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Prog Rock, Progressive Metal

The Safari Explores the Music of the Brazilian Progressive Metal band Angra!

So the other day, Spotify suggested that I listen to the song "Reflective" from the album Sounds of Innocence by Kiko Loureiro. Since the name looked interesting and he appeared to be a guitarist I downloaded the album onto the iPhone and it became the soundtrack for my ride to the Motor Vehicle Inspection Station. I discovered that Kiko is a very, very talented progressive rock guitarist and a member of the Progressive Metal band Angra. So after listening to Loureiro's solo album, I downloaded Angra's latest release Aqua and gave it a listen! Both of the albums are very good,...

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Sunday Thoughts about Pete Seeger, Abiyoyo and grandbaby Oliver Edward Karn

So sometime this month, my wife and I will become grandparents for the first time, when my son Andrew and his wife Meaghan have their baby, Oliver Edward Karn!! Well, it's actually Meaghan doing all the work right now and Andrew just gets the congratulations!! A couple of weeks ago, they had Meaghan's baby shower.and Oliver's gifts from Andrew's brothers and sister and my wife and I were books and not just any books, but ones that were special to us.The kids picked ones that were read to them and my wife and I picked either ones that were read to...

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Book 5 of 2014 – Theodore Roosevelt and the Assassin – Gerard Helferich

              Ok so which of these men do you recognize?? I know that I would probably have a hard time identifying any of them. Each of these four men disrupted American politics between the years 1865 to 1912. Three were successful in their assassination attempts and assassinated an US President, while the fourth made an unsuccessful attempt to kill a candidate for President. They are clockwise from 3 o'clock - Charles_J_Guiteau assassin of President James Garfield, John Wilkes Booth - President Lincoln, Leon  Czolgosz assassin of President William McKinley and finally the subject of Book...

Prog Rock

The Safari Explores the Classical Side of Progressive Rock’s Jordan Rudess – All That is Now!!

The question of the day is: Can a prog rocker create beautiful classical piano music? My answer to that is a resounding yes - especially if that rocker entered the Julliard School of Music Pre-College Division for classical piano training at nine years old, like rock keyboard artist Jordan Rudess did!!. I think that the prog rock world is glad that in his late teens Rudess became increasingly interested in synthesizers and progressive rock music and left the classical world behind and set out to make his way as a solo progressive rock keyboardist!! The beautiful classical music that I...

Classic Rock, Uncategorized

This Day in Music – February 25, 1943 – The Youngest Beatle George Harrison was born!!

On this day in 1943 in Liverpool, the youngest member of the Beatles, George Harrison was born in Liverpool! I don't think a can really tell anyone anything new about George, so I'll just pass on some interesting things that i read this morning about this music who was part of probably the most influential band ever!! One of the first items that I read got me to thinking about how much of rock music is a blending of all musical genres.From this paragraph we see that George early in his musical journey was influenced by a bluesman,a Gypsy music...

Prog Rock

The Safari Encounters Mad Fellaz, an Italian Progressive Instrumental Band!!

Mad Fellaz is a five man is an instrumental progressive rock band from Bassano Del Grappa, Italy. The now five-man band started out in 2010 as an experimental unnamed trio consisting off:Emanuele and Paul Bason Busatto on electric guitars and Mark on drums. As the band developed, bassist Carlo Passuello, keyboardist Henry Brunelli and Rudy Zilio on flute and synthesizer were added to the band.The current line-up of the band is: Mark Busatto: Drums Paul Busatto: Electric Guitar Carlo Passuello: Electric Bass Henry Brunelli: Keyboards Rudy Zilio: Synth - flute   Mad Fellaz's  music is influenced by both older bands like:  King...