What Did They Do Next Part 18b – Trevor Rabin – PLUS Arc of Life 460

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Trevor in rock mode

Rabin-esque blog:

This is going to be a really long episode so maybe you should listen in a few parts.

There are several really important pieces of news about releases, some audio contributions, a special 2 pence about Arc of Life and a wonderful interview with Julie from the Rabin-esque blog about Trevor Rabin’s movie score-writing career and The Glimmer Man which was the first thing he did after leaving Yes in 1995.

Wow. So unfortunately I will need to postpone the full round up of social webs until next week. Incidentally if you’ve ever wondered how to see the community posts on the YMP Facebook page, you just need to click on the community tab towards the top of the page. There’s lots on there to enjoy and, as I say, I’ll get back to all that next week.

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of ARC OF LIFE’s self-titled debut album on February 12, 2021. Arc Of Life is a new progressive rock supergroup featuring three members of the current YES line-up, vocalist/guitarist Jon Davison, bassist/vocalist Billy Sherwood, and additional drummer Jay Schellen, one of the most interesting talents in the “new” progressive rock scene in the US, Dave Kerzner (Sound of Contact) on keyboards, and Jimmy Haun (also featured on YES albums in the past) on guitar. Fans can get their first taste of the band’s forthcoming debut with the new single and video, ‘You Make It Real’. Watch HERE:
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The concept behind Arc of Life is, in keeping with the progressive rock philosophy, to craft creative, challenging, and ear-pleasing music that pushes boundaries. 
Billy Sherwood describes the music as, “interesting, with well-crafted songs, performed with precision and grace. All songs feature memorable melodies and lyrics that take the listener on a sonic adventure. Dynamic arrangements with peaks and valleys… it’s all there.”
The other idea behind the band is that YES would be a clear point of influence. But while YES is clearly the main point of comparison, a lot of musical similarities can be drawn to describe Arc Of Life’s grandiose and epic approach to music. 
In Jon Davison’s words, “Each YES member understands and supports when others may desire to explore and thrive along new artistic avenues. We then each find further inspiration to bring back to the YES fold.”
But all the descriptions are best left to the listeners to discern for themselves as repeat listens will reveal more layers. 
Arc Of Life is a true garden of delight for progressive rock fans and the band is looking forward to performing live. “Once the world gets over the COVID hump, Arc Of Life will be planning as much touring as we can fit in between YES and our other projects. Quite honestly, we’re all chomping at the bit to be out performing again!” concludes Jon Davison.
1. Life Has A Way
2. Talking With Siri
3. You Make It Real
4. Until Further Notice
5. The Magic Of It All
6. Just In Sight
7. I Want To Know You Better
8. Locked Down
9. Therefore We Are
10. The End Game
Billy Sherwood – Bass and vocals
Jon Davison – Vocals
Jay Schellen – Drums
Jimmy Haun – Guitars
Dave Kerzner – Keyboards
  • What is Trevor Rabin’s film music like?
  • What do we need to listen to?
  • What do Arc Of Life sound like?

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Downes Braide Association (DBA) have announced the release of their new album Halcyon Hymns. The CD/DVD is out on 5th February 2021, and 2LP White Vinyl edition on 26th March 2021. 

Halcyon Hymns will be the fifth DBA collaboration and follows their previous critically-acclaimed studio albums Pictures of You (2012), Suburban Ghosts (2015) and Skyscraper Souls (2017). The duo have also released Live In England (2019) recorded at their first ever concert at Trading Boundaries, East Sussex, in 2018. 

“Marc Almond suggested I ‘get stuck into another DBA record’ to lift the malaise,” say Braide. “Somehow It was hard to muster any enthusiasm for it. We had all been so upbeat at the recent shows and now here we were in a collective, creative void. It’s odd the way inspiration strikes though and it never ceases to delight and surprise me when the muse comes to play and it can happen at any time and without warning. 

“I opened up a folder of new DBA ideas Geoff (Downes) had sent to me a while back and which I’d listened to briefly and had made a note to do something with them at a later date. I can’t say why it happened but one day in the studio as I listened to the bits and pieces of ideas suddenly the songs started tumbling out as if by magic. I’m not exaggerating or being melodramatic. These new songs sounded like personal reflections, they just wrote themselves. It was so easy, so enjoyable and so meant to be. Like a gift.” 

A few words from Geoff: “It was so great to witness Chris’s creativity making my fundamental ideas come alive. He took the bare bones of melodies, harmonies and textures I sent him, and somehow crafted these into something way beyond my expectations or imagination. ‘Love Among The Ruins’ is one of the many examples on the album of his rare genius at work.”

Love Among The Ruins is a delightful and uplifting love song, reflecting memories and tributes of a long lost halcyon time in life. The first track to be taken from the new album, Love Among The Ruins, is out today 4th December.

Halcyon Hymns also features contributions by Marc Almond (ex-Soft Cell) and David Longdon (Big Big Train).

The CD/DVD package also includes video footage of legendary artist Roger Dean’s painting sessions as he creates the album cover artwork for Halcyon Days together with lyric videos for three tracks from the album.

Halcyon Hymns track listing:

Disc 1

01. Love Among The Ruins

02. King Of the Sunset

03. Your Heart Will Find The Way

04. Holding The Heavens

05. Beachcombers

06. Warm Summer Sun

07. Today

08. Hymn To Darkness

09. She’ll Be Riding Horses

10. Late Summer

11. Remembrance

12. Epilogue

Disc 2: DVD

01. Roger dean Painting Sessions

02. Love Among The Ruins

03. Your Heart Will Find A Way

04. Today

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8 replies on “What Did They Do Next Part 18b – Trevor Rabin – PLUS Arc of Life 460”

Thank you guys.

I will be back in the mysterious and baffling world of all things Yes when my brain is working once again. Thank you also for giving me something positive to listen to at the moment.

Another fine episode, guys. Thanks for referencing my Arc of Life article, by the way. That was also a good discussion on their single, Kevin and Mark. I actually think closest and clearest Yes connection is with ‘Open Your Eyes’, and your comments about “commercial prog” are entirely pertinent. I’m hoping there album is more adventurous. I can see why Jon Davison is less prominent in the vocal mix – his voice, both distinct from and resonant of Anderson’s – is a huge Yes signal which they may want to downplay at this point. But he surely has other contributions to make to the project other than simply strumming an acoustic guitar. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out…

The biggest joy of this week’s episode, however, was the brilliant interview with Julie of Rabinesque. Informed, articulate, interesting and widely knowledgeable. Really great stuff. I hope you’ll get her back again soon. It was particularly good to hear a ringing endorsement for ‘Jacaranda’, which is a massively underrated album. I’m biased, admittedly, because good quality instrumental jazz-fusion is totally my thing, but this one is inventive and interesting on any terms. I’d be interested to explore the ‘Changes’ boxed set, but given that there isn’t that much new in it, and it really is rather pricey, I might wait to see if it turns up second-hand at some point.

Thanks again guys for such a fun conversation! I did make one gaffe – the episode of MGU I discussed was in 2009, not 2008.

Hi Folks.

Firstly my sincere best wishes, thoughts and indeed prayers for Dave .

In more mundane matters…thank you for the discussion regarding the Trevor Rabin film scores….I think I own a number….Gone in sixty seconds Fly Boys, Armageddon, and a few more. A couple of years ago I bought all of his soundtracks on CD that were available. I have listened to most and they are fine and quite enjoyable in general….but if you are a Yes fan I do not think you are missing out if you have not heard them.
What I do think could have been very interesting would have been an ARW album where Trevor was orchestrating and in total charge of production . I think they could have created something rather different to Yes ….more in the vain of Magnification but with good songs….

In regard to Arc of Light..I found the recent single pleasant enough, but certainly not what I expected. I own pretty much all of Billy’s solo and band releases…he is great….but surely if Jon Davison is in the band he should be singing all the lead vocals. A bit like Steve’s recent release….the vocal tracks are pleasant enough, but surely Jon should have sang the majority of the lead vocals.
Keep up the good work.

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