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Paperlate: The Future Of Prog

The Enid’s mastermind Robert John Godfrey on prog’s future.

‘Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp/Or what’s a heaven for?’ – Robert Browning

A wise man told me when I was a boy: “Ideals are like the stars that guide the mariner.” This insight has haunted my life. Composing music is a magical process and in the hands of a composer like Brian Wilson (or Beethoven), it is capable of bringing about changes in consciousness like little else can. Great music is like God without religion.

The question that is currently facing the genre we call ‘prog’ is how to stop looking towards the past and find the courage to embrace an unknown future; to stick to the cynically manufactured comfort food we have become used to, or encourage a revolution?

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