Progressive rock is a big deal in Europe, but not so much in the U.S., not since the glory days of bands like Yes, Asia, King Crimson, and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. But prog-rock lovers certainly know the name Neal Morse, especially from his work with the groundbreaking group Spock's Beard and later in Transatlantic. The singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist is perhaps best known for Spock's Beard's double-disc rock opera Snow, which critics put on a par with Genesis' 2-CD The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. But at the peak of his career, Morse came to Christ, his priorities changed, and he went solo, shocking the prog-rock world. But many fans stuck by his side, even with more recent concept projects like 2003's Testimony and 2004's One. Morse shared with us his thoughts on his musical journey.
What types of emotions did you feel after stepping down from Spock's Beard?
Neal Morse It reminds me of when Paul speaks in 2 Corinthians about being exceedingly sorrowful yet still rejoicing. I was sad to part ways with my band mates and I was scared from a career position, but I was assured it was God's will. I prayed just before I went into the decision that if stepping down wasn't what he wanted that he would show me a sign, kind of like Abraham climbing the mountain to sacrifice Isaac. But the silence meant I had to make the move, and right after doing so I began a long process of grief, but also I knew not to worry.
How did the rest of the band respond to your choice, and were you able to discuss your faith with them at that point?
Morse I tried to at various points towards the end, but I didn't see an opening for it. When I quit I told them the Lord was speaking to me and that I needed to line my life up with the Word. Some of the ...1
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