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Subject: Kansas

Written By: FooserPaul on 04/04/04 at 07:18 a.m.

Lots of bands were mentioned in the "Who was the best band of the 70s" thread..... but no sighting of Kansas being mentioned....

www.kansasband.com   <<Kansas's Official Web Site
www.kansasfans.com    <<Where the fans hang out
www.potsw.org            <<People of the South Wind - Another fan site

This year marks 30 years for Kansas 1974-2004.

I fell in love with Kansas in 1976 when I heard "Carry On My Wayward Son" while roller skating at our local rink in New Castle, PA.

Remember:
   Carry On My Wayward Son
   Dust in the Wind
   Point of Know Return
   The Wall
   Miracles Out of Nowhere

Yes they are still recording...

Just the last few years:
In1998 they recorded an album "Always Never the Same
" with the London Symphany Orchestra Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and the first cut is "Elenor Rigby". in 2000 they releases "Somewhere to Elsewhere" and in 2002 they recorded and released a DVD in Atlanta.

Any other Kansas Fans out there?

If so "Good evening and welcome to KANSAS!"

FooserPaul
"Carry ON!"

Subject: Re: Kansas

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 04/04/04 at 07:48 a.m.

Something you should check out is
"Protokaw: The Early Recordings of Kansas 1971-1973," released a couple of years ago on Cuneiform Records.  You may have seen this on the "People of the Southwind" fansite.
http://cuneiformrecords.com/bandshtml/protokaw.html

Cuneiform releases a lot of progressive rock re-issues from the '60s and '70s.
They sent me a promo copy of this collection, and I couldn't believe my ears.  It's along the lines of King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator, early Pink Floyd, and so forth.  Quite different from the next incarnation of Kansas that became the  platinum-selling band we all know.  Different, though you can certainly hear the roots of their commercial success.
I'm not a huge Kansas fan myself, but "Dust in the Wind" was one of my favorite songs from my childhood.  I enjoy hearing it to this day.

Subject: Re: Kansas

Written By: Howard on 04/04/04 at 12:38 a.m.

Kansas is one of my favorite bands. I enjoy "Dust In The Wind" & "Carry On My Wayward Son". :D


Howard

Subject: Re: Kansas

Written By: Hairspray on 04/04/04 at 03:30 p.m.

Kansas does get put on the backburner when it comes to listing top bands of the 70's, but they do rock!! I haven't forgotten. 8)

Subject: Re: Kansas

Written By: CatwomanofV on 04/04/04 at 04:52 p.m.

I love Carry On and Dust in the Wind. They were great.




Cat

Subject: Re: Kansas

Written By: Howard on 04/05/04 at 05:28 p.m.

Dust In The Wind was pretty sad.What was that song about? ???


Howard

Subject: Re: Kansas

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 04/05/04 at 06:51 p.m.


Quoting:
Dust In The Wind was pretty sad.What was that song about? ???


Howard
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Our collective existential insignificance, to wit:

Quoting:
Artist: Kansas Lyrics
Song: Dust in the Wind Lyrics


I close my eyes
only for a moment
and the moment's gone
all my dreams
pass before my eyes a curiosity
dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind

Same old song
just a drop of water
in an endless sea
all we do
crumbles to the ground
though we refuse to see
dust in the wind
all we are is dust in the wind

Now, donīt hang on
nothing last forever,
but the earth and sky,
it slips away
And all your money
won`t another minute buy

Dust in the wind
all we are is dust in the wind
dust in the wind
everything is dust in the wind
dust in the wind
everything is dust in the windEnd Quote


I assume the song was a call to faith in the hereafter, rather than a statement of nihilism, as Kansas had strong spiritual underpinnings.


Subject: Re: Kansas

Written By: FooserPaul on 04/06/04 at 06:59 a.m.

"Dust in the Wind"--originally a finger exercise piece that Kerry Livgren wrote.

His wife walked by and stated that was pretty and he should put words to it. Kerry wrote in his book that those lyrics came together in a matter of a few short minutes.

He was on a search and had little or no answers (this was before he became a christian) and was questioning - Are we just dust in the wind?

I'll dig up his book when I get home tonight so I don't misquote Kerry here...

FooserPaul

Subject: Re: Kansas

Written By: LyricBoy on 04/06/04 at 08:30 a.m.

I had a buddy who used to "zone out" whenever Dust in the Wind would come on the radio.  ::)

Kind of like that guy in Seinfeld who would zone out when "Desperado" would comeon his car radio.  ;)

Subject: Re: Kansas

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 04/06/04 at 10:13 a.m.

Kansas is a great band!  I like their bigger '70s hits ("Dust In The Wind", "Carry On My Wayward Son") as well as a couple they did in the 1980s...

"Fight Fire With Fire"
"All I Wanted"

8)

Subject: Re: Kansas

Written By: FussBudgetVanPelt on 04/10/04 at 06:37 a.m.

I have always loved "Dust In The Wind"  8)

I managed to download an MPEG of the film clip they had for it.

The guy who does the violin solo in the middle of the song is a dead ringer for Hagred, in the Harry Potter films !  :o

A more unlikely violinist you never saw  ;D

Subject: Re: Kansas

Written By: Howard on 04/10/04 at 10:42 a.m.

I always thought that Dust In The Wind was about death and learning how to deal with it. :(


Howard

Subject: Re: Kansas

Written By: FussBudgetVanPelt on 04/10/04 at 02:44 p.m.

I always thought it was about ultimately our futility, when taken in context of our place in the universe.

We humans have a tendency to think of ourselves as something rather special.

If you look at everything that exists everywhere, the line indeed fits :

All we are is dust in the wind...

Then the very last line of the song reminds us in a subtle way :

Everything is dust in the wind...

:)

There we go, Fuss' existentialism lesson for the day, given that it is 7.40 in the morning here, my head now hurts  :-/

;D

Subject: Re: Kansas

Written By: Howard on 04/11/04 at 09:38 a.m.


Quoting:
I always thought it was about ultimately our futility, when taken in context of our place in the universe.

We humans have a tendency to think of ourselves as something rather special.

If you look at everything that exists everywhere, the line indeed fits :

All we are is dust in the wind...

Then the very last line of the song reminds us in a subtle way :

Everything is dust in the wind...

:)

There we go, Fuss' existentialism lesson for the day, given that it is 7.40 in the morning here, my head now hurts  :-/

;D

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Thanks,Mr.Fuss.Good lesson. ;D


Howard

Subject: Re: Kansas

Written By: FussBudgetVanPelt on 04/12/04 at 06:29 a.m.


Quoting:


Thanks,Mr.Fuss.Good lesson. ;D


Howard
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Wait'll you get the bill, Grasshopper  :D

Subject: Re: Kansas

Written By: CatwomanofV on 04/12/04 at 09:00 a.m.


Quoting:


Wait'll you get the bill, Grasshopper  :D
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LMAO!



Cat

Subject: Re: Kansas

Written By: Howard on 04/12/04 at 06:10 p.m.


Quoting:


Wait'll you get the bill, Grasshopper  :D
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That's Mr.Starr to you,Fuss-o ;)


Howard