In the wake of Ubertrout's benediction of multi-post days and whatever-the-fuck-you-want topics, I've decided to share micro-episodes (one song or artist at a time!) of the rather unique music I favor. Yes, wow, everyone here has amazingly unique and varied taste in music. We are all of us brilliant souls with soundscapes customized to our unique lives. But the "What's your favorite" posts generate so much discussion that I can't even pick which embedded Youtube video to play. So why not pimp our own??? This is mine, episode one.

Anyone who has read more than three of my posts knows I'm obsessed with opera, but the truth is that my love of opera was preceded by a love for modern symphonic music out of Europe. Holla, Nightwish fans!!!

Listen to this song, by a Dutch artist called Ayreon. The track is named Sail Away (to Avalon). It's from the concept album (I'm a sucker for concept albums!) called The Final Experiment. Basically, the human race has ruined itself to near-destruction so Merlin has summoned a blind, prophetic bard back to Arthurian times to try to get humanity to change its course. The bard is named Ayreon, incidentally. The lyrics are below:

TO ENTERTAIN THE COURT,

AYREON MAKES UP A SONG ABOUT THE BRAVE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE

AND THEIR JOURNEY TO THE ISLE OF AVALON IN SEARCH OF THE HOLY GRAIL.

[AYREON:]

Noble men in shining armour

Knights of the table-round

Go out and ride like thunder

Cross the sky at the speed of

Sound the horn, 'n blow the trumpets

Upon the castle wall

Now the quest has started

Listen to the prophet's call

Sail away

Sail away to Avalon

The journey has begun

Sail away through the night

Sail away, never die

The gods are at your side

Sail away through the night

Ride on the road to glory

Find the holy grail

And learn the ancient story

'S more than just a fairy-

Tale about the key to life

And all its mysteries

You'll find the grail within you

Slay the dragon in your dreams

Sail away to Avalon

The journey has begun

Sail away through the night

Sail away, never die

The gods are at your side

Sail away through the night…