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What did they do next part 23b – Jon Anderson – 487

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall and Preston Frazier

Jon Anderson Prog God 2016
Jon Anderson Prog God 2016

This week, Mark and I watched the concept DVD Tour of the Universe from Jon Anderson which was the first major release from him after leaving Yes at the start of the band’s hiatus period in the mid 2000s. We have a chance to feed back on what we found out a little later and then we come together to discuss it all.

There’s also a rather important 2 pence where we discover quite a bit about the new Yes album. Stay tuned for all that.

  • What did Jon Anderson do next?
  • What is a concept DVD?
  • Who produces the new Yes album?

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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

2 replies on “What did they do next part 23b – Jon Anderson – 487”

If you really want to hear what Jon Anderson is capable of on the harp, check out the track Flamants Roses on the beautiful, beautiful Vangelis album Opera Sauvage. Jon doesn’t sing, he just plays the harp, and it’s very varied and really good.

Jon didn’t learn to play the harp before doing Olias, which is why it doesn’t appear on any records before.

I saw Jon on this tour when he did a gig in Oslo here in Norway. It was really enjoyable, with a lot of Yes fans in the audience. I remember that Jon told a story about a journalist asking him before his arrival: “Are you going to play all the Yes hits?” And Jon told us: “I had to tell the journalist that we’ve only ever had two hits.” Then someone from the audience shouted: “What’s the other one?” And Jon said: “A-ha-ha” with a “oh, you’re a smartass” smirk on his face.

As for the Golden mean, it really is pretty easy. Jon does speak the truth when he says it appear all through mathematics, visual arts, architecture and many aspects of life. Jon Cleese did a series for BBC about the human body, and he even showed that the golden mean (or golden ration as it’s also called) made it possible to create a layer of a mask over a photo of any person. And for all people that are generally considered beautiful, it fit. (As a proof he put the mask over a photo of his own face, and it didn’t fit at all, and then he put it over a photo of the face of his co-host, Liz Hurley, and the mask fit beautifully.

I work as a photographer, and the golden ratio is something I use every single time I shoot. To put it simple: Do not center the person or object you are photographing. I don’t know why, but the golden ratio applies here too. The photo just becomes so much better and more interesting.

Whoops, sorry for ranting. Thanks for the YouTube video of this DVD. Glad I didn’t pay for it 🙂

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