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« Reply #4500 on: Aug 3rd, 2015, 3:04pm »

Congrats guys, it's a great feeling as the body becomes lighter.

I'm a few pounds away from my goal, I hope when I go on maintenance I can control myself. Small portions and not so many sweets (this includes fruit) as I had before.
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« Reply #4501 on: Aug 3rd, 2015, 3:45pm »

on Aug 3rd, 2015, 2:57pm, NoSonOfVine wrote:
Cheers. smiley

I've lost over 17lbs now. Put some of it back on during the week of my birthday but I've already lost some of that, too. cool


Ha! My b'day is this Thursday, but we're celebrating Saturday at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour. I expect to add a pound or two that day grin
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« Reply #4502 on: Aug 3rd, 2015, 3:46pm »

on Aug 3rd, 2015, 3:04pm, Lily wrote:
Congrats guys, it's a great feeling as the body becomes lighter.

I'm a few pounds away from my goal, I hope when I go on maintenance I can control myself. Small portions and not so many sweets (this includes fruit) as I had before.


Thanks very much! wink

I'm quite a ways from my goal weight, but I'm heading in the right direction smiley
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« Reply #4503 on: Aug 3rd, 2015, 3:51pm »

Our 21-year-old granddaughter is staying with us for a month or so and she and her fiance wanted to see the Pixels movie. They invited us. It was a nice afternoon. We went to Rainforest Cafe afterwards for dinner. Nice to be asked by your grandkid to go on a double date with she and her fiance cheesy
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« Reply #4504 on: Aug 16th, 2015, 1:09pm »

Listening to Anthony Phillips and fiddling along on my mandolin smiley cool
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« Reply #4505 on: Aug 21st, 2015, 04:11am »

Steven Wilson's music. It's just so beautifully arranged and gorgeously inventive. smiley
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« Reply #4506 on: Aug 21st, 2015, 09:51am »

^ This makes me laugh for certain reasons. wink I've been playing in a band for 2 years by now and all my bandmates are huge fans of Steve Wilson. Throughout these 2 years they've been trying for the hell of it to "convert" me to Steve Wilson's music. Thing is, it does nothing for me. Some of his music I find annoying, some just does nothing. Any attempt from my side to convince them to stop their "missionary" efforts only makes them search even more for the one Steve Wilson song I will enjoy. I can't see it coming though... Even worse, when I countered with some of my favourite music (Steve Hackett for example) they found wordy explanations why all the music I like is inferior to Steve Wilson and why I just didn't get his genius yet. rolleyes

I once had a friend who was the same with Tool, Tool was the greatest band ever and superior to every other music ever made, and of course I just needed to spend more time to listen to them to finally get them. If anything that guy pushed me only further away from Tool. I never liked them in the first place but meanwhile I can't stand them. tongue
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« Reply #4507 on: Aug 21st, 2015, 10:01am »

on Aug 21st, 2015, 09:51am, Schrottrocker wrote:
^ This makes me laugh for certain reasons. wink I've been playing in a band for 2 years by now and all my bandmates are huge fans of Steve Wilson. Throughout these 2 years they've been trying for the hell of it to "convert" me to Steve Wilson's music. Thing is, it does nothing for me. Some of his music I find annoying, some just does nothing. Any attempt from my side to convince them to stop their "missionary" efforts only makes them search even more for the one Steve Wilson song I will enjoy. I can't see it coming though... Even worse, when I countered with some of my favourite music (Steve Hackett for example) they found wordy explanations why all the music I like is inferior to Steve Wilson and why I just didn't get his genius yet. rolleyes

I once had a friend who was the same with Tool, Tool was the greatest band ever and superior to every other music ever made, and of course I just needed to spend more time to listen to them to finally get them. If anything that guy pushed me only further away from Tool. I never liked them in the first place but meanwhile I can't stand them. tongue


It makes no sense, trying to love a band or an artist just for the sake of it. I remember, that I used to be a dedicated hater of Yes, because I found their music mostly annoying and atonal. For a reason, I can`t really explain myself, I once bought the Close To The Edge album and listened to it several times. All of a sudden it made, click, and I got into it. I bought the complete Yes catalogue the same year and I must confess, that Yes are as important to me now, as are Genesis.

I didn`t like all of Steven Wilson`s solo work right from the start. I always loved PT to bits, but some of his solo work, I just didn`t get. Then one day, I watched the Get All You Deserve DVD and all of a sudden it made, click, and I got into it. Meanwhile, I appreciate Steven Wilson`s solo work more, than his work with PT (which is still one of my favorite bands none the less).

So you don`t have to love Steven Wilson. And you don`t have to struggle to love Steven Wilson. Maybe the day will come, when you hear a particular song or watch a particular track on youtube, and it will make click, and you`ll be an addict. Or maybe not. Don`t bother.

Don`t mess with Tool, though...

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« Reply #4508 on: Aug 22nd, 2015, 1:30pm »

I finally got blank CDs that my CD player can read! cheesy Now I can finally complete my mixtapes that were begun nearly half a year ago smiley cool
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« Reply #4509 on: Aug 22nd, 2015, 1:46pm »

on Aug 21st, 2015, 10:01am, slowdancer wrote:
It makes no sense, trying to love a band or an artist just for the sake of it. I remember, that I used to be a dedicated hater of Yes, because I found their music mostly annoying and atonal. For a reason, I can`t really explain myself, I once bought the Close To The Edge album and listened to it several times. All of a sudden it made, click, and I got into it. I bought the complete Yes catalogue the same year and I must confess, that Yes are as important to me now, as are Genesis.

I didn`t like all of Steven Wilson`s solo work right from the start. I always loved PT to bits, but some of his solo work, I just didn`t get. Then one day, I watched the Get All You Deserve DVD and all of a sudden it made, click, and I got into it. Meanwhile, I appreciate Steven Wilson`s solo work more, than his work with PT (which is still one of my favorite bands none the less).

So you don`t have to love Steven Wilson. And you don`t have to struggle to love Steven Wilson. Maybe the day will come, when you hear a particular song or watch a particular track on youtube, and it will make click, and you`ll be an addict. Or maybe not. Don`t bother.

Don`t mess with Tool, though...

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I have my artists I like because their music resonates with me, and honestly I don't see the point in wasting time to listen to music which doesn't resonate with me. When I was a teenager I was open to everything, these days I care a little more about the time I spend: there's still so much music left to discover for me, why I should I spend hours listening to stuff I know I won't like when I could spend the same time discovering lots of albums I know I will love.

Porcupine Tree and Steve Wilson have at best some moments in their songs that are okay, mostly however they are boring or even annoying for me. I've heard enough songs to be on safe ground the big surprise click won't come for me.

Yes make nice music, I just think I should have known them earlier, maybe then I would love them. In some ways their music has a similar feeling to Genesis, they just miss a little bit of the specialty Genesis have. And then I got indoctrinated to Genesis as a little kid, Yes I got to know only when I was a grownup. Yes are the kind of band I don't have ambitions to actively explore their back catalogue but I never mind hearing them, if somebody gave me a Yes album as a birthday present I would like it and enjoy listening to it.

Tool... don't get me started tongue
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« Reply #4510 on: Aug 28th, 2015, 04:43am »

on Aug 22nd, 2015, 1:46pm, Schrottrocker wrote:
I have my artists I like because their music resonates with me, and honestly I don't see the point in wasting time to listen to music which doesn't resonate with me. When I was a teenager I was open to everything, these days I care a little more about the time I spend: there's still so much music left to discover for me, why I should I spend hours listening to stuff I know I won't like when I could spend the same time discovering lots of albums I know I will love.

Apologies for the late reply, Schrott. After seeing your large post about how you aren't into Steven Wilson, I didn't know what to say. Also, by the time I knew what to say, slowdancer had already said some of it.

I guess different music works for different people. Everyone demands different things from specific music. For me, Steven Wilson's music, especially his Porcupine Tree material, is some of the most remarkably inventive music out there. When I hear music, the vast majority of the time, I want to hear art. I want to hear music that sounds as though a great deal of effort was put into into writing and performing it, whether it's a progressive rock song or not. Wilson's music is very consistently excellent to me. His music isn't very catchy and rarely jolly, but many of his songs, especially instrumental sections, sound remarkably memorable and original. Here's an example.



Just listen to all those creative sounds and textures. It's true art to my ears. It takes me to another place. This is my kind of music. That doesn't mean I can't appreciate far less ambitious songs, for example...



As a kid, I had a VHS tape with several VeggieTales songs on it. However, I never watched the actual VeggieTales cartoon, because I didn't know what channel it was broadcast on (probably some children's religious education channel). However, I loved many of the songs on that tape, and this was one of my favourites. Even today, this song is still catchy and fun, not to mention really cheerful and just downright sweet. smiley
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« Reply #4511 on: Sep 1st, 2015, 3:14pm »

Hey NSOV, sorry I completely forgot to answer on this. Well...I prefer Steve Wilson out of these two songs grin This has to be the best Steve Wilson song I've ever heard and the first I enjoyed at all. It does sound a lot like Steve Hackett though wink

You know, it's just tiresome if people constantly try to nudge you towards bands you should like when you know yourself what you do like... I keep getting nudged towards Steve Wilson/Porcupine Tree, Muse, Radiohead, and sometimes Tool, and it's exhausting when people won't give up for the hell of it to convert me. At the same time those guys who try to get me into these bands are usually outright ignorant towards my favoured music to the point they try to discuss it down, as happened with Steve Hackett in my case rolleyes
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« Reply #4512 on: Sep 4th, 2015, 05:13am »

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This has to be the best Steve Wilson song I've ever heard and the first I enjoyed at all.

Do you mean out of his solo songs, are out of everything he's ever recorded? shocked

Because if you don't like any of his Porcupine Tree stuff, you've been hearing the wrong songs my friend. Check out songs like Lazarus, Mellotron Scratch, The Rest Will Flow, Piano Lessons and Stranger By The Minute. Very beautiful and engaging music.

I got into PT the same way I got into Genesis. Started out with the easier stuff and kept going from there until I was able to digest PT's more long-winded and complicated stuff (and then checked out Steven Wilson's solo work).
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« Reply #4513 on: Sep 4th, 2015, 08:15am »

Out of everything I heard this far, which is but a handful of songs, including various projects he is involved with (solo, Porcupine Tree, some post-rock project called "Nu-Man" or similar, something he did with some guy from Israel, and possibly some other projects but not sure what that was). smiley

I'll check these songs out but it might take a while.

What about you start checking out Anthony Phillips in turn? wink
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« Reply #4514 on: Sep 4th, 2015, 09:40am »

on Sep 4th, 2015, 08:15am, Schrottrocker wrote:
What about you start checking out Anthony Phillips in turn? wink

Yeah, I will at some point.

TGATG is a great album, need to give it another play. Then, I'll get a few more of his solo records... and there's a hefty amount of them! tongue

I've heard that Slow Dance is a great album. smiley
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