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Suposedly the 'liveliest' city in the world, Hong kong is where i originate. Growing up on the Chinese border till i was four, i emigrated west to Britain in 1989 where i began schooling west of London in Rickmansworth. i learnt piano, clarinet and joined a choir, enroled with an acting school, with which i toured Britain and represented England in a International Festival of Aberdeen. All this under my belt at 14, then GCSE's, A-levels in english,music (and music history), business, leads me to Essex Uni to read Business Management.  ive had a job in london for international company, obtained a National Lifeguard Qualification, and managed to find myself a perfect female specimen, to whom i am suited as you can see. University experiences for my started at 14, touring festivals you come accross multicultural people and groups, sleeping in dorms, shopping for myself, late nights drinking... so im already used to university life, and love it. ive met many Tang-fastic people, a wonderful girlfriend who puts up with me, and really enjoy life. life is about enjoyment, fun, meetin great people and doing exciting activities, like gliding, ab-sailing, sailing, mountaineering, all of which ive done! if anyone would like to direct me to sky driving or parachuting opurtunities please do...




i consider myself a cross between internal and external, i love going out and living life but i also like sleeping in, lazy nights with my significant other or watching films with friends and a take-away. i am an honest, loyal, up-front person who isnt affraid to express opinion or feeling. lookin forward to another fantastic chapter in the life of Jonny Pillow!




Yeah... thats me modelling a shirt...

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The rest of this page is dedicated to music, origins, and metal. - you shouldnt disregard if you dont know it.




Music is the love, screw the food! tunes make u laugh, dance, cry, make us feel powerful or weak; there is no greater emotional taxonomy. bring on the noise! Im into most genres, but im guna talk about metal.... heres are a few in the typology - rock metal/nu metal/death metal/symphonic metal/electronic metal/power metal/progressive metal/thrash metal/gothic metal/heavy metal/industrial metal/melodic metal/post-grunge metal/New BRITISH Wave of Heavy Metal/hardcore metal/rap metal/progressive-death metal/ambient metal/punk metal.... i cnt think of any others. yes these all exist, there are so many bands out there to put in these categories. to categorise all of them under 'metal' which most (uneducated) people do... forgive them. i understand your statement that metal that its "just screaming"... wheres the screaming? most of it is wel structured music - singing, harmony, rhythm, like all other music. the instruments are responsible for the "noise". And they do sing. i wont accept any of this "screaming" bollux. alot of these people are better than your pop batty boys, who sound like they have yet to hit puberty. look at a well known group - korn. Jonathan Davis is a legend. he writes all his own music and lyrics. 5 albums and a greatest hits. this guy is something to admire not least because he started as an Xtra in a bar, but also his childhood, which was full of physical and sexual abuse. dont judge it until youve heard it....  R.kelly has released several albums, Queen, Barry White, Cliff Richard... fair enough if u dont like it, but calling something "crap" when it defines the genre or style is just narrow minded. people who read about british waves of heavy metal probably think ...huh? wat? surely its all american? er....  this is a decisive movement which exploded in the late 1970s, principly by iron maiden and judas priest. im not a fan of these two, but theyve helped britain catch up, then emerged black sabbeth and led zeplin... yes theyre british bands. there cheesy power chords should not be descriminated - check out the fast guitar solos and harmonies. real music, my friends. you will also find Metallicas album "79 Revisited' is dedicated to the movement. i cnt b arsed to explain the rest, just dont write music off until youve heard it, or acknowledged its genius;   russell watson (opera) has a fantastic voice, but people write it off without listening. classical music is the most popular genre in the world. fact.  where does music come from? how did it develop? whats guna happen in the future??





Origins of metal could be traced right back to the afro-american slaves in the 1700's, or if you wanna get picky, the early 1100's in the churches - plain song, arias... Afro-americans were very musical, co-ordinating complex rythems with hemiola drum beats and quadrophonic harmonies.they sang solos of lyric and tune, echoing the solos we relate to today. If we deconstruct for example, symphonic metal, we see multiple harmonic verse, a mix of gental and 'thrash' drumming, and solos. these solos are works of art, we see traditional chord progressions, eg 4,5,7,1, or just 4,5,1 (sub-dominant->dominant->tonic). For those not familiar with the jargon, these progressions underline composers such as Bach, Handel and Purcell (100's of years earlier). In addition, other progressions have opened up dissonance, which is resolved at the end of a bridge of chorus. raised 6th,7th, and augmented minor chords have helped define the modern music era.
Going back to the Afro-americans, singing in fields developed to christian genres, blues, jazz and reggae. The sequences they used underpin many composers and genres across the spectrum. The chord sequences mentioned above are not only route of metal,but for all music. jazz and blues take it further, additional 3rds 5ths and 7ths. most pop songs spoil it though, effectively copying eachother with little originality..but then i guess people dont like change! Entering the scene after blues and jazz set the standard, light rock took off in the early 1950s with an explosion of artists; Jerry-lee Lewis,Billy Haley, Gene Vincent,Connie Francis,Lil Richard, to name a few. these are heavily built on the 20's-50's blues and jazz, using the 12 bar blues chord sequences, and the mix of inprovisation in what were, and stil are, popular songs; a innovative solo disappearing in todays pop, which is more programmed, market-led structures to reap in disappearing sales.is the essence of music disappearing? the free-flowing melodies, innofusion of classic,blues,jazz,rock... is it melting away?
One arguement would be to say that music has expanded so vastly in such a short lifespand; in the last century weve gone from post-romantic classical to 'nu' metal.. instead of holst and Brittan in the pops were listening to Green Day, Aguilera, R.kelly, Eminem, Jay-z, Sugababes, the streets, darkness... to name some top-selling (or leeching) artists in the various rock/pop/rap polls. The face or music has certainly changed in the western world.
the irony is, we are infact returning to the very origins of music. the newest metal revolutions are encorporating harmonies dating back to the old church masses in the first millenia. these were very basic aria and plain song, one line, one voice, thought to be a 'pure' representation of god. although sang in the churches, they are electric solos on guitars, keyboards or electronic orchestral instruments. Over the centuries there have been many movements developing the plain song to choral, which drove medeival music to renaissance, classical, romantic, modern classical, to then divert in a pivotal point in music history to jazz and blues...
There have been predictions of another movement in 10-20years, as pop and modern rock reach its limits. it wouldnt be to foolish to suggest that rock and classical will combine, we already see (inthe late 1990's), guitars being introduced in classical concert, now with electric violins, and who orchestra. this could develop further into al the niches of music - rap symphony as a popular choice isnt far off. 'classical rock' is a recent idea which hasntnot really opened up to potential yet, kind of a beta. metallica are an example of full orchestral backing in some songs, but this is generaly more developed in latin europe. 'in flames' and 'rhapsody' are metal groups using symphonic arrangements in a post-modern fashion. if you look at the 35 albums of status quo, from 1968 through to 2003, would see a defining progression of pop-rock. i would expect to see more of this in the future in all  genres as we move to a post-modern era of orchestral-pop/rock/jazz etc. we will just have to see what the industry can come up with... if it can survive the onslaught of network shares on the net...
keep music alive - buy it.
i know ive only talked about western music, and even that is limitted, i missed the how reggae,swing, film and other music styles came about. perhaps il expand on this later.




omg ive written to much.... *thinks about adding more..*