The Shape Of Things To Come

Dear Daniel,

I'm doing fine thanks. As you probably know we have established our home on the side of a hill about 700 feet above sea level in England. It is a lovely place which we hope will be high enough should we face the 2012 picture those guys on the other side keep bleating on about to me.

The Green Man festival was a bit too young for me (I'm 54) but my son loved it at least. He is busy writing reviews for clickmusic these days. However Bon Iver (name of band) were extremely good. Check out blood bank and Skinny Love on You Tube.

As far as tee shirts go I regret I'm a "large". However, you have supplied me with enough shirts to last quite a while. If you send me some more you will have to give me your mailing address so I can return the favour with some freaky UK shirts from some of my favourite bands over here. We're seeing Ian Anderson (acoustic) in a couple of weeks (Jethro Tull) and we are going to the Strawbs 40th Anniversary 2 day festival soon with all incarnations of the band over the 40 year period playing over the course of the festival (including Rick Wakeman). I expect you are too young to remember this stuff but this band were big in the era of Yes, Genesis, ELP and the start of the prog rock era.

We have also booked to see a triple bill of "Wishbone Ash" "Groundhogs" and "Focus" - all top 70s prog rock bands still going strong. However, we just heard that the Groundhogs have canceled because dear Tony McPhee (brilliant guitarist and front man) has recently had a stroke. His "Split" album is probably the most searing blues rock album I have ever heard.

We started talking years ago about Suppers Ready and the psychic events which lead to its inspiration. I have talked to Martin Turner of Wishbone Ash who feels their Argus album was similarly inspired. It is of similar quality and was of equal weight back then to Foxtrot so well worth a listen. He has split from the other Wishbone Ash members to concentrate on taking Argus back out on tour some 35 years later. I have seen this gig once last year and it is wonderful. Again as with Suppers Ready there is this reference to the book of Revelation and "the sky will fall". This is a reference to watching the stars spinning across the sky as the planet turns upside down - north pole and south pole swapping places in a matter of hours as the giant magnet earth spins just as would a small magnet. And so the celestial dance takes another spin and regains its impetus.

Take it easy and if ever you come over here it is open house for you and whoever you bring - you know that.

Your mad friend

Paul

Lyric to The King Will Come
In the fire, the king will come.
Thunder rolls, piper and drum.
Evil sons, overrun,
Count their sins - judgment comes.

The checkerboard of nights and days -
Man will die, man be saved.
The sky will fall, the earth will pray,
When judgment comes to claim its day.

See the word of the prophet
On a stone in his hand.
Poison pen revelation,
Or just a sign in the sand?

The checkerboard of nights and days -
Man will die, man be saved.
The sky will fall, the earth will pray,
When judgment comes to claim its day.

See the word of the prophet
On a stone in his hand.
Poison pen revelation,
Or just a sign in the sand?

KingArthur.com

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The Philadelphia Spirit Experiment Publishing Company

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