“And we talked about the strength of dreams”

“Song of Seven” was the title track from Jon Anderson’s 2nd solo album, released in November 1980 on Atlantic Records.

This album was was very special for me back in my college days. I used to play it very frequently in-store at Record Town back when it was released in 1980. This song in particular is has always been a favorite for me. As a huge Yes fan, I still think the song as a whole stands with some of their best work…..and I’d go even further by stating the section beginning at 3:50 stands equal to anything the band ever did…it’s extraordinarily beautiful. I used to play this section over and over and I still think it’s one of the most gorgeous pieces of music I’ve ever heard.

I came across a short video maybe a year ago from 2004 called “Demon” from director Irina Evteeva and knew immediately I’d want to use it in a video. But first the video resolution was pretty poor and wouldn’t look too good even in it’s original resolution (not to mention trying to spread it out to 1080p)….and second, exactly which song should I use it in? I worked out the first by processing the video through After Effects with various tools and effects. I was very surprised that I was actually able to achieve such great results….I think it was the style of the original video that allowed me to improve it so much, but it definitely looks great now! (Seems a waste not to use the effort to show the film in it’s full edit…there is no dialog and the soundtrack is basically some piano and classical arrangements….not nearly as impressive as the video. I may end up sharing it later.) Choosing which song to edit it to took me even more time; I wanted to use it on a big popular tune as it had such a stylish and special look and I wanted it to be seen. I tried it to several epic songs (one in particular it worked pretty well with, I’ll maybe drop that edit later)….I kept coming back to “Song of Seven” because i liked how it worked….knowing that such an obscure tune wouldn’t get the views, but who knows, maybe the video edit will give both the song and the film more exposure and appreciation? Enjoy. Thanks!

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. The “Some Are Born” and “Days” demo versions from these sessions were included as bonus tracks on the 2004 CD reissue of Tormato.

Another track from the Song of Seven Album:
“Days” https://youtu.be/qSQHTFxY7Eo

[Lyrics]
In the meeting place I sit beside, betwixt the points of heaven
I befell a friendly atmosphere revolving around seven
Oh, that number mystified my soul and captured within feelings
Those of doubt and understanding, hand in hand they set me reeling

Met me a stranger, he came here to town
Bearing gifts full of promises, discoveries of light
Said me many reasons why my merry tale
Could be justified and just both together entwined

I tell you a reason, he said, “Bless you, you fool, you fool”
You want “so belief,” yet you want so much more,” you seeker
Now I see you’re baffled, yet again you administer fear
Of the unexpected, you don’t know the score

Everywhere you look you release parts of your senses
And everywhere there’s purpose in answer to all your dreams
I can hear you saying what a dreamer, what a fool to life
Isn’t it a pity that he won’t come back to earth

Haven’t you imagination, and is it not available
How you can be sooner or later than your thinking
Haven’t you imagination and is it so impossible
That you ask of everything so your eyes can see clearly

So in an instant your story bound
A desert, the underground, on mountains high
A glacier, the heat of the day

City jungle, the sky at night
In space on a starry night
An atmosphere impossible
So you never really care

So we talk about the strength of dreams
And we talked at length of every dream
And we talked about the strength of dreams
And we talked about the strength of dreaming

In the meeting place I sit beside, betwixt the points of heaven
I befell a friendly atmosphere revolving around seven
Oh, that number mystified my soul and captured within feelings
Those of doubt and understanding, hand to hand they set me reeling

In the seventh dream to stand alone
But not without the strength of love
To guide our way, everyday

Oh, the seventh dream, your smile can bring
Love on and on and time will flow forever clear
The seventh dream standing so near
And very soon we’ll walk with love
Love that I can sing to you, you, you

Is it this time of day that makes me realise
The sun is coming out to shine again tomorrow, tomorrow
Is it this time of day that gives you hope

Is it this time of times that comes between the light
Are there so many dreamers in this life between a moment’s time
And the stairways of love, the starlight, the starlight
Telling me that there’s something else to cling on to, cling on to

“In a moment of love, they will die for their grace”

Don’t Kill The Whale – Yes (1978) 192KHz/24bit FLAC HD Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Don’t Kill The Whale” was released on Yes’ ninth studio album, Tormato, in September of 1978. Another great Yes tune from Tormato….this one with a message it’s sad that hasn’t gotten through to everyone who should know better by this point. “Don’t Kill The Whale was initiated by Squire who played the chorus section on an acoustic guitar. Wakeman went on to adapt a sound he configured on his Polymoog which he said could produce “weird sounds” that resembled a whale.

I wanted this video to focus on the close bond of the mother and baby whale, and their beauty since I wouldn’t want to watch a video that spoiled the beauty of both the song and the graceful, gentle giants by showing them being killed…..only at the very end of the video is there that reference.

I’ve always been completely fascinated by the Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises) so this song is extra special. We can’t really understand how intelligent these animals might be yet, but we know they are very special…definitely more intelligent and precious than the neanderthals who hunt them down to slaughter or capture.

Whales are known to have extremely complex communication abilities, and social interactions…they are mammals like us of course, not fish (since they look so much more like fish than other mammals, say a dog or a person, that it’s very easy to forget they are way more like us than a fish).

Communication is so great in cetaceans that there is a strong possibility they are able to project (yes … literally project) an “auditory image” that replicates a sonar message they may receive. The process is a bit confusing, but MSU describes it in this circumstance: “So a dolphin wishing to convey the image of a fish to another dolphin can literally send the image of a fish to the other animal. The equivalent of this in humans would be the ability to create instantaneous holographic pictures to convey images to other people.”

If they are in fact able to do this, there would have to be a natural tendency to break down stylized and abstracted images into words. Meaning, cetaceans, like people, use a series of signifiers to discern the exact objects they want to communicate about. We might say “tree” and think of a picture of a tree in our minds, but cetaceans can skip this step by simply projecting the image to other cetaceans.

Frow Wiki:
It is their last album recorded with singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman prior to their departure from the group in 1980. After wrapping their tour in support of their previous album, Going for the One (1977), the band gathered in London in February 1978 to record a new album. The band encountered several issues that hindered its potential including their overall direction, the decision to produce it by themselves, and its uneven quality.

Tormato received a mixed critical reception upon release, but was a commercial success. It peaked at No. 8 in the UK and No. 10 in the US. “Don’t Kill the Whale” was released as a single in the UK which reached No. 36. Tormato continued to sell in the US and is certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over one million copies. Yes supported the album with the commercially successful 1978–79 tour with concerts performed in the round. Tormato was remastered for CD in 1994 and 2004; the latter contains several previously unreleased tracks from the album’s recording sessions.

As with Going for the One, the album’s cover was designed by Hipgnosis but retains the band’s logo designed by Roger Dean. Howe pitched the album’s original title of Yes Tor, referring to Yes Tor, the second highest hill on Dartmoor, an area of moorland in Devon, England. Wakeman claimed to have thrown a tomato at the pictures taken for the album as he recalled the band were disappointed with the initial artwork which had cost a lot of money. The album’s title and cover was changed accordingly. Wakeman said the album became a “tragedy” as it had poor artwork and production, but good music. Howe said it was someone at Hipgnosis who threw the tomato on purpose, something that he felt insulted about.

[Lyrics]
You’re first I’m last
You’re thirst I’m asked to justify
Killing our last heaven beast
Don’t hunt the whale

In beauty vision do we offer much
If we reason with destiny
Gonna lose our touch
Don’t kill the whale

Rejoice they sing
They worship their own space
In a moment of love, they will die for their grace
Don’t kill the whale

If time will allow
We will judge all who came
In the wake of our new age to stand for the frail
Don’t kill the whale

 

To hear your wonderous stories.

Wonderous Stories – Yes (1977) 192Khz/24bit FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Wonderous Stories” was released on Yes’ eight studio album, Going for the One, on 15 July 1977. This is my second video for a track from the Going For The One album (I did the title track way way back; check it if you dare; https://youtu.be/ZR1koTw5NqI ), and one of numerous Yes videos I’ve made. I haven’t uploaded any new Yes videos in a long time because all the ones I’ve made just seem to get buried and get very few views….I’ll try again, if there’s any interest I might update the ancient “Going For The One” and finish and upload more great tracks from Going For The One and other Yes albums? If you’re a Yes fan, please drop a like and a comment, maybe give it a share….it all helps. Thanks!

Since this is an album that I will ramble on about, I’ll just paste some of my notes on the album copied from the description of my old video for “Going For The One”:

“Going For The One” is the title track from Yes’s eighth studio album which was released in the summer of 1977. This is such a special record for me and I recall so clearly and strongly the circumstances of it’s release. I was a sophomore in high school and although I was well into my journey of seeking to listen to all the rock bands of the time, Yes was one of those bands that I knew really only by their singles. There was an extreme amount of anticipation, advertising, and awareness surrounding the pending new album from Yes.

A couple of weeks after buying the LP, I was flying out to Los Angeles with my family to spend six weeks with my dad who was working in the motion picture industry….I remember begging my mom to stop at a record store near the airport so I could pick up a few 8-tracks to play on my new (then KILLER! 😉 portable player for the flight and afterwards….I purchased Going For The One, Animals, Low, I Robot, Trans-Europe Express and Little Queen (the first three I already had on LP, but I wasn’t about to spend the rest of the summer without them!). I still associate some of these records with that summer in LA, especially Going For The One.

From Wiki:
“Wonderous Stories” is the second track on the album solely written by Anderson. He wrote the song during “a beautiful day” while living in Switzerland, “one of those days you want to remember for years afterwards”. During the day, the lyrics to the track entered his mind that he later wrote down. He noted the song’s meaning as “the joys of life, as opposed to the uptightedness of some aspects of life” that was inspired by romantic stories and “a kind of dream sequence”. White contributed the idea of the drums and bass playing on odd beats.[

The album was recorded in Montreux, Switzerland after the band took a break in activity for each member to release a solo album and their 1976 North American tour. It marks the departure of keyboardist Patrick Moraz and the return of Rick Wakeman, who had left to pursue his solo career after musical differences surrounding Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973). In a departure from their previous three albums, Going for the One features shorter and more direct songs written without a unifying theme or concept, and saw Yes record with new producers, engineers and cover designers.

Going for the One received a mostly positive response from music critics who welcomed the band’s return to more accessible music like their earlier albums The Yes Album (1971) and Fragile (1971). It was a commercial success and reached number one on the UK Albums Chart, their second album to do so, for two weeks and peaked at number 8 on the US Billboard 200. “Wonderous Stories” and “Going for the One” were released as singles; the former went to number 7 in the UK which remains the band’s highest charting single. Going for the One was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for 500,000 copies sold in the US. Yes supported the album with a six-month tour of North America and Europe.

[Lyrics]
I awoke this morning
Love laid me down by a river.
Drifting I turned on upstream
Bound for my forgiver.
In the giving of my eyes to see your face.
Sound did silence me
Leaving no trace.
I beg to leave, to hear your wonderous stories.
Beg to hear your wonderous stories.

He spoke of lands not far
Or lands they were in his mind.
Of fusion captured high
Where reason captured his time.
In no time at all he took me to the gate.
In haste I quickly checked the time.
If I was late I had to leave to hear your wonderous stories.
Had to hear your wonderous stories.

Hearing
Hearing
Hearing your wonderous stories.
Hearing your wonderous stories.
It is no lie I can see deeply into the future.
Imagine everything
You’re close
And were you there to stand
So cautiously at first and then so high.
As he spoke my spirit climbed into the sky.
I bid it to return
To hear your wonderous stories.
Return to hear your wonderous stories.

Hearing,
Hearing,
Hearing,
Hearing,
Hearing,

“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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The sun will lead us….”Soon”. An amazing new edit for the classic Yes track from 1974, from 2003’s The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection.

Soon (2003 Long Edit) – Yes (1974) HD FLAC Audio Remaster & HD Video

“Soon” was released by the progressive rock group Yes on their seventh studio album, Relayer, in the winter of 1974. It was actually the closing segment of the Side One’s full length epic, “The Gates Of Delirium” and was released as a single edit in January of 1975. This is a new, longer edit of the track that was released in 2003.

Stuck at home for a couple of days with respiratory infection and feeling like crap….inbetween sleeping and more sleeping I thought it had been sometime since I’d done a Yes vid, so I thought I’d resurrect an ancient video I started for “Soon” years ago, and when I went back to pull it out to finish I realized that everything needed to go…..this is a much different affair than the one I originally had planned….simpler and I think it works better for this tune. Hope you enjoy my little video for this longtime favorite!

***Decided to make a quick video edit to my video for the newer 2003 edit of the track from The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection. It’s nearly a couple minutes longer, and my preferred version…..so I dug it up for the Yes fanatics out there. Yes, I’m obsessive about my music, but “I’m not the only one”….talking you some of you guys….and this one if for ya’ll! 🙂

“The Gates of Delirium” is a 22-minute track that Anderson described as “a war song, a battle scene, but it’s not to explain war or denounce it, really … There’s a prelude, a charge, a victory tune, and peace at the end, with hope for the future.” Moraz recalled discussing War and Peace and Leo Tolstoy with Anderson as they both read the book, after which Moraz showed Anderson a French science fiction comic book with “Delirious” in the title. Moraz said, “he related to it immediately so I think that perhaps as a title ‘The Gates of Delirium’ came from that”. Anderson and White stopped by a scrap yard and bought metal car parts which were used as percussion during the song’s battle section. During the battle section, White formed a tower of the parts and pushed it over to make a crashing sound. The track concludes with a gentle melody and a lyrical prayer for peace which later became known as “Soon”.

Relayer was the bands only studio album recorded with keyboardist Patrick Moraz in the band’s line-up; he joined in August that year after Rick Wakeman left over differences regarding Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973) to pursue his solo career.

Following Wakeman’s decision to leave the band, the remaining members proceeded to work on new material for Relayer. The group wrote and rehearsed new songs and proceeded to record in Squire’s home in Virginia Water, Surrey. Relayer has the same format as Close to the Edge (1972), with one track occupying side one and two tracks on side two. The album saw Yes experiment with elements of funk and jazz fusion.

Upon release, Relayer helped continue the band’s success in the mid-1970s, peaking at number 4 in the UK and number 5 in the U.S. The closing section of “The Gates of Delirium,” titled “Soon,” was released as a single in January 1975.

In May 1974, after Tales from Topographic Oceans tour in support of their ambitious double album Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973) ended, keyboardist Rick Wakeman decided to leave Yes as he could not understand its concept and disagreed with the musical direction the band took. The band’s line-up during this time included singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, and drummer Alan White.

While the band started writing and rehearsing for Relayer, several keyboardists were auditioned including Greek musician Vangelis. As Phil Carson of Atlantic Records later explained, “He came to London and tried out Yes but it didn’t really gel … Vangelis wouldn’t get on a plane and wouldn’t fly anywhere and Yes were about to go on tour.” (Vangelis with Yes is another one of those perfect matches of talent in rock music history that it’s fun to think about….and this one nearly happened!)

At the suggestion of music journalist and author Chris Welch, the band invited Swiss-born Patrick Moraz of Refugee to a try out session at Squire’s home in August 1974. Moraz used Vangelis’s keyboards for his first session. The band liked what he did, and Moraz subsequently joined full time.

[Lyrics]
Soon, oh soon the light
Pass within and soothe this endless night
And wait here for you
Our reason to be here

Soon, oh soon the time
All we move to gain will reach and calm
Our heart is open
Our reason to be here

Long ago, set into rhyme

Soon, oh soon the light
Ours to shape for all time, ours the right
The sun will lead us
Our reason to be here

Soon, oh soon the light
Ours to shape for all time, ours the right
The sun will lead us
Our reason to be here

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There’s A Time….There’s A Word

Time And A Word was the title track from Yes’s 2nd album which was released in the summer of 1970. This track is one of my very favorite early Yes tracks.

This is another video that I started a long time ago and am only now getting around to finishing. This was one of those videos that went through several major edits. The first image I collected when I’d originally started work on the video was William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s The Wave (1896), which I wanted to build the video around. I wanted to try and make the first part of the video match the first part of the song, few effects and limited color….then push the effects and color to try and match the glorious chorus sequences. The result just didn’t ever work out….the two styles just clashed and even though I tried some things to pull them together (mainly street traffic with and without effects), the result was always jarring and unpleasant.

The other main frustration was trying to reduce the blocky artifacting that kept nagging this video….still can’t figure out why some videos look absolutely horrible unless you watch them in 1080p?! This is probably the worst video I’ve done in that regards….I don’t know why (but it must have something to do with the specific effects and rendering processes I used), but trust me….this video looks pretty godawful unless you watch it at highest resolution….and then parts of it look pretty beautiful!

In the end, I pulled several pretty cool effects out and worked a few new ones mostly to The Wave….so yeah, you get lots of slight variations on that image….but as per my usual style, not too much more than normal. 😉

Anyway….as usual, I hope you enjoy the effort!

SPECIAL THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!!!

[Lyrics]
In the morning when you rise,
Do you open up your eyes, see what I see?
Do you see the same things ev’ry day?
Do you think of a way to start the day
Getting things in proportion?
Spread the news and help the world go ’round.
Have you heard of a time that will help us get it together again?
Have you heard of the word that will stop us going wrong?
Well, the time is near and the word you’ll hear
When you get things in perspective.
Spread the news and help the word go round.

There’s a time and the time is now and it’s right for me,
It’s right for me, and the time is now.
There’s a word and the word is love and it’s right for me,
It’s right for me, and the word is love.

Have you heard of a time that will help get it together again?
Have you heard of the word that will stop us going wrong?
Well, the time is near and the word you’ll hear
When you get things in perspective.
Spread the news and help the word go round.

There’s a time and the time is now and it’s right for me,
It’s right for me, and the time is now.
There’s a word and the word is love and it’s right for me,
It’s right for me, and the word is love.
There’s a time and the time is now and it’s right for me,
It’s right for me, and the time is now.
There’s a word and the word is love and it’s right for me,

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