The Music Of JC Harris

positively the most intelligent progressive rock on this here planet

positively the most intelligent progressive rock on this here planet

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The Final Ten

JC’s Not Ten Progressive Rock list. These are albums that nobody would mistake for progressive rock; records where another genre tried to stretch out and incorporate other styles just like ‘prog’ and did so in a masterful way. They are each very influential within their genre and should be on every progressive rock listener’s radar.

Roger CortonYet another list? Brother, we’re going from extreme no-fun opera to all lists, all the time. What’s up?.

JCHWell first of all, who doesn’t love a TRILOGY! And second of all, these are records that were, for me, what progressive rock was trying to do: start from point a, incorporate point b and end up with something completely different.

RCCompletely different like Monty Python?

JCHCompletely different like the difference between a fruit cake, where you can see all the individual bits, technically a ‘colloid’, and a compound, something genuinely new.

RCThat’s hard. One of the most tired clichés in my opinion has to do with ‘bringing […]

An Out Of Body Experience

Sick days so not much real news. Things you never knew about your sinuses. Total Recall.

Roger CortonSo you were sick last week?

JCHI still get these congestion things.

RCI thought the surgery fixed all that years ago?

JCH(Raucous laughter)

RCAnd there’s nothing to be done?

JCHNot really. Now after I had the surgery I’d go to the ENT guy and he pulls out this monstrous snake and put like eight inches up yer snoot. It just doesn’t seem possible. And then literally four or five or even six ounces of green goop sucks out into this accordion glass collector you…


JCHNo, it’s great. It feels great. I tell ya, what I want is the home version of that Total Recall gizmo. You know, where he says “Push real hard!”

RCI know exactly what you’re talking about.

JCHNo, no, it’s so damned satisfying when you get that […]

Video – Who Do You Think?

New video of “Who Do You Think” from the opera Detroit. When is it cheating? Lennie Tristano. The Great Gatsby.

Roger CortonSo you posted another video from Detroit. And you said that we should discuss the differences between ‘the score’ and what went onto ‘the album’. OK, shoot.

JCHThe recordings I did for Detroit were not meant to make an ‘album’.

RCI always assumed it was meant for marketing purposes?

JCHPartly. Although partly it was to hear how things sounded! I’m not Haydn or Bernstein. I don’t stand in front of an orchestra every day. Some of the orchestrations? I had no idea how they were really gonna sound. Were they playable? I had the usual noob fear. But yeah, I had the knucklehead idea of doing a ‘Kickstarter’ and all those guys do elaborate ‘presentations’ in their videos to sell the idea. I figured I had to do something like that.

RCBut life […]

Musicology Question:


I’ve got a ‘musicologist’ question and being 30+ years out of music school, I have no idea who/how to research. So I’m carpet-bombing everyone I even vaguely know who I think might have an answer. I hope you’ll find it interesting and reply with an answer or be able to refer me to someone who does. If not, please accept my apology and ignore. There will be no follow-ups for Reverse Mortgages or Knives That Never Need Sharpening. Here’s the question:

I’m looking for some ‘scholarly research’. I want to know if anyone has done the following type of study: Mapped the average length of various types of movements or compositions by composer.

Some examples: Does Beethoven have a certain preferred length +/- 10 seconds that he uses over and over for the majority of scherzi in piano sonatas? Or do most Bach organ preludes tend to have the same length +/-10 seconds? Do Verdi arias tend to be the same length +/-10 seconds?

My suspicion is that the answer is ‘yes’. And […]

October, 2015
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