Soon these days shall pass away

Cheyenne Anthem – Kansas (1976) FLAC HD Video

“Cheyenne Anthem” was a track on Kansas’ fourth studio album, Leftoverture, which was released just before Halloween 1976. This was the band’s first album to be certified by the RIAA, and remains their highest selling album, having been certified 4 times platinum in the United States.

I’ve always loved this song, especially the majestic final instrumental section (starting at 5:48 just after the lyric “In the ground our bodies lay, here we’ll stay”……I think it’s the piano playing that hits the hardest. Beautiful work.

I’ve been pretty inactive with my video uploads lately due to the hard drive failure that I’d mentioned in the previous video description. “Cheyenne Anthem” was the video I was working on when everything went south. Bad news was that I had to pick up with an older version of this work , and had to recreate some sequences that I’d already finished…..even before the crash this was an epic, tricky one to make (the time changes! the tone changes!), and I really couldn’t get into trying to recreate what I’d lost. As finished, the video is all over the map and I think I’ll try and tie the styles together better at some point with an update in the future, but for now it’s either upload the damn thing or put it on a shelf for a long, long break! 😉 The good news is I was able to recover almost all of the almost 3 years of work files that I’d not backed up! YIKES! I don’t think I would have been uploading many videos after losing all that work, so many updates and new videos I thought were gone forever….now I’m excited that hundreds of my works in progress will survive to see the light of day after all! We live to rock another day, rockers!!! 😉 Thanks to you all for being here with me and I hope you enjoy this one.

Steve Walsh began to experience writer’s block prior to the recording, and his contribution to the album would ultimately be limited to co-authoring three songs. It fell on Kerry Livgren to fill the void. The new compositions retained much of the classically inspired complexity of Livgren’s previous work. Kansas recorded the album at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana. The Studio in the Country was so named because, as Livgren described on In the Studio with Redbeard radio show in the episode spotlighting Leftoverture, “it was in the middle of a swamp. We’d walk out of the studio and there would be gators in front of the studio, mosquitos the size of B-52s and at times armadillos would run into the control room, laughing.”

Leftoverture opens with the song “Carry On Wayward Son”, which Livgren wrote as a sequel to “The Pinnacle”, the final song from the previous album Masque (1975).

The album’s title, Leftoverture, is a portmanteau word.

The album was met with mixed reviews. Rolling Stone called Leftoverture Kansas’s best album to date, and said that it “warrants Kansas a spot right alongside Boston and Styx as one of the fresh new American bands who combine hard-driving group instrumentation (with a dearth of flashy solos) with short, tight melody lines and pleasant singing.” The magazine Playboy reviewed the album as “extremely strong” and lauded Kansas for representing “the solid, Midwestern values of our vast musical heartland.” In contrast, Robert Christgau said the album lacked the intelligence and conviction of European progressive rock, and that the self-deprecating humor implied in the song and album titles is completely absent from the record itself.

Modern reviews are likewise mixed. Gary Graff found Leftoverture “Kansas’ breakthrough album and a thorough representation of its assorted musical sensibilities.” The AllMusic reviewer instead wrote that the album contains “neither hooks nor true grandiosity to make it interesting” and, despite the great single “Carry On Wayward Son”, the fact that Kansas “never manage to rival it anywhere on this record is as much a testament to their crippling ambition as their lack of skills.”

[Robby Steinhardt:]
From the mountains to the sun, Life has only just begun
We wed this land and pledge our souls to meet its end
Life has only just begun
Here my people roam the earth, in the kingdom of our birth
Where the dust of all our horses hides the sun
We are mighty on the earth, on the earth

[Steve Walsh:]
You have come to move me, take me from my ancient home
Land of my fathers I can’t leave you now
We will share it with you, no man owns this earth we’re on

Now the wheels are rolling hear the howling winds of war
It’s my destiny to fight and die
But is there no solution, can we find no other way, Lord let me stay
Under the endless sky and the earth below
Here I was born to live and I will never go, oh no

But we cannot endure like the earth and the mountains
Life is not ours to keep, for a new sun is rising

[Robby Steinhardt:]
Soon these days shall pass away, for our freedom we must pay
All our words and deeds are carried on the wind
In the ground our bodies lay, here we’ll stay


Dust In The Wind – Kansas (1977)

Dust In The Wind – Kansas (1977) FLAC Audio 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

With at least 200 billion galaxies out there (and possibly even more), we’re very likely talking about a Universe filled with around 10 to the 24th planets, or, for those of you who like it written out, around 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets in our observable Universe.
I want to send my regards to everyone sharing this amazing one with me. All we are is dust in the wind… and spirit are the only thing that cannot be blown away. Peace, love n happiness y’all!

“Dust in the Wind” was released on Kansas’ fifth studio album, Point of Know Return, in October 1977. The track was hugely popular from the moment it was released, and rightfully so I believe as it is an outstanding melody with simple yet profound lyrics. Was hoping to get something for the New Year, and this seemed a good choice…not the fireworks I was thinking about, but a more reflective piece for starting the new year. Wishing you all a great 2018 and beyond!

This vid features FLAC audio from the Austria/Holland original CD release (which is less compressed than other CD versions….only slightly less than the original vinyl!)….once again, I’ve only barely nudged the equalizer to get what sounds best (IMO). Thanks for listening/watching/commenting/up-voting/adding to playlists/sharing…appreciate the support.

Think about giving a listen to another great Kansas track that always seemed to me kinda a continuation of this one. Where “Dust in the Wind” was about the earthly experience; “Ghosts” continued with the move into the spiritual experience; “Ghosts” from Kansas’ In The Spirit of Things album from 1988:

My first video from Point of Know Return was “Portrait (He Knew)”…another fav Kansas tune, thinking I might push out an update for it soon:

From Wiki:
Singer/songwriter Steve Walsh left the group briefly. He would admit that, at this point, he had been something of a prima donna in an interview with nationally syndicated radio host Redbeard on the weekly rockumentary series In the Studio with Redbeard.

The album is critically acclaimed for singles like “Point of Know Return”. “Point of Know Return” was a later addition to the album. “Portrait (He Knew)” was written about Albert Einstein. In 1988, Livgren released an updated version of “Portrait (He Knew)” titled “Portrait II” as part of the album Prime Mover credited to his band AD. He changed the subject of the song from Einstein to Jesus Christ. “Closet Chronicles” is a Howard Hughes allegory.

“Dust in the Wind” is known for its sparse acoustic nature. The guitar line for the song was written by Kerry Livgren as a finger exercise for learning fingerpicking. His wife, Vicci, heard what he was doing, remarked that the melody was nice, and encouraged him to write lyrics for it. Livgren was unsure whether his fellow band members would like it, since it was a departure from their signature style. However he did offer it to them, and the song was accepted and then recorded.

Rolling Stone gave the album a mixed review, saying that though the transition to shorter songs generally works, the lyrics are “a wan and ridiculous rehash of the bargain-basement exoticism employed by the British art-rock crowd.” They commented that though the band lacks a virtuoso soloist, the band’s ensemble playing is strong and purposeful.

Point of Know Return would be Kansas’ highest charting album in the US, peaking at #4 in January 1978, and would sell four million copies in the US and be certified Quadruple Platinum by the RIAA.

During a debate of greatest “Song 1 Side 1” in history among the lead characters in the movie High Fidelity, Jack Black’s character criticizes one of John Cusack’s character’s proposals as “too obvious, like ‘Point of Know Return'”. The album cover has become an iconic image from the album rock era, appearing on the background of the set of VH1 Classic, on tee shirts worn by characters in movies and on TV, and in other places.

[Verse 1]
I close my eyes, only for a moment
And the moment’s gone
All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind

[Verse 2]
Same old song, just a drop of water
In an endless sea
All we do crumbles to the ground
Though we refuse to see
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind

Oh, ho, ho

[Instrumental Break]

[Verse 3]
Now, don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away, and all your money won’t another minute buy
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind

All we are is dust in the wind
Dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
The wind

“They’ve come back home to dream those dreams again” from 1988 Kansas’ Ghosts

Ghosts – Kansas (1988) HD FLAC ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Ghosts” was released in October 1988 on Kansas’ 11th studio album, In The Spirit Of Things. This is such a wonderful tune but it remains in relative obscurity along with most of the band’s output from the mid-80’s onward. Maybe not quite as great as “Dust in the Wind” but it’s a really beautiful tune that I’ve always loved…then again, maybe it’s even better! 😉 Though I wanted to finish my BOC Mirrors string with my update for my ancient video for “The Vigil”, I didn’t get it finished yet, so we’ll detour into a couple/few other thing in the meantime. Thanks to everyone for watching and thanks for sticking around..I hope you enjoy the vid!

This album was Kansas’s last studio effort for a major label. It didn’t receive much promotion, as MCA dropped a slew of “older” artists shortly after its release and famously switched its attention to current younger acts such as Tiffany. Kansas got caught in that decision and the album was a commercial failure. The label did produce several promotional materials for the record, including a glossy video for “Stand Beside Me”. The song was played regularly on MTV and allowed the single to hit the album rock charts, the last Kansas single to chart in any format. Other songs were released in odd formats, such as a 12″ promotional single of “I Counted on Love,” an import edited CD single of “House on Fire,” and a small-sized CD single of “Stand Beside Me.” The album would also be the last Kansas release to appear in vinyl format until the release of The Prelude Implicit in 2016.

A tour in support of this album included a broadcast by the King Biscuit Flower Hour, which many years later released the show as a CD.

There’s tombstone in a snowy field
Close by an old ghost town
The epitaph’s been weather-blown away
There’s a belltower where petitions peeled
It’s been half torn down
But it must have softened every soul that came to pray

There’s a schoolhouse full of broken glass
And wounded walls
The rusty swings like derelicts sleeping in the weeds
There’s a picture-graduation class
Staring down deserted halls
“The hope of 44” is what it reads

It’s just as if some restless wind blew their dreams away far away
It’s just as if those dreams had never been but oh-
I feel their ghosts around me now- I hear them say
They’ve come back home to dream those dreams again