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Oh man, this is probably the most difficult question of them all.
I really just have to explain why I love most music that Steven Wilson creates (because let’s be honest, he was the one who pretty much created PT’s first two albums by himself, and is really the brains behind the entire operation).
His lyrics are real and his music never follows a set of typical rules.
He hates pop music and American idol and other terrible things for REASONS: because it lacks creativity and puts forward this message like being a star is the best thing you can possibly be. But if you’re creating real music that means something to you, you will suffer and have a difficult time making a living. There are a number of songs of Steven’s that illustrate this (especially ones from Stupid Dream).
He makes music for himself and he is somewhat of a perfectionist. This makes for amazing tunes that are definitely an acquired taste and for some people, may be hard to relate to. But if you stick with it, you’ll find yourself in an amazing discography of music all over the place, ranging from pop sounds to metal riffs.
He makes metal music and doesn’t do any weird screaming things (I really have to thank him for that.. I thought I would never get past metal because of the screaming involved, but he really makes a nice blend of pleasant vocals and intense guitars and drums).
He is a production master, so everything he produces sounds golden. Also, I have him to thank for the remastered editions of older albums, like Up the Downstair. I’m so glad that the music can stay fresh due to his production skills.
I could go on and on about more things but you probably have other things to do (as do I.. probably shouldn’t type this up at work).
If you’re going to do this challenge, or something similar, please message me and I’ll pay attention to it!
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Okay guys, so I decided to do this challenge that is pretty much copying off of my friend Jennifer’s Sigur Rós challenge. (I could do Sigur Rós too, but I thought I’d better write about my favorite band first.) Her blog is svo-hljott.tumblr.com ; go follow her if you like Iceland and Sigur Rós and other nice things!
I wouldn’t really call this a “challenge” to answer questions about my favorite band, but it is definitely a challenge to commit to writing something here every day. :) Hope you like it.
Steven Wilson - Grace for Drowning (2011)
Stop sexualizing my body stop shaming my body stop policing my body
“Do you remember what you were dreaming about when you were like eleven or twelve?. What you wanted to be?”x
Drive Home - The Raven That Refused To Sing“The song is based on a story but one that wasn’t mine; it was suggested to me by the guy [Hajo Mueller] who was illustrating, doing the artwork and the book. The idea is about a couple driving along in a car at night, very much in love; the guy is driving, and his partner – his wife or girlfriend or whoever she is – is in the passenger seat, and the next minute she’s gone. The guy is crazy: What happened? Where did she go? He does all the obvious things: looks under the seats, stops and checks the road, all of that. The song is basically about missing time; it’s the idea of blocking out time because of something so traumatic that you literally remove it from your mind.
The story ultimately winds up with the ghost of the partner coming back, years later, and saying, ‘I’m going to remind you now what happened that night.’ There was a terrible car accident, and she died, etcetera, etcetera – again, the idea of trauma leading to a missing part of this guy’s life. He can’t deal with the reality of what happened, so he blocks it out – like taking a piece of tape and editing a big chunk out of it. It’s a sad, very beautiful song about loss.” - Steven Wilson
Still my favorite song of the year. It still makes me cry.
Atoms For Peace - AMOK Teaser. (via x)
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Photo of my mother meeting Steven Wilson at Amoeba records. She called me during the 2-song setlist there so I could try to listen over the phone. I could mostly hear noise, but I did recognize the guitars in Radioactive Toy. I was disappointed I couldn’t meet my favorite artist, but extremely excited that my mom could. She was very happy too. :)
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