Well, it’s taken me a month to use up my Christmas gift from Kay: a $30 iTunes gift certificate. A month! (Some of you are shaking your heads at me in wonder.) You see, because I love music so much and iTunes makes it so easy to spend money, I have trained myself to resist the temptation. So being given permission, well, it just made my head spin. Where to start? What to buy?
Then it was time to go back to my prog roots. First, a bit of prog jazz:
Romantic Warrior by Return to Forever
This album used to be listed at $5.94 because it only has six pieces, but by the time I bought it the price had been jacked up to the full $9.99. Oh well. This is so worth it.
Then onto prog pop. You didn’t know there was such a thing, did you?
The Gist of the Gemini by Gino Vanelli
I mean, side B (remember, albums used to have sides?) is a full-on concept piece called the War Suite. Jazzy progressions, with great synth work, and above all Gino’s amazing voice. He has an odd falsetto, but has such control of it that it gives me chills.
Since I’m on my prog kick, I really had to get true-blue prog rock:
Relayer by Yes
At $2.97 for a full album, this one’s a steal! Are there other prog bargains out there?
By this point I was starting to run low. Do I go for Todd Rundgren? No, the sound of Gino Vanelli’s voice had infected me, so I picked up
Feel Like Flying
I had forgotten that they both have sa-weet bass playing.
One more Coldplay,
Because all these tunes are so familiar from long ago, but I haven’t heard them in a long time, I have found they give me a big energy boost when I do household chores. I mean, I am dancing around, woo!
And I’ve got 12 cents left.