels on my side of the stage.

Setlist

Riverside - America
Rosewood Bitters - Michael Stanley Band
Heart Of Gold - Neil Young
The Weight - The Band
Feelin' Alright - Joe Cocker
Stuck Inside Of Mobile - Bob Dylan
Brain Damage/Eclipse - Pink Floyd
Codeine - Jason Isbell
Willin' - Little Feat

(break)

Is She Really Going Out With Him - Joe Jackson
You Don't Know How It Feels - Tom Petty
Something - The Beatles
Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
Captain Jack - Billy Joel
Up On Cripple Creek  - The Band
Blue, Red And Grey - Pete Townsend
Pinball Wizard - The Who
Squeeze Box - The Who
Ripples - Genesis
Band On The Run - Paul McCartney
Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young

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The Unholy Consult / Re: "Kellhus is dead, but not done."
« on: August 10, 2018, 04:48:42 am »
Perhaps Kellhus has managed to get Ajokli stuck in Earwa and at the same time got sent to hell and supplants him.

That would be wicked!
Kellhus, upon arriving in Hell:

"Listen up! I am here to chew bubblegum and feast on souls, and I am all out of bubblegum!"

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« on: August 07, 2018, 01:54:02 pm »
Finished Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson (27)

On to American Gods by Neil Gaiman
So far, very well written.

Donaldson created a acerbic and unlikable protagonist whose fundamental unbelief in his situation leads to some original and fascinating plot possibilities. You should at least read the second novel, "The Illearth War". You may be pleasantly surprised.
Acerbic is a new word for me :) .

I fear that I'm too far displaced in time for Thomas Covenant. Certainly within the context of the time, Donaldson did something very interesting, but it doesn't speak to me. Maybe when I'm older, or something? If I read more Donaldson, it'd probably be from the Gap Cycle. There's just a ton of authors to read... I've basically got 5+ years of recommendations to read if I maintain my current pace (which is doubtful). Covenant will likely not be up for redemption until after that time.

Would you believe that I, BFK, have been called "acerbic"? Shocking! 😉

With your extremely ambitious reading program, Covenant will be lucky to get revisited. "Hellfire!"

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« on: August 06, 2018, 10:47:07 pm »
Started Thomas Covenant Lord Foul's Bane. I hate stories like this lol. About half way through. At least the outset of the journey was more unique than WOT, but the ring of power and naming structures, histories, its all so LOTR-y. Sigh. The writing is fine at least, just not a fan of the story structure - what would you call it, 'traditional fantasy' or 'tolkeinian fantasy'?

Hmmmm. I understand your dislike, Wilshire. I would urge you to consider the following observations:

1. There is one obvious significant difference between Covenant's ring and the One Ring from LOTR.

2. I've noticed lots of praise for Bakker in this forum for his repurposing of traditional epic fantasy tropes. Donaldson is doing something similar. Give the series time.

3. Are you not even slightly appreciative of a protagonist that hews to a radical unbelief of the situation in which he finds himself?

4. The Haruchai are badass!

5. Giants! GIANTS!! GIANTS!!!

Cheers, Wilshire!

Let me just start by saying that the book is at least decently well written. The prose is good, the story pacing is fine and has some interesting parts to it. It has redeemable qualities, I just don't appreciate them lol. Its not a bad book, but its also full of all the things I hate most about the genre.

To me, what Donaldson appears to have done is taken wholesale some (now) worn out Tolkien tropes. He doesn't so much re-purpose them as recycle. From the Ring, to the names, quasi sentient horses... the entire thing reads like all the fantasy I've read from that era - unimaginative derivations of Tolkien. Bakker, on the other hand, at least managed to not put any rings and horses into his books. Whereas Bakker has some elements of the fantasy tradition infused into his works but taken in his own direction, Donaldson more/less copied them and in many cases almost didn't bother changing the names. Authors today actually manage to make new stories rather than retelling old ones, and ultimately that's what I'm interested in reading.

For the record, I don't even like LOTR, and its for this reason that I dislike old fantasy. The hero worship of fantasy authors and readers to Tolkien ruined fantasy for decades, with productions like this and Shannara being some of the best from the era. This is the kind of stuff that people think Fantasy still is today, and its why those who don't actually read fantasy still believe LOTR is the only one worth reading.

At least when compared to Shannara, it was published the same year, this book is a masterpiece. For its time, I can see how it would have been considered something extreme - the book starts rather dramatically plus the whole rape thing which was pretty graphic. But imo it didn't age well. There's nothing especially great about it given the scope of the genre today.

Interesting point of view, Wilshire.

While I agree that the Covenant series is directly descended from LOTR, I don't consider Donaldson's work to be "unimaginative". Quite the contrary. For example, Donaldson's use of Covenant's wedding ring is, imho, an imaginative repurposing of the "Ring Of Power" trope. Consider that Covenant's ring doesn't belong in the Land, whereas LOTR's One Ring was made within Middle-Earth. Covenant's ring is an alien power coveted by the antagonist, Lord Foul.

Consider also that the protagonist Covenant is also alien to the Land, and is undergoing a profound existential crisis. I've always found Donaldson's exploration of Covenant's psychology to be thought-provoking and undeniably original in the context of post-Tolkien fantasy.

I'm trying hard to demonstrate the imaginative novelty of the Covenant series in the hope that you'll carry on to the later books, which improve in subtlety and complexity. I think the growth in Donaldson's ability more or less parallels Bakker's growth as demonstrated through PON and TAE. Bakker may be the deeper and more original thinker (there's a debate for another thread....), but I would argue that Donaldson made a major breakthrough in epic fantasy. At a minimum, Donaldson created a acerbic and unlikable protagonist whose fundamental unbelief in his situation leads to some original and fascinating plot possibilities. You should at least read the second novel, "The Illearth War". You may be pleasantly surprised.

Cheers, Wilshire!

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Ohhh, the Ark-tic Circle! How did I miss that?

Joining Great Ordeals for the purpose of destroying Arks.....that's a losing bet.

"Skeptic-BeardFisher-King"....lol!

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Why the Arctic Circle?

Regardless, I'm out. No Slog for me.

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« on: August 04, 2018, 03:38:10 am »
Started Thomas Covenant Lord Foul's Bane. I hate stories like this lol. About half way through. At least the outset of the journey was more unique than WOT, but the ring of power and naming structures, histories, its all so LOTR-y. Sigh. The writing is fine at least, just not a fan of the story structure - what would you call it, 'traditional fantasy' or 'tolkeinian fantasy'?

Hmmmm. I understand your dislike, Wilshire. I would urge you to consider the following observations:

1. There is one obvious significant difference between Covenant's ring and the One Ring from LOTR.

2. I've noticed lots of praise for Bakker in this forum for his repurposing of traditional epic fantasy tropes. Donaldson is doing something similar. Give the series time.

3. Are you not even slightly appreciative of a protagonist that hews to a radical unbelief of the situation in which he finds himself?

4. The Haruchai are badass!

5. Giants! GIANTS!! GIANTS!!!

Cheers, Wilshire!

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https://youtu.be/CwspoyRdeV0

More peak musical performances. This is Todmobile, from Iceland, achieving a landmark performance of "Awaken" by YES, featuring YES lead singer Jon Anderson. With choral and orchestral accompaniment, this is THE version of this magnificent composition.

https://youtu.be/AR948ak4VjM

Another epic Todmobile achievement. Their version of the Genesis classic "Supper's Ready", featuring Steve Hackett and with orchestral and choral accompaniment.



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https://youtu.be/U49cwM7b1Wk

"Spectral Mornings", by Steve Hackett.

This version was recorded in 2015 with vocals by Christina Booth (from Magenta) and Big Big Train's Dave Longdon (who also provided the lyrics to what was originally an instrumental melody).

Simply beautiful. Here's the original version from 1979:

https://youtu.be/sYSV5iiSajw

And, for good measure, here's a recent live recording from Steve Hackett:

https://youtu.be/iQdEgYWcqbs

A person of reasonably modern taste (but perhaps not quite up-to-date) could listen to Big Big Train and Steve Hackett,  both of whom are touring and recording very steadily these days, with very great pleasure, imho.

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Philosophy & Science / Re: The Imaginative Conservative
« on: July 24, 2018, 02:31:01 am »
http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2018/07/mind-god-cosmic-music-michio-kaku-jon-miltimore.html

"The mind of God is cosmic music, the music of strings resonating through eleven-dimensional hyperspace..."

I was tempted to post this in BFK's Music Corner, but....he gets so cranky sometimes. 😉


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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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