how to identify prog rock
  • if it’s got a sick ass flute solo and a man singing far too tenderly, it’s Jethro Tull
  • if the singer sounds a little bit like Barry Gibb and the lyrics are weird as hell, it’s Yes
  • if the singer sounds like he’s been huffing helium, it’s Rush
  • if there’s as much sax in it as there is flute in Jethro Tull, it’s Van Der Graaf Generator
  • if it comes on the radio and a middle-aged man with long hair voices his approval, it’s Led Zeppelin
  • if it comes on the radio and you hear a teenager telling their friends to quiet down and listen to the guitar solo, it’s Pink Floyd
  • if it’s super spacey and psychedelic, it’s either a Yes instrumental or King Crimson
  • if it sounds like the theme to The Exorcist, it is the theme to The Exorcist, and it’s Mike Oldfield
  • if about 10 minutes in you’ve begun to suspect that you’re the victim of a What’s New, Pussycat-type prank, it’s either Thick As A Brick or something from Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
some prog bands: a summary
  • Yes: the sun is shining the birds are singing i have no fucking idea how much weed i just smoked and life is great
  • Peter Gabriel-era Genesis: Weird and Wacky English Fairytales
  • Van der Graaf Generator: all i want to do is lie on a beach in the middle of the night and look up at the stars and cry oh god someone hold me
  • King Crimson: hey FUCK you *jazzy guitar solo*
  • Barclay James Harvest: life on the farm can be tough
  • Jethro Tull: have you heard the good news of our lord and savior the flute
Prog aesthetics
  • Genesis: Renisance paintings, fields of wildflowers, old abandoned mansions with overgrowth, Greek mythos, old decorative bibles, the smell of hot herbal tea, early mornings, fresh dew on a spiderweb, makeup, large elaborate fountain sculptures, and the sound of the wind rustling leaves as they fall
  • Emerson Lake and Palmer: smashed guitars, large cities at night, dusty church organs, metropolis movie posters, elegant gilded swords, old sifi novels, old alcohol bottles, the smell of cinnamon, bruised knuckles, sunsets, the smell of summer air, and the sound of a forest in winter
  • Yes: the ocean, iridescence, mountain air in the early morning, water lilies, greenhouses, the smell of the sea after a storm, holding hands, glittery capes, fae, ripples in a cup of water, elegant lace dresses, warm raspberry tea, daisies in the early morning sun, and grainy mermaid footage
  • King Crimson: large abandoned castles, old music books, smeared crimson lipstick, crowns made of gold and rubies, velvet robes, gold flakes, the smell of autumn, the sound of leaves crunching, baroque shattered mirrors, elaborate gilded daggers, red candle wax on a skull, the smell of insense burning, shattered crystals, blood soaked books, torn midevil tapestries, and empty parlor rooms with nothing but old broken furniture and paintings on the floor
  • Pink Floyd: Light shows, prisms, torn up money, the smell of old cigarettes that linger years after one was ever smoked, mushrooms, silhouettes, vintage postcards, erupting volcanos, broken walls, abandoned factories, the smell of an old book, dusty rooms, big fuzzy wool sweaters, and decorative tobacco pipes
  • Rush: the night sky, old science textbooks, silk kimonos, skeletons, the desert, the smell of new technology, dusty Ayn Rand novels, the sound of music through an old radio, the smell of an old maple table, the Canadian tundra, apples, smashed synthesizers, gears, grandfather clocks, and carved statues of trees
best places/times to listen to prog bands
  • Yes: in a forest or a field while the sun is rising in the summer. alternatively, in and/or around a lake
  • King Crimson: in a British castle
  • Genesis: a small quirky town in England at sunset, or depending on the album, in the middle of Times Square
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer: on top of a skyscraper at midnight
  • Jethro Tull: in the woods in the late afternoon or any place where there's a flute nearby
  • Van der Graaf Generator: in or near an abandoned lighthouse at night in the rain
  • Rush: any city in Canada
  • Pink Floyd: in your therapist's waiting room
  • Barclay James Harvest: on the farm at 4am

My friend bought a Japanese magazine about ELP and she found some awesome comics. She has translated them into Chinese for me and some friends, then I translated them(roughly) into English and showed them to @auroreamethyste. We both think ELP fans here deserve a look XD  I have asked the friend who bought them for the permission. 

If there is any mistake, I’m sorry, my translation isn’t great. :p

“Our culture encourages us to plan every moment and fill our schedules with one activity and obligation after the next, with no time to just be. But the human body and mind require downtime to rejuvenate. I have found my greatest moments of joy and peace just sitting in silence, and then I take that joy and peace with me out into the world.”
― Holly Mosiertags

Enjoyed some alone time at Palmer Lake, Colorado.