“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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Camera. Camera.

“Into The Lens” was released in the summer of 1980 on Yes’ 10th studio album, Drama. Yes had scored a masterpiece with Going For The One in 1977, then missed the mark with Tormato in 1978 (this is a good record that could have been great with different production) and I remember wondering which of these two previous records the new one would sound like when I picked up Drama at the record store. The answer is of course….neither! It’s a seriously different record than the band had ever done before. The album has it’s share of fans (and detractors) among the Yes fans….count me as a fan for several reasons; 1.) the album ROCKS, 2.) the muddy, dull production from Tormato is corrected x10, 3.) the tour for this album was the only time I ever saw Yes in concert (awesome even without Jon!), and 4.) it brings memories of a great summer!

This was a difficult song to set to video and I’ve been messing around with it for a long time….multiple tempo changes and tons of cues….I kept adding and adding but always felt it was lacking something….it was a slog and I’m not thrilled with the result, but I’m thrilled to be finished with this one so I can focus on some other videos that I’m having much more fun with. Enjoy! Thanks for watching!

As usual HUGE THANKS for everyone who’s art contributed to this new art…THANK YOU!!!!

[Lyrics]
Memories, how they fade so fast
Look back, that is no escape
Tied down, now you see too late.
Lovers, they will never wait.

I am a camera

Take heart, I could never let you go
And you, always let the feeling show
Love us all, how you never broke your heart
You lose them
If you feel the feeling start.

I am a camera, camera, camera

And you, may find time will blind you
This to just remind you
All is meant to be.

Here, by the waterside
There, where the lens is wide
You and me
By the sea
Taken in tranquility.

Taken, taken so easily
To pass into glass reality
Transform, to transfer, to energy.

Taken, taken, so easily
To pass into glass reality
Transformer, transferring energy.

Some screen captures:

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And You And I….Classic Yes track from 1972.

From Yes’s progressive rock classic album, Close To The Edge (from the fall of 1972) comes, “And You And I”. This track was the first and longer of the two songs that made up side two. It remains a thing of beauty after all these years…happy to finally get a vid for it. This was a very tough video to finish, mainly because I was working on both this track and the title track at the same time, and kept getting effects crossed up and had a hard time deciding which things to use in which video. The result was a bit of a compromise as I was seriously struggling to keep each video a separate and unique project, with just enough shared effects to tie them together. “Close To The Edge” is well on it’s merry way….but I’m gonna have to spend some time away from it for awhile (or I’ll just rush through chunks without worrying too much about repeating or timing, as I ended up doing with this one….it’s not too bad though, I’m just glad to be finished as it was starting to feel like work! 😉

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As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible; especially the clips from “Winged Migration”…this is one extremely beautiful film and the few seconds I used don’t begin to do it justice. Check it out: http://www.sonyclassics.com/wingedmigration/index_flash.html

[Lyrics]
A man conceived a moment’s answer to the dream
Staying the flowers daily sensing all the themes
As a foundation lent to create the spiral aim
A movement regained and regarded both the same
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you

Changed only for a sight of sound the space agreed
Between the picture of time behind the face of need
Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid
Emotions revealed as the ocean made
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you

Coins and crosses
Never know their fruitless worth
Cords are broken
Locked inside the mother Earth
They won’t hide they won’t tell you
Watching the world watching all of the world
Watching clouds go by

And you and I climb over the sea to the valley
And you and I reached out for reasons to call

[II Eclipse]

Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid
Emotions revealed as the ocean made
As a movement regained and regarded both the same
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you

[III The Preacher, The Teacher]

Sad preacher nailed upon the coloured door of time
In the same teacher be there reminded of the rhyme
There’ll be no mutant enemy we shall certify
Political ends as sad remains will die
Reach out as forward tastes begin to enter you

I listened hard but could not see
Life’s tempo change out and inside me
The preacher trained in all to lose his name
The teacher travels asking to be shown the same
In the end we’ll agree we’ll accept we’ll immortalize
That the truth of man maturing in his eyes
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you

Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid
As a moment regained and regarded both the same
Emotion revealed as the ocean made
A clearer future morning evening nights with you

[IV Apocalypse]

And you and I climb, crossing the shapes of the morning
And you and I reach over the sun for the river
And you and I climb, clearer towards the movement
And you and I called over valleys of endless seas

For all the veterans and their families…..”Saving My Heart”.

Someone recently presumptuously commented on this video “you don’t know Yes”, I suppose because they thought I was creating a video somehow endorsing war (or even the military)….which I wasn’t.  I’m sorry they weren’t able to understand that the video was about PEOPLE, both those serving (being in the military doesn’t make you a warmornger) and their families who must endure the hardships and anxiety of separation during deployment.   The video reflects the love people share for one another and that’s a sentiment that I feel certain Yes would approve of.  I’m sorry that someone would shallowly perceive of it as pro-war, pro-military, pro-anything besides pro-love.

So yeah….I do know Yes.To ALL THE VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES AROUND THE WORLD….”Saving My Heart”…..this one’s for you! (P.S.  If you started a war….this one’s NOT for you! 😉

Saving My Heart was released in the spring of 1991 on Yes’s thirteenth studio album, Union. This is one of my very favorite Yes songs….I’ve always loved it and felt it should have been a huge hit. I hope my video will open it up to a few more people.

Union is a seriously great Yes album, and though it ranks very high with fans, it wasn’t received very well upon release. I was somewhat disappointed with the previous album, Big Generator, but this one had them back firing on all cylinders! I remember the anticipation for the album, it was quite a big deal that all the guys were together again (Man, check out the line up for this thing EVERYBODY was involved! LOL!), and being thrilled with the result. It was just packed with great music and I still feel it’s one of the greatest later day Yes efforts.

I wanted to make a video in honor of those individuals and their families who have had to endure the anxiety, heartbreak and hardships caused by the separations of deployment. The video kept veering into more tragic images of loss, and some shots of Arlington National Cemetery were beautiful, but those type images were overpowering the less tragic focus of the video, and in the end I removed all except two, including the image of the grave of Ryan F. Coyer. This image had a powerful impact on me, the single image said as much as needed to be said about the ultimate sacrifice millions have made for our country…..it is to their memory that I dedicate my video.

As usual, a SPECIAL THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible!

Hope you enjoy the video and THANKS for watching!

[Lyrics]
In the street where we live there’s a place called desire.
There’s a stone-cold intrusion of mad man’s fire,
But he leaves when the lust and desire released,
And you’re left with an empty room in peace.

Saving my heart for you – You do what you want to do
There’s a place in my heart for you – This time I’m watching you
Till the blood in my veins run dry – I’ll be there to testify
There’s a place in my heart for you…

I’ve been lost in the maze of emotional confound.
I believe that you knew our faith was secure;
How you kept-up your smile with a cool disposition,
How you stuck in the fire with a new sense of reason.

You tell me to take it easy, but it’s not my style.
You saw me around the corner; it’ll pass you by.
I wanna hold you closer to connect my fortunes.
I want take you higher, take it out like we did before.

Some alternate thumb art:

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More Yes Videos:

Going For The One – Yes HD 1080P

Long Distance Runaround – Yes HD 1080p

Roundabout – Yes HD 1080p

Saving My Heart – Yes HD 1080p

Time And A Word – Yes HD 1080p

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,

Screen captures for alternate thumbs:
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Happy Birthday Alan White!

“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 sophmore 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….I hadn’t yet delved into a Yes album. However, this album was a huge deal and there was an extreme amount of anticipation, advertising, and awareness surrounding the pending new album from Yes. This was their first album together after an extended break, their last album had been Relayer in 1974…and it was also noted in all magazines (during my teen years there were only 4 really important magazines…Rolling Stone, Cream, Circus and….of course Mad) that Rick Wakeman would be back on board.

So I wasn’t really sure of what to expect when I first sliced open that cellophane, slid the record out of the sleeve, twisted side one down on the turntable and listened to those first AMAZING notes of the title song come thorough…..but those notes and all the ones that followed made an unforgettable impression on me…this album was a revelation unlike few I experienced before of after in all my years of listening to music. 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….my first Yes LP and I couldn’t wait to get home and start picking up their older albums.

This is my very first video for one of their songs. I’d long hoped to do something, but finally the time was right! 🙂 tried to incorporate the album art and tried to focus on the skyscraper/mountain motifs.

Thanks once again to Moving Art Channel, this time for the quick flyby of the skyscraper….visit one of the most amazing channels of all:
https://www.youtube.com/user/LouieSch…

Dedicated to my wonderful friends Dan & Donna for their unfaltering support & encouragement…and also for having themselves created some of the most beautiful videos ever for some Yes songs.

As usual, hope you enjoy the effort!

A few minor variations on the same sequence captured for alternate thumbs:

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[Lyrics]

One two
One two three four

Get the idea
Cross around the track
When you leap on the flank
Of a thoroughbred racing chaser

Get the feel
As the rhythm flows
Would you like to go
And shoot the mountain masses?

And here you stand no taller than the grass seas
And should you really chase so hard
The truth of sport plays rings around you

Going for the one
Going for the one

Get in the way
As the tons of water
Racing with you
Crash into the rudders
Once at the start
Can you gamble that
You really surely
Really mean to finish

After seeing all your sense of fear diminish
As you treat danger as a pure connection
As you throw away all misconceptions

Going for the one
Going for the one
Going for-ward to

Listen in time
Taken so high
To touch, to move
Listen to life

Touching, touch time
Travel, twilight
Taken so high
Roundabout, sounding out
Love me so

Now the verses I’ve sang
Don’t add much weight
To the story in my head
So I’m thinking I should go and write a punchline

But they’re so hard to find
In my cosmic mind
So I think I’ll take
A look out of the window

When I think about you
I don’t feel low
Should I really chase so hard?
The truth of sport plays rings around you

Going for the one
Going for the one
Going for-ward to

Listen in time
Taken so high
To touch, to move
Listen to life

Touching, touch time
Travel, twilight
Taken so high
Taking your time

Turn on to love
Turnstile to one
Tender timing
Rocking, rolling

Listen in time
Taken so high
To touch, to move
Listen to life

Touching, touch time
Travel, twilight
Taken so high
Taking your time

Turn on to love
Turnstile to one
Tender timing
Rocking, rolling

Turn on to love
Turnstile to one
Tender timing
Rocking, rolling

Moments decide…
Moments delight…
Moments invite…
Talk about sending love…
Love…
Love…
Love…
Love

New Memorial Day Video! “Saving My Heart” by Yes!

This is one of my favorite Yes tunes and I wanted to try and make something with it that I could dedicate to the military and their families for all the sacrifices they have made for our country.  …..and this is how it turned out:

Hope you enjoy the effort for this amazing song!

And of course a few alternate captures that I was looking at for thumbs:

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