Day: March 13, 2016

RIP, Keith Emerson…

Well…. CRAP! Keith Emerson, the keyboardist for the progressive rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer has died… apparently by his own hand. According to one British tabloid, who is apparently quoting Greg Lake, the vocalist for the band, Emerson had been in varying states of depression since the band began falling apart in the late 70’s. Another British tabloid said he took his own life because he could no longer perform perfectly. British tabloids… Harrumph! Emerson was one of the early adopters of the Moog Synthesizer. The solo at the end of Lucky Man was one of the first to mainstream the instrument. I came to ELP’s music as Brain Salad Surgery was released. Even before my introduction to Genesis and Yes. Having been musically weaned on classical, it was a revelation to hear a rock band who not only wrote songs of symphonic length, but who also freely acknowledged and borrowed from that classical tradition. Fanfare for the Common Man – borrowed from Aaron Copland. Pictures at an Exhibition – borrowed from Modest Mussorgsky. With additional …