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New tour dates posted
We just announced a handful of new tour dates in support of our latest album. Check ’em out here. See you down the road.
History of Popular Music
“The most significant feature of the emergent popular music industry of the late 18th and early 19th centuries was the extent of its focus on the commodity form of sheet music” The availability of inexpensive, widely available sheet music versions of popular songs and instrumental music pieces made it possible for music to be disseminated to a wide audience of amateur music-makers, who could play and sing popular music at home. In addition to the influence of sheet music, another factor was the increasing availability during the late 18th and early 19th century of public popular music performances in “pleasure gardens and dance halls, popular theatres and concert rooms”. The early popular music performers worked hand-in-hand with the sheet music industry to promote popular sheet music. One of the early popular music performers to attain widespread popularity was a Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind, who toured the US in the mid-19th century. During the 19th century, more people began getting involved in music by participating in amateur choirs or joining brass bands.
The reviews are rolling in…
Music publication Tuning Fork Media named Halcyon Daze among the top albums of the year. Here’s a quote:
“Although it was released in 2014, we’re fairly certain Halcyon Daze will be the best album of 2015 and 2016. After all, time is just an illusion.” — Tuning Fork Media
Here’s another review:
“Halcyon Daze will cave your head in, or is it melt your face? Either way, you’ll want this album on your shelf right next to Wasteland and Desolate Moon.” — Soundrise Magazine
“Ahhhhhh…” — Soundrise Magazine
Thanks for the love, fellas.
Thanks for all your support, we couldn’t do this without you
We just want to say thanks for all the love. This has been our biggest and best release to date and we could not have done it without all of our supporters. Thanks again for allowing us to do what we do. ❤
In Every Work of Genius We Recognize Our Own Rejected Thoughts
I read the other day some verses written by an eminent painter which were original and not conventional. The soul always hears an admonition in such lines, let the subject be what it may. The sentiment they instil is of more value than any thought they may contain. To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men,—that is genius. Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense; for the inmost in due time becomes the outmost, and our first thought is rendered back to us by the trumpets of the Last Judgment. Familiar as the voice of the mind is to each, the highest merit we ascribe to Moses, Plato and Milton is that they set at naught books and traditions, and spoke not what men, but what they thought. A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this. They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression with good- humored inflexibility then most when the whole cry of voices is on the other side. Else to-morrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another.