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Roger and out

Roger Glover, Quebec City, June 4, 2011; © Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

Roger Glover takes his time reflecting on the meaning of music and how it’s shaping our lives:

I was recently reading the blogger Bob Lefsetz’s eloquent words extolling his love of music, particularly songs he heard when he was younger. The songs that hit you the first time you heard them have become ingrained, standard, classic – as familiar as old gloves. However, put them in context. At the time, didn’t they seem exciting and dangerous? Subversive, even. When you listen to music, do you have it on in the background, when people are talking or doing the washing up? That’s just hearing it. For me, listening to music is focussing on it, drinking it in, relishing all the details. It can be a solitary thing but, being the frustrated DJ that I am, I love turning people on to things they have not heard before. If it’s good company, there’s a shared wonder of it, how those mysterious songs came into being – the groove, the production, the voice(s), the words, the surprises, and the arrangement. The drummer! No one interrupts.

…finishing with the Christmas greetings:

But I digress; this is supposed to be a Christmas greeting. Personally and professionally it has been a momentous and rewarding year. We finished the tour on a high note. The musicians of the orchestra were an absolute joy to work with and I hope we can perform together again one day. I raise a glass to our crew, the best there is. Thank you to all who came to the concerts, I hope you enjoyed as much as I did. 2012 here we come.

A peaceful and Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Whatever, to all.

Read more on RogerGlover.com.

Bona Saturnalia to everybody!

7 Comments to “Roger and out”:

  1. 1
    buttoks says:

    Roger is a good lad, he deserves to spend more time with his family expecially now that he has two beautiful new grandchildren.

  2. 2
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Great read as usual from the eloquent and articulate Mr. Glover. Yes you do have a wide range of musical taste and I must thank you again for turning me on to the “Turtle Island Quartet” (check out this live performance of ‘Hey Joe’).

    It is also well received here that you specified “Christmas Greeting” and didn’t wimp out to the seculars and PC police calling it a Holiday Greeting.

    Cheers to you Roger and to the rest of Purple. See you in 2012. Looking forward to that belated ‘Christmas Gift’ also…..can’t wait to unwrap the New Album when it arrives.

    Again, “CHEERS and MERRY CHRISTMAS to ALL here at THS”

  3. 3
    stoffer says:

    Thank you to Roger and the band for making 2011 a great year for me and my family and extended Purple family, we saw the show in Highland Park (Chicago) and it was special.

    Merry Christmas to all DP fans on this site as well as the band and a prosperous New Year also!!

    Lets hope for a new album in 2012 and drink a toast to the Best Band in the World……………….


  4. 4
    Scott W. says:

    Merry Christmas to all of the passionate Purple people here at THS!

  5. 5
    HardRockPete says:

    Dear Rog, the “stinkin’ hippie”:-) May you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and may all good musical things continue to come your way!!! I thank you for 2011, and I hope that you and the lads continue to do what you do best in 2012- keeping the legend alive, and hopefully creating a new album along the way. I can’t begin to tell you how good it makes me feel to see you, at age 66, on stage with Purple, still performing, still enjoying every second of it, still giving all your best every night. It’s pure musical magic, and it gives me great musical pleasure to see that you have proven beyound doubt that there actually is a “life after Blackmore”. The band have changed over the years, but to me that isn’t a bad thing. I’m able to enjoy every incarnation of the band, the best band ever, and the changes have made it an interesting journey. Whenever I have beer or two….make that ten:-)….I put on some of the backstage DVDs just to enjoy “the good life in todays Purple”. You guys seem to have fun by the bucketloads, and to see that makes me, as a die-hard fan, feel good! You guys have given me so much musical magic over the years…. I just can’t seem to describe it! To say it simple and easy: You are the soundtrack to my life! You’ll always be there. You guys are older than me, so…when you no longer exist as a band I will brag to my children saying “oh well, I saw them live a lot of times….with Blackmore…..with Morse….Lord….Airey….”. I’ll be a popular granddad one day:-) Love you Rog! Thanks for sharing your gift for so many years, and please continue as long as you’re able:-)

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    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Ditto HardRockPete, DITTO!!

    You took the words right out of my mouth and even a few paragraphs from some of my previous posts. The only difference here is that I have to personally add Bolin, Coverdale and Hughes to your list. Yeah, just as with Purple, I’m probably a little older than you too…..LOL.

    Merry CHRISTMAS to ALL!!!!


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    James Gemmell says:

    Roger, all the best in 2012. The intense interest in music, and trying to hone the craft by using melody, and various elements from classical, blues, whatever, is what has distinguished Purple from 90% of the modern bands out there, prancing around, screaming at Level 10 on every note. That’s not music, to me. That’s noice and trying to act like musicians. Thankfully, there is the 10% exception that is really into it for the love of music.



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