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    What do you think of these people/songs? Any comments/impressions?

    Styx - Crystal Ball (Crystal Ball)



    Styx - The Grand Illusion (The Grand Illusion)



    Styx - Blue Collar Man (Pieces of Eight)



    Styx - Too Much Time on my Hands (Paradise Theater)



    Styx - Brave New World (Brave New World)


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    The first one is kinda depressing to me and would easily bring me to tears if I were listening to it while walking, that's probably when I would listen to the first one the most; I like to match what I listen to, depending on it's temp to the pace of the activity (I don't know why Te-DS? to stay organized or Ti-Role categorizing matching)

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    Dennis DeYoung is almost certainly Beta ST

    Did you ever see the Styx "Behind the Music" on VH1 a number of years ago? I'm sure it's on youtube somwhere.

    Edit: I guess I might see some argument for ESTj, I might have to think about it some more
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    Found it

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    I based my initial "certain" typing on what I remembered from Behind the Music, but after watching it again, I think I feel relatively comfortable saying ESTj is pretty clearly > Beta ST for DeYoung
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    Quote Originally Posted by tereg View Post
    I based my initial "certain" typing on what I remembered from Behind the Music, but after watching it again, I think I feel relatively comfortable saying ESTj is pretty clearly > Beta ST for DeYoung
    Interesting... would you also type the music and lyrics as ESTj? DeYoung did write a lot of it.

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    I think his lyrics are rather ... direct for a lack of a better word. There isn't a lot of flowery language or metaphoric imagery.

    Lady when you're with me I'm smiling
    Give me all your love
    Your hands build me up when I'm sinking
    Touch me and my troubles all fade
    They seem to be rather static, and not very imaginative.

    Babe I'm leavin'
    I must be on my way
    The time is drawing near
    My train is going
    I see it in your eyes
    The love, the need, your tears
    But I'll be lonely without you
    And I'll need your love to see me through
    So please believe me
    My heart is in your hands
    And I'll be missing you
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    Quote Originally Posted by tereg View Post
    I think his lyrics are rather ... direct for a lack of a better word. There isn't a lot of flowery language or metaphoric imagery.

    They seem to be rather static, and not very imaginative.
    Hmm... I would agree with you on Lady, I suppose.

    However, I noted that some of the songs, especially the ones by Tommy Shaw, seemed to have more metaphoric imagery. What type was he?

    I've noticed that a lot of my favorite Styx songs were actually sung by him, but I don't know if he was the writer of the songs he sang.

    EDIT: He WAS the writer of "Crystal Ball," though... I've confirmed that. Here are the lyrics:

    I used to like to walk the straight and narrow line
    I used to think that everything was fine
    Sometimes I'd like to sit and gaze for days through sleepless dreams
    All alone and trapped in time
    All alone and trapped in time

    I wonder what tomorrow has in mind for me
    Or am I even in it's mind at all
    Perhaps I'll get a chance to look ahead and see
    Soon as I find myself a crystal ball
    Soon as I find myself a crystal ball

    Tell me, tell me where I'm going
    I don't know where I've been
    Tell me, tell me, won't you tell me
    And then tell me again
    My heart is breaking, my body's aching
    And I don't know where to go
    Tell me, tell me, won't you tell me
    I've just got to know

    Crystal ball
    There's so many things I need to know
    Crystal ball
    There's so many things I've got to know
    Crystal ball

    ["extra verse" used occasionally live]
    If you should see me walking
    Through your dreams at night
    Would you please direct me
    Where I ought to be
    I've been looking for a crystal ball
    To shed the light
    To find a future in me...
    To find a future in me...

    Crystal ball
    There's so many things I need to know
    Crystal ball
    There's so many things I've got to know
    Crystal ball
    It sounds very N to me...
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    Styx isn't a currently popular band, and you aren't of an age where you would have heard them when they were popular, so it makes me very curious. Is this a favorite band of yours? What about their music do you like? How did you become interested?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slacker View Post
    Styx isn't a currently popular band, and you aren't of an age where you would have heard them when they were popular, so it makes me very curious. Is this a favorite band of yours? What about their music do you like? How did you become interested?
    Well, I suppose I first became interested when I heard my mother listening to some of their songs.

    Styx is one of my favorite bands, yes... I own all of their CDs, and even a couple of cassette tapes from before we got a CD player in 2002.

    What do I like about their music? Well, for one thing, I happen to like the general style of 70's/80's music, and Styx has that. But it also kind of has an edge, a theme in the music. A lot of the lyrics also seem particularly meaningful and thoughtful in some way... it isn't just about shallow stuff.

    My favorite songs by them, as far as I can tell, are actually by Tommy Shaw.

    There are also some creative sounds in some of their songs. Listen to "Too Much Time on my Hands," for instance. It has alarm clock sounds and a sort of fade out near the end, and this kind of unusual sustained, amping up note sequence near the beginning. Little details like that help make the music for me as well.

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