This song is here today for four reasons. 1) I love it. 2) I love Greg Lake's voice. 3) I love the instrumental portion. 4) And last, but certainly not least, I love the poetry of the words.
It is best listened to with surround sound, but if you are like me, you are not that lucky. It is old but like many old things (me) worth some of your time. (giggle) If you have head phones... does anyone still use those? Or ear buds... plug them in!
(I do have a set of headphones.)
King Crimson was not exactly the most popular band ever. It had a good sized, loyal following but was one of those bands that you either really loved or you hated them. They were not very commercial either. You did not see much in the way of marketing other than maybe an ad in Rolling Stone Magazine.
If you have not ever heard of this band... which would not surprise me in the least... but you think that the name is awfully familiar. Are you a Stephen King fan perchance? In King's Dark Tower Series, also sometimes called the Gunslinger series, the hero, Roland Deschain is searching for the Crimson King.
Yep, you can enjoy them in either flavor or both.
"Lonesome Dove" (1989)...if you recall that mini series.
Even though the Dark Tower series is a western flavored work, it is as much about time travel, science fiction, fantasy and just plain bizarre stuff that you would never find in any other western. I thought that Wizard and Glass drug a bit, but it was well worth reading.
(Vonnegut of course)
We in here in Dumb Potters Hell, Oregon are in the middle of our frightening annual event called "Sternwheeler Days". It's for the tourists. That's the part that is frightening. The tourists are everywhere. They walk out into the street without looking at all If you don't stop for them, you get a ticket. I tend to think of them as herd beasts. Something wild to keep a wary eye on at all times. It is generally best to avoid their questions.
We used to have a great cheesy little carnival that went with it, but then town folk decided they were afeared of the carnies. So it goes. No more rides for the kiddies. In my opinion that was the only reason to go. Now they have games instead. The same games that are at every other event in town all year round... when there are no tourists to make the lines long.
Today I got trapped in the parade. We have the best parades ever! I will give us points for that. Here is what you get in one of our parades. Now this is from memory from this morning...
Three fire trucks with flashing lights of graduating ages.
Several motorcycles of Vets with flags on them. (I really like these guys.)
A small mob of Mountain Men and Women. These are folk who dress up as if they were Davey Crocket. They shoot muskets and things in the air. Whahoo!
Behind these are the vintage vehicles; one very old, chain link drive logging truck with 3... count 'em... 3 large logs, and the vintage Morris Bull Nose beauty that had little flags on each side. :)
Four Corvettes. One motorcycle pulling a home made float that was more like a wagon. Teenagers throw candy out of this to the children and people on the sidelines. It's a big hit.
Two horses. Three old smog maker Detroit selds decorated with flowers across the front under their windshields.
The C.A.T. bus... this is a transport for mostly elderly people into the town to the left for shopping, dr. appointments, etc. It is a "short bus" not a real bus. You call and make an appointment to use it.
This one is a lark... a concession stand made in the form of a pirate's ship! Did you guess it's my favorite? It gets points for absurdity and for pirates. It has two pirates in it. A man and a woman pirate. Equal opportunity privateering!
Last in line is our used ambulance.
I hope you enjoyed the parade. It really is a hoot. The only one that is better is our homecoming parade. Oh, crap. That won't happen anymore now that they shut down the high school. It had four real floats and a tiny band. So it goes.
Have a great day today. I'm going down to mill amid the herd beasts and see what I can photograph. The Bear chickened out on me for the hike... says next week maybe. What are all of you doing?
If you liked Epitaph by King Crimson, here is another one for you to enjoy!