“The Bardic Depths”

By |2020-04-23T23:42:40-05:00April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Music, Progressive Rock|

Our readers are well aware of the wide-angle conservative lens that is the purview of The Imaginative Conservative’s co-founder Bradley J. Birzer. But what would it be like to set the fruits of Dr. Birzer’s expansive vision to music? In case you were unaware, the question is not a rhetorical one; the answer is readily [...]

A Homeric Life: Neil Peart

By |2020-02-11T11:33:54-06:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Culture, Music, Progressive Rock, Senior Contributors|

On Tuesday, January 7, 2020, Neil Ellwood Peart valiantly lost his three and half-year battle against brain cancer. On that same day, he entered Valhalla, escorted by at least one Valkyrie, but quite possibly by two or three. Peart has shaped many of us very quietly and sometimes not so quietly. I can state with [...]

The Art and Delight of Progressive Rock

By |2019-09-02T11:22:42-05:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Culture, Music, Progressive Rock|

Jerry Ewing’s greatest achievements in Wonderous Stories are to show conclusively that progressive rock never died and continues to thrive; and that it’s a vital and vibrant cultural expression, worthy of all due scholarly and cultural attention… Wonderous Stories: A Journey Through the Landscape of Progressive Rock by Jerry Ewing (167 pages, Flood Gallery Publishing, 2018) [...]

Shining the Light into Darkness: The Final 3 Tracks of Big Big Train’s English Electric Part One

By |2014-01-12T14:59:15-06:00September 2nd, 2012|Categories: Progressive Rock, Western Civilization|Tags: , , , |

Well, Imaginative Conservative readers, I must admit, this post makes me sad. I have been thrilled to promote the work of Greg Spawton, David Longdon, Dave Gregory, Andy Poole, Nick D’Virgilio, and the entire Big Big Train team (Rob Aubrey, Kathy Blanchard, Jim Trainer, Sandra Olma, and others). Not only have they been utterly professional in [...]

Big Big Train: England is Now

By |2016-02-12T15:28:37-06:00August 30th, 2012|Categories: Christianity, G.K. Chesterton, Music, Progressive Rock, T.S. Eliot, Western Civilization|Tags: , , , |

In the last of his Four Quartets, “Little Gidding”—arguably the finest work of art to emerge in the twentieth century—the Anglo-American poet, T.S. Eliot, offered the following: A people without history Is not redeemed from time, for history is a pattern Of timeless moments. So, while the light fails On a winter’s afternoon, in a [...]

Ancient and Reborn: The First Two Tracks of BBT’s English Electric Part One

By |2016-02-12T15:28:37-06:00August 14th, 2012|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christianity, J.R.R. Tolkien, Progressive Rock|Tags: , , , |

  In the opening to his lengthy 1939 academic lecture to the University of St. Andrews, Professor J.R.R. Tolkien warned that those who entered myth did so at great peril to themselves and to the very realm of myth itself. That realm, Tolkien stated, is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: [...]

Big Big Train: Chaos Flees Before Beauty

By |2016-07-26T15:58:00-05:00August 1st, 2012|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Culture, Progressive Rock|

One of my favorite things in life is to arrive at a symphony performance early. How amazing is it to watch the individual members of the orchestra take their respective seats and begin tuning their individual instruments. Each person does just this without command or direction. Each, however, knows her or his place, and each [...]

English Autumnal Bliss: The Progressive Rock of Big Big Train

By |2014-01-12T15:17:42-06:00June 27th, 2012|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Music, Progressive Rock, Western Civilization|Tags: , , |

BBT, English Electric. Forthcoming, September 3, 2012 An Interview with Greg Spawton We’re in the middle of perhaps the largest revival of progressive rock—that form of rock music which pursues the artistic and the mythic—since the genre became somewhat suspect as overblown and over-the-top in the second half of the 1970s with the [...]

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