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FAQ

Hello proggers! I thought I would list the answers to some of the questions I get most frequently, all in one place, so visitors can understand my philosophy and vision for the site. I hope it’s helpful!


Q: What is this website about?


A: Prog Rock Dock is a reflection of my love for progressive rock and creative music in general. You will find progressive rock, old and new, as well as related genres. You will also find other creative types of music such as ambient, soundtrack, electronic, and even some alternative music if I find it to be appealing. I especially like to promote creative music that does not get a lot of exposure.


Q: Why isn’t a certain artist in the mixes?


A: I publish the mixes on YouTube, and some artists do not allow their music to be posted. Additionally, there are a few songs that are blocked in certain countries, and I only post songs that are allowed universally. Also, Prog Rock Dock is about my own personal taste in music, and particularly songs that flow together in my head for the mixes. Some of my own favorite songs have not made it into mixes yet. I just go with the flow. Please understand that I am not questioning the importance of many bands not used in my mixes, but the site is not intended to be a retrospective or historical journey of progressive rock. There are other websites that do a fine job of that. I am just sharing what appeals to my own ear and some great bands just don’t do much for me. I do respect all bands — and their fans — but just want to explain why you won’t find everything represented here.


Q: Why don’t you post the songs and time stamps right away with the mixes?


A: When I was young, I discovered a lot of music by listening to the radio. The best radio shows, such as The Greg Stone Show, used to play long stretches of music that I would just get lost in. I wouldn’t know who a lot of the artists were until the DJ read off the song list, and got a few surprises when I finally found out! I believe that we sometimes will judge the musical experience when we know what is coming. For example, if a fan sees that a song by Phil Collins era Genesis is the third song on the list, some may not even give the mix a listen if that era of Genesis doesn’t appeal to them. I’m guilty of judging playlists myself. And, so, I thought that if I post the mixes for a few days without listing who is in it, then listeners will give it a chance and have a more pure experience, finding out later who they were listening to. And also, when a band and song that they know shows up, it comes as a surprise, which can also be exciting.


Q: As a boy, did you really play the Tubular Bells album at high volume at night while the family was trying to sleep?


A: Yes, and you can read about it here. 🙂


Q: Who designed the website?

A: A lovely, talented lady to whom I just so happen to be married. <3

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When I was in elementary school I wore out my vinyl copy of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells and that started me off on this musical journey. Along came Genesis, and I was hooked! Along the way, I developed an appreciation for Saga, Yes, and many others. This site is a labor of love as I stumble across new music in the genre, as well as reminisce about the bands whose music I turn to time and again...and always discover something new. All for one and one for the vine!