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    #76
    Hi Hank Nice to meet you, welcome to the site!
    "We all gotta climb mountains!" - Jon Anderson 2003

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      #77
      Originally posted by HankCPA View Post
      I am a new member of the website. I was turned on to Led Zeppelin and Yes by a friend in high school in the late 70's. For the next 40 years or so, Zeppelin was my favorite band. I "re-discovered" Yes about 4 years ago. Since then Yes has become an obsession. I appreciate the band so much now and literally listen to nothing else. I have had to catch up for all the lost time, and regret not recognizing their greatest much sooner and a long time ago. In my opinion Yes is the greatest band of all time. I like a lot of different music, but again, there is nothing that compares to Yes. I am writing this today to lament and admit a profound sense of sadness lately whenever I watch a prior concert video. It makes me cry and I'm not certain why? Perhaps it is because it appears the original or classic lineup will never play together again. It's one thing when most of the band members have passed. I have watched the ARW shows with joy and fascination. In fact, I believe the Live at the Apollo show is one one of the greatest live concerts ever, by any band. For me, it's not nostalgia I seek, rather just damn great music. Am curious if any of you feel the same way. Forgive me, am certain you all have discussed this subject a million times. Once again, late to the party!
      Hank.. You're in the right place!
      We're all family here... we al love YES, .. we loved them back in 1977 and are nostalgic for that magic that few other bands have ever achieved. ... and we love YES now and are grateful for being able to hear that magical music played with respect and loving care by the current members of YES..
      It has been a journey for sure, and while some might make comparisons and say that only 1977 YES concerts are worth listening to, and current concerts do not compare... that narrative only serves to lessen the true meaning of what YES music really is..
      yes music is LOVE and LOVE does not say ..."what have you done for me lately?"... LOVE says THANK YOU for all you have done and given me....
      Let's say thank you ❤️
      Last edited by Soulsearcher; 09-21-2022, 07:09 PM.

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        #78
        Thanks to both of you! Very welcoming and I appreciate it. I also apologize for not sounding appreciative of the current Yes band iteration. I believe you are right that we have to be blessed that the band is still together and performing. I'm not certain about what happened to cause the split with Jon Anderson. But either way we must accept it and move on, as it has been nearly 20 years now! I have been seeking new "old" material to listen to and watch, when the truth is the new music was right in front of my eyes all along. I find both versions of Fly From Here to be incredible. Am sad and rather ashamed to admit to literally ignoring anything else after 2004. I appreciate you setting me straight. You will find that I am open and honest, and not afraid to admit mistakes. I again appreciate your kindness and in a sense "tough love"! It will no doubt bring back the joy of Yes to my life and eliminate the recent feelings of sadness. Yes is too amazing to feel sadness. I look forward to reading more of your wisdom and sharing in the future!

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          #79
          Originally posted by HankCPA View Post
          Thanks to both of you! Very welcoming and I appreciate it. I also apologize for not sounding appreciative of the current Yes band iteration. I believe you are right that we have to be blessed that the band is still together and performing. I'm not certain about what happened to cause the split with Jon Anderson. But either way we must accept it and move on, as it has been nearly 20 years now! I have been seeking new "old" material to listen to and watch, when the truth is the new music was right in front of my eyes all along. I find both versions of Fly From Here to be incredible. Am sad and rather ashamed to admit to literally ignoring anything else after 2004. I appreciate you setting me straight. You will find that I am open and honest, and not afraid to admit mistakes. I again appreciate your kindness and in a sense "tough love"! It will no doubt bring back the joy of Yes to my life and eliminate the recent feelings of sadness. Yes is too amazing to feel sadness. I look forward to reading more of your wisdom and sharing in the future!
          Don't get me wrong.. I wasn't trying to give tough love.. I was trying to just give love!! I wanted you to know gets a lot of peole out there, including me.. listening to old YES, feeling that magic, missing it tooo..
          I wanted you to know there's still a place for us to love old YES and to also love Yes as they stand, giving what they have to give.. we can do both and some think we can't but we can.
          you're with people just like you, I hope you will be going to some upcoming shows and we'll see you!!❤️

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            #80
            Welcome Hank! You seem very passionate about Yes and Yes music, so that makes you a great addition to this forum!

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              #81
              Originally posted by HankCPA View Post
              I I have watched the ARW shows with joy and fascination. In fact, I believe the Live at the Apollo show is one one of the greatest live concerts ever, by any band.
              You paying attention Henry??

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                #82
                Originally posted by yamishogun View Post

                You paying attention Henry??
                I believe "the Bird Dance" is one of the best songs created by anyone ever. So, it must be the absolute truth then....

                https://youtu.be/O4FUdSTgQ4s

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                  #83
                  Originally posted by Mr. Holland View Post

                  I believe "the Bird Dance" is one of the best songs created by anyone ever. So, it must be the absolute truth then....

                  https://youtu.be/O4FUdSTgQ4s
                  At a minimum "The Bird Dance" is better than anything off of H&E and The Quest except for the Monkman song.

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                    #84
                    Compared with some other bands that originated around the same time as Yes, Yes' members are surprisingly mostly alive.

                    Original guitarist Peter Banks left us in 2013, and we lost Chris in 2015, and recently, Alan this year.

                    But all Yes keyboardists (Kaye, Wakeman, O Wakeman, Khoroshev, Brislin, and Downes) and vocalists (Anderson, Horn, David, and Davison) are still with us. Bruford's still alive, as are Howe, Rabin, and Sherwood. Yay!

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                      #85
                      Originally posted by yamishogun View Post

                      At a minimum "The Bird Dance" is better than anything off of H&E and The Quest except for the Monkman song.
                      I do think the ARW album is slightly better .....o, wait......

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                        #86
                        Originally posted by Mr. Holland View Post

                        I do think the ARW album is slightly better .....o, wait......
                        That is true too! ARW's album, Touch, which would be the shortest in the Yes catalogue, is better than the last two albums....combined!

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                          #87
                          Thanks again to all of you. I apologize for using the phrase tough love! It too was meant in love and respect. I consider all of you as experts, and as such am looking for guidance. Although I'm basically an old fart, I'm somewhat new and late to the party regarding Yes. It's true I'm very passionate about Yes, almost to the point of obsession, which is a very unusual experience for me. And therein lies the feeling of sadness, as it feels like I have missed so much. As for the "Bird Dance" reference, very funny! Ha ha! Regarding ARW, I'm trying to take your advice and look at the two bands as an extra benefit, i.e. two is better than one. To make a Biblical reference, there is a part in the New Testament book of Acts where the apostle Paul and Barnabas have a disagreement and falling out, and split into two separate missionary teams. What could be seen as a negative actually became a benefit, as they were able to cover more territory as two teams and thus spread the Gospel to more people. Sorry to bring religion into the discussion. Just trying to make a point. I find Yes to almost be a religious experience. The music brings great joy and excitement.

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