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Date: 2007-12-15 22:33
Subject: music plug, and indeed book plug
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Music:porcupine tree
I got off to a wonky start with Porcupine Tree, fearlessly and entirely erroneously stating that they were Richard Barbieri's band, and I thank the stranger who rode into town and set me straight.
I can't stop listening to them. I now have eleven albums of theirs on my Walkman, and I just go through them, over and over again. I love this stuff. It's as if Steven Wilson, whose band it really is, had pried up the top of my head, checked out what I really like about modern music, and then decided to put together a band to play just that. I'm absolutely astounded that they've been going since 1987 and I'd never heard of them before. There are songs here, like `Dark Matter,' `Prodigal,' `Sever,' `Halo,' and the whole of their most recent album, Fear Of A Blank Planet, which are at the same time warmly familiar and yet quite unlike anything I've heard before. I've even stopped listening to Blackmore's Night for a while.

I don't usually plug a book before I've finished it, but I want to commend to you John Scalzi's The Android's Dream, which I'm a little over a third of the way through and enjoying immensely. I'm not sure whether it's meant to be a satire, but if it is it does it with a totally straight face and is all the better for it, and that's the way I'm reading it. It's reminding me of a couple of early Neal Stephenson novels, The Big U and Zodiac, which I adore. And dammit, Scalzi makes it look so effortless...
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-12-16 23:33 (UTC)
Subject: Steve Wilson...
Having always been out of the mainstream, I thought I had better educate myself on Porcupine Tree and listened to several snippets on iTunes. The first 8 of them that I randomly selected were all in the same key. I'll have to invest some actual money in them so that I can learn to appreciate them upon your recommendation.

BTW, I took a songwriting course at Cabrillo College in California conducted by one Steve Wilson. Unfortunately, it was not the one to whom you refer. As chance would have it, there is also a Phil Collins on the faculty of the music department there. That's got to stink to have a common enough name like that. Imagine being a -- say a science fiction -- writer with the same name as say a REALLY well-known technical writer...oh yeah, you do know.

Also -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Wednesday, old man!

-the ojm
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User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-16 23:44 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Steve Wilson...
I don't know from keys; I just know I likes them! Try and get hold of Fear Of A Blank Planet and In Absentia which ought to be enough to whet your appetite.
I didn't know about the technical writer. I did know I share the name of the New Jersey Star Ledger's sports writer.
Thanks for the birthday wishes. I hope your exam and concert go okay.
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