By 2005 I meant 1995.....
Someone handed me a tape of awake somewhere during 2005, saying: "you should check this out. It is a bit strange and soft (him being a diehard metal fan) but it's musical." By the time the album hit voices an the "a mind..." three-piece I was hooked, never to release me ever since. I am also grateful for them leading me to prog classics as early yes an PF, as well as fusion and jazz and more recent prog artist. They inspire me as a musician to always reach that extra bit, and as a person to look beyond and be ready for the unexpected. I cincerely hope to grow old with their music an I am looking forward to many albums to come!
If you feel that a particular part of your song needs it then please do so. i feel that a lot of bands would sound more interesting if they would incorporate more different modes. but do it if the song needs it, not just because you can.
And as we all know portnoy would be happy to oblige..... lol