Best of Times,
Under a Glass Moon,
Lines in the Sand,
Live ACOS(LSFNY) and Live Hollow Years (Budokan),
Breaking All Illusions.
No specific order. Tomorrow the list may differ.
Sure....Check out these:
[url=http://http://recordinghacks.com/2009/10/28/paul-northfield/]Interview with Paul Northfield[/url]
[url=http://http://youtu.be/5kOIx7HbhxQ]John Petrucci Tone (1)[/url]
[url=http://http://youtu.be/i24e8icZG1o]John Petrucci Tone (2)[/url]
Mics would generally be the Shure KSM313 ribbon (or Royer R-121) plus probably a SM57. There are tons of YouTube videos showing tracking sessions for BCSL.
The fan base is also completely international now. I would suspect that there are fans in other countries that don't "hear" the lyrics the same way the OP does. As a lyricist, I hope James and John continue to write what moves them as people whether it's pro-left or pro-right. In their international audience, some are bound to agree with their POV, and some are bound to disagree with it. Just like this post.
JP: My point of view is rather conservative. I'm no liberal. When I write about spiralling towards disaster, it is about people who profit from the system and live off of it. The song begins with the words "Standing on the backs of angels". The big thinkers, the creatives and the people who work hard keep the country alive, whilst there are others who just let themselves be tagged and dragged along. The american dream means working hard and being your own man in order to fulfill your own dreams, people who have won their lives through hard work and a belief in something. The new american dream works differently. It's based on taking advantage. It's no longer working hard, but rather living out of the common welfare. These people burden the system and bring it down.[/quote]
I disagree with that 100% and I find it unfortunate that he's got that kind of an opinion (it's ill-informed, naive and prejudiced and I could go on quite a bit as to why), [b]but[/b] I can ignore it and just enjoy the music, just as I do with Rush, whose lyrics are riddled with "objectivist" garbage.[/quote]
Basically where I was going....enjoy the music- find your own truth.
[quote=SilentFury007]First of all, I'll admit that the lyrics are the last thing I focus on, so usually I have no idea what a song is actually about until I really look into it, so I could be wrong about this, but it almost seems to me that they're not EVER really picking a side in politics, just bringing up hotly debated issues (The Great Debate). Am I wrong? Are they obviously writing lyrics about one side or another? [/quote]
I definitely have the same listening style as you-- music first, maybe lyrics later. I still don't know all the lyrics to Pull Me Under, yet I've had every release since 92. I first noticed something with The Great Debate as well, but as another poster in this thread commented, I also have started picking up the Christian Rock vibe a bit. All in all, music is art and a vehicle for artists to express themselves. It's up to the listeners and viewers to decide whether or not they like it.
So fb_matt_crouch, if you are truly a patriot, then love your country for the values that it is supposed to represent. Freedom of speech is one of the greatest values our country has tried to give us. If a band like DT or Rush or Queensryche wants to write about something a little deeper than "Girls, Girls, Girls," be thankful that you live in a place where it is accepted! You don't have to agree with whatever is said, but if you censor it just because you don't agree with it, you end up creating a homogenous blob of nationalism which is considerably different than patriotism.