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Four Seasons of Yes – 397

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier

Would you call this Autumnal?
Would you call this Autumnal?

This week Mark and I are considering what Yes Music might accompany each of the four seasons of the year. It’s an interesting topic so do please add your reflections to the show notes below.

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  • What are your picks for seasonal Yes music?
  • Do you agree with us?
  • Is most Yes music suitable for just Summer?

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  • Jeffrey Crecelius
  • Preston Frazier
  • Bill Govier and
  • Wayne Hall


Aaron Steelman
Dave Owen
Mark James Lang
Paul Tomei
Joost Maglev
David Heyden
Martin Kjellberg
Paul Wilson
Bob Martilotta
Michael O’Connor
Peter Hearnden
Brian Sullivan
David Pannell
Miguel Falcão
Lobate Scarp
Chris Bandini
David Watkinson
Neal Kaforey
Rachel Hadaway
Craig Estenes
Paul Hailes
Mark ‘Zarkol’ Baggs
Doug Curran
Robert Nasir
Fergus Cubbage
Scott Colombo
Fred Barringer
Scott Smith
Geoff Bailie
Simon Barrow
Geoffrey Mason
Stephen Lambe
Guy R DeRome
Steve Dill
Henrik Antonsson
Steve Perry
Hogne Bø Pettersen
Steve Rode
Steve Scott
Jamie McQuinn
Steven Roehr
Ken Fuller
Terence Sadler
Jeremy North
Tim Stannard
Todd Dudley
John Cowan
Tony Handley
John Holden
Joseph Cottrell
John Parry
Keith Hoisington
John Thomson
William Hayes
Barry GorskyMichael Handerhan

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Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and

8 replies on “Four Seasons of Yes – 397”

To me, the four seasons are the four sides of Tales From Topographic Oceans -Also, on a shorter scale, each side represents to me the four parts of the day.

Side 1 – Spring / Morning – “soft summer” “Dawn of light”
Side 2 – Summer / (After)noon – “in the days of summer, so long”
Side 3 – Autumn / Evening – “Do the leaves of green stay greener through the autumn”
Side 4 – Winter / Night – no support from lyrics but it’s very stormy/thunderous (bass and drums) and I always think of the night for a ritual, possibly wanting for a new day, a new “Dawn of light”, another sun (du Soleil). Also the percussive middle section reminds me of the the “Entrudo” ritual, still existent in parts of Portugal, celebrating the end of winter and the beginning of a new season, which is what the transition from the percussion section to the final verses of ritual sounds like.

Interesting show indeed, I do remember a lot of seasonal yes music that would be played in the four season that I live in
S.E Michigan. That being said Close to the edge was my go to album for summer. Fall was and is Magnification. Winter defitly Relayed. Spring Tales this sense of all the things coming back alive…
Great show as always!

Wasn’t expecting that kinda of show – one to stretch the mind a bit. Being down under we are coming out of winter and have just hit spring – was this your remark, Mark, thinking, c’mon, Australia just has variations on hot and has no difference in weather? – considering we are having hot fires in the north at the moment, but down here in Victoria it has been pretty cold and wet – to which I will go with ‘Union’! – A long winter makes me wait forever (forever forever) but finally ends with taking the water to the mountain, also images of the band feeling down and out!! – Spring to me, wanting to get me to summer is via the ‘Ladder’ (It will be a good day, with the odd Lighting strike ). Summer reminds be off the first time I heard ABWH in New York in the summer there when I saw them live – it was a hot summer and hot music , ending with let’s pretend, as autumn kicked in with the weather being so fragile and looking forward to the heart of the sunrise!!! OK i may have lost my way a bit there, but that is my ‘mood for a day’!

Hi John,
I don’t recall saying anything like that about Australia’s weather. I do know that there are seasons. I’d love to go to Australia one day.
Thanks again for your support and your comments.

Mark Anthony K

For summer, my thoughts turn that most unpopular album. I was initially thinking of “Lift Me Up” – the chorus with the massed harmonies puts me in mind of late 60s US West Coast summer sounds – Beach Boys, Mamas and Papas, CSN&Y. (as does “Your Move” – though perhaps a bit more folksy). “Lift Me Up” has a similar feel in the chorus, but the guitar/bass riff (I think it’s doubled) has a distinct Reggae feel to it. So, I stuck Onion on my smartphone and listened to it whilst painting the garden fence in bright sunshire today – and you know what? A lot of the album feels very summery. What’s more, so long as one isn’t looking for progressive rock at it’s most innovative and is happy to have a big dollop of pop mixed in – it’s actually quite enjoyable!

Interesting theme. I went route one for my choices.
South Side of the Sky is obviously winter with the chilly wind sounds. To contrast with that on the same album, Long Distance Runaround sings of Hot Summer.
Spring I think is Close to the Edge and Autumn is The Ancient.

There are of course many others which will fit the seasons, some, like Starship Trooper which could be summer or winter, are multi-seasonal.

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