Last night BBC4 had two programmes about prog rock, a load of old clips of various BBC recorded performances, early Genesis, Yes, King Crimson etc. Then a documentary about prog rock.
I'm an unashamed fan of Yes, Rush etc. given where I was born and brought up as well near Canterbury Soft Machine and Caravan had a lot of influence over local groups. Great programmes reminded of the skill in prog rock, yes it might have been disconnected lyrically with the youth of the 70s and we all sought solace in punk but it was still a great time for music I think.
For me I wanted to be like Steve Howe or Robert Fripp when I was 14 but I had no idea how much you needed to learn to do that. So punk seemed a good idea and I loved the rebellion aspect to push back on the crap society we seemed to have coming out of the 60s. But then punk went all fashion and I didn't like it as much, I went back to metal with Maiden etc. and listened to prog under the cover of darkness... :-)
Today prog is alive and well just not in Britain really - Dream Theatre live on as great examples we need more from the UK to show we're not all jangly guitar bands and X-Factor finalists.
Wandered into a little local guitar shop today - PRS CE22, in blue, second hand, a few knocks and dents but reasonable nick really for a used specimen. In urgent need of new strings and a set up but get this... £650!!! Yes I know I might have let that slip through my hands but I can't really justify that can I?
Son-of-Furtheron just took delivery of a Line6 JM4 looper - initial signs show it's bloody great for practice, the drum loops etc. will no doubt help him improve his timing and get better at chord progressions and changes. Maybe I should get one?... :-)