The State of Progarchy, Mid-2015

progarchy aDear Progarchists,

This year, 2015, has absolutely blown me away in terms of quality in music.  Since nearly a decade ago, I’ve been convinced that each year is the best prog year ever, only to find that the following year is even better.

Long may this trend continue.

As I’ve had the opportunity to explain before, the five main editors—Carl Olson (AOR), Chris Morrissey (Metal), Craig Breaden (Blues, rock, experimental), and Kevin McCormick (classical)—and I (prog) founded progarchy with the intent of offering writing equal to the music.  That is, we felt it only just to write as well as our favorite musicians played.  After all, who wants to read a sixth-grade level review of a Big Big Train album?  Greg Spawton is extremely smart.  Andy Tillison is extremely smart.  Leah McHenry is extremely smart.  Robin Armstrong is extremely smart.  Well, you get the point.

What would be a site dedicated to the beauty of music be without writing and thinking to match the level of the art reviewed?

Have we always succeeded?  I’m not sure.  Have we always tried to succeed and match the quality of our thinking and writing with the quality of the music we hear?  Absolutely.  And, whatever the faults of progarchy, I can state with certainty that I believe this website to be one of the finest websites—in terms of writing—that exists on the internet.

Since the founding of progarchy nearly three years ago, our readership has grown and grown, while our base has remained steady.  In addition to over 3,000 permanent email subscribers, we get an additional 400 to 8,000+ visits a day, depending on topic.  In case you’re interested, our biggest draw is Neal Morse with Rush being a close second.

Yesterday, something somewhat surprising but very nice happened to us.  A very, very high quality music label asked us if we’d be willing to advertise.  When we started progarchy, we avoided this for two reasons.  First, we were brand new and who would want to advertise with us?  Second, we wanted to prove our “objectivity” first.  Well, objectivity isn’t exactly the right word.  Craft, honesty, art?  Enthusiasm, certainly.  Criticism, often.  But, honesty—definitely.

After receiving the offer, I immediately emailed the other four editors.  Unanimously, we agreed it was time to promote commercial interests and labels who fight not just for success but for excellence.  So, beginning very soon (perhaps as early as tomorrow), you’ll see a brilliant banner and link across the top of progarchy.

I think we’ve proven ourselves over the last 2.9 years.  And, just in case you’re worried the money we receive from advertising might just send us on round-the-world junkets, be not afraid.  The first thing we’ll do is pay for our domain name for the next 12 months, spruce up the site a bit, and, especially, start indexing our reviews and interviews—making them far more accessible to our readership.

A huge thanks to the editors and authors of progarchy and to all of you reading this.

Yours, in appreciation and humility, Brad

9 thoughts on “The State of Progarchy, Mid-2015

  1. I admire this post You wrote here Brad!!! So Please forgive me here,if I seem a bit “put-off” by hearing the words “MAJOR-ADVERTISING” being put here from now on!!! I SAY this with the ASSUMPTION that the monetary-givings for this Advertising,WILL IN NO-WAY………….AFFECT the overall “Quality” and more importantly………….”HONESTY” of the reviewers and writers whom write their personal opinions on this site!?!? SO,with THAT being said…………I will continue to fully-support this site since I read my first post on this site,and HOPE………….that we all,will continue to receive an HONEST perspective from the writers here,INSTEAD of the *ahem NEW-“Advertisers” feelings on what SHOULD be written about pieces here!!! May You always continue to strive for excellence here Brad!!!

    Always,Drew 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      1. jamesrturner

        Is the State of Progarchy the 53rd state and if so can I a) get a green card and b) offer myself up for the position of ambassador to the UK? I always fancied a fancy car with flags on?
        Seriously though this is great news for Progarchy! Onwards and upwards!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. I think you are succeeding. In fact, what you are doing here is unique. You are affirming that this music ought to be recognized as “beautiful” in the most fundamental and objective sense of the term. I have only grown more convinced with the years that the music that helped shape my youth was good precisely because it was beautiful. It transcended sensuality, sentimentality, and even moralism. It was (and remains) beautiful, and as such resonated with the depths of the human spirit even through forms that–certainly in the seventies when I was growing up–were unusual and exploratory in relation to musical tradition. It is also wonderful to see that this music continues to grow through new artists in the present time. I am grateful to you all for encouraging these artists and appreciating them at the level they deserve, and I am looking forward to learning a lot here. Thanks!



Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s