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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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Show notes and links:
- 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|
|Michael O’Connor||Peter Hearnden|
|Brian Sullivan||David Pannell|
|Miguel Falcão||Lobate Scarp|
|Chris Bandini||David Watkinson|
|Neal Kaforey||Rachel Hadaway|
|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|
|Jamie McQuinn||Steven Roehr|
|Ken Fuller||Terence Sadler|
|Jeremy North||Tim Stannard|
|John Cowan||Tony Handley|
|John Holden||Joseph Cottrell|
|John Parry||Keith Hoisington|
|John Thomson||William Hayes|
|Barry Gorsky||Michael Handerhan|
Robert and David
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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 archive.org
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!
Very well thought through.
Different and entertaining as always chaps.
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’!
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.
This has been my favorite episode so far. Thanks guys!