Best Opening Lines, Music Edition.

Time to update Susan’s post from August of 07.

“They say that these are not the best of times,

But they’re the only times I’ve ever known.

And I believe there is a time for meditation In cathedrals of our own.”

-Billy Joel, Summer Highland Falls

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Symphony X’s “Paradise Lost”: A word list

The other day I was flipping through the CD section at my local library (which I often do) and ran across an album called “Paradise Lost” by a band named Symphony X. The cover looked like it was inspired by a fantasy novel so I knew I had to check it out. I was not disappointed — when I popped the disc into my car’s CD player, out poured symphonic heavy metal. Turns out that Symphony X is a prog metal band. And yes, “Paradise Lost” was inspired by the epic Milton poem of the same name.

As I listened to the first couple of songs, I was struck by the word choice of the lyrics. Very fantasy novel. Very D&D. So for your enjoyment, I have created a selected word list for the album. I can make no claims to thoroughness as I did this rather quickly (luckily, there was a lyric sheet). Please also note that many of the concrete nouns are used in combination with other nouns and/or adjectives that might make them more figurative. Continue reading