Thanks to all of you for making a dream come to life and touch and inspire people all over the globe! You are the most amazing people on the net!
Here is my yearly anniversary note from the site, come by and join in the fun-
That new PT tune is coming to mind about now, "Time Flies"..... Did the past decade just fly by? In some ways it felt like 20, yet in others a mere five or so.
But here we are, celebrating PE's tenth anniversary. I sometimes wonder what the past ten years would have been like if PE hadn't happened..... But I sure am glad it did. It all started with humble beginnings as a hobby and became something very special and lasting.
And it's my sincere hope it made your lives a tad bit richer. I know mine certainly has been changed in a positive way from it. Thank you all. It gave me a chance to share something on a daily basis that I hope enlightened and inspired many and will continue to for years to come. This scene has changed some in the past ten years, no doubt thanks to the net drawing us all closer together. Maybe it's just my imagination, but it feels like some progress was made when it comes to fans of the different sub-genres openly appreciating and respecting each other's diverse tastes. And a broadening of personal tastes over all too. I mentioned years ago this place was a good excuse to have your own "personal musical revolution" and as the years have passed and we have grown together I have seen this become true for many.
Also, somehow in the last few years it seems "prog" is starting to be respected a bit more. A little resurgence, maybe? Possibly.... And I'd like to think that PE and forums like this had a little hand in changing people's awareness of the genre this past decade, along with the many great labels and festivals that have brought progressive talent front and center for all to enjoy and often inspired new acts to form and old ones to reunite. I think we all had a hand in blurring the line as to what is prog and showing people that variety is a strength.
Thanks to every one of you for making this dream come to life and spread. I feel very lucky to count so many of you among my friends and musical comrades. It's been an enlightening journey and there's more to see and do in the next ten. Thanks for the memories, the laughs, and most of all the music and the love.
**I want to take a minute to thank the team here that made this all possible. They are a great staff and I'm proud to count them among my friends as well. Lee, Floyd, Raymond, Duncan made everything here worthwhile. Their contributions have been invaluable and I hope to buy them each a Rolls someday. They deserve it. Props go to everyone on the extended staff as well- Ian, Sean, Keith, Alex and Chris for keeping the new releases, tour dates and polls (remember those?) fresh and up to date. We will have polls again, I SWEAR.
Thanks to all of you for making us the best source on the net for progressive music talk and info! You are all amazing people and have inspired me in ways I can't really express. Thanks also for making it a great, worldwide community! More fun is to come!!
Current mood:chipperBack in Oct of 1999 ProgressiveEars.com started humbly as a Yahoo Group. Just a little hobby of mine with no lofty goals. Created as a place to chat about Yes and other classic prog bands. Quickly a whole world opened up for me and our readers though. Musically we discovered prog rock has many facets, many subgenres to enjoy. Not just symph stuff, ya know? Quickly our scope widened. Out of an urge to learn more and grow as listeners. Soon we realized progressive MUSIC was the focus and not just progressive rock, though that was and still is our "bread & butter". Just don't get lost in the semantics of categorization please! At Prog Ears we try and get a little deeper into why this music appeals to you- not so much how it's "organized" stylistically. Anyhow, a year later we were sprung from our landlord Yahoo and moved to our own domain. We started over at zero members but most of our readers gladly followed us there, very happy to be free of Yahoo's quirks and spam factors.
We haven't looked back since really. Quickly we caught on, which was a pleasant surprise, and just snowballed. What started as a hobby became something a bit bigger for me, especially as I saw how it was starting to affect people in a positive way. Sometimes sublime, other time a touch profoundly. It's been a pretty entertaining ride along the way and I think we all learned a lot about music, which was the main goal and still is. But a lot of great friendships happened as well.. We've had the gamut of life's highs and lows to share. Many births, marraiges and sadly even a few deaths... It fills my heart to see the way our members rally when one of us is up against the wall. Just one of the many ways Prog Ears has gone deeper than just musical talk. And it can for you too, if it hasn't already. And if you are a member, thank you! None of this would have happened without folks like you and yourself.
We look forward to the future and I think we have new heights yet to scale while we continue to be the hub of prog music talk on the net. We have some neat things in mind for when we turn ten, that much I can say. But what we have up our sleeves will have to wait awhile to be revealed. It's just an idea at the moment. But then again, so was the site at one time. Stay tuned!
And thanks to all of you here at MySpace. I hope you take the time to come partake at the real site, we'd love to have you. http://www.progressiveears.com
Just a quick word here. I don't usually post blogs here because you can read my "writings" all over the actual Progressive Ears site. But I took a look and saw many people have signed up for this blog! So maybe I better!
We have had some interesting threads going lately at http://www.progressiveears.com this past few weeks. NEARfest is certainly the top news story this past week, the yearly art rock festival in Bethlehem, PA. We have been avid supporters of NEARfest for going on ten years now. While we never had any partnership per se, we have respected their work and I think them ours as well. We are all part of the same prog family. There are many threads recounting the musical weeked to check out.
In other news Robert Fripp announced King Crimson will be back for their 40th Anniversary in 2009. I suspect a new cd will come before that. So all things buzzing around Crim again! There are a few threads going about that and a Top King Crimson cds poll you can vote in too! It was even announced over at Discipline Global Mobile's site. I hope Robert enjoyed the results to date!
Former Yes-man Billy Sherwood joined the site's fold last month as well and we are pleased to have him on board. There is a 10+ page thread were he introduces himself and fields pages of questions about his past work and his exciting new band CIRCA with Alan White, Tony Kaye and Jimmy Haughn. Check them out here at MySpace.
In other news Genesis threads run rampant! Yes, with world tour kicking into gear Genesis runs deep. But are we "In Too Deep"? You come by and decide!!
All this and 100s of new CD and DVD reviews await you and our busy chat room as well. Drop by, won't you?
-Sean/Moderator & Founder