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a question about the time with ELP, as i talk with other people who loved elp, i notice everyone gets something else from it, but not often do i see people move in the direction elp has moved me, into jazz. i now have a jazz & blues radio show and i play regularly the piano improvisations which lead me to the jazz path, but all of elp's music has a certain jazz veing running through it, even a lot of blues is what i hear in there, was this intentionally or just the backgrounds of the 3 musicians shining through? again, though ELP i learned about dave brubeck, jimmy smith, oscar peterson etc...so thanks you guys

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I think that all three of us had some fondness for jazz and of course you are right, these influences alway show through and become part of the creative process. 

Many thanks, Greg. 

3-Feb-2013

 
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Hello Greg! I would like to know your opinion about this topic...Do you think music has the same relevance like it had on the 60's and 70's? It wasn't just a musical revolution, but a social revolution as well. Artists truly shared their feelings with amazing compositions. Do you think the musical spirit is still alive nowadays, what do you think the new generation lacks today? 
With much respect, a big young fan
Felipe

Answer

Dear Felipe,

Even though some of the music made today is extremely good it does not have the same cultural significance or social connection as did the music of the late 20th century. That is not to say that the music today is not as good, it is just not connected to the spirit of the times in the same way as the music made then. You will often see in any of the arts that there is often a "golden era", this is true of painting, films, literature and music. More often than not art reflects the times in which it was made. 

Many thanks and best wishes, Greg. 

3-Feb-2013

 
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Hey Greg, how are you doin'?

I've been a fan of ELP since my 18's and your voice and compositions are such an influence for me. I love the chords you use on songs like "c'est la vie" and "from the begining". Besides that, I'm not here to ask you about singing or playing. I know you've been involved with production of ELP albums since the beginning. I'd like to know how did it start. How did you get involved with production and what was your role as a producer in the past and how is nowadays.

Thanks!!!

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I became interested in producing music very early on in my career trying to make recordings with some of my very early bands and this really developed with the invention of the Revox tape recorder which enabled you to bounce tracks together in order to achieve a multitrack recording. Record production is a multi faceted skill and can mean different things to different people. It is part technical and part to do with more human skills such as being able to inspire a good performance from an artist etc. Sometimes it is simply about having the guts to be brutally honest and tell someone that the solo they just played or the music they have just written is not really up to scratch. In effect a good producer is rather like a captain of a sailing ship who needs to have the courage and ability to sail through a storm to eventually reach a safe harbour. I do in fact have plans to do some more record producing which I will be announcing later this year. 

Best, Greg. 

3-Feb-2013

 
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Hi Greg,

I am a big fan of yours an an aspiring guitar player. You might remember me, I was the 14 year old in the I Believe in Father Christmas contest. I have two questions. Where you on guitar on the songs Food For Your Soul and Close But Not Touching off the Works albums? An also if there is an ELP reunion, which I know you all say is unlikely, will you play some electric on songs like Karn Evil 9 and Tarkus like you did in the 70s? 

Thanks,

Theodore Curtin

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Dear Theodore,

Many thanks.

 

I could always be wrong but I don't recall playing guitar on the tracks you mention.

 

Regarding an ELP reunion my answer is the same. If Keith and Carl are willing and able to step up to the plate then I would be more than happy to play a tour together with them.

 

It's the music that matters not some petty differences that may have happened 30 or 40 years ago. I have always felt a deep sense if gratitude to all of this fans who went out and bought those millions of albums and speaking for myself I believe that the least we could do as a band is to honour that debt of gratitude by performing one last tour for them.

 

However, a band is a partnership and it requires everyone's cooperation in order to turn something like that into a reality. Right now and sadly that is not the case, but speaking personally I will always leave the door open and I am ready and willing anytime Keith and Carl feel inclined to join me in order to make it happen.

 

Best,

 

Greg. 

 

 
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Hi Greg,

Thank you for your wonderful music. It's been and still is a big part of my life, and in a a good way. My question is this: What do you think is the best way to motivate one's kids to be musicians? My 6-year old daughter. for example, likes to play the drums (we got her this expensive electronic drum set), but she doesn't seem to be passionate about it. How crucial do you think is passion for music (or anything else) at that age? Is it realistic to expect that sort of passion in a 6-year old kid? How aldo were you when you became passionate about music? Can passion for music (or anything else) be taught or is it rigidly innate? So many questions, so little time.

Best

Jose

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Thank you for this interesting question. Firstly I think that it is very applaudable for you to be trying to support and encourage your child, however I do think that 6 years old is probably a bit young to expect to see any real or meaningful passion for anything professional or work related. This is the age when children should be allowed to play and explore. This freedom to be able to play and explore is very important to a child's development.  I think that best thing is to observe your child's natural inclination and support them when you can see they have naturally developed a passion for something. I would definitely not try and force or even nurture a very young child to become serious about a profession etc, just let them find their feet and encourage them to be a healthy free thinking spirit and nature will take care of the rest. ( PS, please do remember that some children have to become adults before they ever find out what they really want to do and for some this day simply never arrives, but this does not make them worth less as a human being. What a horrible world this would be if it were populated only by highly ambitious over achievers). 

Best,

Greg.

3-Feb-2013

 

 
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