“The days are blessings”

Days – Jon Anderson (1980) Remastered FLAC Audio 1080p Video

“Days” was released on Jon Anderson’s second solo album, Song Of Seven, in November of 1980. This was his first record to utilize an actual band (the New Life Band).

Song of Seven was released during Anderson’s first hiatus from Yes and supported by his first solo tour. “Some Are Born”, “Days”, “Everybody Loves You” and “Hear It” were originally written and demoed during the Tormato sessions, but the arrangements recorded on Song of Seven draw more on Celtic and R&B influences.

At the time Song Of Seven was released I was right in the middle of my hardcore Yes period (the string of albums beginning with Going For The One in ’77 and ending with 90215 in ’83…why have I not yet finished anything from Tormato? There is no excuse! LOL!) and had just seen Yes in concert (on the Drama tour) in the weeks prior. I was huge on the Drama record but missed Jon (and Rick’s) involvement, so I couldn’t wait to pick up Jon’s new album….and it was a really great one…it remains among my very favorite solo records released by the members of Yes!

I have been dusting off my ancient video effort for my favorite song from Song of Seven (the epic title track), but decided the thing was so ancient that nearly all of it needed to be scrubbed….hopefully it’ll see a rebirth soon!? 😉 Until then, here’s something for the equally fine, but much shorter track that leads into it…the beautiful composition “Days”. I hope you enjoy this wonderful Jon Anderson song….thanks for watching!

[Lyrics]
This song of evening’s light
Would charge my memory to flight
The trees that listen
Swift wings do carry on through constant
Gardens they offer delight
It is the evening
In deepest woods and fern
Young deer step light through morning’s mist
Ascend the swallows
First light streams through the treetops
Bouncing as the flowers illuminate
The breath of morning
This song of ages past
I lay in peace midst grass so green
To reach to skyward
Where larks do sing such high delights
Do pour into my senses
The days are blessings
The days are blessings
The days are blessings

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Leave The Kids Alone – Widowmaker (1976) Remastered FLAC Audio HD 1080p Video

Leave The Kids Alone – Widowmaker (1976) Remastered FLAC Audio HD 1080p Video

“Leave The Kids Alone” was released on Widowmaker’s self-titled debut album, in February of 1976. I first heard this record playing in my (at that time) very favorite place in the world; The Record Hole at North Star Mall in San Antonio, Texas.

Although it remains a very obscure album by a minor band, it happens to contain 3 songs that were (and still are) huge favorites. So many great great songs competing for video attention and that I’ve done 3 from this one Widowmaker album shows how special they are to me….trying to think right now how I rank the three among each other….can’t do it….they’re all equally fine and loved! 😉

Anyway, here’s links to the other two….if you enjoy this one, check the other two and you tell me which is your favorite! Maybe your thoughts will help me finally decide?! LOL!

Pin A Rose On Me – https://youtu.be/sNb2XecbJvM
Straight Faced Fighter – https://youtu.be/-t-vmd60nUM

The audio behind this video is sourced from lossless remastered track. The Widowmaker album is available in remastered form with bonus tracks as released by King Midas Records in 2013, and also as part of the Straight Faced Fighters double CD (which contains both the first album and most of the second) that was issued by Castle Rock in 2002.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!! And THANK YOU for watching!

[Lyrics]
Please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

Well there’s plenty of time for them to live and learn
A lot of cuts and bruises
A lot of fingers get burned

Well they could see alot more than you and me could ever know
There’s a look in their eyes they don’t feel any ties does it show

They don’t blame anybody for bringing them here
They don’t understand fear until they grow

Can’t you see that the winds their home
They like to joke and smile
Laugh at you and me

Well there’s a million miles for them to walk or run
A lot of hearts and souls are gonna live and learn

Well they could feel alot more than you and me could ever show
There’s a touch in their hands they don’t feel any ties don’t you know

They don’t blame anybody for bringing them here
They don’t understand fear until they grow

They don’t blame anybody for bringing them here
They can’t understand fear until they grow

Please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

Please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

Will you please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

Please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

Will you please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

Can’t you please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

Please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

Please leave the kids alone
they just want to roam
want to run free

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In the shuffling madness of Locomotive Breath….Classic Tull from Aqualung 1971.

Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull (1971) 40th Anniversary FLAC Remaster 1080p Video

“Locomotive Breath” was released in the winter of 1971 on Jethro Tull’s fourth studio album, Aqualung. Despite the band’s disapproval, the album is regarded as a concept album featuring a central theme of “the distinction between religion and God”. The album’s “dour musings on faith and religion” have marked it as “one of the most cerebral albums ever to reach millions of rock listeners”. Aqualung‍‍ ’​‍s success marked a turning point in the band’s career, who went on to become a major radio and touring act.

This is a video update of the very first Jethro Tull video I ever made. I’ve mentioned before how it’s always tempting to remake old videos, as skills and ideas progress, but that there are so many other great songs that I’m wanting to try a video for that I try not to think about the clunkers too much. Even though pretty much every video I’ve ever made could use an update, and many need major overhaul, there is a group that stand out as really bad. Two of my old videos that are for me the worst of the worst are Roxy Music’s “The Main Thing” and Jethro Tull’s “Locomotive Breath” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQVY_pZpC40 …I’ll leave the old one up to link to the new one. I recently finished the update for the Roxy track and figured I’d get around to “Locomotive Breath” in a couple months….then in the last few days there were a couple new comments on the old video (from nice viewers who seemed to enjoy it, bless their souls! 🙂 which got me thinking about it and when I realized that people were actually making it though the thing I knew I couldn’t wait any longer to do something with it. So here is my new “Locomotive Breath”…it finally MOVES like any video for this track should! I tried to clean up the old elements and use them and also incorporate live clips of the band performing…dedicated to everyone who ever made it through the old version! For the update I used the FLAC version from the 40th Anniversary remaster….sounds much better than the older one (if you watch the video in HD you get the higher resolution audio!).

Recorded at Island Records’ studio in London, it was their first album with John Evan as a full-time member, their first with new bassist Jeffrey Hammond and last album featuring Clive Bunker on drums. Something of a departure from the band’s previous work, the album features more acoustic material than previous releases; and—inspired by photographs of homeless people on the Thames Embankment taken by singer Ian Anderson’s wife Jennie—contains a number of recurring themes, addressing religion along with Anderson’s own personal experiences.

Aqualung has sold more than 7 million units worldwide according to Anderson, and is thus Jethro Tull’s best selling album. The album was generally well-received critically, and has been included on several music magazine best of lists. The album spawned one single, “Hymn 43”.

[Lyrics]

In the shuffling madness
Of the locomotive breath,
Runs the all, time loser,
Headlong to his death.

He feels the piston scraping
Steam breaking on his brow
Old Charlie stole the handle and
The train it won’t stop going
No way to slow down.

He sees his children jumping off
At the stations one by one.
His woman and his best friend

In bed and having fun.
He’s crawling down the corridor
On his hands and knees
Old Charlie stole the handle and

The train it won’t stop going
No way to slow down.
He hears the silence howling
Catches angels as they fall.
And the all-time winner
Has got him by the balls.
He picks up Gideons Bible
Open at page one

God He stole the handle and
The train won’t stop going
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.

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