The Pretentious Prog-Rock Manifesto

Posted: April 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

From the liner notes of the second Soft Machine album

There is music for the body and there is music for the mind.  Music for the body picks you off the floor and hurls you into physical activity of whatever type you may prefer at the moment.  Music for the mind floats you gently downstream, through pleasurable twists and turns, ups and downs, rapids and calm waters.  The Soft Machine plays music for the mind.  In its strictest sense, it may impose some cerebral responsibility on the listener, because you can’t really hum along or have the tune pass through your head as you walk in the streets.  But the ultimate good feeling that the Machine generates will always remain with you, and the final emotional benefit is well worth the thinking toll.  

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