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05/04/2017

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Very enjoyable music, Robert! But I may be more interested in the book you mention, The Religious Sense, than in pursuing more Bay Ridge Band music. The class you taught, 20th Century Responses to Modernity, also sounds fascinating.

Yeah, it was a great class, although, being a Ph.D. student at the time I aimed over the head of the undergraduates.
We read:
de Lubac
Walker Percy
C.S. Lewis
Luigi Guissani
and Gaudium et spes from Vatican II.
The Religious Sense is a great way to understand the religious impulse of the human person.

Just noticed that I failed to bullet-ize the list of performers when I transferred this to the blog. Not that it makes a huge difference.

I have to admit that I enjoyed the story here more than the music. Regarding Guissani, I haven't read much of him, just excerpts (mostly printed in Magnificat). But on that basis his writing seems somewhat obscure to me.

On the subject of music, last night I finally gave in and watched the latest Rock n Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony that HBO has been playing continuously for the past few weeks.

I only watched the first three: Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, and Yes. They were all terrific. Of the three I am a bigger fan of Yes than the others.

I was impressed how good Jon Anderson's voice was, and he looks great for a guy in his 70s. Steve Howe seems like an odd looking emaciated skeleton, but still plays guitar great.

Rick Wakeman was the biggest surprise - I'm guessing he weighs around 350 or so, and I don't know why but maybe because of the subject matter of his solo albums, I thought he was sort of an upper-crust Brit. Turns out he is cockney and blue collar, and for some unknown reason decided to tell a "I had my prostate examined today" joke. But he did so with perfect timing and I laughed loudly at the ending punchline. I should note that his girth does not affect his hands moving majestically on the piano keys.

Anderson, Wakeman, and Howe all spoke before the band performed. Trevor Rabin was also there playing, and Geddy Lee (from Rush) filled in for Chris Squire. It was fun.

After Yes was Tupac Shakur, so I went to bed and missed Pearl Jam later.

I saw Yes on tv some time back, probably ten years. I think it was in a hotel room and don't know what the program was. Anyway, Steve Howe did look almost scary. Somebody compared him to the Cryptkeeper.

It's actually never occurred to me to watch any of the Rock Hall of Fame shows. I just assumed they would be terrible, people doing lame medleys of their big hits and such.

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