Come and See the Show

Keith Emerson died at 71, yet another in a string of deaths this year from the world of classic rock. Isn’t it strange how we can be affected by the deaths of people we’ve never met?

My sister had the Trilogy album and some of my earliest music memories include listening to it. A bit later on in life, when I was in high school, I bought the rest of ELP’s key recordings. By that time,  they were broken up and long out of fashion. No matter. They made five very adventurous albums which pushed at the boundaries of popular music.

The band was often derided for being excessive and perhaps a bit pompous. Maybe at times that was true but the best prog bands were unafraid to keep trying new things. It didn’t always work but when it did,  it was magic.

It became fashionable to make fun of this type of music when the punk scene came along. I call BS on that way of thinking , as if it’s not possible to like and appreciate two different types of music?

It’s interesting to think that this three man band was selling out football stadiums throughout the 70’s, back when there were no video screens for people to watch.

RIP Keith Emerson.


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