Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

R.I.P. Keith Emerson

I just heard on XM's Classic Vinyl that Keith Emerson died last week. I'm pretty bummed about that. Emerson, Lake, & Palmer was one of the first bands that I discovered when I was in grade school. I owe that to my sister who owned "Brain Salad Surgery." While everyone else was getting into disco or rock bands like Aerosmith, I was digging the progressive rock scene of ELP. In a sense they were the epitome of big, bombastic, arena rock. Carl Palmer's drum set weighed tons. It took several tractor trailers full of gear to put on a show. But I was really drawn to Keith Emerson and his piano playing. He was classically trained and it certainly showed. I was taking piano lessons at the time, and my instructor was strictly classical. I wanted to learn jazz and improvisation, and Keith Emerson was my god. I played some albums that had his solos for my teacher and she just shrugged it off. I even went to see the horrible Sylvester Stallone movie "Nighthawks" because Emerson did the soundtrack. I'm sad to hear that rock has lost yet another talented artist.

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