What driving to the store would be like if computer operating
systems ran your car:
MS-DOS... You get into your car and try to remember where you
put the keys.
WINDOWS... You get into the car and drive to the store very
slowly, because attached to the back of the car is a freight
UNIX... You get into the car and type GREP STORE. After reaching
speeds of 200 mph en route, you arrive at the barber shop.
WINDOWS NT... You get into the car and write a letter that says
"go to the store". Then you get out of the car and nail the
letter to the car's dashboard.
OS/2... After fuelling up with 6,000 gallons of gas, you get
into the car and drive to the store with a motorcycle escort and
marching band in procession. Halfway there, the car blows up,
killing everyone in town.
OS/400... An attendant locks you into the car and drives you to
the store, where you get to watch everybody else buy filet
THE DEDICATION ARTICLE - DEDICATION TO DREAM THEATRE
by Richard Karsmakers
How did I get into Dream Theater? I know the exact moment. It
was in 1992, not long after they had released "Images and
Words". Mark van den Boer (yes, of the ST NEWS Volume 1 and 2
"Machine Language Course") was visiting my place during a brief
visit to the Flat Lands from Australia, and had bought that CD.
He put it on the CD player and after half a minute of "Pull Me
Under" I decided I had to have that CD too. I got it the next
day, and have been getting deeper into Dream Theater ever since
then. Now I think it'd be safe to say they are my favourite band,
having beaten even Metallica and Queensrÿche and all those guitar
heroes I dig seriously.
I guess one could say that Mark is the most important person in
my life as far as musical taste is concerned. Apart from Dream
Theater, he also got me into Queensrÿche, Rush, Joe Satriani,
Yngwie J. Malmsteen and David T. Chastain.
I recall having been in contact with Dream Theater before. Back
in my Biology student times - early 1989 - a guy called Ruud van
de Kruisweg had made me listen to "When Dream and Day Unite" and
I hadn't liked it at all. The vocals were just too terrible.
By now I also like that debut album, though I still don't like
the vocals too much.
Let me see, is there a point to this? I am sure there was...yes.
Let's get down to a short band history. A very short one.
Quite a few years ago, a few talented students of the Berklee
School of Music got together and formed a band called Majesty (if
you turn that around you get the name of the excellent
instrumental of their debut album). These were Chris Collins
(vocals), Mike Portnoy (drums), Kevin Moore (keys), John Petrucci
(guitar) and John Myung (bass). Eventually they got signed by
MCA/Mechanic, replaced their singer by Charlie Dominici and
released their debut album in 1989. After that album there was a
long period of silence until, in 1992, the band returned with the
more than excellent "Images and Words" album, boasting new - and
much better - singer James LaBrie.
Last year they released the even more impressive 75 minute
masterpiece "Awake", shortly after which news reached the shocked
fans that Kevin Moore had left the band. The names of Jens
Johansson (ex-Malmsteen) and Jordan Rudes (ex-Vinnie Moore) were
mentioned, but eventually Derek Sherinian (ex-Kiss tour, ex-Alice
Cooper) filled in the spot.
So far a brief history of the band.
Around the end of last year they released their latest album,
"Awake". For me it quickly became my favourite album, and because
I played it so often, in my mind it came to stand for Karin's
absence musified. Whenever I thought of her I heard Dream Theater
and, eventually, whenever I heard Dream Theater I thought of her.
There are many segments of songs on "Awake" than cannot leave me
unaffected emotionally. Sometimes I just sit back and sigh
deeply, but when I am not feeling as good as usual they can cause
me to start sobbing and all that.
In February I got a chance to meet and see Dream Theater. All of
that can be found in other articles in this issue, including the
interview to be found in the vicinity of this article. And
because they are such excellent musicians and genuinely cool
guys, I decided that this issue of ST NEWS would simply have to
be dedicated to them. For having brought me all this joy and
emotion in a time when I somehow needed that kind of outlet.
Now I only need to wait for the supposedly forthcoming EP that
should, among other things, also include the most beautiful song
ever recorded - "A Change of Seasons". And, of course, I shall be
seeing them on July 8th when they perform at BosPop.
I'm surely looking forward to that, because this time around I
will see them with Karin at my side...
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