BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 3

Mere words can hardly describe the mighty mind and vibrant voice of singer / song writer / guitarist and progressive rock pioneer Greg Lake. During his nearly five decade long professional career he played in the bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP).

Considering how much life Lake breathed into damned nearly every song he ever performed and recorded… how his subject matter was typically “dark”… how the body of his mind-blowing work, which he leaves behind, still gives off so much figurative heat… the reports of his death on Wednesday, December 7, 2016… even now, one year later… still seems surreal.

Since highlighting Lake’s music is the best way to pay tribute to him, I’m offering up a linked to YouTube mini-discography. These five compositions do support the undeniable truth… Lake had been a force to be reckoned with.

Stated in sixties vernacular, the five tracks to follow are the quintessence of “progressive rock”… terminology that not only aptly describes the music, itself, but also the radio stations that originally aired it. Courtesy of those bygone broadcast towers, us “hippies” first heard the King Crimson track, Epitaph and the ELP tracks Lucky Man, Battlefield, From The Beginning and Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Part 2.

True, it’ll mostly be diehard Lake fans (such as yours truly), who will gleefully playback these songs, in their entirety. Still, I do encourage everyone else to sample each track. Even if this isn’t your “cup of tea”, musically, consider the lyrics themselves. I know that many of my readers and followers who are poets will be impressed in that latter regard.

I do know that my being fully impressed by both Lake’s music and lyrics weighed heavily in my decision to BlogCast his compostion… I Believe In Father Christmas… his take on the over-commercialization of this holiday… an overall POV I share with him.

On a more personal note… there was one other consideration in my BlogCasting his holiday commentary.

You see, on this very day 43 years ago, (@5 p.m. in the U.S. Eastern timezone) ELP’s Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Part 2 became the very first song I played on my very first on the air radio broadcast. My substitute DJ, weeklong gig, which followed, certainly made my Christmas 1974 extra special… all of that ranking right up there as one of the best gifts I have ever received.

Returning now to the music… while auditioning YouTube offerings, I did discover a couple more view-worthy vids… the first clip features Lake’s reprise of I Believe In Father Christmas set to alternative imagery… the second performance features Thomas McKanna’s fine piano cover medley.

I now thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you back for the remainder of my Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas… where I’ll be presenting select holiday classics… one-a-day… from now until we reach #1 on the 25th.

You’re also cordially invited to click back here for my regular monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www “airwaves” on Sunday, December 24, 2017.

 

Till next time…

 

Here’s hoping that you have a

Merry Melodious Christmas and Happy Harmonious Holiday Season!

 

 

FYI, my past musical presentations are archived within my BlogCast and music categories.

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“I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying…”

Today’s lead video features a virtually stripped down to the bare lyrics rendition of the King Crimson composition, Epitaph… a collaborative effort of bandmates Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald, Greg Lake, Michael Giles & Peter Sinfield… one, which showcases the a cappella, emotionally driven performance by the late, great Greg Lake (11/10/1947 ~ 12/7/2016).

These five songsmiths originally spoke of a confused world gone mad and, in view of more contemporary political events, their words are proving to be even more relevant… perhaps even prophetic… than when first penned in 1969.

EITHER give this song a listen prior to OR while reading onward to learn my reason for featuring it at this particular point in American History.

It all boils down to this…

Ever since we first learned that the Russians had hacked into and warped the outcome of last November’s Election Day… and that the GOP powers-that-be are not concerned in the least… only care about untying the pretty bow and tearing off the gift wrapping paper from Putin’s “present”… I’ve been dreading this particular Friday (a.k.a. tomorrow… a.k.a. the Inauguration Day from HELL).

Yep, phase two of the GOP/KGB overthrow of America is now breathing down our collective neck. For all liberally, ethically and patriotically minded Americans (and likeminded souls throughout our global community) there’ll be NO TGIF this week… perhaps never again… and that’s for damned sure!

Ergo, from this DJ’s POV, Epitaph sets the appropriate mood for what is certain to pan out as a societally, ecologically and economically backward four years ahead… if we even last that long. That’s all in doubt since the unethical, excessively empowered rightwingers will start calling ALL the shots tomorrow… and are virtually unchecked by the powerless leftwingers.

Indeed, this horrific imbalance will produce such deleterious and devastating effects that, sooner or later (unlikely the latter), they’ll go rippling outward until they negatively severely impact every last damned life form fighting for survival on our politically imperiled planet.

No, I’m not being melodramatic… unless by some unforeseen miracle there’s a drastic 180-degree shift in the attitude of the unprincipled, principle political players residing on the far, Far, FAR right…

We are SCREWED!!!

But, returning to the music at hand, let’s now give a listen to Epitaph’s fully orchestrated mix… get a preview glimpse of what could easily become America’s / our world’s not too distant future.

One thing for sure, whenever I view this vid, I can empathize with the profound sorrow the depicted man is feeling. It’s as if I’m living out that last man on Earth scenario… walking, all alone, through the rubble of that post nuclear war apocalypse.

In the event that either or both of these videos, someday, get yanked from YouTube here’s the printout of the lyrics.

Epitaph (including: March For No Reason and Tomorrow and Tomorrow)

By Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald, Greg Lake, Michael Giles & Peter Sinfield

The wall on which the prophets wrote,
Is cracking at the seams.
Upon the instruments of death,
The sunlight brightly gleams.
When every man is torn apart,
With nightmares and with dreams.
Will no one lay the laurel wreath,
As silence drowns the screams.

(Chorus)

Confusion will be my epitaph
As I crawl a cracked and broken path
If we make it we can all sit back and laugh,
But I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying,
Yes I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying.

Between the iron gates of fate,
The seeds of time were sown.
And watered by the deeds of those
Who know and who are known.
Knowledge is a deadly friend,
When no one sets the rules.
The fate of all mankind I see,
Is in the hands of fools.

(Repeat chorus)