"My parents are rock music nerds. They grew up in an era the movie, Almost Famous, takes place in. I was brought up with this music, and it kind of grew on me. My dad was more into the progressive scene with Yes/Genesis/Jethro Tull. My mom was more into the hard rock scene with Aerosmith/Black Sabbath/Van Halen. Because I was brought up with both genres, I enjoy both genres (with Pink Floyd being my favorite). Other than a few selective bands, my mom/dad never really enjoyed each other’s type of music. My dad always thought straight hard rock was nauseating with its simplicity. My mom got bored with prog with its long-winded indulgence. It was always entertaining hearing the arguments over the years from both parents!
Then ten years ago, my dad tried to sell prog to my mom with a hard rock-ish edge called Arena. At first (like all GREAT prog), my mom didn’t care for it, but then it grew on her. She was intrigued. And that intrigue grew into other bands, like Symphony X/Shadow Gallery/and many more. Everyone in my household fell in love with these bands, because they had a mixture of prog/hard rock.
Then came Ayreon.
I believe the first Ayreon that came into my house was Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer. I didn’t like it, at first. I will admit it right here and now. At the time, I thought it was too Pink Floyd-ish (I think I had put Pink Floyd a lot higher on that pedestal than it deserves, but it’s too late now- still my favorite!) But the beautiful thing about progressive rock, it may seem overwhelming to the ear at first, but then it grows on you.”