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  • Mr. Holland
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    Originally posted by RedSonja View Post

    I certainly Agree that the live shows have been wonderful through the recent years. All years in fact. And this year also (although the truncated Silent Wings has me befuddled).

    However, the recent albums are tiring for me.
    Oké, fair enough.

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  • RedSonja
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    Originally posted by Mr. Holland View Post

    For you that might be. It seems that those attending the current tour are in large part very enthusiastic about the shows. That's at least what a lot of the reactions on social media like twitter tell me. So for plenty of people there is most certainly sense in carrying on like this.
    I certainly Agree that the live shows have been wonderful through the recent years. All years in fact. And this year also (although the truncated Silent Wings has me befuddled).

    However, the recent albums are tiring for me.

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  • Homemade Parachute
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    Originally posted by Mr. Holland View Post

    Gates of Delirium is my favourite Yes song. I would say its lyrics are pretty on the nose. It's the story of war and peace. Yet, it is its pretty on the nose being that make those lyrics really hit me each and every time I hear the song.
    War and peace are topics, and have certainly fuelled everything from great Russian novels whose titles escape me through Picasso's Guernica and, well, popular music, but it's what someone does with the topic that's interesting. "Gates of Delirium" isn't just war and peace, it's "our reason to be here", which leaves some room for discussion and interpretation and thought. The frontline healthcare workers in the pandemic are a topic, which Marillion also dealt with on their new album, with about the same success, imho: the song "Care" starts off stronger, but once it hits "the angels in this world…" part loses something, loses specificity, and returns to a pretty dead metaphor, and a more than slightly simplistic one at that. There are, of course, great songs to be written about the pandemic and the roles health care workers played throughout it, but I don't think these are them.

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  • Ash Armstrong
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    Originally posted by Gilly Goodness View Post

    Wasn't Blake the author "of those Satanic mills"?
    Stolen by Horn in MM.
    Indeed. Blake has been mined for lyrics by a lot of bands and songwriters over the years, and as with Shakespeare and the KJB, a lot of his lines have passed into everyday phrases. His Proverbs of Hell from the Marriage of Heaven and Hell are an entertaining read in that respect...
    William Blake. Words, words and deeds; words of all sorts, words for all needs.

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  • Ceasar’s Palace
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    Originally posted by pjt View Post

    I see your point, but I disagree with it.
    I don't think fans should try to persuade bands in either direction. Let them do what pleases them. It's obvious they don't make albums for the money, and if they feel like doing it, then I wouldn't judge them.
    They will do as they please anyway, no matter what we may prefer.

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  • pjt
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    Originally posted by RedSonja View Post
    Time to retire “Yes”, and call it a day (a wonderfully long and great day) after this 50th CTTE tour. There is no sense carrying on like this.
    I see your point, but I disagree with it.
    I don't think fans should try to persuade bands in either direction. Let them do what pleases them. It's obvious they don't make albums for the money, and if they feel like doing it, then I wouldn't judge them.

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  • Gilly Goodness
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    Wasn't Blake the author "of those dark Satanic mills"?
    Stolen by Horn in MM.
    Last edited by Gilly Goodness; 06-23-2022, 12:00 PM.

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  • Gilly Goodness
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    Just googled. Tony Levin plays bass on a Richard Harris album of the Prophet. There are others. Probly a well tilled field.

    So OP. The sage . What do you think of usin' Gibran. May also be in the Public Domain?

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  • Ash Armstrong
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    Originally posted by Gilly Goodness View Post
    You know I read some Khalil Gibran poetry today.

    Could see that bein' put to music.

    Dude had a way with imagery.

    Bet some prog band has already done it. 😮
    Gibran was a great admirer of Blake.

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  • Ceasar’s Palace
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    Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post
    I've had a thought!

    You know the track on Alan's solo album, Spring: Song of Innocence? Well, how about they do that one live as a tribute to Alan? It has lyrics by William Blake, from Blake's illuminated book of poetry Songs of Innocence and Experience.
    Heck (as Danny would say...) they could do a whole album of musical settings of William Blake poems from Innocence and Experience. A number of composers (Britten, Vaughan Williams) have set some of them to music before so they're very singable, and all quite short. The more I think of that, the more viable it sounds....
    That tribute is a good idea. The mellow, dreamy mood fits the current incarnation perfectly. Plus, on a personal note, on my list of solo songs that deserve a Yes version, this one’s very high.

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  • Gilly Goodness
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    You know I read some Khalil Gibran poetry today.

    Could see that bein' put to music.

    Dude had a way with imagery.

    Bet some prog band has already done it. 😮

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  • Ash Armstrong
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  • Ash Armstrong
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    I've had a thought!

    You know the track on Alan's solo album, Spring: Song of Innocence? Well, how about they do that one live as a tribute to Alan? It has lyrics by William Blake, from Blake's illuminated book of poetry Songs of Innocence and Experience.
    Heck (as Danny would say...) they could do a whole album of musical settings of William Blake poems from Innocence and Experience. A number of composers (Britten, Vaughan Williams) have set some of them to music before so they're very singable, and all quite short. The more I think of that, the more viable it sounds....

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  • Mr. Holland
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    Originally posted by RedSonja View Post
    Time to retire “Yes”, and call it a day (a wonderfully long and great day) after this 50th CTTE tour. There is no sense carrying on like this.
    For you that might be. It seems that those attending the current tour are in large part very enthusiastic about the shows. That's at least what a lot of the reactions on social media like twitter tell me. So for plenty of people there is most certainly sense in carrying on like this.
    Last edited by Mr. Holland; 06-22-2022, 12:10 AM.

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  • Mr. Holland
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    Originally posted by Ash Armstrong View Post
    Controversial Proposition:

    Should the boys consider making use of an external lyricist on a future album of new material?

    It worked well for King Crimson (Peter Sinfield & Richard Palmer-James), Procul Harum (Keith Reid) & the Grateful Dead (Robert Hunter & John Perry Barlow).

    I've listened to The Quest several times this week, which is more than I have up to this year so far, and what struck me is none of the present participants would know a good song lyric if it bit them on the nose.
    I'm going to put something blasphemous out here 😉:

    For me the vocals in Yesmusic are first and foremost one of the five instruments in the band, in the music. They represent the melody and often harmony in the music.

    It took me years and years before I actually started paying attention to the actual words/lyrics of the songs. And while I'm a pretty spiritual and philosophical person, even if I do say so myself, in general the more direct lyrics in Yesmusic speak much more to me on an emotional level than the more abstract ones.

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