Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday Essay Question

My late Stereo Review colleague Noel Coppage famously said -- and I paraphrase -- "The music of Yes is Exhibit A for the pernicious influence that becoming one with the cosmos has on syntax."


Discuss.

10 comments:

Brooklyn Girl said...

Well, even McCartney had his screw-ups:

But if this ever changing world in which we live in


And my secret word is "TuneNa"

rurritable said...

Are those mountains standing in and around that lake coming out of the sky?

Just asking.

Anonymous said...

This is an example of why I frequently skipped Noel's reviews. Even the humor is too deep for me.

Allan Rosenberg

buzzbabyjesus said...

I don't know the first thing about grammar. Whatever I learned in 5th grade is long gone.
One thing's for sure, "Tales From Topographic Oceans" is a terrible album.

steve simels said...

There's a great song -- I think by the Wondermints? -- called In and Around Greg Lake.
:-)

Blue Ash Fan said...

I actually received the album pictured here as a bar mitzvah present all those years ago. All I can say is this: that's a really cool cover.

Sal Nunziato said...

Two of the four sides of "Topographic Oceans" are fantastic and as soon I sneak out of here, avoiding the gauntlet of abuse I see in my future for that statement, I'm going to listen to them.

turf toe said...

The album title is ridiculous. Topographic maps are maps that show elevations of a given area. By definition, oceans are at elevation zero (sea level - in spite of the fact that the ocean levels are rising). So this album was an instant turnoff for me.

salhepatica said...

@Brooklyn Girl: Duffy did a cover of "Live and Let Die" for a charity album in which all of the cover versions were blessed by the original artists, and in some cases the original artists performed on the covers, like Mick Jones on Lily Allen's version of "Straight to Hell." Anyway, Duffy sang "but if this ever-changing world, which we live in."

steve in toronto said...

i have made peace with it by imagining (easily) that it's the "ever-changing world in which we're living"...

steve in toronto