Yes


I was going to take a couple days off blogging.

I don't have time for wormholes - I need to work on converted my iBook to ePub. Then I have to update the book and the course for Swift 2.2.

I'm just too busy for time travel.

Then Apple Music taps me on the shoulder with a playlist of Yes: Deep Cuts and I'm off to the 70's.

Jaimee talks about some of us being stuck in the music from our high school years.

Could be.

"Yes" is from the era when album art was important. So important that we all knew the artist Roger Dean. Their covers made it easy to find their music when flipping through a stack of records in a record store.

Deep cuts too much for you? How about Highlights: The Very Best of Yes.

Those were the days when a radio station would play a nine minute cut on the air without editing it.

Those were the days before music directors would give the DJ's songs that faded during the first guitar solo.

"Roundabout" was a huge hit. I'm not sure we even knew what a roundabout was in the U S.

"Starship Trooper", "I've Seen All Good People", "Your Move" - I can't imagine them being hits today.

"Move me on to any black square. Use me any time you want."

We pack into a Gold Duster and drive an hour north east to the Richfield Coliseum to see "Yes" in concert.

The Cavs play in the Coliseum - way out in the middle of nowhere. They don't play downtown at the Arena anymore.

Now that the Cavs are way out here, major concerts are here as well.

I knew some "Yes" songs - mainly the hits. Mainly the hits they'd released since keyboardist Rick Wakeman had joined the group. Bill Bruford on drums, Chris Squire on bass, Steve Howe on guitar and Jon Anderson's distinctly clear high voice.

No doubt these guys were British.

No doubt these guys were on a different plane.

The lyrics and instrumentation would have been affected and pretentious otherwise.

I don't think I owned a "Yes" album then. I had three Wakeman albums. I had started with The Six Wives of Henry VIII.

I just fired up the opening track "Catherine of Aragon" (yes each song is named for a different of Henry's wives - what did you expect).

I need to set aside time to listen to the whole album in the dark. "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "The Myths and Legends of King Arthurs' Court" were also fun but the one I listened to the most was six wives.

Back from my bedroom listening to Wakeman's albums to the Richfield Coliseum.

Someone throws a Frisbee and it curves toward the stage and hits Wakeman's stack of synthesizers.

He stops playing.

He's done for the rest of that song.

The next song starts up and he rejoins the band. The band takes a break while Wakeman does a solo of excerpts from Six Wives.

I search Apple Music and find "Close to the Edge". I'll just listen to "And you and I" before I wrap things up.

Ten minutes!

When I was in radio we'd reach for a song like this when we needed to run for the restroom.

In the '80s was working in the production studio at Majic one day when we heard "Roundabout" come on.

A couple of minutes in the jock left the air studio and headed down the hall to the men's room and waved to us on his way.

The men's room had a speaker with an air monitor and a switch that you could flip between the FM and the AM sides.

Tom looked over at me from behind the console and held his finger up. "Wait," he said.

He gave the jock enough time to get into the men's room, flip the monitor to the FM side and enter a stall.

Then he reached over for the phone and dialed the station-wide page number. The monitor in the hallway went silent. The air signal was silenced for a page - but Tom wasn't saying anything.

It sounded to all listening to the monitor that we were off the air.

The jock - holding his pants up with one hand - came running down the hall to see what was wrong. He glanced in the production room as Tom hung up the phone and the monitors played the music once again.

"And you and I climb over the sea to the valley"

"And you and I reached out for reasons to call"

Sometimes time travel leaves a smile on my face.